By Brad Brizek

Kaleidoscope

Equipment Info
State/Province/Region
AZ
Country
US
Town
Page
Description

This one took awhile. A long while. This is a manual blend of over 9 exposures in Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona. The slot canyon is one of the toughest places I've ever been to shoot, since the dynamic range is much, much more than the camera can handle. Usually, the sky looks pure white or the depths of the canyon look pitch black. In order to pull this off, I took 9 shots with different exposure times to capture everything from the bright sky to the deepest rocks. I decided that I would attempt a manual blend in Photoshop instead of using HDR tools. For those who aren't familiar with these terms, think of manual blending as laying all of those 9 exposures over each other, then manually uncovering the portions of each image that were exposed correctly. So about 3 days later, I arrived at this. To me, it resembled the vibrant colors and crazy patterns of a kaleidoscope, hence the name. I tried to make this shot look as awe-inspiring as I felt in the canyon that day. I think I managed to capture just a tiny bit of that feeling here.

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Date Taken
27/07/2014

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