Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sand Falls

We took a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon outside of Page, AZ with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours.  Eileen was so great because she was willing to take a different tour than me because only serious photographers were allowed on the tour I went on, meaning those on the tour could only take semi-pro or professional cameras like DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, etc.  No iphones or Androids allowed.  Our tours were at the same time and we saw each other during them, but mine went through a bit slower than hers.

The tour itself was good because the guide on the one I went on (Rosie was her name) would block off those from other tours from entering the different "rooms" for a minute or two so we could get our shots and then chaos would ensue and we'd move on.  The thing is, I had time to get the shots like this one below, but you don't get a LOT of time.  You have to be ready and you have to be quick because they cannot hold up the other tour groups for too long.

In that regard, I got some nice shots, but most of them are crap as I really wasn't sure what to compose when we entered each room.  The guide tried to tell us, but I really didn't figure it out until it was time to move on to the next opportunity.  The best thing to do if you are interested in doing this is to go on a regular tour with your iPhone or Android prior to the serious one so you can see what you can shoot. Then go back on the photography tour and shoot with the good camera.  That way you will have a better idea of what's there and where.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by. 

Sand Falls
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ

When in Arizona, we had to get the typical shot of Horsehoe Bend.  Apparently, it is the most photographed part of the Grand Canyon.  We went there on our way back to Flagstaff from touring Upper Antelope Canyon.  (More about that later.)  If you decide to go to Horsehoe Bend, go soon.  According to a bartender at the Dam Bar and Grille in Page, AZ, the park service or some other government entity is going to start charging money to go in there.  They want to build some canopies to help shade areas for people when they hike from the parking lot to the bend which is about a  mile and a half hike or so up and down a hill.  It can get pretty hot there in the summer.

Lastly, to give you a sense of the size of this view, if you look at about the 3 o'clock area of the river, you will see a little white speck.  That little white speck is a fishing boat, probably a bass boat or something.

I hope you enjoy the photo and thanks for dropping by!

From Wikipedia:

Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.

Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.

It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.[1]

The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.[2]

The rock walls of Horseshoe Bend contain a variety of minerals, among which are hematite, platinum and garnet.

Horsehoe Bend 01 If you would like to purchase a print or digital copy of this image or any other, please contact me or visit my on-line gallery.
 
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Our New Home

OK not really, but wow, who wouldn't want to live here?!  This is a house in Sedona, AZ that is owned by some Russian millionaire who got his money by inventing some sort of laser surgical implements.  Our tour guide said that he only visits for a day or two a month on average and the house is worth about $22mil.  There's even a two story waterfall inside!  Now, if I can only get that raise?

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Sedona House 01
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