Cameron Grant is both an adventure junkie and a photographer. It was inevitable that his two interests would overlap.
He’s captured stunning locations with shots that seem instantly iconic, mixing HDR (high-dynamic range)—where multiple exposures are combined to better represent the picture’s tone and depth of range—and what he terms “extreme landscape,” or high-risk photography in nearly inaccessible natural settings.
He has exhibited his work places like the Nevada State Museum, but you can view and purchase the photos at his own High Points Gallery at the Container Park (or at thehighpoints.com). Here, Grant tells the story behind one of his most breathtaking shots.
"I Can See for Miles and Miles"
About five hours from Las Vegas, up through Utah and down into Arizona, lies Toroweap Point at the North Rim. You need a real four-wheel drive vehicle to get to this location, as the last five miles or so of the road are nearly [undriveable]. Those willing to make the trek are rewarded with this stunning view of one of the world’s seven natural wonders. There are very few places where one can drive up to the edge of the Grand Canyon, but here is one of them.
The realization of an almost 10-year dream, I had looked at Trego Mountain for years and wondered what [Burning Man] looked like from up there. Finally, in 2010, I soloed to the top and spent the night alone in the wind. While 50,000 of my closest friends had the time of their lives beneath my feet, I captured this iconic image. I have since done this hike again, solo, on the other side of the event on a different mountain.
"In The Hall of Light"
A veritable playground of light, shadows and color, Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona, is a must-do on any photographer’s list. The challenge of this amazing space is fighting the crowds who are packed in wall-to-wall by the owners in an attempt to maximize profits. This was my fourth trip to Antelope, and right as we were leaving, I paused and realized that for a brief moment I had the place to myself. Score!