Friday, April 23, 2010

Rattlesnake Canyon

One of the bonuses to visiting Upper Antelope that we stumbled on is getting a chance to visit Rattlesnake slot canyon on the way out.

One of the guys I was with talked to our driver and he stopped at Rattlesnake Canyon and we had a few minutes to explore it.

It is shorter, shallower, and narrower than Antelope, but it was neat in it's own way. The fact we had it to ourselves was a huge plus.

Here are a few quick images to show it. Note how narrow the twists are. There are places you had to drop your pack and take the tripod through and then go back for the pack.

The light and color is not the same as Antelope since it is so shallow, but the rock formations are very interesting.
In the second image, it might seem I am in a big room but let me put that into proper perspective-this was taken with a fisheye lens. It still is not that big.

For those who get an opportunity to goto Upper Antelope, talk to your driver about a stop here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Antelope Canyon

After a few days of snow in Monument Valley , it was time to move to Page and go for Antelope Canyon. I made the drive over in falling snow thinking so much for the slot canyons. However, about ten miles outside of town the skies cleared. I went straight to Lower Antelope only to find it flooded out from melt off and so had to goto Upper Antelope.

At first that was disappointing but it turned out to be a fun afternoon.

There are no lightbeams there in winter according to what I read on the web, but that was ok, by me. There was still a crowd even in the week during February. That's the part I was not looking forward to. It was noticeable but not near as bad as the summer.

I spent most of my time in the front half. One thing I found on my first visit was that you are best off maximizing your time in a shorter area rather than trying to photograph it all.

So here are a few images. Color in the first "room" and then a black and white. The was handheld with the little LX-3 in monochrome and I must say I like what it can do!

Finally an image of me photographing it for scale.