December 6, 2021

Playing The Slots

When I saw slot canyon on the trip’s agenda, I was thrilled. I’ve always been fascinated by images from the famed Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, and of course I would still love to make a trip out there, I can scratch slot canyon off of my photography bucket list.

This particular canyon is located somewhere outside of Hanksville, Utah. To access it you have to either climb over, or crawl under a boulder that was wedged between the canyon walls (I took the lower route). Once inside, it quickly became apparent that this this place is not for the claustrophobic. The further you go into the canyon, the narrower it gets.

The advice we were given was something like this: “Make your way in as far as you can go, then make your way back out. If you are skinny enough, you’ll make it in all the way, you’ll be at the end.”

I guess I was skinny enough. I made it all the way in, but it was not easy. I made the mistake of bringing my tripod in, but it was useless as the walls eventually became too narrow to spread its legs out enough to offer any support. So I bumped up my ISO and hand held a few frames.

It was, as you can imagine, a challenging experience, but it was an absolute blast.

This is one of my favorite images from this short, but very rewarding location.

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