Antelope Canyon Offers Endless Possibilities of Texture, Color and Leading Lines

copyright Jeff CoxAuthor Jeff Cox

You’ve probably seen images of Antelope Canyon before—natural smooth sandstone, carved by the wind and water over hundreds of years. This canyon area, located on the border of Arizona and Utah, is enchanting in the way it evolves in color tones, from oranges and reds to purples and blues, as light changes throughout the day. Shafts of light make for striking photographs and the swirling wall formations are unforgettable.

“This image was taken in Lower Antelope Canyon.  I was intrigued by how the sandstone seemed to flow like a liquid. Also of interest was how the colors changed from lighter to darker. The lower right part of the photo was left in to give a contrast from the smoother flowing to a rough broken area of sandstone.

I used a Sony A77 with a crop factor of 1.5. The ISO was 250 the lens was set to 28mm with f-stop setting of 13. The exposure was 1/4 of second. Post processing included cropping and adjusting the highlights and shadows with adding some clarity.  Post was done in Lightroom.”


Jeff Cox is an Arizona Highways Photo Workshop trip leader.