Today, I Celebrate…

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Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

-Winston Churchill-


The Story Behind The Photo…

This image was created in Lower Antelope Canyon recently.  A short walk takes you to an opening within the earth that we stepped into and dropped out of sight into a labrynth of twisting and turning sandstone walls descending downwards to Lake Powell.  The midday sun beats down into the canyon bouncing the light from one wall to the other making it an ideal time of day to visit slot canyons.  There are several options for making images within the canyons; one is using in camera bracketing and combining the images later into an HDR image.  The pattern and texture of the rocks drew my attention in this case so rather than work the shadow and light I went for the graphic patterns.  I made a five frame bracket in one stop increments with my base exposure of ISO 400 f13 @ 1/6 sec.  I use Photomatix Pro to combine the images bringing out detail in the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights and then finished up in Photoshop CS6 using NIK Filters to apply some creative finishing touches (Detail Extractor, Brilliance and Warmth and Classical Soft Focus…all tweaked to suit my vision).  Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR @ 45mm


  1. Larry Gawne says:

    Truly beautiful. On my photo stop bucket list…

  2. Laurie,
    I’ve been following your blog for a year or so and I am enjoying the “story behind the photo” very much.
    The slot canyon image is outstanding! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Jay J. Brandinger says:

    Beautiful creation!