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The start of our journey is not a descent into Hell, but a wonderland of vertical waves of water-etched rock. The entrance to Lower Antelope Canyon is not for the faint of heart or those having a problem with heights as the staircase is more of a ladder with railings. And that gave the small group I was in an advantage. We started behind a large group having several very elderly as well as babies and were given permission to pass them. Their slow progress through the canyon meant we could pause and photograph without people wandering through the image.

A, literally, freezing Friday morning and the canyon was still crowded. There are two companies providing tours of Lower Antelope Canyon and their groups enter half and hour apart. There are monitors at the canyon's mouth and exit as well as monitoring progress inside the "slot" to ensure groups continue to move through at a steady pace. As a photographer that pace felt extremely rushed and didn't allow time for contemplation and composition. You're in and out in less than an hour.

I'm not certain how many people were touring the lower canyon that day, but our guide said that on a typical day during the warmer months 3,400 people are shown through the canyon. Hence the pressure on the guides to get you in and out without pausing.

ISO 800, 1/160 second at f/6.3, 26mm focal length

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