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Beam me up

By pebbles  
Antelope Canyon outside of Page, Arizona. This is a shot of a beam of light entering through a slit in the Canyon roof, not altered in any way, the colours are really like this.

It was a real ambition for a few years to go here, and you have to book a guide to take you on to Navajo Indian Reservation land. The tours are limited to a brief half hour and it has become very commercial. There are two canyons, upper and lower, this is taken in the upper one, which is reached over a dry river bed drive by landrover. Nothing prepares you for what you see, its surreal, awesome, and what with that and trying to get to grips with a new camera, its a wonder I got anything decent. But of course, this only means that I will have to go again !!!

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: brian1208, David, luigitoi and 151 more

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11 Jan 2004 2:28PM
A really good photo with descent composition. The best thing about it for me though are the colours which complement eachother beautifully.


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brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2004 2:29PM
Alethea, this looks like a stage set, just crying out to be photographed. I think you have done an excellent job of getting to grips with your 602, the focus and exposure look spot on to me.

Super shot.

deathraceking 14 578
11 Jan 2004 2:37PM
I remember seeing this place in Practical Photography a while ago, it is an amazing setting and you have captured it very well. If only I could afford to go there...
Franticsmurf 15 829 Wales
11 Jan 2004 2:49PM
Very surreal. I expect the exposure was difficult to get but it's worked reall well. Loads of pattern and form from the shadows and highlights. It almost looks as if it's moving.
warb 14 839
11 Jan 2004 3:10PM
*congratulations, this photo has recieved a warb award.
billma 14 119 United States
11 Jan 2004 4:02PM
Very niclely done.
David 16 32 Scotland
11 Jan 2004 6:07PM
I have seen similar photographs of Antelope Canyon before and this one is as good as the others I have seen. Spot on exposure!


11 Jan 2004 7:37PM
Great Shot, well taken.
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
11 Jan 2004 8:56PM
What fantastic shapes and textures. You've done it justice with those lovely colours and light.

adamburton 14 627 11 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2004 9:00PM
This look a truly surreal place, and you have captured it exquisitely (cant spell that word!).

kind regards,
tartanlady 14 58 Scotland
11 Jan 2004 9:24PM
This is an amazing shot Alethea, love the light and colours, excellent composition, detail and texture.
iscramble 14 90 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2004 9:24PM
Truly wonderful. Excellent shot.
iansamuel 14 271 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2004 11:14PM
Difficult to get a handle on what this picture is at first...have now decided it is brilliant. Well done, and lucky you for going there!
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
12 Jan 2004 10:23AM
A truely beautiful image!

tj Plus
15 2.0k England
12 Jan 2004 11:16AM
This is stunning Alethea!

dobbieandrew 14 18 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2004 11:30AM
wow wow wow wow!
Atlas 14 621 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2004 11:52AM
O U T S T A N D I N G !

tmoore 14 3
12 Jan 2004 12:15PM
Excellent! I want to go! I want to go!
ccmole 14 14
12 Jan 2004 1:08PM
afyfe 14 270
12 Jan 2004 2:48PM
Well done alethea great photograph, excellent exposure on it.
pebbles 14 106
12 Jan 2004 6:17PM
Thanks so much guys for all those comments, really glad you liked it. Great to be here, and will share a few more from our USA trip soon.

adamburton 14 627 11 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2004 7:21PM
Congratulations on your editors choice Alethea. Well deserved for a great shot.

flossie 14 1.6k
12 Jan 2004 10:29PM
Fantastic picture - what a surreal place, and beautifully taken.
autumnsky 14 1 United States
13 Jan 2004 1:09AM
This is a very nice image. A wonderful composition.
watters66 14 75 Scotland
14 Jan 2004 6:42PM
Fantastic photo,colour and texture of rocks are quite amazing.The shaft of light really makes this a top notch photo.
Congratulations on the award, very well deserved.
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
14 Jan 2004 11:11PM
ditto what everyone above has said!
Brilliant - well deserved EC.
crfrstgmp 14 4
15 Jan 2004 2:28AM
Great photo! Have i not seen your photo in photography magazines? You did a great job. I like all the light coming through and the color.

vickyh 16 706 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2004 9:16AM
Gorgeous soft lighting and gentle colours. As good a shot of this location as I've seen in any book or magazine. Well done.
highlander 14 32 Scotland
15 Jan 2004 10:05PM
The surreal effect is amazing...very nice capture and the balance of light is perfect...nice colours so varied and smoothe the texture. Fine work congrats on EC.
pebbles 14 106
15 Jan 2004 10:42PM
Thanks again to everyone for the comments, really appreciate them.

