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04/24/2008 01:06:51 AM · #1
I am planning on a trip to the antelope canyon, just looking for some tips regarding any particular tours to take, photographic equipment and general recommendations for shot settings?

Thanks
04/30/2008 06:54:54 PM · #2
The tour companies all charge about the same price, so basically you just pick whichever one you want. If I remember correctly there are 4 to 5 companies that offer the tour. There is the regular tour, which is about an hour and half long, almost half of that spent traveling to the canyon. There is also the photographer's tour, which lasts about two and a half hours, and is more than the twice the price, but you do tour with a much smaller group (4 to 5 people versus hundreds.) Also I believe they take you to another part of the canyon that can only be accessed by ladder.

Last year I went on the regular tour around 11:30 in the morning. Whatever you do, don't chose this time! It is the most crowded because it is advertised as the best time to see the pillars of light. Come to find out afterwards, the earlier morning tour (around 9 am I believe) has wonderful lighting as well and is much less crowded.

A few people brought tripods, but to me, it seemed they were more of a hindrance than anything. Of course, we had very little time to change camera settings and take photos because we were being herded through so fast. It was also hard to get full shots from the ground up because of the amount of people. As for camera settings, the light in the various part of the canyon can change drastically, so really you almost had to change them for each shot.

Overall though, it was an amazing experience; for me it was what really got me into photography. Oh, don't forget to keep an eye on the weather, the canyon can become closed due to flash floods.
04/30/2008 11:28:05 PM · #3
Thanks for the info. I was there this last weekend. I took the tour by Navajo Tours. I found this the cheapest. $25 for the regular 1 hour tour (not including the travel time to the entrance of the canyon) and $40 for the photo tour which lasts 2 hours. I was there from 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM and the light had started deteriorating towards the end of the tour. No light pillars at this time though and the place was relatively less crowded, so ample time to take 30s exposures :)

Will post pictures soon
04/30/2008 11:35:06 PM · #4
If you can swing it, go in the off-season. We drove right up to Lower Antelope, paid the keepers there, got a photography pass, and climbed around by ourselves for 2-3 hours from maybe 11:00 to 2:00. Only bumped into a handful of people.
04/30/2008 11:39:10 PM · #5
Jason - what time of the year did you go? I thinking of going back down to the SW this fall.
04/30/2008 11:43:14 PM · #6
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Jason - what time of the year did you go? I thinking of going back down to the SW this fall.


We went first week of April. I bet fall would be good too.

Message edited by author 2008-04-30 23:43:34.
05/01/2008 12:15:40 AM · #7
I went to the upper antelope canyon. here are some of the pictures.
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Message edited by author 2008-05-01 00:22:23.
05/01/2008 01:09:14 AM · #8
Originally posted by sudhi:

I went to the upper antelope canyon. here are some of the pictures.
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These are beautiful. The first is my favourite. What a wonderful study in colour and texture.
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