Antelope Cyn 2014

Images from my Canon EOS 7D camera.    Antelope Canyon is near Page, AZ and is a photographer's favorite slot canyon.

Photos from the floor of this deep canyon are challenging, as the high dynamic range HDR  is beyond the range of most digital cameras to capture in  a single exposure.  The American Indians who own this canyon are taking larger numbers of tourists, not allowing tripods, nor letting indivduals part from the group, so taking images without other people in the views is not easy to do, and HDR  is simply not possible  due to the slower shutter speeds needed in some of the dim light scenes.   I did my shooting "handheld" and took several redundant shots at each scene so as to select one that had the least blur in each sequence.   The post processing was pushing my Canon 7D image to give the best range of light values needed to display the marvelous colors visible in the canyon without the usual HDR techniques that would have made the work easier to manage.  Unfortunately the restriction of not being allowed to use tripods and the too crowded conditions made HDR techniques impractical.   I believe the Indian operators do run "photography tours" which may allow tripods, but most find the prices for those tours to be too expensive.   Our ordinary tour was priced at $33 each person for a 1-hour tour, in a crowd beyond imagining!

These photos were done at advanced higher ISO settings to give handheld shots a chance of reasonable motion blur, which would not have been a problem at all if a tripod  was used.
Around 2/3rds of the exposures were discarded due to blurred images.  I hope the ones I've shown are impressive to you....

You may wish to see some of my HDR images from my 2002 visit to Antelope Canyon:   http://ronblacktravels.com/Antelope%20Canyon%202002%20HDR/index.htm

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Image data is shown in the EXIF info, left, below.  1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 2000.  Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 Our tour guide was good to point out features along the way, but many photographers struggled to get decent images in the darker scenes we encountered.   This shot was with ISO 2000, 1/25 sec, at f/4.  Note the EXIF image data at left below.\n\nAntelope Canyon, Page AZ 6/11/2014Other people were constantly walking into our scenes on this crowded tour.  Antelope Canyon, Page AZ 6/11/2014My son Bob Black is at center, in this crowded tour group.  Antelope Canyon, Page,  AZ  6/11/2014Our tour guide was good to point out features along the way, but many photographers struggled to get decent images in the darker scenes we encountered.   This shot was with ISO 2000, 1/25 sec, at f/4.  Note the EXIF image data at left below.\n\nAntelope Canyon, Page AZ 6/11/2014 Frequently, the scenes were crowded with others taking pictures, and it was only possible to avoid the poeple showng in the images by pointing upwards, not showing the floor of the canyon.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/40 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/60 sec, f/3.5,  ISO 2000.  Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/80 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/160 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/160 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Bob Black, shooting his Canon EOS 20D.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Bob Black,  1/80 sec, f/3,5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 Bob & Ranae Black on vacation.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/100 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/250 sec, f/3.5,  ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ  6/11/20141/40 sec, f/3.5, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Our guide carrried a  child-sized small shovel, and finally used it to pile some sand onto this shelf, so that a simulated "waterfall picture" could be taken.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 Often we saw tumble weeds caught on their descent from the top the slopt canyon.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014A rather large boulder obstructs this passage.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 The four on the left were from Sweden!    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014An ordinary artist might have troubles conjuring these designs!   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014The range of light exceeds the camera's abilities.  A tripod and multiple bracketed exposures would have greatly improved the image!   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/20 sec, f/2.8,  ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 Extreme light range...  1/10 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.  Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/60 sec, f/2.8,  ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/15 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.  Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/125 sec, f/2.8,  ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/160 sec, f/2.8,  ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/100 sec, f/2.8,  ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/8000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.  straight up shot....   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Ranae & Bob Black, on vacation!   1/25 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/400 sec,  f/2.8, ISO 2000.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/640 sec, f/2.8,  ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Tourists getting a shot with the guide.  1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 Bob outside at the top of the Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Bob adjusting camera settings for outside shooting.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Our tour group pauses at the top the canyon, before returning through the crowded slot canyon.    Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014Blooming plants at the top end of the canyon.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 Grotesque shapes as we descend back down the canyon.  Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/100 sec, f/8, ISO 1600.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/30 sec, f/8, ISO 1600.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/20141/25 sec, f/8, ISO 1600.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 1600.   Antelope Canyon, Page AZ  6/11/2014\

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