You will see shots similar to this in magazines, as it is an extremely well photographed place.

As a point of interest when I was in Moab a little further north there was a guy with a shop full of his absolutely stunning photography, and he had photographed this place about 30 years ago, and do you know he and his pals used to keep its location a secret so as to keep it special and therefore their shots were more exclusive. Not so these days, its open to anyone who arranges a guide and pays a fee. It still does not stop it being a totally awesome place though.

flyking3 16 1 Wales
19 Jan 2004 10:31AM
Absolutely amazing picture,thanks for sharing it with us,really makes you realize just how wonderful this planet is.
dclarke5 15 147 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2004 10:42AM
Well worthy of picture of the week. Well done!
mick95 15 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2004 1:24PM
textures and color are amazing. Great perspective.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Jan 2004 3:38PM
rosegold 14 4
19 Jan 2004 7:06PM
Lovely photo, looks like something out of Star Trek Smile
UserDeleted 15 3.6k
19 Jan 2004 8:10PM
Very very nice - I have seen this elsewhere in print and yours hold it's own.

Well done on the EC - very much deserved.
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
19 Jan 2004 10:07PM
Not a lot more to be said. Fantastic shot, well worth that EC and the colours are just incredible, as is the texture of those rocks ... what a place ,,
pebbles 14 106
19 Jan 2004 11:10PM
Hi everyone, well I am so chuffed, I've never had a photo of the week anywhere, of course you know what's going to happen now, I will bore you all with all the rest of my canyon shots !!!!!

What a welcome, I am so enjoying being part of this group, and seeing your wonderful shots too, and lots of other Welsh people, who could ask for anything more !!!

19 Jan 2004 11:46PM
Im sorry but this is just AMAZING! Wow, the colours are superb. it is so clear, so perfect. I am a very jealous photographer! Well done on the award, is well deserved.

paul_indigo 14 259 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2004 2:00PM
Hi Alethea. Great shot.
The guy you mention with the gallery is Michael Fatali, one of the best landscape photographers in the world. Shoots 8x10". He used to sleep out on the reservation to catch the first light. Anyone who likes this shot will love his work. Wish I could get there too.
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
20 Jan 2004 7:25PM
thats good
bloody good i would love to get that into photoshop and put a person in that beam of light.
User_Removed 14 12 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2004 8:08PM
Cracking shot well done.
pebbles 14 106
20 Jan 2004 9:05PM
Thanks guys.

Colin, check out the following and you will see people in the beams .

20 Jan 2004 10:56PM
Is it just me, or can anyone else see a gentleman's portrait from the mid-tummy down, hand in pocket of blue trousers, boots just out of shot (behind the jut of rock).

Looks like you made the most of your visit anyway. Well done.
21 Jan 2004 12:11AM
This looks almost unreal to me.. it's amazing.
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
21 Jan 2004 9:13PM
hi pebbles
i am going to las vegas in march because i have all ways wanted to see the grand canyon
now i will try and get to antelope canyon as well. great web site thanks for that pebbles.
pebbles 14 106
22 Jan 2004 10:05PM
Hi Colin, you lucky thing, wish I was going again. We started off in Las Vegas, and took a round trip which took in all the National Parks, Zion, Bryce (which is just awesome), Arches, Monument Valley, Page, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, and back to Las Vegas.

If you do get some time, Bryce is a must, I have never seen anything so amazing, apart from Antelope of course.

Good luck, hope you get some good shots.

seven21 14 196
22 Jan 2004 11:22PM
Alethea - Just wanted to add my vote to an outstanding image - steve
Paddy 15 254 8 England
23 Jan 2004 6:44AM
awesome .. bet this was a magic time you will never forget .. SmileP
perryirish 14 10
23 Jan 2004 10:45AM
A well earned and justified awardSmile
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2004 11:03AM
Great shot. Love those wind-sculptured sandstone walls and the way the lighting shows them off. Excellent image. Well done.
willow 16 5 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2004 4:38PM
Wow, this is a very stunning shot. GREAT PICTURE : )
pebbles 14 106
26 Jan 2004 6:33PM
Thanks to everyone for their comments, very much appreciated.

warb 14 839
26 Jan 2004 6:48PM
shame its no longer on the front page of the site, really enjoyed seeing it on each visit :o)
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
27 Jan 2004 6:12PM
hi pebbles
was that an organised trip ? & how much was it & where from ?
brian13 14 218
1 Feb 2004 2:10PM
Just realised this was yours - WOW.
Regards Brian.
kingseany 14 84
1 Feb 2004 3:58PM
Terrific shot, well deserved award.
pebbles 14 106
1 Feb 2004 7:30PM
Thanks guys.

