Antelope Canyon, Arizona (III)

SEPTEMBER 2003 – The sunlight at noon illuminates the red walls inside the Antelope Canyon in Arizona. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Outside of Page, Arizona, you will find Antelope Canyon, a so-called “slot canyon” that looks unspectacular from the outside but feels and looks like a cave inside. It is merely an admiitedly very large crack in the rock but has a narrow split (or slot) at the ceiling. (It is clearly visible on Google Maps.)

At the main entrance we had to hire a 4×4 transfer service to get to the actual site where you have just a short walk to the entrance, the crack in the rock. A narrow path with reddish walls and sandy floor leads you to the other side of the rock. You may wonder what’s so special about this canyon. Your question will be answered as soon as the sunlight enters the canyon through the crack at the top. Now, the canyon presents itself in rich, deep colours that change their color almost by the minute.

I took several photos at Antlope Canyon, and the challenge was to hold the images from hand. They would charge for taking a tripod to the site, which we wanted to avoid. So I tried to keep the camera as steady as possible. And I succeeded!

I love this image because of the entire spectrum of red and yellow colors is present, contrasting so well with the dark image portions left and right. The form is also nice as it resembles a flash. What an eye feast!

Oh, and knowing which images are possible inside the canyon, I’d recommend paying for the tripod any time now! 🙂

The high resolution image

Capture Date14-SEP-2003
LocationAntelope Canyon, Arizona
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 50mm f/1.4
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Size2497 x 3836 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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