Upper Antelope Canyon
Near Page, AZ
The Antelope Canyons (both Upper and Lower) are a photographer’s playground. The surreal colors created by the reflective sunlight combined with the ever-changing sandstone waves can produce some of the most exquisite abstracts anywhere in the southwest or even the world. I can say without hesitation, these canyons are some of the most incredible places I have ever visited.
The canyons are constantly changing (from flash floods), so the time of year and even the time of day can make the same location look completely different. What makes photographing the canyons so distinctive is the camera often will see a totally different color spectrum than the human eye will. The unequal color temperatures (Kelvin, not Fahrenheit) inside the canyons render reds, purples, blues, and oranges that your eye simply does not see.
There are two separate Antelope Canyons just outside Page, AZ: The Upper and the Lower Canyons are just up the road and across the highway from each other. It is a bit confusing, as the Upper Canyon is south side of the highway and the Lower Canyon is on the north side of the highway. The Upper Canyon is wider and shorter and is home to some unbelievable photographic opportunities. The Lower Canyon is narrower, longer and possesses some of the greatest abstracts anywhere.
The sunbeams in the Upper Antelope Canyon helped to put Page, AZ, on the map, and are home to the Peter Lik masterpiece, “The Ghost.” This short slot canyon has produced some of the most famous images in the southwest. But fame sometimes comes at a price— and that price is the circus of tourists and visitors each day.