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Feb 14, 2012 12:01 |  #16

Very well done. I'm going on a trip next year and plan on going here and it's been haunting me. So much beauty to capture but I'm worried about the actual crowds more than anything ;) Sounds like you had a once in a lifetime chance! I really like them all, the last two I think are my favorites


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Feb 14, 2012 13:17 |  #17

jmarshphoto wrote in post #13896430 (external link)
Very well done. I'm going on a trip next year and plan on going here and it's been haunting me. So much beauty to capture but I'm worried about the actual crowds more than anything ;) Sounds like you had a once in a lifetime chance! I really like them all, the last two I think are my favorites

I don't call it the Antelope Mosh Pit for nothing!


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Feb 14, 2012 13:20 |  #18

You lucky bastard:-) Good for you!




  
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Feb 14, 2012 13:26 |  #19

jmarshphoto wrote in post #13896430 (external link)
Very well done. I'm going on a trip next year and plan on going here and it's been haunting me. So much beauty to capture but I'm worried about the actual crowds more than anything ;) Sounds like you had a once in a lifetime chance! I really like them all, the last two I think are my favorites

Go to Lower Antelope which is usually less crowded and get a Photo Pass.

4+ Hours with no guide required.

Or, check into visiting Canyon X which is on reservation land and you need a guide but they're private tours.


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Feb 14, 2012 13:32 |  #20

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13896891 (external link)
Go to Lower Antelope which is usually less crowded and get a Photo Pass.

4+ Hours with no guide required.

Or, check into visiting Canyon X which is on reservation land and you need a guide but they're private tours.

Awesome, thanks for the info ;)


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Feb 14, 2012 13:45 |  #21

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13896891 (external link)
Go to Lower Antelope which is usually less crowded and get a Photo Pass.

4+ Hours with no guide required.

Or, check into visiting Canyon X which is on reservation land and you need a guide but they're private tours.

I believe Canyon X is around $150. Secret Canyon is good, though not as good as Lower Antelope (IMO), and cost $85 a couple years ago. Waterholes Canyon you can do on your own for a $5 (or so) pass.


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Feb 14, 2012 13:55 |  #22

Thanks everyone for the comments. Much appreciated!

sparker1 wrote in post #13894939 (external link)
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.

Thanks for the advice on the crop. I may try that tonight.

irishman wrote in post #13895324 (external link)
WOW (kicking myself for not going :cry:)! I really like the cropped version of #1. I'm assuming you've only begun to pp?;)

I wish you could have gone Bruce. It was a good trip. I'm sure we can go again sometime though. I just felt the need to get out and shoot last weekend... ;-)a

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

If I'm not busy, I'll go along. Just let me know...

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #13896891 (external link)
Go to Lower Antelope which is usually less crowded and get a Photo Pass.

4+ Hours with no guide required.

Or, check into visiting Canyon X which is on reservation land and you need a guide but they're private tours.

The Rules have changed. It's now 2 hours, but still with no guide. It is less busy though. I think I still prefer Lower as well, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do upper with it empty... ;-)a

There is also Sheep's Head Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, and Water Holes canyon. The first two you need to go with a guide. Water Holes you only need a Navajo Trail Pass ($6).


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Feb 14, 2012 17:09 |  #23

Boy did you luck out, when I was there it was packed. I did lag behind the tour a bit and got a few shots with nobody in them, but the bigger problem is the dust in the air from all the tourists walking through. I missed everything the tour guide had to say so will have to go back and actually listen.

Nice shots love the movement and colors.


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Feb 14, 2012 18:45 |  #24

WOW... SPECTACULAR!!!




  
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Feb 14, 2012 18:53 |  #25

Paul, you just reaffirmed my "bucket list". Great captures. KUDOS.


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Feb 14, 2012 19:25 |  #26

Amazing pics as usual Paul! Were planning our next trip out there for the first weekend in April. I hope I can break away and get to at least ONE of these amazing canyons! Which one would you recommend the most? And would you mind sharing any of your tips/settings?
Again... GREAT shots!


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Feb 15, 2012 07:39 |  #27

Thanks everyone for the feedback! It's much appreciated.

sparker1 wrote in post #13894939 (external link)
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.

Stan,
Is this more what you were thinking with the crop? I do like that it gives me more pixels to work with for a print, but I'm still not sure about the black blob in the upper left. The contrast really draws my eye to it. Thoughts?

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Feb 15, 2012 07:53 |  #28

A stunning set that I'm so jealous about. Wish we had this sort of thing in the UK!


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Feb 15, 2012 17:39 |  #29

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Amazing pics as usual Paul! Were planning our next trip out there for the first weekend in April. I hope I can break away and get to at least ONE of these amazing canyons! Which one would you recommend the most? And would you mind sharing any of your tips/settings?
Again... GREAT shots!

I would do lower if you can only do one. It is usually less busy, and you can't normally do Upper without a guide (I got lucky).
As far as tips, Here are some off the top of my head:

  • shoot with a Tripod
  • Keep your ISO low.
  • Use Mirror lockup
  • Keep a lens hood on, and check your lens or filter regularly for dust
  • Use a remote shutter release or the 2 second timer on your camera.
  • Be wary of your depth of field. Focus stacking is an option if necessary. I've had some shots that I thought were going to be awesome turn out to be unusable later due to DOF issues.
  • Never shoot with the sun or the sky in the frame, unless you're doing a large range HDR. It will give you meter fits, and you won't like the result.

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Feb 16, 2012 22:32 |  #30

Thanks Paul!!
Were you mainly using your 10-22 or your 24-105? Are you running real slow shutter speeds w/ higher f stops? I really look forward to exploring more of this area!


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