Lower Antelope Canyon
Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Here are eight photos from Lower Antelope Canyon, part of the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park near Page, Arizona.
Antelope Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon that has separate upper and lower sections. Upper Antelope Canyon is shorter, easy to walk through, and more famous for countless photos capturing light beams entering the canyon. Lower Antelope Canon is approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) long, and hiking through it requires more effort, with ladders, tight squeezes, and awkward footing. It is not for anyone with claustrophobia.
When I visited in 2006, I was able to hike through Lower Antelope Canyon on my own, but according to the Navajo Nation's website, guided tours are now required for both sections. One can drive to the lower canyon, whereas the upper canyon is reached by a jeep ride from a tour provider.
The canyon is an outstanding and challenging place for photography. It generally requires long exposures and avoiding direct lighting that yields severe contrast problems.