To CB - yes you have to have an organised trip, this one was an hour long booking with a local guide. Cost was $20 per person. Worth every cent.
Upside is the guide knows the best time to catch the beams, midday is best. Downside is there are more than just your tour going through although they are spread about 15 minutes apart.

The drive is out of Page, there are a couple of different tours, e mail if you ever go and I will give you details. Drive is by closed Jeep over a very dry dusty river bed.

There are photographic day trips you can book, but no idea of cost of these. I understand from others that the trips are now shortened to 20 minutes in the Canyon and the price has gone up since last year.

pebbles 14 106
1 Feb 2004 7:33PM
Brian, if you have any tips for locations in Snowdonia, let me know.

2lap 14 27
9 Feb 2004 1:24PM
@ Janet Pattison

My girlfriend said the same thing, took it ages for me to make it out myself.
16 Feb 2004 6:38PM
Absolutely amazing, superb composition, great colors!
I like it a lot.
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2004 6:19PM
Truly beautiful shot
7 Mar 2004 10:58PM
Yet another welldone...
19 Mar 2004 11:46AM
Simply beautiful. I was going to post some of my shots from Antelope but now I have seen yours I don't think so, nothing compares to this.
pebbles 14 106
19 Mar 2004 6:05PM
den - for short ?

Please don't let me put you off posting your shots, I am sure you are very proud of what you took, and I am very flattered by your comments. I would love to see your work and I am sure others would too.

kbourn 14 8
22 Mar 2004 10:53PM
Stunning image Alethea, as are most of the photos in your portfolio.
a2jlp 15 165 Scotland
26 Mar 2004 10:24PM
Mother nature captured beautifully. A once in a lifetime photograph.

10 Apr 2004 8:04PM
a really gorgeous shot,you clever soul!
Leo 16 46 9 England
16 Apr 2004 8:30AM
An extremely high WOW factor, a most striking image. I bet you got quite a lift when you saw this open on your monitor...I would have been bowled over to grab a super shot like thisSmile Worth 2 "EC's" if I'm any judgeSmile
pebbles 14 106
17 Apr 2004 6:42PM
Thanks guys, you are most generous, I must admit Leo I am proud of this one, we even went thousands of miles to get it (lol).

19 Apr 2004 7:38PM

jan 1 14 12 Netherlands
2 May 2004 8:23PM
Sorry a Bit late I suppose, Pebbles. May I say, BEAUTIFUL? Indeed It Is.
pebbles 14 106
2 May 2004 9:37PM
Thanks Ken and Jan, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

eos3 14 41 Wales
9 May 2004 9:52PM
this is a stunning photo.
alzeepark 14 81 United Kingdom
11 May 2004 9:25PM
Blimey that was a long way down, well worth it though to leave you a big CLICK
alan :O)
pebbles 14 106
12 May 2004 10:51AM
Thank you for the latest comments, this photo remains my favourite shot in my collection.

m_meyboom 14 37
12 May 2004 11:00AM
it's all been said already, great shot!!

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
30 May 2004 8:50AM
Have just seen this by following the link from one of your comments. Stunning!!!
pebbles 14 106
30 May 2004 12:18PM
Thanks Jim, its one of my favourites.

crinklechip 14 22
3 Jun 2004 3:52PM
Lovely, looks like a theatre set!
BrianM 15 6 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2004 7:18PM
A beautiful capture of a well photographed feature, lovely colours, good detail, including the beam of light, and nice composition, great work, a worth EC - congratulations.
smourt 14 80
20 Jun 2004 7:24PM
And I nearly swore!!! This is so spectacular!!! I think I will look longer.
andrewfyfe 14 64
28 Jun 2004 11:02PM
Ive looked at this over months and months, but have never commented (dont ask why, I dont know)

I suppose there are so many great photos on this site that it would be a full time job trying to go back over everything in here

Stunningly beautiful

pebbles 14 106
29 Jun 2004 7:32PM
Thanks for those latest comments guys, and thanks Andrew for looking at it for months !

Its still what I class as my best shot, and I 've just been relooking at the whole lot of these, so time for one more for my portfolio I think.

