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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

A Photographic Tour of Upper Antelope Canyon

Updated: Jun 12

This was my 2nd time here and Lorna's first but it wouldn't be our last.

Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land in Arizona and is made up of 5 canyons, with Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope being two of the most popular. Due to its popularity, advanced reservations are highly recommended and the only way to visit is through a tour operator. There are many of them in Page AZ. The next morning, we met Charlie, our tour guide from Overland Canyon Tours, which unfortunately is no longer in business, for a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon. We spent a couple of hours exploring the canyon's beautiful sandstone walls, which have been formed by years of wind and rain erosion. The canyon is particularly famous for the light beams that reach the walls, which can be up to 120 feet high, and for the stunning colors and designs in the swirling sandstone walls.

After we made the drive from Page down the long, sandy wash and entered the canyon the walls were etched with intricate patterns and colors that seem to shift and change with the light. The narrow passageways create a sense of intimacy, as we wound our way through the canyon, following the twists and turns of the rock formations. The color, texture, and patterns in the canyon walls are ever-changing as the light changes. Unfortunately, you can no longer take tripods into the canyon and since this site has become much more popular over the years but with a good SLR and the right settings it is still possible to get good-quality handheld images.

Light beam in Upper Antelope Canyon turns the sculpted, sand, stone walls and orange color
Light beam in Upper Antelope Canyon

2Light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon turns the sculpted sandstone walls and orange color
2 Light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon

Light beam in Upper Antelope Canyon with sand falling off of a ledge
Light beam in Upper Antelope Canyon

Light beam in Upper Antelope Canyon turns the sculpted, sand, stone walls and orange color
Light beam in Upper Antelope Canyon

In conclusion, Antelope Canyon is a natural wonder that truly takes your breath away. Its stunning sandstone walls, intricate designs, and magical light beams make it a must-visit destination. Despite the need for advanced reservations and the requirement to visit through a tour operator, it's definitely worth the effort.

Do you want to see other areas near Page AZ to explore?

Explore Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Hoodoos

"Discovering the Natural Wonder of Arizona's South Coyote Buttes"

Off the Beaten Path: Discovering an Abandoned Corral

Off the Beaten Path: Exploring the Stunning Hoo-Doos of Stud-Horse Point

Discovering the Wonders of Rainbow Bridge: A Perfect Day on the Water

Exploring the Majestic Wave of North Coyote Buttes

Lower Antelope Canyon: A Natural Wonder in Arizona

How to Visit Horseshoe Bend

White Pocket Guided Tour

Exploring Antelope Canyon X

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

While I leave most of the photography to Mick, I do like to dabble with photography and every once in a while end up with the best image. I like taking a small tripod in my backpack. Using a tripod when taking pictures with an iPhone can offer several advantages:

  1. Improved Stability: A tripod can provide a stable platform for your iPhone, which can help reduce camera shake and keep your photos sharp and clear, particularly in low-light conditions or when taking long exposures.

  2. Consistent Framing: When you use a tripod, you can more easily achieve a consistent composition and framing in your shots, making it easier to compare and organize your photos.

  3. Hands-free Operation: A tripod allows you to set up your iPhone and then step away, leaving your hands free to adjust settings or interact with your subjects.

  4. Creative Flexibility: A tripod can allow you to experiment with different angles, perspectives, and creative techniques, such as time-lapse or long-exposure photography, that would be difficult to achieve hand-held.

  5. Professional Quality: With the use of a tripod, your photos can take on a more professional look and feel. A tripod can help you take more time and care with your shots, which can result in a more polished final product.

Overall, using a tripod when taking pictures with an iPhone can enhance the quality and creativity of your photography, making it a useful tool for both amateur and professional photographers.

If you're wondering what to do next in the Page AZ area try?

Monument Valley's Scenic Splendor

Lower Antelope Canyon


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