Antelope Canyon

This gorgeous wonder is located in Page, Arizona. The sandstone has been deformed by water for thousands of years and was discovered by a little native girl back in 1920s. The local natives pretty much monopolized the Antelope Canyon and created tour agencies that take tourists there. Their regular tours are about one hour long and run at $32 USD per person. There are special tours for photographers for $50 USD that last for 2 hours.

Antelope Canyon #1

I took the regular tour because we were rushing to Grand Canyon and didn’t have enough time. If you want to photograph the Antelope Canyon, I strongly suggest getting the photography tour, because one hour will NOT be enough. There will be other groups wanting to take pictures and you will have to spend most of your time waiting for a good opportunity. A tripod is a must, or you will simply have crappy pictures at high ISOs and low shutter speeds. Each exposure I took was between 15-30 seconds @ ISO 200 and I simply didn’t have enough time to take good pictures of the canyon. The best time of the year to go there is May and June, but I was told that the place gets so crowded, that people walk shoulder to shoulder. It is also the only time of the year when you can get direct sunlight into the canyon as shown in this picture. During the rest of the year, the best time of the day to visit the canyon is between 10 am to 12 pm. Oh and one more thing – wear good hiking shoes and be ready for a lot of dust.

Antelope Canyon #2


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is a professional photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. He is the author and founder of Photography Life, along with a number of other online resources. Read more about Nasim here.

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