Antelope Canyon: mother nature made a masterpiece - that much is clear; she didn't, however, make the picture easy to paint 📷🤷🏻♂️.
I knew the crowds would be crazy, and I'd have to frame fast, but, as someone near-constantly on the move - that's what I do best. I was outmatched, both shooting & editing, by the technical aspect of photography.
With narrow canyons and constant light reflection off the walls, even the slightest shift of the sun creates varying shades, ranging from bright yellow to deep blue. .
For the nerds 🤓... As I often do w/landscapes, I opted to shoot with bracketed images (always RAW files), essentially taking 3 simultaneous pictures, each with different exposure levels, which I layer to create a single 'HDR merge' post-processing.
This helps capture & preserve scenes with ‘high dynamic range’ (HDR) by blending both the bright highlights and dark shadows. The result is an image that requires little editing, but even still, I had numerous over-exposed/unusable shots as the light was just too much to handle. Learned a lot tho - would love to do a guided 'photography tour' here someday!
I personally think the first pic in this set is my overall best (from antelope) as it’s the most complex, but I still have one more post to share with a close runner-up, so I’ll let you be the judge 🤙🏻