This is one of the many highlights of my recent trip to the USA's southwest region around the numerous national parks. This one is called Antelope Canyon and is located on the Native American land of the Navajo tribe.
It became famous because of its extraordinary light effect on the sandstone walls of the very narrow canyons. This slot canyon has been created over millions of years by erosion mainly due to flash floods. Twenty years ago a flash flood killed eleven tourists trapped in the canyon. In 2006 a flash flood lasted 36 hours which saw the canyon closed for 5 months. In 2010 several tourists were stranded on the ledge and had to wait for the flood to recede.
It can be a very difficult place to photograph due to the wide exposure range between shadows and highlights and the lack of space. It is a busy place with hundreds of tourists at any time. Stops are rare and the flow of tourists is constant. But most importantly there are so many beautiful angles - it is overwhelming! It is actually quite tricky to find shapes that are attractive in photographs. Colour hues vary from oranges to red and blues. It is a great spectacle.
I visited the slot canyon around midday which is a unique time when the sun is so high in the sky that light beams are projected right inside the canyon and hit the sand on the ground. I haven't looked at all my photos yet so I'm not sure if I managed to photograph a light beam but if I have I will definitely post one here.