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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I returned to Upper Antelope Canyon in the Spring of 2007. My memories of the place still fresh in my mind, and determined more than ever to do more justice with my camera to capture its amazing beauty.

You can now only enter Upper Antelope by signing up for a guided tour from Page, and tours typically last from about an hour to a maximum of two hours. I signed up once again for the photography tour, which had a maximum group size of 12 people. We entered the slot just as the rays began to filter into the canyon, and with our trusted guide, managed to catch each and every one of them as they pierced into the canyon, illuminating the spot for about five to ten minutes, and then faded into the darkness, much like the teleporter beam from the Starship Enterprise. Later on I was told that the beams are typically seen in the canyon between March and September each year so its best to go around these times.

Armed with a better knowledge of aperture settings and the workings of my camera, I managed to capture even more of the incandescent orange and red hues than I did the first time around. It is said that practice makes perfect, and for me the practice paid off. I've had my Nikon D200 for almost a year now, and I can't commend enough as a great camera for the professional amateur.

I left the canyon clutching my camera which contained the precious pictures, happy that I had the chance once again to come to this photographer's paradise. Here are the fruits of my labour then...enjoy!
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