Frans Gunterus, QPSA  

Antelope Canyon by Frans Gunterus, QPSA

November 2021 - Antelope Canyon

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Canon 6D, 1/60 sec at f/5.6, ISO 250. 28 mm (EF24-105 mm f/4 L IS USM)

One of my photography dream places in the USA was Antelope Canyon. My dream came true in 2016. This is a slot canyon in the American Southwest, on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. There are three canyon sections: Rattle Snake Canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon, and Lower Antelope Canyon. I visited all of them, but the famous and most visited is the Upper Antelope Canyon. At that time, they provide two kinds of guided tour. For publics and for photographers. The guided tour for photographers was more expensive. The guide will stop and blocked another visitors while we are taking slow speed (1-3 sec) pictures. Tripod is a compulsory especially for Upper Canyon that was much darker. Zoom lens (24-105 mm) is a perfect choice. I would not recommend you changed lens in the canyon as it was windy and dusty. If you have two set of cameras you might want to set one of them with wide angel lens. I have to stitch some of my shots.

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8 comments posted

San Yuan   San Yuan
A classic shot of the Antelope Canyon. You have managed the exposure well by expose for the highlights. I really like the little 'sand fall' at the bottom of the image. I remember the last time when I was there more than 10 years ago, there was a wind storm whipping up the sand and created multiple sand falls cascading down the rocks. While shooting with my digital SLR, standing next to me was a photographer who was changing lens on a Hasselblat with an expensive digital back. That would have been a very costly repair to get all the sand out of his camera. Glad that you enjoyed your photo experience there. And thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/04/2021 00:16:31
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
San, thanks for your kind review and sharing about your candid experience.   Posted: 11/27/2021 02:20:03

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi San,
Very nice and more reddish version than I am used to seeing.
I totally agree with you re changing lens, especially on the beach or in windy/ rainy conditions. I normally carry one camera with a tele and one with a wide-angle - it makes it much easier, safer and less time-consuming to evaluate different viewpoints and centers of interest.
Wonderful play with lights and shadows. Lovely.   Posted: 11/09/2021 17:11:11

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Thanks Pierre. With my age, actually, I plan to travel light, especially with less gadgets. I just purchased my first mirrorless and plan to sell my used DSLR. However, last month I shot the wedding ceremony of my close friend's son. I used two cameras with different lens: 24-105 and 70-200 mm. Like you said, I really enjoy having two cameras with different kinds of lens range. So .... instead of going light, now I travel with two cameras in hand. He he he .....   Posted: 11/27/2021 02:29:23

Kathryn Engle
Such a beautiful shot. I have been there before as well. We did do the photo tour but there were so many "photographers" that it was a bit of tripod wars. I felt sorry for the guides. I like your post processing of this shot with the warmer tones. I bought a mirrorless as well thinking it may be lighter, however, the lenses still weigh a ton so I don't think it any better weightwise.   Posted: 11/28/2021 16:39:47
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
You right Kathryn. Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 11/28/2021 20:20:36

Mary Dreckman   Mary Dreckman
This is a really beautiful shot. I was there about 10 years ago and again several years has become SO crowded and even the "photography only" times were packed. I remember the colors in your image, from purple to red. The composition is fantastic...there are so many unusual formations, it is hard to know what and where to compose.   Posted: 11/29/2021 16:49:00

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Mary, thanks for your comments. Indeed, if you love photo salon, composition is one of the biggest score contribution after the impact. That's one of the reason I always provide spare space for cropping during shooting the image.

I always left cropping as the last part of my post processing. I normally did intensive editing in PS editing then did my final cropping in LR before I render it. I even sometimes did a bit of experiment by applying different cropping for entering different photo salons.   Posted: 11/29/2021 18:14:35