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Road Trip #15 - Antelope Canyon

Road Trip #15 - Antelope Canyon
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Copyright: Daniel Ryan (boonie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: NIKON D 70, 18-200mm AF-S DX VR Nikkor
Exposure: f/14.0, 3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 7:42
Viewed: 2115
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have reached the final destination of the Road Trip - Upper Antelope Canyon at Page Arizon. The best is last in this case.

This is an amazing place to visit and a privilage to photograph. The only way to get in to the Upper Canyon is make a reservation with one of the many Navajo run tours. Most have specific tours for photographers. The groups are smaller (maximum of 12), time in the canyon is longer (2 1/2 hours) and are at a timne when the lighting is at it's height. The day we were there our group was the only group in the canyon for over an hour. In a perfect world, I would have gone in two days in a row because, in my case, I would have had the experience of adjusting to the minimal lighting situations the second day. Upon the arrival inside the canyon the guide directed us to the chamber with this shaft of light - there is only about 30 minutes when these conditions are optimal. We shot one at a time.

I am posting a "workshop" of the entrance to the canyon. The Wikipedia information will help as well.

This initial RAW image was shot at 3 sec, f-14, 18mm and prosessed in Nikon Capture NX - set white and black points and a minimal sharpening framed and sized.

Wikipedia: Antelope Canyon is a popular location for photographers and sightseers, and a source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation. It has been accessible by permit only since 1997, when the Navajo Tribe made it a Navajo Tribal Park. Photography within the canyons is difficult due to the wide luminosity range (often 10 EV or more) made by light reflecting off the canyon walls.[3] This is a draw for photographers who want to hone their skills in a challenging environment, but a bane to casual snapshooters lacking the knowledge (and to a lesser extent, the equipment) necessary to obtain pleasing results.

Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon, called Tse bighanilini, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo, is located at 36°51′28″N, 111°22′20″W. It is the most frequently visited by tourists, due to two considerations. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky.
Upper Antelope Canyon is very beautiful to visit year round. Winter colors are a little more muted like the photo displayed here. Summer months provide two types of lighting. To get rich colors as reds, blues and purple try the mid morning and mid afternoon tours. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 15 and disappear October 7 each year. Beams are at their grandest from May to September.

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Hello daniel

Amazing ray of light thru this fantastic natural architecture.

Nice catch



  • germma Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 942 W: 33 N: 1046] (38)
  • [2007-11-02 8:16]

Excellent job Daniel, very atractive and nice place!
Great colours and lighting!


Muy bello lugar y maravillosas formaciones naturales.
El rayo de luz es especial, y las sobras y claridad resulta la textura de las paredes del sitio.
Felicitaciones y Saludos.

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  • mpr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 7 N: 344] (2280)
  • [2007-11-02 9:03]

Hi Dad

Ahhhhhh....the show begins. I really like this shot and really hope to get to Page someday myself. The geology just looks amazing.
I'm not sure I like the frame all that much, maybe it's just the color. I think a darker frame would be more suitable in my opinion.

Look forward to more...


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-11-02 12:06]

Hi Daniel,

Great shot, nice colours, lighting and textures, I like your composition here too, well done, thanks for sharing


Hello Daniel!
Fantastic light and great colours and place!
Incredible beautiful!
I like the WS too!
Excellent done!
Best regrads!

Hi Dan,

I visited this place during my honeymoon together with other places I saw in your gallery and I will vote in the next days.
Here you give us all its fascination, wonderful colors and incredible light!



This has to be one of the best that I have seen of this cave Daniel.The sun's ray couldn't be better.The contours of the interior of the cave show up so well.
Tfs, regards Jean,

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-11-02 16:46]

WOW!! picking my jaw up off the ground..... postcard perfect!!! This is breathtaking. Love it. WOW!!! TFS

This is lovely Daniel - the capture of that ray of light is just excellent, very professional indeed. Postcard or tourist-guide quality, very publishable.

Excellent image and an interesting note.

OH WOW!! I am a HUGE fan of light beams! This is incredible! What a shot! It's really nice when there is a bit of "stuff" in air and the light beam shows up really good! This is excellent Daniel!!

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-11-03 12:02]

Great picture Dan. I know the place from the pictures of Alain Briot, it certainly is a much photographed spot and with good reason. You managed to get beautiful shots too.

a classic and a good realisation

Hello Daniel!

I won't add much as I wrote you previously . A superb job once again both in capturing the mood and light but in composing your image.

famous canyon always charming
your vertical photograph puts well in stand out the structure and show the
natural architecture of rocks
embellished from the beam
good capture Daniel

cheers sERGIO

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-11-04 15:54]

Hi Daniel

Good choice of a vertical format with the shaft of sunlight elevating this image well above the ordinaary. Nice colour & sharpness too. Tfs!

hi dan, an amazing image here, classic composition, it gos without saying i love the light but it give such beautiful colors tones to the canyon walls, great notes too, must have been an awesome experience, take care, thanks scott

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2007-11-05 3:59]

Hello Daniel, incredible beauty in this shot ! You did everything well in it, I'm speechless ! Great stuff ! Thanks,


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  • ablok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 188 W: 87 N: 15] (491)
  • [2007-11-05 9:27]

Wow!Superbe image Daniel!On pourrai imaginer qu'un trésor est enterré sous le rayon..Une photo et un lieu de toute beauté!
a bientot!

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  • Serabi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 118 W: 0 N: 19] (1643)
  • [2007-11-05 13:08]

Your Canyon photos are absolutely splendid! Such a pleasure to the eye! what else is there to say? :)

P.S. Thank you for your comment on my "Into the Forest" picture. I share your thoughts!

Hi Daniel.
As much as you're enjoying 'walking' through our forests in Transilvania through my pics, I'm having a great time 'wandering' the south-west in your road trip. Especially Antelope Canyon. I love the light in this. Like a mini Parthenon. Wonderful colours and POV. Very well done.
Best regards, Steve.

Hello Daniel,
This is a fantastic landscape shot, the Antelope canyon is presented in good light and the POV allows to build up a comprehensive composition.

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2007-11-16 3:15]

Hi Daniel,

What an amazing photo. The composition, colours and lighting is just superb. Nothing much to say since this photo speaks more tha a thousand words by itself.



hi Daniel
Nice and interesting place to visit.
Thank you for the note.
compliments bye Aga

Hello !
This picture is simply amazing ! The colors and the light are perfect, the atmosphere seems so special and one may even wonder if there was something at the end of the ray of light !
Best regards

nice capture dan, wonderful place to go to, love all your shots her, congrats

I was doing some research on Bryce Canyon Daniel and came across this phenomenal shot of yours.
Just esquisite light and color. I see by the image info you took this in September. How did you find this area in September? Was it still pretty hot or was it getting chilly? Woudl you reccomend early October at all?
Thanks again for such a superb view!

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