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Upper Antelope Canyon, outside of Page, AZ

This is one of the few slot canyons that survived being flooded by Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam, and is probably the most famous slot canyon in the world.
Upper Antelope can only be reached on a guided Navajo tour, due to a flash flood that took the lives of 12 tourists in 1997. It is narrow at the top and widens as it descends. This allows the little bit of sun that gets in to bounce around all the curves and lines in the walls. It is this reflected light that makes the canyon come alive with glowing reds and oranges, and also allows sunbeams to come in, Antelope Canyon's most famous feature.

The "Essence of Light" series, featuring the marvelous sunbeams of Page, AZ's Antelope Canyon

This is about as close to symmetrical as you can get in Antelope Canyon. To give you some idea of how crowded it is in there, there were about 5 other photographers around me shooting the same beam, and a 20-person tour group behind us, waiting for our 30 second exposures to finish before they went on their way.


*EDIT*
Wow..... my first DD. It's all too much you guys, really. I just want to thank everyone, especially those that I've gotten to know in my relatively short time here.
Also, I've been getting alot of requests to change the frame, so I think I just might, though I don't really have the time at the moment. Maybe in the next few days.
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Given 2006-06-05
On the dark moments of our life, sometimes all we need is to search for the Essence of Light IV by =AcousticAlchemy ( Featured by garrit )
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Cloudopolis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
One of the best shots of a slot canyon I've seen, and I've seen a lot. All the elements are handled very well, and they are difficult elements. I've done Lower Antelope, and understand the challenges.
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Thanks for the praise. It means a lot. I do think that not a lot of people appreciate just how difficult of a lighting situation slot canyons present. They certainly reward those who put in the effort (and invest in a tripod...) however, as I'm sure you know!

Please take a look at my website at [link] There's a lot more similar work in there if you liked this shot.
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crazycrash Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow looks like a pic from peter lik
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:iconbuble:
Buble Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!!!!
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:iconceciliafae:
ceciliafae Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
It almost looks like, if you were to touch it, you could grab the light in your hands... amazing. Thanks for sharing. :-)
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:iconhermione75:
Hermione75 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you don't mind my presumption, I use this pic,
[link]
if you mind:
a. I apologize
b. will remove the pic as soon as I can point and click (i.e. this is a temp posting pending your approval(.
(I am also sorry if I asked you before and forgot about it….)
c. I will not turn this into a print unless you ask me to.
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Villanelle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008   Photographer
Wow, that's amazing :clap:
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:iconneitheea:
Neitheea Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
beautifull...:heart:

:sun:
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:iconrockstead:
Rockstead Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Gorgeous.

Oh How I Love The Light! The Canyon! The Rock! The Beauty!
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:iconnaamah-sith:
naamah-sith Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007   Photographer
:faint: Goergeous! :clap: :+fav:
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This deviation has been chosen as a feature of the week
on *Word-worth-1000-pics which is a community project
promoting artists on dA.
It has been found browsing from the word of the week : "LIGHT/s " :lightbulb:

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:bulletblue: F.A.Q. : [link]
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Dreaming-Neon-Black Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
i've always wanted to go to antelope canyon...
Amazing photo. and congrats on the DD :D
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sound-slept-angel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
WOW THIS CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE IT!
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:iconshadowwolf:
Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tooo beautiful for words :3
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:iconjesideas:
jesideas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
I love it! Beautiful!
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FoxDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing shots. Very nice!
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minormiracle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
amazing shot! However, the frame you chose weakens the powerful image that you captured. It's a very rich shot, rich colors, and rich contrast, but the frame in my opinion cheapens it.
Great job though.
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
Thanks! You're definitely not the first to criticize the frame.
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Lucanos Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful.
Kind of looks like something out of one of the Indiana Jones films - the golden lance of sunlight cutting down into a cave.
Just beautiful!
:+fav:
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006
Thank you :)
Interesting, I never thought of that scene....
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heraldoftruth Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
I was recently backpacking just near there in the Paria canyon, which is similar in that it has a lot of sections that are pure slot canyon, and they are extremely hard to photograph, so I can really appreciate this shot. Great job.
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006
I hiked a bit of the Paria canyon myself, although I did not do the thru-hike. I hope to go back someday and do the entire hike. It's beautiful there.
Thank you for your kind words :)
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heraldoftruth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006
Well to be honest, we didn't hike all the way through, we just hiked down Wire pass to the confluence, camped there, spent the next day hiking down the Paria before camping, then hiking back to the confluence the next day, and finally hiking out White House. We decided that the lower Paria might be too open and unpleasantly hot. It really is beautiful there and in that entire region (Iíve done a lot of hiking in the Escalante Grand Staircase as well). Hope you get a chance to go back and finish the hike though, it is really spectacular.

