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    Posted: 01 February 2019 at 09:35
Courtesy of Canyon X



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I knew something like this was coming, Neil. 10 seconds at ISO 800 leaves no viable alternative but tripod. Spectacular colours, I love it!
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I had not heard of Canyon X and already love it because it is much lesser known, much less visited than Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. You have given me a destination for the future with the information and this captivating image.
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

I had not heard of Canyon X and already love it because it is much lesser known, much less visited than Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. You have given me a destination for the future with the information and this captivating image.


Hi Roger,

Yes; we looked for a long time for an alternative to Antelope Canyon - that's a Bear Pit of a place and we did hear a number of stories about fist fights breaking out where photographers and 'tourists' were jammed in together. The scene in Page of the trucks leaving the tour centres piled high with the tourists has to be seen to be believed. We fell on this place after much searching (and finding other locations had been shut down as well - Lower Antelope Canyon does not allow photography any more for example) and this looked a good bet on paper.

In reality, it was superb; it was an afternoon based on it being for photographers; a very limited group size (there were ~12 of us) and a Navajo guide who was, in equal measure, informative, helpful and with a great sense of humour (some of that a little later...). We had about 2 1/2 hours in the North and South Slots and all that time was to ourselves - no pushing, no stress just being at one with the shadows.... What more could you want?

Makes a change for me to add something to your 'Bucket List'!

Oh - and if people promise not to share it about:

Canyon X Website

Thanks and best regards, Neil.
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Gorgeous! Tempting to put on my bucket list. TFS
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Fred - you would never, ever, regret it....
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A wonderful image, Neil!

Glad you could avoid the Antilope experience (which I have heard a lot of negative stories about, too). To my knowledge the Antilope tours have (to have) Navajo guides - the X Canyon tour as well?

I promise not to share this information!

TFS and all the best!
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Hello Neil;
Amazing capture, well done. I agree w all the above superlatives
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Fantastic shot, Neil, and it's great to be able to view the place in a photo-centric way.

I have been on the Upper Antelope Canyon tour and it is a crowd. I was able to get some hand-held shots without people in them, but for much of the time the image below shows typical working conditions ...



The guides do a fine job under the circumstances, but it's not easy!
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Harald - yes; I believe you are correct on the Navajo guide aspect - all this land is Navajo Territory and therefore the Guides (and the associated income) are from that Nation.

Howard - that's about as big as our group was in total! The guide was quite astute as we were a little larger in size in reality, but he realized that half of us were 'serious' ( ) photographers whilst the other half were more 'touristy' in nature; as this location has North and South Canyons he split us into two groups and, hence, we were happy doing our own things and didn't get in each others way. For that reason alone this can be strongly recommended!

Thanks for the comments (and more to come from here soon...).

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Neil.
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