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The Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room

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I went to shoot this slot canyon with a good friend who warned me that the monsoon rains had washed a tree deep into the canyon causing it to wedge hard against the sandstone walls. We brought hand saws to chop the tree out but when I saw my buddies saw I knew I was going to be putting in some extra effort. His flimsy bow saw looked like a child’s toy!
I ended up putting in over two hours solid hard work before we could both shoot.


Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

Zion Narrows

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Zion National Park in Utah is a favourite amongst many landscape photographers, covering an area of 593.3 km² there is so much to explore. This image was taken in the Narrows which is the narrowest canyon through which the Virgin River flows. Hikers must wade through knee deep water which is typically rather cold. The hike is undoubtedly one of the best in the park and makes a great place to cool off in the summer heat.


The Amber Room

The Amber Room

The Amber Room

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This remote slot canyon often gets confused with the far better known Antelope Canyon, which is effectively a tourist zoo. I wasn’t the first to shoot here, photographers typically call this ‘comp stomping’ many would suggest it’s a talentless way to create photographs. I felt the only way to stamp my name on the image was to include a person to give scale. My good friend ‘Mr Jalapeño’ modelled for the shoot.


Ephemeral Arch

Ephemeral Arch

Ephemeral Arch

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Created by natural water and to a lesser extent wind erosion this exquisite natural arch is in danger of collapse, if you look closely you can see the arch is cracked at the top, it’s actually cracked around the bottom as well, surely the next big flood will take it down forever. When the sun is in the correct position overhead light is bounced from the left wall and hits the back of the arch creating the wonderful glow seen in this image. Here’s another shot slightly earlier:

Ephemeral Arch

Ephemeral Arch

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The Wormhole

With nothing to give scale it would be easy to assume a subject such as this was very small, in fact this naturally formed sandstone chimney is about 7′ tall and 2′ in diameter.


Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Antelope Canyon near Page Arizona is so well known that people automatically assume any slot canyon shot must have been taken in that one canyon. There area actually hundreds of slot canyons in the American Southwest, even the Grand Canyon is in effect a slot canyon. Antelope Canyon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful slot canyons; the best time to photograph Antelope is in June when the sun is high overhead, unfortunately this is also one of the busiest times for tourists. For that reason I have always preferred to scout lesser known canyons. This particular feature can be found in a remote canyon about 3 miles hike from the road. I would hazard a guess and say it receives only one or two visitors a year, compare that to Antelope which probably gets a couple of hundred thousand visitors per year!

Here’s two more:

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Kanaraville Falls

Kannaraville-6986-EditA tighter crop of this image appears in the Water Gallery, but I wanted to include this wider version in my Underground Gallery because the waterfall is deep below vertical canyon walls.

Kanarraville Falls can be found after a short hike along the Kanarra Creek, with ropes and ladders in place it makes a good introduction to slot canyon hiking.

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