“If you stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in to be in the right frame of mind, and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer, and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is, a spiritual experience.
Antelope Canyon is a naturally formed canyon that is often referred to as the most photogenic of all of Arizona’s natural wonders. The Native Navajo call it “Tsé bighánílíní,” or “Where the water runs through rocks.” The entire canyon system was formed by the erosion of the soft Navajo Sandstone in the area over thousands of years.
Thousands of people have walked through these canyons, and many more thousands of photos have been taken here. If you’re planning a visit here, it helps to pay a little extra and get a personal guide to lead you through the canyons. Otherwise, you will be stuck in a mass of people and it will be virtually impossible to get a good photo without someone in it.
PHOTO TIP – ADDING DEPTH TO YOUR PHOTOS: Incorporating a sense of depth is one of the things that you have a lot of control over. It can improve the vitality of the image and it’s also fun to experiment with. Most photographers know that a good foreground can really make an image pop. To take it a step further; ensure that there is a foreground, mid-ground, and background to your images so that you can take control of the sense of depth in an image. This helps to lead the viewers eyes into the photo and gives it more of a three dimensional effect.