Everybody has heard of the Grand Canyon, but how many people have heard of Antelope Canyon?
It is “nothing” like the Grand Canyon.
Located in Page, Arizona it is a mecca for photographers around world. You will see why in a few minutes.
Known as a “slot” canyon, portions of the Antelope Canyon are so narrow people just about squeeze through the high vertical walls of 120 feet.
Getting there is no easy feat. You are on scared Navajo tribal land, so you must contact a Navajo tour operator in Page to reserve a spot on one of several trips that are offered during the day.
So, after you make your reservation (mine was done 2 weeks ahead) you meet in front of the tour companies store in Page.
There, you board these high clearence vehicles carrying 12 people and begin your 20 minute ride out to the canyon.
Here’s what they look like.
Your on your way, following a path on a canyon floor with very deep sand the whole way there. It will remind you of the deserts in Iran or Afganistan as other tour group vehicles pass you.
After sucking in gas fumes and sand particles you arrive at the almost hidden entrance to Antelope Canyon.
Our native guide Henry assured us that we would be in for the time of our lives taking pictures. I was a little sceptical, since we have mostly overcast skies, and the entrance to the canyon looked pretty dark.
Henry brought us all into a group and explained that the canyon looks very dark and with out color. “You must set your camera on a high ISO and take as long of an exposure as you can, but don’t shoot the light coming from the roof of the canyon. It will wreck your picture. Just take pictures of the shadows and walls and you will have fantastic pictures!” He looked at me and saw my tripod, nodded, and smiled, now I knew I would probably get some great images.
It took about and hour, making our way through the canyon stopping every few minutes for other groups to go by, and letting us take our pictures with nobody else in them.
Henry was a seasoned veteren of the canyon, knowing exactly where to go for the best shot at anytime of the day, as the low light inside is constantly changing.
I shot over 200 frames of different exposures and angles. I will not bore you with all of ones I like, but I will tantilize you with a few.
Remember, they are all natural light, long exposures, and most important, the magic of Navajo Tribe and it’s Antelope Canyon.