Shaft of light in Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon had always been on my bucket list to visit, but I had never expected to find myself in a situation to visit it. Ever since the canyon appeared in National Geographic on numerous magazine covers, it’s been a dream of mine to photograph the place. We specifically made a point of visiting Page and the canyon while driving around Arizona on my recent trip but all did not go to plan.

We had  purposely booked three nights in Page in order to visit the canyon, which was great as the first day we visited we unfortunately could not visit the canyon due to the chance for flash floods, which was very unfortunate as we had booked the ‘photographer’s tour’ but had to settle for the standard tourist tour the next day. This would have been fine, but the photographer’s tour was when those lovely shafts of light appear and the tourist’s tour had hundreds of people walking though the tiny slot canyon at the same time :/ Also apparently there are less people in the canyon during a photographer’s tour. Oh well!

Antelope Canyon is one of those spots where you know you’ve seen a photo of at some point in your life, but was never aware of exactly where it was. Few geological formations are as picturesque and awe-inspirin, with tall winding walls, it’s a monumental sandstone sculpture. Just the colours on display throughout the area is a photographer’s dream, the canyon is known for its wave-like structure and the light beams that shine directly down into the openings of the canyon.