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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-19
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6G VR ED DX, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-18 5:58
Viewed: 1599
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We only visited the Upper Antelope Canyon, a surrealistic world.
The weather was bad these days, especially in the evenings and nights we had heavy thunderstorms and there was a change of flash floods in the Lower Antelope Canyon.
As you can see there was was not space enough to use a tripod. We could hardly pass each other.

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock.
Flooding in the canyon still occurs. A flood occurred on October 30, 2006, that lasted 36 hours, and caused the Tribal Park Authorities to close Lower Antelope Canyon for five months.

Tourism and photography
Antelope Canyon is a popular location for photographers and sightseers, and a source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation. Private tour companies have been permitted to offer tours since 1987. It has been accessible by tour only since 1997, when the Navajo Tribe made it a Navajo Tribal Park. Photography within the canyons is difficult due to the wide exposure range made by light reflecting off the canyon walls.

Upper Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo. It is the most frequently visited by tourists for two reasons. 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. Winter colors are a little more muted like the photo displayed here. Summer months provide two types of lighting. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 20 and disappear October 7 each year.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-11-18 6:45]

Hello Peter,
This is beautiful.Fantastic composition , the colors and textures are fabulous.Love how you made an abstract out of a natural environment. Great POV and wonderful crop.
Regards Sigi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2015-11-18 7:14]

Hello Peter,
Amazing formations and wonderful coloration of these rocks, quite surrealistic like you write.
Interesting note too. Thanks!

Hi Sigi

Fantastic picture of this wonderful canyon, amazing colors, very good information.



Hello Peter,

Well captured even such difficult condition. I like patterns as well as its colors. Well vertical frame. Well NOTE too.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-11-18 7:29]

Hi Peter,
Good composition, amazing colours and sharpness details.
Beautifully colorful place on earth.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-11-18 9:35]

Hello Peter,
A great shot of the upper canyon showing awesome color and gorgeous rock features. We visited the lower canyon and there isn't much room in it either. If I remember 14 people were killed by a flash flood quite a few years ago in the lower canyon. You picked a wonderful POV for this outstanding shot. Exceptional detail and perfect exposure. Composition couldn't be any better. I love it!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-11-18 10:49]

Hi Peter,this is not the first pic that i see on the web,but this is sur that is one of the most beautiful,what a perspective and what a fine details and bright colors,i like it...a lot! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Dit is prachtig !!en helemaal als je dit in het echt ziet
prachtige kleuren en mooie compositie
bedankt weer gr lou

A truly artistic capture of this wonder of nature in the US, Peter.
In addition to the beautiful colours, I also see abstract shapes in this wonderful composition.
Thanks for bringing us another gem of a picture from your sojourn in America.

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