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I won the lottery... Upper Antelope Canyon.

 
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Feb 13, 2012 23:18 |  #1

Hi all,

I know it's a strange title, but that's what it felt like. This weekend I decided to drive up to Page and take some Pics, hoping it would be less busy that previous trips in the Spring and Summer. I wasn't even going to bother with Upper Antelope, as it's always so busy, but when I was driving by, I noticed that there were only 5 or 6 cars in the lot. I decided to pull in and see how busy it was. I went up the the ladies working there and asked if they were running the photographers tour. The first lady told me that it only ran from 11:00 to 1:00, and I had missed it (it was 12:45 when I got there). Then the other lady, one of the guides, said "I can take him in with the next group, and then he can stay behind, I'll go pick him up after a couple hours." My jaw almost hit the ground! I jumped at the opportunity. It was awesome. After my group and two subsequent groups headed back, I had the whole place to myself for 45 to 50 minutes! I even took a video with my iPhone, because I didn't think anyone would believe me! For anyone that hasn't been there lately, Antelope Canyon is packed most of the time, and it's very difficult to set up and take pictures.

Anyway, I haven't had a chance to go through all the shots yet, but here are the first few. Mostly abstract ones in this batch because my wife want's something cool to put in the Pool Table room:

1)I can't decide on this one. I really wish the black rock in the top corner wasn't there because I like the rock patterns in the upper left, but I think the crop works better. Thoughts?

IMAGE: http://www.pauldekort.com/photos/UpperAntelope_02-11-12/UpperAntelopeWeb-9.jpg
IMAGE: http://www.pauldekort.com/photos/UpperAntelope_02-11-12/UpperAntelopeWeb-10.jpg

2) I wasn't sure how this one was going to turn out when I took it, but I think it turned out well.
IMAGE: http://www.pauldekort.com/photos/UpperAntelope_02-11-12/UpperAntelopeWeb-1.jpg

3) This one is similar to the previous one, but a slightly different take on it.
IMAGE: http://www.pauldekort.com/photos/UpperAntelope_02-11-12/UpperAntelopeWeb-12.jpg

4) And here's the first non-abstract sort of one I've done. I was trying to stay away from all of the standard cliche shots that the guides point out, and everyone gets, although I did get some of those too... ;-)a
IMAGE: http://www.pauldekort.com/photos/UpperAntelope_02-11-12/UpperAntelopeWeb-5.jpg

Thanks for looking. C&C, positive or negative appreciated as always... ;-)a

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Feb 13, 2012 23:25 |  #2

My positive CC would be that the images are amazing, congrats. My negative CC is that I'm so freak'n jealous! :p


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Feb 13, 2012 23:26 |  #3

Nicely done Paul...

Nice to see some subtlety without everything being turned up to 11


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Feb 13, 2012 23:37 |  #4

The crop in number two is nice, very simple and graphic.


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Feb 14, 2012 02:04 |  #5

Very nice. i don't mind the black in the first one as much as the bluish right corner.


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Feb 14, 2012 07:15 |  #6

BillGil wrote in post #13894296 (external link)
Very nice. i don't mind the black in the first one as much as the bluish right corner.

I agree. Cropping from the top to eliminate the blue, and from the bottom to eliminate the blue in the right corner, would make a super composition for me. I think the crop you made on the second image goes too far.

#2 & #3 look great. #4 doesn't move me for some reason.

Glad you had the good fortune to have it to yourself. I had that in Lower Antelope once on a very cold day, and it was magic. The nice lady who took my money even lent me a pair of wool gloves to protect against the cold metal railings that Lower has plenty of.


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Feb 14, 2012 07:19 |  #7

Nice set.


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Feb 14, 2012 07:33 |  #8

I like the crop you did to the first one. And #3 is also good.


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Feb 14, 2012 07:51 as a reply to  @ Numenorean's post |  #9

Oh so many possibities with images such as the marvelous ones you've presented here Paul. Very nicely done....so far.
I'm sure you're still looking at them and imagining the different possiblities.....what a great problem to have - :)


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Feb 14, 2012 08:46 as a reply to  @ CamFan01's post |  #10

WOW (kicking myself for not going :cry:)! I really like the cropped version of #1. I'm assuming you've only begun to pp?;)


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Feb 14, 2012 09:01 |  #11

Congrats on the exciting opportunity and nice photos!


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Feb 14, 2012 10:12 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #12

When I head out there, I am stopping by and picking you up... ;) nice images from different angles I have seen before.


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Feb 14, 2012 11:33 |  #13

Congrats! That's awesome that you got so much time for yourself in there!

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Feb 14, 2012 11:47 |  #14

What a win, great shots/different .




  
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Feb 14, 2012 11:59 |  #15

Wow, great series! I agree with the crop suggestion, but love them all!


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