Antelope Canyon (Page, Arizona, USA)

The Canyons in Arizona are spectacular. But while most visitors mainly go for the Grand Canyon, there’s different beauty in Page, where you’ll find Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon

Nature Photography is not only animals. Arizona opened up with a different perspective:

Antelope Canyon , by Koen Blanquart

The lights inside (image: Koen Blanquart)


Sometimes it feels there are not enough words to describe the colors and the lights in the canyons.

Antelope Canyon by Koen Blanquart

A sun beam inside Antelope Canyon (image: Koen Blanquart)


The Upper Antelope Canyons are the most popular ones in Page. The access is at ground level. There is no climbing required. If you time your visit right, you can see the spectacular sun beams in the summer months here.

Canyon (image: Koen Blanquart)

Canyon (image: Koen Blanquart)


The Canyons are managed by the Navajo. There seems to be a lock of central coordination. Every year more companies in the Navajo tribe are formed to bring tourists here. The experience of visiting the canyons is being compromised by the amount of groups that is brought here every day.

Antelope Canyon, by koen blanquART

Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)


Some of the lighthbeams are very concentrated. Having a good guide, who knows the sequence of the sun beams in the antelope canyon, is key in capturing them.

Antelope Canyon, by koen blanquART

Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)

Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)

Canyon – HDR (Image: Koen Blanquart)


When going for all the light in the image, you can see how the water created these.

Antelope Canyon, by koen blanquART

Beams inside the canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)


The way the light plays with the walls makes every shot different than the last.

Antelope Canyon, by koen blanquART

Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)


When looking back to the images, it’s not always easy to immediately have an orientation. The beautiful curves, and the lack of a horizon, can bring you off.

Lightbeam in Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)

Lightbeam in Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)


It is getting difficult now to make images such as the one above. It gives the impression of an empty canyon, but there are many hundreds of people being rushed by their guide inside here. A tripod and some luck are as important…

An interpretation in HDR of Antelope Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)

An interpretation in HDR of the Canyon (Image: Koen Blanquart)

But there is of course more to see in Arizona.

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