This is a closer look at the rock formations just at the left of the entrance to Upper Antelope Canyon.
A tour of Upper Antelope Canyon starts will a ride to park at this location of red rocks. This rock formation is just to the left of the entrance
This is the actual entrance into the canyon looking into the first room of the canyon as you enter.
This is a photograph looking deeper into the first chamber from the outside entrance of Upper Antelope Canyon
My first time looking closely at the walls of Upper Antelope Canyon at the main tentrance. The light creates such a drastic orange and yellow, but also in there were the colors of purple and blue. You can see the lines where the rain has dripped down from the top and run down the sides in verticle direction
What may not be well known is that the majority of the beauty in Antelope Canyon is from looking up. There is a small opening along the canyon, which is the sole source of light in what would otherwise be a cavern. This small opening for light is what creates the dramatic photos. There is only a very short window in which light can enter the canyon from above.
Upon settping into Upper Antelope Canyon, the first chamber is rather open and wide, unlike other areas of the canyon which can be very narrow and only a couple feet wide.
The first lesson I had when entering Upper Antelope Canyon was that all of the light and most of the interest comes from looking straight up. This photograph is about the light and color at the top as it fades into the cool blue at the bottom. Not all of red rock is red.
I spent some time adjusting to what I was seeing. I was not really prepared for what I should have expected in Antelope Canyon. I had not yet switched over to the DSLR because I was not ready to deal with the light. Here you can see at the top the orgne and blue colors on the walls. The light was starting to fade.
This is one of the few first photographs I took while inside the first chamber of Upper Antelope Canyon. The sun enters through the small crack at the top, and very little light enters the cavern. I soon had to figure out what I needed to do in order to photograph the canyon.
Moving around the first chamber of Upper Antelope Canyon to find a spot to take a photograph, adjust the camera, and more. I realized I was in for a more difficult shoot than I imagined. I had to find my settings. My I also discovered that I had the wrong cable release, and the head of my tripod was loose.
I realized when I had left the tour office that there will be other tours. I didn't realize how many other places were also providing tours, and how quickly each will have to move through. The candle is what the call this view in the first room where everyone stops to take a photograph. Most people, take the photograph of themsevles. I took this photo as I was trying to find an exposure that worked.
Still in the candle chamber, the first room inside Upper Antelope Canyion, I continued experimenting with how I would continue through the canyon getting photographs. I was not going to get the grain I needed by increasing my ISO, so I resorted to increasing time. Fortunately, I did have my tripod, just not my cable release, so I had to figure out how to reduce my count down to something shorter. I had an issue between allowing enough time for the camera to stop shaking on the loose tripod, and short enough so I wasn't in a spot for minutes trying to get a shot.
Photograph of inside Upper Antelope Canyon with my iPhone. The light was low, and I was still adjusting the other camera, and almost afraid I wasn't going to get the setup I needed to use my DSLR. I kept taking photographs with the iPhone.
After a few experiments, I was able to finally get close to the exposure I would need going forward. I was directed by the tour guide to come forward and look at what they call the candle. I am not sure if I got the exact position she was referencing, but you can see the glow and flames through the walking path.
After the tour behind us had passed, I was able to get anouther view of the Candle chamber. Now you can see the glow caused by the light from the entrance and the swirls on the wall.
Although I don't remember the exactly location of this photograph, I recall what it was like stepping away from all of the light of the entrance, and into the darkness that would become the rest of the canyon. Here you can see how the light is filtering down from above. There were a lot of places where the rocks were gray, and not red.
After taking an iPhone shot of the same location. I took the shot with the DSLR. I was hopeful I had a standing exposure, as I was now learning to deal with the loose tripod head and the timer, but I soon would learn I was wrong. Nonetheless, you can see the light of the sun from above and the blue, purple and orange as it fades down across the different colored rocks.
Now well into the canyon was our first sights of the lighting effects of the sun above against the red canyon walls. I began to realize the challenge I was going to be facing. Dark canyons with strong light source from above. You could never know how much sunlight was going to enter the canyon. In some places the sun was bright, other areas required a flashlight to be able to see.
This photograph fives an idea of what the canyon is like. Although a view of the lcoation from satellite is probably more informative, the canyon is just under a small crack in the earth that lets the light in and provides the great colors and interest that makes up Upper Antelope Canyon.
Moving deeper into Upper Antelope Canyon the beauty really begins to reveal itself. As the direct sunlight begins to disolve into a lot of reflected light, the shapes and colors of the rocks really begin to reveal themselves.
As I moved in deeper I realized I could no longer count on the high ISO and faster shutter speeds. The light really faded away and the only way to capture the detail and the subtley of the light reflecting around the room and onto the rocks was to recapture the f/stop and the ISO. Although I only had so much I could do using the timer and my shaky tripod. Notice the blue, purple, orange and red.
This is another example of where the rock had blue, purple, red and orange colors.
Before we got into the areas that were so very red I kept noticing the blues and purple colors of the water that has dripped it's way down the rocks. The blue color almost looks like paint.
Another photograph looking at the rock formations as the walls climb up to the crack that formed the canyon
There were not many places where you could get a visual of canyon itself. The canyon twists and turns and has very narrow passages. Here you can see a straight shot of a pathway that opened up.
This view of the large corridore inside Upper Antelop Canyon. This photograph shows the even floor of the room. With all of the crazy walls, the most ironic part is how smoth and even the floor surface is.
This rocks was very interesting in person. It just hovered over the pathway.
Sitting under the rock that floats out into one of the rooms I took a shot upward.
When I came to this section of Upper Antelope Canyon, the sky opened up. This was one of the few areas where the sky was visible. I was fascinated wth being deep down inside of a dark canyon and then looking up to the bright daylight with a small bright plant at the top of it all that was just glowing in the sunlight.
In order to see this opening you have to lay down on the ground and shoot upward. However, with the rock formations and the lighting create an undeniable shape of a heart.
I can remember walking through the canyon and it seemed everywhere I looked was something of interest. Every angle was just as amazing as the last.

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