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The Sensual World

By MikeBonsall  
Thanks to everyone who clicked and commented on my recent shots from The Narrows in Zion National Park. I was overwhelmed by the great response.

This image was taken deep inside the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon near Page, Arizona, also known as ‘The Corkscrew’.

This slot canyon doesn’t get quite as many visitors as it’s neighbour (the Upper Canyon) which is famous for it’s light beans that penetrate to the canyon floor. It does however offer great abstract shapes and forms and the chance to photograph them without people continually getting in the way (exposures were often 30 seconds or more).

For anyone who hasn’t seen images from this place before, the colours here are accurate.


Tags: America Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Antelope canyon Landscape and travel

Voters: GT_Steel, AlleyCatz, Chant57 and 203 more

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AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
5 Nov 2008 9:35AM
Such beautiful light,colours and form.


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Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:37AM
Amazing, wonderful great title, fantastic exposure.
Linda Smile
Chant57 Plus
12 395 3 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:37AM
Outstanding colour and shapes Mike, I love the abstract qualities of this image, though I have never been there I imagine its an awesome sight to see.
angej 13 479 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:37AM
once again.... lovely MikeSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:39AM
Stunning! I have been there too and the colour is accurate.
superb image mike,well taken.ray
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
5 Nov 2008 9:42AM
Beautiful Mike - you should make a book of these!

5 Nov 2008 9:43AM
Stunning the colours and shapes are spectacular. When we were there a few years ago in April we couldn't get very far as there was too much water.
jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
5 Nov 2008 9:45AM
Fantastic !
BillyGoatGruff 10 191 199 England
5 Nov 2008 9:51AM
This must rate as one of the very best pictures I've ever seen of this place.
Compositionally it is superb, but what is even more impressive is your absolutely brilliant handling of the exposure and dynamic range.
I've been waiting to give a gong, and here it is!
Really well done, Mike.
All the best,
thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
5 Nov 2008 9:55AM
stunning colours.....
User_Removed 10 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:58AM
Just a little bit jealous of this set, Mike Wink You've really made the most of the trip. More to come I hope.
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
5 Nov 2008 10:01AM
I was annoyed that Lower Antelope was closed when I was there so I had to be content with streams of tourists tripping over my tripod legs...

This is as good as any I've seen from here and better than most, although there is such huge potential here that the only way to take a bad photograph is to forget your tripod or (horrifying thought Wink) use flash...
Techno Plus
9 2.5k 8 England
5 Nov 2008 10:11AM
WOW! fantastic capture....went there 8 years my RV stuck here, great memories.
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 10:35AM
Makes a great abstract.

whiteswan01 10 13 England
5 Nov 2008 10:38AM
wonderful colour and curves
pmaclll 11 5 Scotland
5 Nov 2008 10:46AM
fantastic shot, thumb nail does not do it credit
Guernseydan 11 37 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 10:49AM
Light beans? Smile

Superb Mike!

MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
5 Nov 2008 10:51AM
Have you never seen light beans Dan? You've not lived mate Wink

LesF 11 182 9
5 Nov 2008 11:05AM
Very special Mike

challicew 10 1 1 South Africa
5 Nov 2008 11:31AM
Absolutely amazing!
Guernseydan 11 37 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 12:16PM
Baked beans yes but light beans no! I live a sheltered life!! Smile
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
5 Nov 2008 12:24PM
We see many of this famous landmark. but I can't recall seeing one from this angle. You've made it look like rose petals. Exquisite!
richardwheel 12 217 2 England
5 Nov 2008 12:30PM
congrats mike, I was keeping my fingers crossed for this one for you
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 1:00PM
this is sublime, the colours, contrast and form are magnificent,
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
5 Nov 2008 1:00PM
Thanks a lot Pete Smile

I can see where you're coming from with rose petals. I find the shapes and textures quite erotic and sensual (hence the title). I guess the same words can be used to describe rose petals when shot in close up!

HowardA 11 231
5 Nov 2008 1:37PM
Wonderful comp Mike and excellent exposure. Congrats.
Maddie 12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 2:32PM
absolutely super Smile
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 2:57PM
Wonderful shapes and colours.

Cormy 10 3 England
5 Nov 2008 3:52PM
Superb image.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
5 Nov 2008 4:40PM
Amazing work
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 4:50PM
Well done on the EC Mike. A wonderful shot, and i can see this being POTW as well!
Phil_Morgan 11 182 1 Wales
5 Nov 2008 4:59PM
Think this may well be coming your way on a rather large canvas next week Mike Wink Brilliant stuff.

