Kirk D. Keyes Photography

Heart Shaped Chamber

"Heart Shaped Chamber", Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ
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Location: Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona

Camera: Linhof Technika IV 4x5

Lens: 125 mm Fujinon W

Film: Fujichrome Quickloads

About the Moment: This image is from our second trip to the slot canyons near Page, AZ. Slot canyons are truly unique places and deserve to be treated with respect. Antelope Canyon is probably America's, if not the world's, premiere slot canyon.

I recently noticed that Linde Waidhofer in her book "Stone and Silence" has an image from very nearly this exact spot - she is a little to the left of where I placed the camera.

Time of Year: Late March.

Filters, Effects, Digital Manipulations: Slot canyons are difficult places to photograph. Successful photography in a slot canyon is the sign of a truly competent photographer. There is not much room to place the camera and yourself, the lighting is often extremely dim and contrasty, and usually there is a person who wants to walk through the frame during the several minute exposure required to capture the scene. An 81A warming filter was used. No digital manipulations were used to produce this photograph.