Scott Messer  

Upper Antelope Canyon - Page AZ by Scott Messer

August 2019 - Upper Antelope Canyon - Page AZ

August 2019 - Scott Messer


About the Image(s)

This image was shot at one of the slotted canyons near Page AZ. It was very crowded and dusty inside the canyon but I was able to get a few decent shots. This was shot at 24mm with settings of 1/4 sec, f/9, ISO 320. Most editing was competed in Lightroom for color, exposure, etc. I Used Photoshop to remove the person standing at the bottom of the light shaft.

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6 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Bucket list trip for me! The colors at the site are always unbelievable when I view images from there. There are a couple shafts of light and I would have cropped the rock from the top to emphasize the more dominant one. I like the finished product as to sharpness.Nice job on the cleanup too!   Posted: 08/04/2019 09:08:36

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Nice composition. The straight lines of light provide an axis around which the beautifully curved rock structures cling. The upper light source presents a strong highlight challenge and in post processing, the saturated red color from the rocks seems to have bled into it. Perhaps a piece of sky from another image could be pasted in its place using a masking technique?   Posted: 08/04/2019 16:10:20

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Scott, for me this brings back great memories of walking this canyon, being stunned by the shapes and colors and trying to duck the myriad of other people in there doing the same thing. I believe that you have chosen a good formation - pleasing to the viewer's eye - and have captured very well the all-to-rare shaft of light that makes it to the floor.

To my eye you have given up some of the beauty of that shaft by reducing the contrast between it and the background walls. I feel that there should be more tonal contrast in the background. From my experience the walls are a bit more orange and less red - but that could be a difference in time of day or of year.

I would love to be there again, for an hour with no one else around!   Posted: 08/05/2019 16:57:06

Rajani Ramanathan   Rajani Ramanathan
Very envious Scott. I have been there twice but never managed to get a good shot since there are always so many people. I do remember it a bit more orange, same as Gary's comments. Think red makes it a bit stronger contrast, whereas Orange might be more balanced with the soft light.   Posted: 08/07/2019 12:24:40

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I think this is very nice composition and the lighting is great. I like how you captured the shaft of light. I find the walls to be an unnatural color, I recall them being a warm orange color. I think you did a fine job eliminating the people from the image.   Posted: 08/07/2019 17:44:45

Sumit Basu   Sumit Basu
Wow.I like this vertical image and the stream of light .The rocks are bit reddish and I would have increased the highlight of the the top part of the light source . I like your idea of removing the people from foreground.   Posted: 08/07/2019 21:12:49