Last month I visited Antelope Canyon which is located just outside of Page, Arizona. I’ve been wanting to photograph this canyon for a long time and the experience didn’t disappoint. These were some of the most beautiful rock formations I have ever seen. As we explored the canyon it felt like we were adventuring into the heart of the earth. It was an amazing experience and I hope to go back there again.
The day of the shoot, Casey and I got up early and drove to Page from Sedona. This image was taken along the highway in the dessert.
Somewhere in the desert…
To visit the upper canyon you have to have a Navajo guided tour. We booked our tour with the Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours at the recommendation of Brian Matiash (my friend Mason introduced us during a photowalk in Portland). Before the tour began we were treated to a ring dance from a Navajo Dancer. I believe he said his name was Wesley but I can’t remember for sure. After the dance I spoke with him for a few minutes and he let me take this quick portrait before we left for the canyon.
Portrait of Navajo Ring Dancer
We were trucked about a mile out into the dessert in a 6 wheeled off road truck. There we met our awesome guide Roman. He was great, he had a great attitude and seemed very knowledgable and gave us some basic starting tips about camera settings and vantage points in the Canyon. He also did a great job managing other visitors in the canyon by keeping them back while we were able to photograph empty spaces and corridors. It was awesome!
Our guide Roman. Here is was setting the ground rules from our group. We had more people than usual in a photo tour and we had to work as a team to get the photos we wanted.
SOME OF MY FAVORITE IMAGES IN THE CANYON:
Falling Sand: Sand flowing over the edge of the rock like a waterfall.
I love the textures and tones of the canyon. This crack caught my attention. A scar cut in the smooth rock. This was one of my favorite images from the tip.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Casey using a tripod for the first time with our Lumix GX7!
Casey took this of me while I was photographing the corridor with the logged wedged into the rock.
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:
I shot the Canyon with the new Canon 11-24mm F/4 lens. This was a fantastic lens for the canyon. The ultra wide angle let me really accentuate the curves and shapes even in tight spaces. One thing that I had a bit of a problem with was the dust. I had to constantly wipe my lens down. When I shot upward into the light there were specks and marks all over my pictures. I would recommend having extra wipes and a blower if you don’t mind carrying it. My last tip is to take a moment to be in awe at the beauty of the Canyon. It’s easy to get in there and just go to town with photos and forgot to enjoy the moment and the spectacle provided by mother nature.
This trip wouldn’t be possible without my Wife Casey. She organizes and plans all of our trips. Special thanks for helping me take Antelope Canyon off of my bucket list. I took this photo of her at the edge of the parking lot back at the Adventurous Antelope Canyon Tour headquarters.