The first time I visited Lower Antelope was the 2nd time I had been to Page Az. On my first trip I neglected Lower Antelope because I was hung up on the light shaft phenomena in Upper Antelope Canyon. I did get to see the light shafts in Upper Antelope Canyon but the place was crammed shoulder to shoulder with irritable tourists. When I visited Page again with my buddy Weldon we chose to avoid the crowds by spending time in Lower Antelope Canyon. We had a leisurely stroll through Lower Antelope Canyon as we encountered some serious photography going on. Weldon shot his Rolleiflex, another photographer used a 4×5, and another used a Contax 645 with a Phase One back. I was toting a Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n that day with a Carl Zeiss 28/2 ZF lens.
The Kodak DSLR had this really fantastic feature that allowed you to stack multiple exposures of the same frame. The camera then averaged out the shots. Each exposure added to the frame reduced the amount of noise in the digital negative. This technique is used in astrophotography where some photographers stack more than 128 exposures using computer software. I don’t remember how many exposures went into this frame but I seem to recall it was either 4 or 8. It took forever for the camera to finish and at least one photographer asked why my camera continued to click repeatedly ever few seconds. This technique was a real PITA but the resulting files are vivid, pristine, and have lovely tonality.
The Heart – Lower Antelope Canyon
On my latest trip out west I visited several slot canyons. Many, if not most of these do not have the high intensity color that Upper Antelope and Lower Antelope Canyon demonstrate. This is because of the more open top of these slots and their lack of depth compared to the Antelope Canyons. Regardless of the muted tones I enjoy these slots all the same and appreciate the rhythm of the undulations in the sandstone.
Taken a Mountain Sheep Canyon near Page Az
After striking out on postcard perfect fall color I decided to visit a natural bridge I heard about. I didn’t expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. Most folks think about gold and red sandstone when they think of natural bridges but this limestone arch is beautiful in its own way. The bridge is about 25 feet high and twice as long. No hiking is required to visit this gem so if you live nearby, or passing through on a fabulous Tennessee vacation, you have no excuse not to check it out. For more information regarding the Natural Bridge in Sewanee Tn visit this link.
A natural limestone bridge in Sewanee Tn
The interstate system and the gps are your enemy if you want to see the beautiful gems that decorate our small cities and towns. I took state highways home today and it took me twice as long as it would have to return via I-59 and I-24. Those extra hours were well spent as I grabbed a few photos, enjoyed being in the moment, and found some neat places to explore.
One such place is a gas station turned museum / visitor center in Cowan Tennessee. These beautiful retro gas pumps grab visitor’s attention at night with their captivating glow. I suppose the pumps date back to the 50′s and when you take time to look at them you realize how ugly all of today’s pumps are. Pride was taken in design process, construction, and refurbishment of these pumps. Why is it in today’s world everything has to be so utilitarian and produced at the lowest cost?
Retro Gas Pumps, Cowan Tennessee
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When walking through Antelope Canyon it’s hard not to be impressed, if not overwhelmed, by the design of it. I wonder how the arch stands up to the constant onslaught of water that grinds away at it year after year.
Delicate Arch inside of Antelope Canyon
A couple from San Francisco escapes the crowd and watches the sunset at Horseshoe Bend near Page Az. This looks like a lovely way to spend your southwest vacation no?
Couple Watches Sunset Over Horseshoe Bend
Not much to say today except THIS 912 IS CLASS. Sorry, I just had to share. Later..
Beautiful Orange Porsche 912 at Cool Springs Cars and Coffee
Its a rainy day in Nashville Tn. It looks of winter although it’s the end of summer. I would rather be on the west coast today and most others.
“The world we suggest is a new wild west. A sensuous evil world. Strange and haunting, the path of the sun…” – Jim Morrision