Rob_Taylor 14 661 5 Wales
4 Jul 2004 9:29PM
Hi Alethea

Just re-visiting this shot because it's my wife's favourite, can't believe I never clicked on previous visits! Very worthy EC

dani2 14 45
5 Jul 2004 6:06PM
Simply perfect. Love it and your portfolio. CLICK.

pebbles 14 106
5 Jul 2004 9:02PM
Thanks Rob, glad you both liked it and thank you Dani, I appreciate you taking the time to look and comment, cheers.

suzieosman 13 66 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2004 12:03AM
Alethea...what can I say... Totally Amazing...WOW factor is off the scale....hope to see you again on the next meet...just got to find a spell to steal some of your talent...Sue
pebbles 14 106
25 Jul 2004 10:39AM
Thanks Sue, looking forward to the next meet too !

Mixpix 14 1.1k England
29 Jul 2004 7:20AM
Just had a look at your profile and website which I always do after someone comments on any of my shots. This is amazing and your work in general is first class, always means a lot to get comments and feedback from someone I consider a professional. Click for this.

pebbles 14 106
29 Jul 2004 10:29PM
Thank you Mick for those really kind comments, glad you liked my postcard joke !

jalfoto 13 3
2 Aug 2004 10:01PM
Such a dreamy image!
Wonderful work!
twygge 13
4 Aug 2004 9:59PM
So very well done. Excellent stuff.
pebbles 14 106
5 Aug 2004 6:03AM
Thanks for those latest comments.

julesm 14 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2004 5:56PM
Simply beautiful
dave knowles 14 43 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2004 10:09AM
Just stunning!

Dave Smile
Hiljo 15 51
1 Sep 2004 7:30PM
Just seen this, Why I haven't seen it before??
Just Amazing, Almost looks like, sort of a sense, that there are images, ghosts of people in the spotlit grey area.
pebbles 14 106
2 Sep 2004 7:08PM
Thanks to Jules, Dave and Hiljo.

krishna 15 19
20 Sep 2004 4:10PM
Wow, wow! This is fabulous stuff. Worth every mile you had travelled and every bit of glass in your camera. It is so surreal that it begs to be disbelieved. You have a great shot there Alethea. Amazing.
pebbles 14 106
20 Sep 2004 9:13PM
Thanks Krishna for your lovely comment.

LourensdB 13 2 South Africa
23 Sep 2004 2:06PM
Oh boy, what can one say more!? Very nice shot Alethea. Would love to go there. Lourens
Ian-Jones Plus
14 129 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2004 5:17PM
Hats of to you. It's bloody difficult taking pics in Antelope - fellow tourists, the dust, tight schedule, fellow tourists again! Nice shot.

pebbles 14 106
25 Sep 2004 9:19AM
Ian you are so right, we had to dodge people all the time, and we got told off by a bunch of guys on long exposures for walking into their shot ! Just crouched down amongst their legs, and got this !!!

1 Oct 2004 9:49PM
Reminds me of some of the shots in Bill Fortneys Great Outdoor Photography book, but what a thrill to be able to capture it this well, especially on a new camera under time pressure, cracking...Mac
starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
1 Oct 2004 10:57PM
Amazing - it hardly looks real. Excellent stuff. Click*
pebbles 14 106
2 Oct 2004 4:41PM
Thanks Mac and Lauren too.

I only hope I get to go back someday and see more of the area.
sugarbird 14 223 South Africa
3 Oct 2004 4:57PM
Excellent, so is your portfolio
joggievs 13 3
3 Oct 2004 5:20PM
Alethea - This is outstanding like many other images in your portfolio. Well done.
pebbles 14 106
3 Oct 2004 9:14PM
Thank you Jill and Joggie for taking the time to look.

Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
18 Oct 2004 6:09PM
Just come back to have a look at this one, Alethea and for some reason, I hadn't clicked so i've now put that right!

blackrock36 14 31
23 Oct 2004 10:49AM
Simply stunning...

Andy T
pebbles 14 106
23 Oct 2004 11:33AM
Thanks Mari and Andy, cannot believe this one is fast approaching 100 clicks, but then it is my favourite too.

dave thelens 14 936 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2004 7:57PM
I've seen this shot done a dozen times before... but not this well done ... stunning
randomrubble 13 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2004 10:32PM
really good shot, i beleive thes slot canyons are difficult to shoot, but this is a cracker.
novocastria 14 102
9 Nov 2004 7:18AM
Stunning shot, can't believe I missed it. Well done.
pebbles 14 106
9 Nov 2004 1:04PM
Thanks Dave, Barry, appreciate it, and Mike, you just gave me my 100th click, I am so pleased !

jasonewell 13 34 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2004 9:45AM
Wow, amazing shot.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
11 Dec 2004 12:07PM
How on earth did I miss this?

