Friday, June 3, 2016

Lower Antelope Canyon in Black and White

Lower Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon near Page, Arizona, whose weird and awesome shapes have been carved by the relentless power of flash-flood water flowing through its layered sandstone walls.

Most of the images you see of Lower (and, for that matter, Upper) Antelope Canyon are in color, and rightly so, as they capture the amazing range of colors the canyon provides when full sunlight is reflected off its walls.  (See my blog post of September, 2014, here for a longer description and color images of Lower Antelope Canyon.)

A couple of months ago, I visited Lower Antelope Canyon on my semi-annual Road Scholar photography tour on a day when the sky was bright but completely overcast.  As a result, the colors in the canyon were limited to a small range of reds, yellows, and oranges -- almost monochromatic.  Still beautiful, but not as visually interesting as a sunny day would provide.

So when I turned to reviewing and processing my images, I thought it might be interesting to convert the color images to black-and-white.  Then the canyon's shapes, textures, and tones would take center stage, and yield a different view of the canyon's architecture -- shapes and textures that neither Antoni Gaudi nor Frank Gehry in their wildest imaginations could come close to replicating.

Here are a few examples:

And for an added touch of interest, as we neared the upper end of the canyon the overcast sky began to shed raindrops, so we hustled out just to be safe:

If you would like to see these images (and more) in a larger format, please visit my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, by clicking here.


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