Silver-Halide wrote in post #17798987
I want to go soon (before March I guess) and was wondering what its like down there. You used the words "guide" and "group"... are wierdos like me not permitted to wander around freely with a camera and tripod? It looks kind of maze like and mysterious. Is it easy to get lost? I have a a GPS because I'm pretty horrible with my sense of direction but not sure I'd able to get a lot of signal down there. Speaking of tripods, do you need one if you want to stay at ISO 100? I'd imagine I'd shoot the heck out of my 16-35 F/4L IS on my 5dIII or 6d.
You used to be able to do the "photographer tour" by yourself, but now that it's more commercialized and busier, you have to go with a guide. GPS won't work in there, as it can't see the satellites. I would say it's impossible to get lost. It's just a long, narrow hole in the ground with no branches or side canyons. You go in one end and walk to the other. You definitely need a tripod. at ISO 100, your shortest exposure will probably be .5s. In the darker sections, you could be 20s or more. 16-35 is a good lens for the canyon. I wouldn't recommend changing lenses in the canyon as it's very dusty.