Rocky, Antelope Canyon’s Guard Dog

Rocky, Antelope Canyon's Guard Dog

When I booked my trip to Southern Utah I never thought the following 2 things: that it would be snowing and that Id return to Page, AZ. I had made a trip to Page a couple months earlier and taken care of Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend and gotten great photos already — no need to return so soon. Unfortunately the blizzard that blew into Bryce National Park caused most of the park to close. Since we planned to hike The Wave the following day we had 2 options: stay in Kanab, UT or stay in Page, AZ. It was only 10:30am when we left Bryce and theres nothing to photograph near Kanab so we decided wed head to Page, pick up a permit for The Wave, and hit up Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend.

When we arrived at Lower Antelope Canyon I asked if there was a self-guided tour we could do by ourselves, since I already knew the place and didnt need a guide. The woman told us no, wed have to go in with a guide and that wed be the only ones on the 1.5 hour tour. I told her we had to go get our cameras and we could set out. When we got back and the guide realized we had tripods and fancy cameras he told us that we could venture in the Canyons for 2 hours by ourselves as part of their photo-tour. Perfect We literally had the entire Lower Antelope Canyon to ourselves for 2 hours — we only saw people as we rushed out 1 hour and 50 minutes later

My previous visit to Lower Antelope Canyon had been during the morning light. While I think that overall there was better light in the morning, the afternoon light was also spectaclar and slightly different. We only found good light in 2 or 3 places but in those places it was even more stunning than the morning light. Morning light brought mostly oranges and yellows but in the afternoon the purple colors came out In one photo we could capture amazing purples, yellows AND oranges. Stunning

I came to this spot towards the end of the canyon. The light was hitting the canyon walls beautifully and I noticed that the shape of this rock looked kinda like a dog or a wolfs face. You can make out the nose, eyes, and mouth in the rock in the center. I call this dog Rocky: Antelope Canyons spiritual guard dog He played quite nice with us while we were exploring :)

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S:
70mm, f/10, 1/5 sec, ISO 200, Tripod
NO HDR — minor curves, dodge/burning only

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.