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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon
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Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 44] (168)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-24
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon Powershot S30
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-28 23:55
Viewed: 4992
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Antelope Canyon (like other slot canyons) formed over the course of millions of years by erosion of the surrounding sandstone (in this case, Navajo Sandstone), primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to wind erosion. Rainwater (especially during monsoon season) runs into the wash that Antelope Canyon is part of, picking up speed and sand as it rushes through the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors wider and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock.

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.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-29 2:13]

Wow, JC, that is a fantastic rockscape (is there such a word?)!
I have seen pictures of this place in art exhibits, etc and have always been curious about it. Thanks for the great notes.
What a great POV and interesting play with light.
TFS. : )


This is a very interesting shot. Lovely shapes and textures. Good colour and POV. Thank you!

One of the mosta amazing place in US.
Lovely shot, great atmosphere.
(probably I'll be there next summer, any tips?)

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  • PhilC Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
  • [2006-11-29 3:34]

JC a lovely photo, I like these erosion canyons but there is nothing like that around where I am. I think the framing and combination of shadows and light areas works well, combined with the 'light at the end of the tunnel'. My only very slight niggle is the dark spot or pebble centre left at the bottom of the frame which is a bit distracting once you have noticed it. Regards Phil. C

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-29 5:38]

Hi JC,
This looks like a fantastic place for photography and your image is really brilliant!
I love the light coming through the gap and the abstract forms and colours of the rocks.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-29 21:12]

Wow JC!

I almost did not open this one because of the thumbnail...;-( Sure would have been my loss! This is very nice! You did an excellent job giving us the actual feel of the place. Sure makes me wish I could have been there...;-)

Thanks for sharing,


ps Thanks for the Lat&Long! Got it marked in my GPS. Maybe oneday I will have the pleasure...;-)

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-11-30 13:05]

hi Ramos, excelent shot and for different in blue tones , not red . I lčike your composition.

Normalmente se espera uma foto de paisagem, quando se fala de Canyon.
É o que você não fez aqui e não fez com muito brilho, já que sua foto é inusitada e resultou num trabalho muito bonito.

Your picture was taken in November and at a fairly fast shutter speed and open aperture. Longer exposure times and narrower aperture tends to bring out more colors in the Navajo limestone that makes up the canyon but that you cannot see with the human eye.

I believe I took this longer exposure image very, very close to the exact spot where you took yours:
Upper Antelope Canyon

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