Slot Canyons Workshop Day #4

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This was our sunrise shoot on Day #4 (Monday) at Big Cut, which was a scenic view off of the highway.  No hiking involved.  I was SO thankful!  For this shot, I used my fish eye lens.

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This was the sunrise shot in the opposite direction of the previous shot.  What I have learned in photographing landscapes in this workshop and the rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is to always have something prominent in the foreground.

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I liked the angle on this shot and the clouds, and don't even mind the guard rail or mile marker in the photo.  After the morning photo shoot, breakfast at Denny's and then we split up into two groups.  The first group went to Upper Antelope Canyon.  This Canyon is by far the most popular and is the most crowded.  One of the reasons it is so popular is because you can walk right in and there are no ladders to climb up and down (like in the Lower Antelope Canyon).  Also, Upper Antelope Canyon is deeper, and just more beautiful (in my opinion).  In order for all of us to get into this Canyon and photograph with our tripods, we have to divide into two groups.  I was in the second group.  We had to go to lunch at 11:00 a.m. after eating breakfast at 8:30 a.m., so I didn't go to lunch, and just ate a snack.  Our group left for Upper Antelope at 12:30 p.m.  The photo below is of some of our group ready to go into the Canyon.  

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 While we are trying to photograph with our tripods, there are still tour groups going through.  We have to stay out of their way.  The Navajos have control of both Upper, Lower and Secret Canyons.  They have their own way of doing things, and you just have to be flexible.  What may be fine one day, won't be fine the next.  Fortunately, Arizona Highways has such a good relationship with the Navajos, that we get photography passes and get to spend a longer time in the Canyon than just a regular tour group.

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Once inside the entrance of the Canyon.  Our group managed to luck out and get an opportunity to photgraph this wide open space without any one coming in.  More scenes from Upper Antelope Canyon.  I was fortunate enough to be here five years ago to take photos with my camera and tripod.  I was so glad I got to come back and photograph it again.

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This is our sunset shoot at Balanced Rocks, which wasn't much of a sunset because of the clouds 🙁

The entire group went out for our farewell dinner at Fiesta Mexicana in Page, which featured great margaritas and good food.  Since our lead photographer, Richard Maack, was good friends with Page resident, Gary Ladd, (who was the lead photographer on the Grand Canyon rafting trip I went on last year), Gary also joined us for dinner.  I was so glad to see Gary and talk to him again in person after the rafting adventure.

A great day for photography and catching up with old friends and making new ones. 

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