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The Golden Gate Bridge

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Recognized as one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is also the most photographed bridge in the world. This suspension bridge exists as an icon of this beautiful city.

My husband and I traveling to San Francisco this past October were greeted with sunny skies and beautiful clear views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Our visit during June consisted of fog, rain, and cool temperatures resulting in a Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog. However, the fog can create fascinating and surreal images.

Today I decided to post a few images from our own collection of this beautiful bridge. There are countless photographs of every iconic place and structure, therefore, as a photographer you try to explore unique angles and styles to differentiate your work from other photographers.

I hope you find our work appealing and interesting and we look forward to reading your comments.

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Antelope Canyon is located just outside of Page, Arizona.

There are two canyons, Upper Antelope Canyon, meaning “The place where water runs through rocks.” and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew, meaning “Spiral rock arches.” Both canyons are located on the Navajo Nation and are run by two separate Navajo families.

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Upper Antelope Canyon

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Upper Antelope Canyon

 The canyons were formed by erosion, flash-flood, and rainwater during monsoon seasons. Water runs into the expansive basin above the slot canyon, as the water pick up speed and sand it races through the narrow passage ways of the canyon, carving out the sweeping forms and shapes from the soft sandstones.  The canyon continues to erode with the passage of time and with each flood creating ever changing corridors.

The photo opportunities in these canyons are a photographer delight. As the sun filters through the canyon openings you will discover brighter and vivid reddish orange hues and sweeping flowing shapes. There are parts of the canyon where there is no sunlight, and the tour company will recommend carrying a flashlight.

One of the greatest issues you have to deal with is the falling sand from the opening on the roof of the canyon, especially on windy days. You need to protect your camera gear from the damaging fine grit sand. Many photographers use a plastic bag or protective cover made especially for photographic equipment.

If you are interesting in serious photography you want to make prior reservations with a photographic tour, because the regular tours are too short and don’t allow enough time to capture the best images, a tripod is essential to capture the highest quality images because of the low light level inside the canyon especially on a cloudy day. The regular tours do not allow tripods because of the limited time inside the canyon, and they usually schedule photographic tours so you will have fewer tourists to get in your way. The best lighting conditions can be found during midday when the sun shines directly into the canyon.

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