“Quick! Give me your jacket! I want to cover my camera!” – demanded the guy next to me.
I glanced down at my equipment – a seven year old DSLR camera and a twenty-dollar tripod I acquired from Best Buy the day before my flight, and his gears – two DSLR cameras, one with a telephoto lens and a solid tripod – I figured that he must be serious.
We were a group of ten participating in a photo tour in the Upper Antelope Canyon.
It was the end of May and the canyon was already awash with tourists.
We’ve been shooting incessantly since we got there
Before a sudden wind gust blasted the sand into the canyon blanketing us with sand dusts.
one can easily get carried away.
Antelope Canyon lies on Navajo Nation. To visit, it is required to sign up with a tour operator. There are two types of tours available: sightseeing and photography. With sightseeing tour, you will learn about canyon history, its geological formation and an unfortunate event that happened years ago. With photography tour (DSLR camera and tripod required), the guide(s) will help you set up your equipment, locate the best spot and hold the crowd when you take the photo.
To get to the canyon from the meeting point, you will likely be riding on the back of these pickup trucks, which is bumpy and dusty. Leave your fancy cloths at home and carry a scarf or a bandanna to cover your face or equipment. Bring water!
In addition to Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona is also known for Horseshoe Bend.
The short walk from the parking lot, can be tormenting under late spring/summer heat and direct sunlight. There are no barriers at the edge.
We stayed in Page for two nights and ate at Big John’s Texas BBQ both nights.
Briskets and ribs are their specialty.
On some nights, there’s also a band playing outside next to the communal tables.
And free line dancing lessons 🙂
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GPS 36 53 17 N, 111 22 4 W