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Photographer's Note

My fourth post from Antelope Canyon, Arizona.

The first time I ever even heard of Antelope Canyon was here on TrekEarth and as a result I made sure my plans included a visit to this magnificent place while on my annual west coast trip for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The only legal access to Antelope Canyon is by a licensed Navajo guide. The guide on our tour suggested that this time of year is best for visiting and photographing the canyon even though the shafts of light you see in other photos do not occur at this time of year. However, the light was amazing because of how low the sun was in the sky coupled with the slight overcast.

I have read warnings of the severe dust problem and the effects (very bad ones at that) the dust has on camera equipment. The dust apparantly is so fine it manages to find its way into every possible nook and cranny and is especially bad on a windy day. There was absolutely no dust on the day I was there, which is yet another great plus of visiting in December.

Another major problem serious photographers run in to is how popular Antelope Canyon is for tourists during tourist season (the warm months) and getting the spectacular shot you want is difficult because of so many people walking around in there. Our tour included the guide and a total of 4 tourists/photographers and we had the place to ourselves.....it was great.

Thanks again to all of you TE members who informed me of Antelope Canyon's existence.

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