View Full Version : Antelope Canyon


mattif
10-04-13, 04:11 AM
http://mattfitt.com/photos/MF-20110126-6841.jpg

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation (AZ), Jan 2011.

To get this shot, I stood at the bottom of a sandstone slot-canyon,
with my back pressed against the side wall, and then shot straight up.
The black field at the top is, in fact, the side wall looming over me
because this canyon actually narrows at the top.



No special filters (pre or post) or photoshop trickery,
just a careful edit and a slight shift of the white balance.

BellaVita
10-04-13, 04:14 AM
WOW!

That is magnificent!

dvdnvwls
10-04-13, 05:11 AM
You're saying this picture is stone and earth, in natural outdoor light, and those are the natural colors (with only a slight shift of the white point to emphasize the effect)?

Wow. That's an absolutely amazing picture. Thanks for showing it.

Fuzzy12
10-04-13, 07:01 AM
That is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:

This is actually so beautiful that I keep coming back to this thread to look at it. Thanks for sharing!! :)

mattif
10-05-13, 03:27 AM
You're saying this picture is stone and earth, in natural outdoor light, and those are the natural colors (with only a slight shift of the white point to emphasize the effect)?

Wow. That's an absolutely amazing picture. Thanks for showing it.

Thanks for your kind words.

The only substance seen in the photo is sandstone.
It is outdoor light, mid- to late-morning,
filtering down through the narrow slot opening at the top.

The editing was done in Adobe Lightroom.
To achieve the colors seen above,
I gave a +20 to both saturation and vibrance,
and most crucially, I took the White Balance from 5500 down to 3900,
downshifting the deepest dark reds into the purple/blue range.

Here's an alternative view without the saturation, vibrance, or WB shift.
It's a more accurate representation of how the scene appeared at the time.
It's still quite lovely, imho.
But I have a slight preference for the playfulness of the color-shift version.


http://mattfitt.com/pix/_MG_6841.jpg

dvdnvwls
10-05-13, 03:29 AM
Thanks for your kind words.

The only substance seen in the photo is sandstone.
It is outdoor light, mid- to late-morning,
filtering down through the narrow slot opening at the top.

The editing was done in Adobe Lightroom.
To achieve the colors seen above,
I gave a +20 to both saturation and vibrance,
and most crucially, I took the White Balance from 5500 down to 3900,
downshifting the deepest dark reds into the purple/blue range.

Here's an alternative view without the saturation, vibrance, or WB shift.
It's a more accurate representation of how the scene appeared at the time.
It's still quite lovely, imho.
But I have a slight preference for the playfulness of the color-shift version.


Me too, but it's an amazing shot either way.

Asylum
10-07-13, 05:21 AM
Amazing photo.

DaveHawk
10-07-13, 07:19 PM
This is one of the most imaginative uses of light ive ever seen in a photo. Reminds me of a lit from behind of a precious stone or obsidian with a highly professional lighting. Beautiful !