Lower Antelope Canyon
Tucked into a convenient location just outside of Page, Arizona and less than 5 minutes from Horseshoe Bend, is the popular Antelope Canyon. It is broken up into two areas (Upper and Lower) and is governed by the local Navajo Tribal Council.
Both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon see a good amount of tourism during the busy seasons (Spring and Fall) and although breathtakingly beautiful, they are not spots known for complete solitude. However this should not stop you from visiting and seeing the amazing formations in the slots that have been carved over millions of years as water cut through sandstone. The town of Page is an excellent place to stay during a trip to the National and Tribal parks of the Southwest. I often use it as a halfway point to lodge between trips to Coyote Buttes and Monument Valley. You may also find yourself here if you visit Grand Staircase Escalante.
These slot canyons can be extremely hard to expose for, depending on the time of day you decide to go, but well worth the challenge. Antelope Canyon is one of the few photographic locations that is usually best in mid-day light when the sun is high, making it a perfect place to shoot in between the normal landscape spots of the area which require morning and/or evening light. The following shots were all taken with the Canon 5D and the 17-40 L. I recommend changing lenses as seldom as possible here, due to the high content of sand and dust on the slot canyon floor. Strong winds can kick up a small sandstorm without warning.
Rather than writing a long-winded essay on this well-known geological attraction (there is plenty of info throughout the internet), I’ve decided to share some of my favorite shots from Lower Antelope Canyon, which sees less visitors than it’s Upper counterpart and is just as full of limitless photographic potential….
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