The Amazing Canyons of Northern Arizona

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Many people who follow landscape and outdoor photography will know of the amazing photographic opportunities afforded those photographers who make the trek to northern Arizona in the USA. The amazing rock formations are a photographer's wonderland. And here's why.

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Twin Light Tubes by brentbat, on Flickr

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Corkscrew Canyon by brentbat, on Flickr

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The Altar by .Bala, on Flickr

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Fantastic journey through Lower Antelope Canyon (IMG_1317a) by Alaskan Dude, on Flickr

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Sandstone colours by Jayegirl99, on Flickr

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Antelope Canyon by Hekay, on Flickr

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North Antelope Canyon. Page, AZ by rickpawl, on Flickr

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Towards the sun – Antelope Canyon by AlanH2O, on Flickr

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Antelope Canyon by .Bala, on Flickr

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Tumbleweed on Rock by brentbat, on Flickr

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Gold by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker, on Flickr

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Antelope Canyon Photographer by Kristal Kraft ~ DenverDwellings, on Flickr

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Waves and Light by Kristal Kraft ~ DenverDwellings, on Flickr

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Waves of texture by Jayegirl99, on Flickr

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Antelope Canyon by Hekay, on Flickr

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Buckskin Gulch by Ryan Grimm, on Flickr

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Amber Variations by indigo_iggy, on Flickr

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The Essence of the Slots by ARKIES, on Flickr

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A moment in time by Jayegirl99, on Flickr

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Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
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Camera: Nikon D810
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I will be coming from Australia to visit this area in just a week from now. I can’t wait to see the spectacular formations.

Stunning images! I do appreciate the brush or tumbleweed to offset even this beauty. Seems to lend something to relate to… And yet keeps the nature quality in tact, unlike having a person as part of the composition. All are amazing photos of a breathtaking place.

Beautiful rendering of interesting shapes, colors and forms not readily identifiable by the tourist visitor.

In my efforts to develop additional art skills, it would be interesting to have the metadata of these shots as they seemed to have used similar technique to achieve different results.

Very high quality. Top of line cameras and lenses?

Great pictures, but Antelope Canyon is now a joke we paid for a half day photo tour, didnt get to lower antelope canyon, upper was crammed full of tourists making considered photography nearly impossib;le its just far to crowded now a days

I agree. I was recently there. paid extra for a “photo tour” and, as recommended by most, tried to use my tripod, timed exposure and bracketing. My approach was futile.
Other members of my tour were point and shoot tourists; arms extended in front of everyone’s lens and crowds pushing through. Tour operator and guides were extremely rude; ours did nothing to describe noteworthy locations or control movement. I finally dropped off alone and timed my shooting with ebb of crowd. Suggest taking fast wide angle lens and shoot handheld. An absolutely beautiful location.

These slot canyons really are an amazing experience. I did a photo tour of Lower Antelope Canyon with Ken’s Tours in June, 2015. There were four experienced photographers led by two young Navajo women guides. There were literally busloads of tourists in the canyon during our nearly three hour time there. Our guides did a fabulous job of telling us where the best set-up spots were for good shots and keeping the crowds at bay. They would hold them up while we shot, and amazingly, everyone was good-natured about it. There’s another tour operator at the lower canyon, and the guides from both outfits cooperate quite well in managing the crowds. Definitely plan to tip your guides–they earn every penny!

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