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Self-Portrait, Lower Antelope Canyon

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 18 November 2009 in Landscape & Rural.


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Rarely do I ever make self-portraits, but I was so inspired by an image the late-Galen Rowell captured of himself in Antelope Canyon which first appeared in Mountain Light, that I decided to give it a try. Thanks in large part to the off-season lack of crowds, fellow photographer Gary Hart and I actually had the 1/4-mile slot canyon to ourselves for most of the morning! It was an incredible experience to be able to photograph Antelope Canyon at a leisurely pace. In a two-plus hour period, I counted two tour groups (and they quickly rushed past), then the canyon would return to a surreal quiet. At one point, one of the young tour guides strolled through the canyon playing his guitar and singing some beautiful songs.

I felt the only way to truly show the depth of the canyon was to add a human form to give a sense of scale. With no other willing models around, I decided to jump in. There is really not a lot to say about this image other than it hopefully gives you a sense of what it is like being inside one of these true marvels of nature.

If you would like to join Gary and I in Upper Antelope Canyon this May (along with visits to the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Sedona), please click this link: Northern Arizona Workshop.

This was an extremely popular workshop last year and sold-out two months prior to the start date. I still have some openings if you would like to join in the fun this year. Send me an e-mail through my website and I will forward you more information.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 16/5 second F/16.0 ISO 200 24 mm

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