Ancient Glow, Antelope Canyon, Arizona

As morning light brings incredible lines, colors and textures of Antelope Canyon to life, it simultaneously highlights the deeply contrasting, unpredictable transience of the human existence. Our lives represent little more but grains of sand on its ancient floor, carved out of Navajo sandstone by wind and water over millions of years. Consequently, we must use all the time that is given to us to glow as brightly as we can. 

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"Ancient Glow"


Technique: This image is a blend of two exposures, captured at -2 EV and -1 EV, which were later combined in Photoshop utilizing masks to preserve the details in the glowing canyon wall. I used a wide to medium zoom lens for this photograph (Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120 f/4G ED VR). Please see my prior post for more details about working in the Antelope Canyon.

Caution: Beware of visiting slot canyons during monsoon season as there is a real risk of flash floods in both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. Eleven tourists died during a flash flood in the Lower Antelope Canyon in 1997 and several were injured in the Upper Antelope Canyon in 2010. If you do choose to go, listen to your guide and check the weather forecast.


All images are ©2012 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

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