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The scrubby weed growing on the canyon floor reaches for the spot of light funneling through the top of Upper Antelope Canyon. The majestic wind and water swep...
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The scrubby weed growing on the canyon floor reaches for the spot of light funneling through the top of Upper Antelope Canyon. The majestic wind and water swept walls of this fantastic slot canyon dwarf the tiny plant struggling for the light.
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nina050 October 20, 2015
Superbly captured. Congrats!
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Rvarley January 12, 2017
Thank you

Behind The Lens

Location
I captured this image in Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon in Page, Arizona. In my mind, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the Southwest. Antelope Canyon is located on the Navajo Nation and the tours of both the Upper and Lower canyons are operated by the Navajos. This is a very sacred place to them. If you are shooting in the canyon and run into a native indian praying or performing a ritual, avoid taking pictures and move on to another area of the canyon.
Time
You can only be in a slot canyon during daylight and the best time is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the Sun provides the most interesting light into the canyon. For landscape photographers, that is like heaven sent, because 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is usually not great light when you are shooting outdoor landscapes. I captured this shot around 1:30 p.m.
Lighting
The guides will tell you to stowe your flash equipment. The only way you are going to get a good shot in a slot canyon is with a tripod and a long exposure. Come into the canyon with your camera already mounted on your tripod. I like to capture a good depth of field and set my f stop at 16. This particular image was shot at ISO 200, -0.3 EV, F16, and 4.0 It is all about getting the right angle with the sunlight.
Equipment
Sony A850, Minolta/Sony AF DT 18-70mm lens, and a Slik 400DX tripod.
Inspiration
The scruffy sprig of wind blown weed on the canyon floor looked like it was under a spotlight on stage and performing badly in front of an audience of magestic wind swept canyon walls. I loved the contrast. The varied shades of light on the canyon walls and the shadows were an overwhelming stage set for the little weed "In The Spotlight".
Editing
While I don't usually do much post editing, I did tweak the exposure and saturation to highlight the contrasting colors on the canyon walls.
In my camera bag
Being a very decisive kind of guy, I carry a a Sony a850 and a Nikon D810. The Sony usually has my Zeiss 16-35 2.8 lens and my Ziess 24-70 lens comes along for the ride. The Nikon always had my Nikor 28-300 3.5-5.6 lens attached and ready, until I bought the Nikor 85mm 1.4 prime lens. I couldn't help myself. I fell for the younger, faster lens.
Feedback
You can not get into Antelope Canyon without a Navajo approved guide. The guide service I would recommend is Overland Canyon Tours in Page. 48 S Lake Powell Blvd, 928 608-4072. Their guides have great knowledge of the canyons. They will get you to the hot spots and help you get the shots you want. Plan on carrying your camera already mounted on your tripod into the canyon. I suggest using a 16-35 zoom lens, or a similar lens. Your guide will give you some suggested settings. Don't plan on changing lens, once you are into the canyon. Too much sand blowing around to risk it. Carry a lens blower with you to keep the dust off your lens. Keep your eyes open to any unusual lighting and formations. Wear long pants, as you are going to find yourself crawling on the floor of the canyon to get that one "magic" shot! You are going to want to go through both the Upper and Lower Canyons a couple times to orient yourself to the locations you want to shoot. Enjoy!

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