Jou©o 13 56 Finland
5 Nov 2008 5:23PM
Capture One Pro Wink


Congrats on the EC! Well deserved!!!

Guillaume 11 119 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 6:49PM
Excellent shot.
dandeakin 10 209 3 England
5 Nov 2008 7:28PM
Excellent. This series is outstanding and the images keep getting better.
dp 14 163 3 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 8:14PM
Had to get an EC sooner rather than later from this series Mike. Not only is this superb but the others have been a bit special as well. Congratulations.

Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 9:09PM
Beutiful image, amazing colours and light.
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
5 Nov 2008 9:24PM
Many congrats....simply superb
Silverzone 10 2 England
5 Nov 2008 10:33PM
Stunning image. Sylvia
MandyD Plus
9 16,777.2k 1 England
6 Nov 2008 11:50AM
Amazing image. Congratulations! Mandy
martin.w 15 506 22 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2008 1:12PM
Fantastic study of light and shapes Smile
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
10 Nov 2008 8:15AM
Ha, I don't see the title or description when voting to avoid being influenced in any way, so now I see where you're coming from. I missed the erotic bit and saw rose petals, I hope there's no psychological meaning in that! Wink
tomeda 9 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 8:32AM
Stunning image. Congrats on the Photo of the Week Smile
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 8:45AM
Well worth the Editors choice, Congratulations
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 10:01AM
Thought you might make it all 3 awards! Well done Mike, this will look brilliant on a large canvas.
MikeBonsall 12 474 3 Guernsey
10 Nov 2008 10:02AM
WOW cheers Pete - what a great way to start the week Smile

thanks also to everyone else who commented on this one!

edrhodes 13 547 12 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 10:03AM
Congratulations Mike, best of the bunch by far.

IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 10:09AM
Many congratulations, Mike.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Nov 2008 11:20AM
No surprise.
Well done.
10 Nov 2008 11:23AM
jon gibbs 14 147 2
10 Nov 2008 3:00PM
well done Mike
Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 4:30PM
Well done on a very well deserved photo of the week Mike.

Awesome shot. Definitely makes me want to visit the place myself

sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
10 Nov 2008 4:34PM
Deserving of the POTW accolade Mike, nice one ... bet it looks great on canvas too!!!
MadTrace 13 268 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 5:42PM
Having been there, this is by far the best capture I have seen of it, well deserved POTW Tracy
richardwheel 12 217 2 England
10 Nov 2008 6:40PM
glad you've got POTW for this matey
Stunning colours and texture. A worthy winner if ever I saw one.
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 7:50PM
Incredible shot
bfgstew 11 668 105 England
10 Nov 2008 9:07PM
The above says it all really.
Simply stunning, very, very well deserved.
Ayelet_A 9 11 3 Israel
10 Nov 2008 9:14PM
I thought this was fabric judging from the thumbnail - such great flow and movement to the stone, and the colours and light are beautiful. Fantastic image, would look brilliant in large, Certainly POTW material!

zed 13 551 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 9:48PM
alifink 11 6 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 9:57PM
A fantastic shot. Beautiful colours.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
11 Nov 2008 8:11AM
Congrats on the EC and POW.Both well deserved awards in my view.
linda5 9 South Africa
11 Nov 2008 10:49AM
an amazing image, the lighting and detail are perfect.
tj Plus
15 2.0k England
11 Nov 2008 11:25AM
I don't normally have the time to look and comment on photos, but just spotted this on the home page as POTW.

One word... WOW!
ZX1400 10 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2008 10:38AM
WOW not a lot more to say
Windmillskies 12 183 England
12 Nov 2008 3:59PM
Every suitable description has probably been used on this. Just a stunning image - very similar to Joe Cornish work.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
13 Nov 2008 8:23PM
Outstanding capture. Superb abstract image. You can hang it on the wall. Congratulations.
bayliner185 11 16 1 Northern Ireland
16 Nov 2008 12:16AM
damn near perfect!!!!!

shaw2708 9 18 England
16 Nov 2008 5:34PM
both powerful and delicate... amazing
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Nov 2008 5:43AM
POTW! Congrats. This is a more unusual view of this series of canyons. Nice 3d effect too.

panda 13 5 1 England
17 Nov 2008 11:31AM
Stunning !

Regards Phil
ericfaragh 14 148 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2008 6:34PM
Lovely natural abstract, great exposure.
jstock 10 2 Scotland
23 Dec 2008 10:21PM
Fantastic abstract view. As with all great shots, the light makes this. Subtle and intricate. Well deserved POTW.
Cheers, Jon
dorothy 9 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 12:32PM
Wonderful photo.
I tell you what if I could take a shot like that I would be flying high...

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