Stunning image... Excellent work Alethea.

Click! - Mike
EricaC 13 34 United States
21 Dec 2004 12:30PM
This is the third photo I have seen of this place on this site. It's half a days drive from me and I keep telling the hubby we have to go here! Love the pic!
pebbles 14 106
21 Dec 2004 2:33PM
Thanks Jason, Mike and Erica.

Half a days drive Erica, you have just gotta go !!!

Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
1 Jan 2005 9:57AM
Fantastic ,stunning,Beautiful,

Krucza 13 1
3 Jan 2005 2:21PM
One of my favourite places on Earth!
Stunning shot!
Congrats on EC!
Ela Smile
pebbles 14 106
4 Jan 2005 12:58PM
Thanks for those latest comments, glad you liked it Don and Ela.
ruzzi 14
14 Jan 2005 12:28PM
pebbles 14 106
14 Jan 2005 12:40PM
Thank you Stefania, glad you like it !

Willyjeen 13 7
18 Jan 2005 2:16PM
You should be very proud of this photo, I would blow this up and frame it on my wall at home!
pebbles 14 106
19 Jan 2005 11:47AM
Erin, you are so right here, that is exactly what I have done !

Thanks for looking Erin.

Clarence 13 136 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2005 12:05PM
It's been said all before...simply a stunning photograph!
pebbles 14 106
31 Jan 2005 1:34PM
Thanks David, it remains one of my better efforts !

quinny 13 167 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2005 10:53AM
All I can say is wow what an absolutely fantastic shot, the colours the textures everything. Nice one!
SimJam 13 14
3 Feb 2005 12:43PM
I missed Antelope Canyon out of my trip, even though I stayed in Page. Seeing this shot really makes me wish I hadn't.

pebbles 14 106
3 Feb 2005 2:09PM
Thanks Sarah and Simon.

Simon, we stayed in Page too, but only because it was near to the slot canyons.

There is such a lot to see in the canyon lands, Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley, I know its hard to choose what to do and what to leave out.

mini670 13 172 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2005 2:19PM
WOW this is amazing. Love everything about it.
pebbles 14 106
15 Feb 2005 11:39PM
Thank you for looking Tom.

3 Mar 2005 3:33PM
Well... It's ok i suppose :o) Very good. Well captured

pebbles 14 106
4 Mar 2005 6:33AM
Thanks Craig !

JouŠo 14 56 Finland
24 Mar 2005 10:35AM
Absolutely fabulous image, Alethea!

pebbles 14 106
25 Mar 2005 9:50AM
Cheers Jouko, thanks for looking.

thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
2 Aug 2005 4:13AM
beautiful image
pebbles 14 106
22 Oct 2005 11:13AM
Thanks Kevin, appreciate you looking.

pebbles 14 106
22 Oct 2005 11:15AM
Thanks Iain and Matt for the clicks too.

PeeGee 13 10
25 Oct 2005 12:22AM
Really Good!

pebbles 14 106
25 Oct 2005 10:17AM
Thanks PG.

6 Nov 2005 2:23AM
Alethea it is really great capture.
Thanks for sharing!!


YG Do you know that your name in Greek means "truth".
pebbles 14 106
6 Nov 2005 5:11AM
Hi Demetreos, yes I looked it up when I was quite young, the name was chosen so that it was a name outside the usual family ones, to avoid any arguments !

Its very unusual here, I've only ever met 3 other people with the same name.

Glad you liked the Antelope Canyon shot.

MarkT 13 119 2 England
22 Nov 2005 12:37PM
Great shot.

conrad 13 10.9k 116
7 Dec 2005 11:14PM
Very, very impressive. This location was already on my wish list of places to visit, but Im moving it up due to this image!

pebbles 14 106
7 Dec 2005 11:21PM
Thanks Mark and Conrad.

Conrad you must go, I did it after seeing shots on the internet. Its the most fabulous place I have ever been to.

conrad 13 10.9k 116
8 Dec 2005 11:48PM
It's very frustrating to know I've been so close to this place once, without knowing it existed. I may get there someday, though. Thanks for the encouragement!

TessC 12 1 Ireland
18 Jan 2006 10:09AM
Absolutely STUNNING!! The light, the shapes, what a special place. Would love to visit it some time!!
pebbles 14 106
5 Mar 2006 9:52AM
Thank you Tess, hope you get to go someday, its so worth it.

liparig 13 233 United States
7 Mar 2006 11:39AM
simply stunning
pebbles 14 106