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Despite all obstacles, everything managed to come together for me at the end. When we got up this morning to come here, it was a very cloudy morning, see my previous post. It was getting worst and rain a little as we were leaving to go meet with the Navajo tour guide for our photography tour at the Upper Antelope Canyon. We had a flat tire on the way, waste another 45 minute changing the tire. We got there just in the nick of time. They would have left without us because we there were two other people that was late and we left without them. Which is understandable, they want to make it in time when the light shine into the canyon. By the time we got there the clouds thin out a little, but still not great, so there is a chance there won’t be any light.

We sat there and waited, and here they are, the light beams that we’ve been waiting for. I was only expecting one, but there are two at the same place. The moment of truth is there was not really as magical as I expected, no music playing in the background as the light started to appear. I was lucky enough to have been in my position in the front roll yet far enough to get the whole thing. Remember there are nearly a 100 people in here at the same time. Once you set you tripod down, you can’t move anymore, because there is no place to go, every spot was taken and you would be walking in front of other’s photos if you move.

Antelope canyon is well known not just for its red rock eroded by water from flush flooding and wind. Between the months of May to September, during half an hour at noon, light pass through the natural windows and offer an amazing spectacle of light beams.

My advice: You want to take one of a photograph tour, which cost $50 versus the regular tour of $35, the tour guide will try to stop people from walking in, and you get to spend a little more time in here than the regular tour. The tour guide will try to find you a good spot where you can take some nice photos, since he know where the light will be. If you are not on the photography tour, you get stop or chase around to get out so the photography tour can take their photo without people in it.

If you are not a fanatic photographer who wants to capture the beam of light in the canyon, go to the Lower Antelope Canyon, it is as beautiful, and you can walk around by yourself at your own pace, less people, you won’t get chase around by the photography tour guides.

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