Herald
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dragonspeaker Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous shot, and I found your comments and information very interesting. A well deserved Daily Deviation! :+fav:
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
Thank you :)
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teenie-beanie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Oh congratulations! I knew it was just a matter of time for one of these. :heart:
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
:) Thanks for the support :hug:
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teenie-beanie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Always.
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becauseidothis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006   Photographer
Was this not in the most recent issue of Shutterbug?
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Hm I don't think so, although Antelope Canyon is a very popular place with photographers, so I imagine plenty of Antelope Canyon light beam shots go through the magazine now and then.
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DVeditor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work - the colors and composition are very strong and I really like the way the light is so defined! Superb work!
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Thanks!
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fondued-jicama Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Hobbyist
I've always been drawn to the slot canyons. I've never been to one, but when I'm older I'd love to go- perhaps not alone, since... I don't want to die. =p But it looks so lovely and raw and wild.
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Hehe, you really don't have to worry about the slot canyons unless there is forecasted thunderstorms in a 10 mile radius, which there very rarely is during the dry season. I would highly suggest going sometime though, their beauty is absolutely unparalleled. Bar none, Antelope Canyon is the most fantastic place I have ever been.
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wazna Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
:clap:
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
:hug:
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truemarmalade Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
Does the light really form a beam that defined, or is it reflecting off dust in the air?
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
The light is there, but sand and dust in the air of the canyon makes them more pronounced. On perfectly clear still days with no sand and dust blowing in to the canyon the light beams are not as defined. They are still visible, to be sure, just not as defined. But on any other day, or if some sand is thrown into the light, they stand out in their full glory. This is very close to what I saw in person.
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wild-paradox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
While I won't deny that this is a beautiful image, I strongly believe that it has been enhanced. The ray is too perfect. It is exactly symmetrical and the same width from the top of the image to the bottom. Naturally, the light should spread out as it gets further from the hole in the top of the cavern. It is my opinion that this is not worthy a DD because of this editing and its catagorical placement. If it were in "Darkroom" it would be more acceptable. However there are many other image in your gallery which are more deserving of such an honor.
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Sorry, while I am somewhat flattered that you don't think it is real, this is completely unedited besides very slight curves and contrast in Photoshop. If you'd like, I could show you the original file. The light beams in Antelope Canyon don't behave like normal rays of light. Most of the smaller ones like this one are perfect cylinders, without any spread towards the bottom. Again, I'd be happy to show you the original file.

Cheers!

-Ben
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ioreksgal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
That's amazing, it's almost too pretty to be real. Great shot!
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Thanks! :)
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:iconioreksgal:
ioreksgal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
That's amazing, it's almost too pretty to be real. Great shot!
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B3ANBAG Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
Holy crap! That look insanely awesome!.. looks like it's rendered and not a photo! Rad job! :D
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Thanks! Definitely not a render though ;)
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rapidograph Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Professional Filmographer
... a gorgeous vision and a remarkable capture... makes me wish I could witness something like that someday...

... what's really cool is that another shot of Antelope Canyon got a DD about 2 months ago HERE... it's interesting to compare and contrast the two...
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AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Thank you my friend :) I sincerely hope that you do get to experience the slot canyons one day. They are an experience no one should ever miss.

I am familiar with Pat's work, and her shot is wonderful as well. Very deserving of the DD. I think it is more like my Essence of Light V shot than this one though.
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simba Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
I am speechless. Amazing capture. :clap:
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:iconacousticalchemy:
AcousticAlchemy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Thank you :)
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:iconazshanara:
Azshanara Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
OO This is love. No, really I'm serious. I wish that dam was gone...we need more places like this.
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