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I have seen Antelope Canyon several times in the popular daytime - complete with crowds and noise. In fact, this magical slot canyon is well known for its mid-day shafts of light that creatively penetrate through the curvy sandstone. I had always wondered what this place would be like at night. And when I had a last minute chance to go the first time, I jumped! Although the first night was super clouded and windy, I was allowed to try the next night before my time ran out exploring this desert domain around Page, Arizona. I was lucky, however, to find the next night lacking clouds or wind.
Finally, there I was, standing in the dark cracks in the earth with the stars peering in from above - no crowds or sounds at all. It was so different at night compared to the day. Here, star and moonlight ricocheted softly around the Navajo sandstone.
In this completely dark corner of Upper Antelope slot canyon, I softly light painted strategic areas of the canyon with small red LED lights. The red color of the LEDs forced the camera’s color balance to expose the sky with a vivid blue. Along with long 15 second exposures and light painting, an image of wonderful perspective and soulful adventure emerges - complete with beaming moonlight invading the darkness of the subterranean sandstone world.
Even though I was focused on tweaking the camera's settings and position, I was warned to watch my standing area and the canyon walls for huge Brown Recluse spiders (as one ran under my tripod). Now this sounds like a place in hell for most people, but I couldn't be more grateful for the night hikes experience into Antelope Canyon.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona USA
Limited Editions 100
Artist Proofs 5
Light painted with red LED
Judge Comment: "Image is highly technical and extremely well shot using a variety of techniques that work well together!"
Tokyo Int'l Foto Awards TIFA 2019/2020 GOLD Panoramic
World's Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2019 Bronze Award
OneEyeland Photograph of the Day, May 2019
EPSON Int'l Panoramic Awards 2019 Bronze Award
Neutral Density Int'l Awards 2019 Honorable Mention
IPA Int'l Photography Awards 2019 Honorable Mention
Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Awards 2019 Silver Award
World's Top 10 Fine Art Photography Awards 2019 Silver Award
ePHOTOzine Photography Submissions 2019 Highly Commended Award,
Guest Editor's Award, Reader's Choice Award
I-Shot-It World Photography Contests 2019 Mark of Excellence Award
Viewbug Int'l 2019 People's Choice in American Southwest Photo Challenge
Anual Photography Awards APA 2019 Honorable Mention
RISE Int'l Photography Awards 2020 Silver
WPE Europe Awards 2020 Silver Awarded