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Antelope Canyon Love [Explored]

*** Explored #126 on 8/25/2011! ***

 

Here is another photo from Upper Antelope Canyon (I say another because there's about a million on Flickr). Page, Arizona was the first stop in our photo vacation. After shooting gorgeous light the previous night at Horseshoe Bend we came into Antelope Canyon at just the perfect time (about 10:30am) when the light was absolutely stunning. I know that Antelope Canyon is completely over-photographed but we had to capture our own images anyways.

 

In this photo the combination of light and rocks creates a heart. I can see why so many people fall in love with Antelope Canyon, and that's part of the reason why it's so dang busy. Trying to get time to setup the tripod, compose the photo, take the picture, and make sure it came out right is darn near impossible. Thanks to "Carol Bigfoot Adventures" for the wonderful photo-tour that we had. We spent 3 hours in the canyon (was only supposed to be 2 hours).

 

I'll prob. post a couple more Antelope Canyon photos before y'all get bored of em!

 

A couple of notes about Upper Antelope Canyon:

1) People recommend that you don't change lenses in the canyon's. I think you actually could change lenses, and one of the photographers on our tour (who was really cool) changed lenses a couple times. You just have to make sure to do it when nobody's throwing sand in the air.

 

2) Don't bring 2 cameras. I tried and it was just too much of a hassle. I kept getting tied up in the camera straps while trying to put the other camera on the tripod. There just isn't time to switch cameras (switching lenses is much simpler since you don't have 2 things around your neck). Both Willie and I gave up on uses 2 cameras very quickly.

 

3) If you want photos of Antelope Canyon, I strongly recommend Carol Bigfoot. The tour-guide stopped people from coming in so we could get our photos. I didn't see any other tour guides doing this, and a lot of people had dSLR's in there. I'd say there were about 300 people in the canyon when we were in there! Crazy!

 

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:

30mm, f/11, 0.6 sec, ISO 200, Feisol Tripod

 

Best Viewed Large on Black

 

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Taken on August 19, 2011