Antelope Canyon and the Madding Crowd

Taking the time to understand and appreciate your subject are essential to both landscape and portrait photography. With this in mind, I try to plan photography trips in the off-season to avoid the crowds.

The constant hum of human traffic unnerves me and I become unable to connect to the landscape. Nowhere was this more apparent than on a recent visit to Antelope Canyon.

The serene and ethereal images I had been exposed to were shattered by the reality of a constant stream of camera wielding tourists. Of which I was one.

I diligently took photo after photo, but never came close to developing an understanding of what I was seeing. Never able to pause and appreciate my surroundings.

Not surprisingly, most of the Antelope Canyon shots went straight to the recycle bin. The few below a rare exceptions. Sometimes you need to be reminded that rarely are you just presented with a great shot. You have to work hard to find it.

With that in mind, next weekend we are planning a 2 day hike into the backcountry. Hopefully we will come back with some hard fought photos!

Antelope Canyon Photos

Antelope Canyon - A ball of tumbleweed lodged in a canyon enclave.
A ball of tumbleweed lodged in a canyon enclave.

Antelope Canyon - The sky peaks through the slot  canyon.
The sky peaks through the slot canyon.

Antelope Canyon - A beam of light descends into the canyon at high noon.
A beam of light descends into Antelope canyon at high noon.

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