November 2016. Landscape Photo Project in the Canyons of Antelope
Strange shapes, structures and textures in Antelope Canyon.
November 2016. We went to photograph the two canyons of Antelope in the state of Arizona. These two canyons, which only measure a few hundred meters, are globally famous for their particular structures and unique colors.
Photographing Antelope Canyon has now become a real challenge; hordes of tourists form phenomenal queues at the entrance. A year ago it was still possible to book tours specially designed for 6 photographers. Today, these photo tours are becoming rare because the owners prefer to have dozens of people for a single guided tour instead of 6 photographers for 3 hours.
It is now almost impossible to use a tripod inside the canyons because there are so much people crawling in the small sandy canyons. It is necessary to work handheld with great sensitivities. Indeed, at this time of year, the light is very weak because the sun is always on the horizon; thus the light cannot vertically penetrate in the form of wells as it does in summer.
During this session at Page, we made 3 different photo sessions to make our shots. Finally, the challenge was extremely difficult.
Throughout the shooting hours, we were compelled to respect our artistic approach in order to avoid distractions. Focusing on details, we worked on textures, structures, and shapes. We did not photograph the large rooms or the skies.
The Antelope canyons are private properties managed by Navajo Indians. The admission fees have become very high over time. Several sessions are necessary to realize a very good series. Photographing Antelope Canyon has also become quite expensive. The budget for making good photos is high: several hundred dollars. This year will certainly not be the best in terms of creativity but we will certainly retain some interesting photographs that will allow us to add to our collections titled, "shades of blacks and whites" or "lights and colors".
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