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Visiting Antelope Canyon + Horseshoe Bend



The second half of my Utah/Arizona roadtrip was spent seeing the gorgeous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend! If you haven't already seen it, check out my earlier post on Zion National Park, which was the first part of this trip.

Antelope Canyon is UNREAL! It's the most incredible sight I've ever seen. I was able to get some beautiful pictures during the limited time I spent in the Lower Canyon.

In order to visit Antelope Canyon, you must go with a tour guide. Make sure you book a tour well in advance to secure your spot, especially if you are visiting during a busy holiday time. If you want to get really great pictures, you will also want to make sure you choose a day and time when the lighting is good, so keep an eye out on the weather if you can. The tours are separated by Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, so do some research to see which part you want to visit.

Matt and I visited Lower Canyon and went with the Ken's Tours company. Our tour guide was really nice and showed us all the prime spots to capture good pictures. He also advised us on what camera settings to use. That brings me to another point: you should shoot in manual. The auto settings takes the beauty and color out of the pictures, and you will get a truer image if you shoot in manual. I'm not a pro like Matt, and I hardly even knew how the aperture and shutter speed settings worked, but after spending 30 minutes snapping pictures like a madwoman, I finally got the hang of it.

Here's some of my pictures. I shot this with a Nikon Coolpix P510. It's not a DSLR, but I would consider it a "transition" camera for people who are trying to get into photography but not experienced enough for a DSLR yet. The quality of this camera is still great though!







Horseshoe Bend was also a sight to see! Isn't it amazing how nature creates these fascinating formations? Matt and I spent like two hours there just looking around and taking pictures. It was extremely hot and we got sunburned there. Wear lots of sunscreen haha. I saw some boats circling the horseshoe. There must be some type of boat tour down there, but I didn't get to experience that.

Matt took long exposure photos to get this really cool smooth looking water effect.

PC: Matt


Overall really great trip! Some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen are so close to California. I'm lucky to be near it all.

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