It was surrealistic – and I was in ‘heaven!’
Here I was setting up my shot and the quiet of the slot canyon punctuated only by the wailing notes of the wood flute. The sounds echoed down the canyon and the total experience was fantastic.
Mouse, our Navajo guide for the next 2 1/2 hours sat down out side my shot and pulled out his flute and began playing.
It was surrealistic, and awesome at the same time. And it added to an already incredible treat! And the captivating and haunting music of the flute added to the ambiance and made the experience a once in a lifetime event!
We were the only ones on this particular group, just myself, my daughter and Mouse – as he introduced himself. It was epic.
I entranced both by the haunting melody of the tune Mouse was playing, as well as by the scenery of the sinuous slot canyon before me.
If you have never been in a slot canyon, it is a singular experience. Surrounded by rock worn smooth by water, the colors and the textures of the sandstone are wonderful! It is none thing short of spectacular!
This photograph comes from that time in Lower Antelope Canyon with Mouse as he played his flute and shot photographs, one after the other. After a while, it all begins to blend in together. There are some many shots to take that it becomes overwhelming. And the tour was for three hours in the slots. And with the haunting sounds of the flute it was simply magical!
First I have to say that no, the sandstone does not look like this photograph- too much.
But the colors are there, more nuanced and more muted. While post-processing I decided to change my color temperature more towards the cool side. As I did the purples and lushes reds that were there in the sandstone began to come forth.
I love the colors and the textures of the stone, it makes for a wonderful image. This series of images are definitely among my more ‘artistic’ as I took liberties with with the processing.
I cropped this photograph and edited in Adobe Lightroom only. It didn’t need any further processing in Adobe Photoshop. This photograph was taken with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mark II with my Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 (version 1 of the lens).
I shot the photograph at f/8 at 0.6 second shutter and ISO of 100 to get the least amount of noise. As the subject was sandstone I could have shot at an higher ISO setting. But I had my tripod (a requirement of the 3 hour visit by the way) so felt OK shooting at such a low ISO setting.
The slot canyons are darker than you would think! And the light play is what makes the location so enchanting. I can’t wait for my next visit!