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Sandston formation in Antelope Canyon Page, Arizona

Sandston formation in Antelope Canyon Page, Arizona
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23 Comments | Report
WayneRoss May 06, 2013
I NEED to see this place! Great shot...colors, shadows, comp.... All good!
fotogalmexican May 06, 2013
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SarahKeates May 13, 2013
Lovely image! Congrats!
Coomanator May 13, 2013
Amazing capture of the sandstone near Page. Masterfully done. Congratulations on the "Curator's Choice", very well deserved. I have added this to my favorites.
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redwriter May 13, 2013
Beautiful image, congrats on your award. - Jake
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Hari_Subagio May 13, 2013
Superb Congratulations
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AlanJakarta May 13, 2013
Superb sharp & detailed shot with lovely light & shadows. Congratulations.
bobbynall May 14, 2013
Just awesome work
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tra rader May 14, 2013
well done
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Aduke May 31, 2013
It is a Wow image... love it!
SaraD99 July 09, 2013
I can't even tell you how much I love this photo! I just moved to Arizona and this is a place that I've had my eye on. You definitely brought out the beauty in it!
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gemeenie August 05, 2013
Nice shot -you captured all the beauty of it
deweyfarmer September 02, 2013
Thanks for the recognition
dondurante February 10, 2014
Fantastic capture! Great light, texture and contrast!
elenabolshakova February 10, 2014
Wow! like frozen fire
ArtQ February 11, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
vinay8484 February 11, 2014
Very Nice.
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debcoimages February 11, 2014
Congrats on being a finalist Dewey. This is a stunning image. I would like to ask a question. I have some images of Antelope Canyon but none that look like this. What post processing did you use on this image?
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deweyfarmer September 07, 2017
Thank you so much Michaela. You are so supportive with my photography .

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Behind The Lens

I traveled to Page, Arizona to photograph both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon in 2012. This particular photograph was captured at the Lower Antelope Canyon.
The photograph was captured at exactly 3:06 P.M. mountain daylight time on November 3rd, 2012.
The lighting was constantly changing in the slot canyon and very difficult for me to get a shot looking straight up without blowing out parts of the scene, even bracketing the shots. It was a perfect day weather wise, not to hot with clear blue sky. The reason I was at the canyon in the late afternoon is that I wanted to be in the Upper Antelope Canyon at 12:00 to capture the light rays in some of the locations in the canyon. It was disappointing due to the number of people in the canyon. If you do not know how to bracket shots, I strongly recommend that you grab your camera book and read how, experiment with it before going, you may want to have a polarizing filter, possibly a neutral density filter if you are going to be shooting toward the sky to prevent blowing out the picture. The light is constantly changing so be patient, and even go back to a location if you find something you really like, then take another look later on.
The camera that I was using at the time was a Canon 60d,Tamron 10-24 wide angle lens. I also had on a polarizing filter set at the lightest setting mounted on an STX tripod, and no flash.
I remember distinctly where this is in the canyon, I rounded one of the turns about 2/3 way through the canyon and I looked up and I saw the curves and lines in this section of the canyon. I stood there for a few minutes just looking and observing the beauty of it. The shapes, curves, and lines in the stone just amazed me so I had to see what I could do with this. I'm glad I did, as this is one of my favorites of the lower canyon.
I have an I Mac and my processing software is Aperture 3. I also have Nix HDR EFX Pro as a plug-in. I bracketed this shot with 3 settings,-2/3,0,+2/3. The aperture setting I used is f6.3, ISO-200, focal length set at 14mm. The post processing I first exported the 3 shots into Nix HDR EFX Pro, used the balanced setting then moved the slider for the upper half of the photo to a slightly darker setting. I liked the way it looked so then closed Nix out and finished the post processing in Aperture 3. All I did in Aperture was to remove some noise, and sharpen the photo.
In my camera bag
I have a Canon 60D, Canon 70D, Canon 18-135, Canon 17-55, Canon 60 mm Macro, Tamron 10-24, Tamron 70-300. I carry a polarizing filter, 2 neutral density graduated filters, a warming neutral density filter, remote trigger, cable trigger, cleaning supplies,micro fibre cloths, rain covers, extra batteries, extra cards, flash unit TTL. I have designed and had a manufacturing company build a Vertorama head that I now carry also. This is a very user friendly piece of equipment at an affordable price. If anyone is interested please contact me @ or 435-669-1186 and I can send photographs of the Vertorama head. The proper name for it is the VTR B1.
I would suggest not going to the Upper Antelope Canyon in the peak season June, July, August, unless you are a very patient person. It is extremely crowded, and with even taking the photographers tour which allows you longer time in the canyon it is difficult to get great photo's. I really enjoyed the lower canyon, and it is a lot less crowded. You have your choice at the lower canyon to either go with a guide, or a self guided tour. I selected the self guided. This allowed me to take all the time I wanted in the canyon. Early morning or late afternoon would be the best time to be in the canyon. Be prepared, do your homework before going if you have not photographed in the dark before, as the upper canyon is very dark. Know your camera. By all means be AWARE of the weather, this is a slot canyon, and if you are caught in either one of them in a rain storm it could be life threatening. I highly recommend the adventure, just be careful and have fun, you won't regret it.

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