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Show Me the Light | by Willie Huang Photo
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Show Me the Light

The classical lightbeam through Upper Antelope Canyon. After shooting Lower Antelope Canyon we could not wait to get to the feature show. According to our guide Josh, the light beams are fading for the season and this week may be the last of them. Since it is towards the end of the lightbeam season this classical lightbeam comes down more towards the side of the hallway rather than down the center during the peak times near summer solstice.


Soon after we setup our guide, Josh, tossed up handfulls of sand to help illuminate the lightbeam. I found that it was best to wait a few seconds after the dust had settled before shooting for the best results. Sure you might be able to catch some interesting figures forming with the sand floating in air but the dirt frequently made the beam way overexposed compared to the rest of the canyon. Even after 5 or 6 seconds finer dust particles are still floating in the air enough to illuminate the lightbeam the proper amount.


I wanted to get the proper lightbeam exposure where it wasn't overexposed and where you can still see the background rocks through the beam. It was a totally mesmerizing experience seeing this canyon!


Canon 7D

EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5


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Taken on August 19, 2011