The unusual Antelope Canyon, located in the American Southwest is top visiting spot of America. It attracts a wide range of photographers from all over the globe. Antelope canyon with its two separate pictorial slot canyon sections: Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. The authorized tour guides help in purchasing tours which range from $30 to $80 per person, depending on the time of the day and length of the tour. The Navajo Nation gates the road to Antelope Canyon.
The eccentric Antelope Canyon today’s popular location for photographers were formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone. The Antelope Canyon has eroded passageways, with corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges.
The most attractive element of visiting the Upper Antelope Canyon is speculating the phenomena of the beaming sunrays passing through the slit and hitting the ground straight. In summers the patterns are formed more frequently. Light beams start to peek into the canyon March 15 and disappear October 7 each year. The Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo. Second reason that Tsé bighánílíní is the mainly visited by tourists is that its entrance and entire length are at ground level. Hence, it is reachable by masses. The numbers of beams in Lower Antelope Canyon (Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches” by the Navajo) are lower in comparison to Upper Antelope. It is at a distance of 5 kilometers. The visit to lower canyon can be done by either climbing or following the stair case which is recently installed.
The Antelope Canyon was opened to tourists in 1997 after the construction of Navajo Tribal Park by Navajo tribe. The photography is only possible with cameras with high definition lens which can handle an exposure range often 10 EV or more. As the light is reflected from the canyon walls and makes the completion of task a challenge for photographers.
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