My Visit to Antelope Canyon

November 10, 20120 Comments

Lower Antelope Canyon

A few years ago I took a photography workshop by LeRoy DeJolie.  LeRoy is a native Navajo indian and creates wonderful images, mostly with large format cameras.  Since then a friend and I have hired LeRoy on a private basis to take us to places most people can’t get to, or at least not easily.  The highlight of the workshop for me was the visit to lower Antelope Canyon.  It’s truly an amazing place, pictures and words don’t begin to describe it.   The Canyons are on Navajo land so you have to pay to get access.  I believe the cost back then was around $25.  We weren’t part of a tour and I think we were limited to 3 hours in the canyon.  I understand now they ask if you have a mirrorless camera and if not, you have to take one of the tours.  I’m not quite sure what the logic is, but I assume it has something to do with having a “professional” camera.   There can be lots of people in the canyon, so be prepared to wait to get your shot.  You definitely need a tripod and I would recommend something to cover your camera, because it can get quite dusty down there.  I wouldn’t recommend changing lenses while in the Canyon.   Lower Antelope Canyon is about a quarter of a mile long.  The entrance is a sloping stroll and then once you’re in the canyon is fairly easy to get around, though there are some very tight squeezes in some sections.  The exit at the far end is a very steep ladder, or you can turn around and go back to the entrance.

There are a plethora of shots to be had in the Canyon.  I can’t imagine any two shots being the same.    You’ll want to visit the Canyon sometime in late morning to early afternoon so the sun illuminates the upper part of the Canyon depending on the time of year.  I probably took about a hundred photos and I kept about a third of those.  I had so many it was difficult to pick my favorite, but after reviewing the images a few years later, I think this is my favorite.   I really like the contrast and the wonderful colors.

If you are looking for a great workshop, I highly recommend photography workshops led by LeRoy.  You can find his workshops on the Arizona Highways site, or dejolie.com.

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