Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Slot Canyon Beauty

Slot canyons of the Southwest. If you have never been in one, I highly recommend it. They are beautiful and awe-inspiring. Their huge size, the eons of time it took to carve the swirling, sweeping, exquisite shapes, the quiet mood inside them, the Native American stories they inspired, all work together to make for a very special experience.

This one is in northern Arizona and was recently opened to tourists. Virtually all slot canyons require you to have a licensed guide, and this one is no exception. They are often difficult to get to, and require a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to the start of the canyon.

The light levels inside are often quite low, and require long exposures in order to maintain good depth of field throughout the image.

I'm enjoying a scouting trip to several areas in Arizona and Utah which may eventually become part of a photo tour in the future. I'm revisiting some of my favorite places. The weather has been exciting, with snow, rain, brilliant sunshine, cool temperatures and clear air.

15 seconds, f/20, ISO 400. Canon 17-40mm f/4L lens set at 24mm on Canon 5D Mark III body. Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "When you're in the desert, you look into infinity. It makes you feel terribly small, and also in a strange way, quite big."  --David Lean

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