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Twister

Antelope Canyon is one of those places that keeps calling to me whenever I would see pictures of it but being inside the canyon and seeing it with my own eyes is an experience all onto itself. The colours, the light…the crowds 😦

I am grateful that I took a photo tour. Without a guide holding back the crowds it would be impossible to get a decent shot. As it was we had approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to set up and shoot each shot. I’m glad that we had started with Rattlesnake Canyon first as it gave me an opportunity to try different settings in a less crowded canyon and at a more relaxed pace.

In the end it was worth it. Here’s the first image I come away with. More to follow.

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Arizona, Page, Antelope Canyon, slot canyon, landscape, nature,

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Rattlesnake Canyon

I just returned from a trip to Arizona and can now happily cross off one of my photographic bucket list items…slot canyons. I’ve been wanting to photograph Antelope Canyon from the time I first saw Peter Lik’s famous image. I know it’s been photographed by everyone but none the less its something I’ve always wanted to do.

The slot canyons are on Navajo land so the only way to access them is with a Navajo guide but even so if you want help with crowd control and be able to set up a tripod then your best bet is to book a photo tour which is what I did before leaving home. I’ll give you more information on the tour company I used and the tour I booked in a subsequent post.

I did two canyons that day with the first being Rattlesnake Canyon. This was a great canyon to start with as there were no crowds and a great way to start shooting and testing different settings and exposures.

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Arizona, Page, Rattlesnake Canyon, slot canyon, landscape, nature


Rosh Hanikra

Rosh Hanikra, meaning “head of the grottos” is located on the mediterranean coast of Israel in the Western Galilee. The  caverns have been carved out for centuries by the pounding of the mediterranean.

Rosh Hanikra is the meeting point of the Israeli – Lebanese border. It’s fascinating to walk through the tunnels excavated by the British army engineering units in the early 1940’s for the Haifa – Beirut railway. The plan was to build a railway all the way to Turkey as a gateway to Europe.

My husband, son and I took a day trip to Rosh Hanikra and the city of Akko that day and they were surprised when I threw my tripod into the trunk of our car. It’s a good thing I brought it along as all these images were long exposures.

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Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, blue, water, long exposure, travel photography, nature

Israel, Rosh Hanikra, grotto, path, tunnel, long exposure, travel photography, nature

 


Lakeview Glow

There is nothing more relaxing then sitting on a dock in a The Muskoka Chair (aka The Adirondack chair…or vice versa), with a cup of coffee and a good book staring out at the lake.

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Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Muskoka Chairs, dock, sunset, nature


The Sugar Bush Shop

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a one day seminar on Creative Landscape Photography with renowned Canadian photographers, Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou. The full day seminar covered topics such as the Language of Light, Harnessing the Power of Tones and Working Advanced Compositional Patterns in Landscape. It was a full day of learning followed on Sunday morning by a 1/2 day workshop in the field.

Darwin & Samantha (you can find them at www.oopoomoo.com) put us through our paces on Sunday and had different “assignments” for the attendees but the first thing they made us all do was to change the picture style of our cameras to Monochrome….Yikes. Honestly I’ve never, ever set my camera up that way. The challenge was to look for compositional elements, patterns and most importantly tones and not to be distracted by colour. This was a fun and challenging way to shoot. Here’s an image of the Sugar Bush Shop (I call it the Sugar Shack. My husband and I took our boys their when they were young during sugaring off season.)

Toronto, Kortright Center, conservation center, nature, black and white photography


Sunflower Sunshine

I love sunflowers. In full bloom they exude happiness and light and much like a photographer they follow that light. I came across this beauty in a sunflower field in the hills of Tuscany.

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Sunflower, nature, flower, flower photography, yellow