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Slot canyons in north Arizona.

I just thought there was a significant drop in quality of shots in my previous post, hence this post – dag out of my old drafts.

Slot canyons are created by water going down trough the rock at very high speed. Slot canyons are usually very deep and narrow, The two canyons that we have visited are Rattle Sneak and Antelope Canyons, both located not far away from each other in north part of Arizona. The place is located on Indian reservation, and it is fully ran by local people. For better experience – we have booked a photo tour, where groups are very small with private coach. The big advantage of having coach is because the time you have to spend in the canyons is limited, and knowing where to go to get the best out of it is crucial. Especially if you are first time in this place. The coach showed us all of the sweat spots as well as helped in keeping place people-free. Each time we were ready for taking the shots, for example when we had our tripods set up, he would stop the crowds from walking in to our frames – great stuff and well worth paying extra.

We meet our coach on the desert car park beside the highway at around 10 AM. The car park was fenced in west style, small primitive shed gave a bit of break from the sun. There was few cars parked ready for a ride to the dust. After paying our fee, we were loaded in groups of four in to the cars. In our car – apart from Me and Dale – we had a French couple, very nice people. Few miles down the paved road we have entered a park lands. After few starts and stops, forward and backward moves, our driver managed to turn on the four wheel drive mechanism – I think that the car has seen it’s best times long time ago. From here on we were cruising on the sand.

After 10 minutes of bumpy drive, which somehow reminded a ride on the boat – we arrived at the first stop of this trip, it supposed to be an introduction to the great finale that was planned for later on. The small canyon, started inconspicuous, few small holes in the rock, ladder to claim up and then another ladder down to the very narrow pass. As soon as we spotted a shape, shade or interesting light – we started shooting. This part, I’m not going to talk about, as pictures are there to look at.

After spending an hour in the small canyon, we headed out for the big one. Right after entering trough the opening in the canyon wall, we have landed in place, that is probably the most photographed part in this place. This is the only one time I ave recognized the “shape of candle”. Later during our walk inside the canyon, our coach was pointing to different rocks and trying to make us see several shapes. None of which I could recognize.

Here is a small gallery of pictures from that trip. I hope you’ll enjoy.

 

 

 

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