Antelope Canyon in Black & White   Leave a comment

Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona is the most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, and probably in the world for that matter.  From photography pioneers like Ansel Adams to point-and-shoot vacationers, there is no shortage of photographers who have visited this stunning place.  Not for the claustrophobic, Antelope can be over 100 feet high but narrow enough in places for an adult to touch both walls at the same time.  There is an upper canyon and a lower canyon.  Most tourists visit the upper one as it has easy walk-in access.  The lower canyon requires ladders to descend into the canyon and better footwear than sneakers or sandals.

I visited the upper canyon in 2004 with my tripod and SLR and probably captured two hundred images in the two hours we were there.  I’ve posted some of them in prior blogs but today was the first time that I converted any to black and white.  The result is a new look (for me) at an old subject.  No longer needing to worry about color tone and saturation, the focus becomes form, shadow, and contrast.  Wind and water carved a surreal path through the Arizona landscape, and the interplay of light and shadow shows its beauty better than any man-made light could ever hope to.

I like the results, but you be the judge.


Posted July 25, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Travel Photography

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