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The couple of hours I spent exploring the Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons were not nearly long enough. I could have spent days in there.

Mike

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:17-40L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Canyon of the Mind
Username:MikeBonsall MikeBonsall
Uploaded:13 Jun 2011 - 8:45 PM
Tags:Antelope canyon, Landscape / travel
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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2011 - 8:53 PM

Outstanding, Mike!

This is just beautiful: a work of art, sir!
Mr. Adams would be proud of you! Smile

Bill

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
13 Jun 2011 - 8:55 PM

excellent image Mike,
Tammy

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2011 - 8:57 PM

YES!

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Sean_Dillon
13 Jun 2011 - 9:31 PM

Stunning!
John

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RobboB
RobboB e2 Member 777 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 - 9:39 PM

Would not have thought of doing this in mono but it works so well. Brilliant

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Landlord
Landlord  725 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2011 - 10:23 PM

Stunning Mike, brings back some great memories.
I must confess I never turned any of my images to B&W... Maybe time to revisit a few!

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2011 - 10:54 PM

Honeycomb rock cavities, love it in mono Mike. Staying in there for days could be detrimental for your health, they flood so quickly !!!! Ron.

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TONKSPHOTO
13 Jun 2011 - 10:58 PM

What a superb individual image..Love the mono..Think it would look good in colour too......John

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MikeBonsall
13 Jun 2011 - 11:03 PM

Too true Ron. In fact there's a memorial outside for a bunch of tourists and their guide. They chose to ignore the guide who advised them to get out when they heard thunder in the distance. They all perished in the flash flood that followed.

Thanks everyone. I've really enjoyed processing a couple of these in mono. It's so easy for the colour to rule the show in these slot canyon images, whereas the rock formations themselves are in every way their equal.

Mike

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MikeBonsall
13 Jun 2011 - 11:26 PM


Quote: What a superb individual image..Love the mono..Think it would look good in colour too......John

Actually John this was one of the images from here that never really worked in colour. The colour was just too uniform throughout the image and seemed to flatten everything out.

Mike

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
14 Jun 2011 - 4:32 AM

First time I have seen a mono version from this famous and beautiful place and it works so great

Peter

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MikeBonsall
14 Jun 2011 - 8:06 AM


Quote: Too true Ron. In fact there's a memorial outside for a bunch of tourists and their guide.

Mike

Just been reading up on this again. In fact the guide was the only person to survive.

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Hoffy
Hoffy e2 Member 9222 forum postsHoffy vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2011 - 8:51 AM

Very good black and white.

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dakasuju
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14 Jun 2011 - 10:26 AM

Have spent many hours in both canyons over the years. One of the tourists who died was a personal friend of a friend of mine, and we did a pilgrimage together after the event. Infact they had all got out earlier but went back in again against the advice of the guide and were caught. The guide got out by climbing the wall using feet on one side and his bum on the other. I understand now that they have rope ladders strategically placed at the top so that the Navejo can throw them down when the flash flood comes but you have to leave your camera equipent behind!
Michael Fatali has pioneered the photography in slot canyons and has some truly magnificent photos. He uses a 10 x 8 old plate camera which an assistant has to lower down to him when he has got in position below. Great picture this but I am afraid I prefer the magnificent colour in these canyons. Ken

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MikeBonsall
14 Jun 2011 - 10:53 AM

Thanks for your comment Ken, that's fascinating.

I'm very aware of Michael Fatali's work and in fact had a good chat with him at his gallery in Zion National Park. Up until then I had only seen his work in books and on the web. Nothing quite prepared me for the full splendour of seeing the actual full size, cibachrome prints. They are quite breathtaking.

You're right of course, the colours are truly magical and combine, along with the rock formations themselves, to create what must surely be one of the great photographic wonders of the world.

Mike

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82332 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2011 - 9:19 PM

I bet this makes a pretty impressive print too Mike.

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dakasuju
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15 Jun 2011 - 9:11 AM

Just out of interest Mike, did you know that Michael Fatali, in an attempt to get more interesting light on the underside of Delicate Arch in Arches N P, light a bonfire underneath the Arch and damaged it. He got prosecuted for this action and I was told that he got community service although I cannot confirm that. Things that people will do for that extra in a picture!!!! Ken

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MikeBonsall
15 Jun 2011 - 10:08 AM


Quote: Just out of interest Mike, did you know that Michael Fatali, in an attempt to get more interesting light on the underside of Delicate Arch in Arches N P, light a bonfire underneath the Arch and damaged it. He got prosecuted for this action and I was told that he got community service although I cannot confirm that. Things that people will do for that extra in a picture!!!! Ken

Yes Ken, I'd read about that. I think he went out of favour with a lot of people after that Smile

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