Why a Wonder: For many visitors coming to the South Rim, Mather Point offers the first glimpse of this wonder
Mather Point offers an expansive view of the canyon. On a clear day you can see 30+ miles (48 km) to the east and 60+ miles (96 km) to the west. Looking down into the canyon you can see a few small samples of the Colorado River, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, and numerous trails crisscrossing the landscape. Thanks to it's wide view and the dramatic formations visible from the area, Mather Point is a popular place for both Sunrise and Sunset throughout the year.
Photography: This location is best shoot at or during the hour after sunrise or the hour before or at sunset. The closer to sunrise or sunset the shadows in the canyon get dark requiring wide dynamic range or bracketed HDR type shooting. This is a stitched image shot with a Canon R5, Canon 300mm lens, f/11, 1/160th sec. exposure, ISO 400. It is made up of 248 individual Focus Stacked images, 8 rows x 31 columns 30% overlap in portrait orientation. The original image is: 4.86 Gaga-pixels, 43,960 x 110,704 pixels, 146" x 369" 300 PPI,
In this clip from the above photo a couple sit on the edge enjoying the sunset. Unknown to them on the next point a Big Horn Sheep ewe is also seemingly enjoying the sunset. See area circled in red.
Big Horned Sheep.
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