Upper Antelope Canyon
Just east outside of Page, AZ on the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park lies Lower and Upper Antelope Canyons. Each canyon requires a separate tour, as they are run by different groups. Upper Antelope Canyon is known for its light beams that reach the canyon floor mid-day from April thru September, and is the most photographed canyon of the two.
(We booked our tour online at Antelope Canyon Tours by Roger Ekis )
There are two types of tours for each canyon. The Sightseeing Tour does not allow tripods, and the Photographic Tour requires that each person have both a SLR/DSLR and a tripod. On the Photographic Tour your guide helps with locations and timing, holding back other tour groups so you can get your shot, plus you get to stay in the canyon a bit longer. The tour company that we booked with did allow an "assistant"; however they do limit that. Lower Antelope Canyon tours are very rigid in allowing only photographers with "proper equipment" on the photographic tours.
We did have a chuckle at the start of the tour. Immediately before we entered the canyon, our Navajo guide said "Before we go in I have a couple of questions." "Everyone is shooting RAW, right?" We all confirmed our cameras were set on RAW. He then asked "Who is the whitest in the group?" There was an awkward slience as the six of us looked at each other not knowing how to respond.
"Who is the whitest in the group?" -- Navajo Guide
"16?... 17?... 20?" he questioned. At this point I realized that he had said "widest", referring to the lenses we were using. I spoke up with "I'm at 24mm." After 3 or 4 seconds, the photographer next to me then responded "Oh... sorry, I have a 16mm lens." The rest of the group, having figured it out and now relieved, chimed in.
(The reason the guide wanted to know about our lenses is so he could position us inside the canyon, with the wider lenses up front and the longer lenses immediately behind.)
35mm, ISO 400, 0.6 sec at f/9