A World Below
Slot canyons have been both a fascination and a rich source of stunning photographs for Peter for many years.
Stunning photographs? How about “Angel’s Heart,” “Turn Scarlet,” “Antelope Canyon” and the multi-award-winning “Ghost.”
A slot canyon is defined as a narrow canyon that’s been formed by rushing water wearing away rock. They are considerably deeper than they are wide.
“Slot canyons have particular demands. They can be extremely narrow, you generally have to hike a long way into them and then wait for the perfect light, and you have to always be wary of deadly floods,” explains Peter. “But when the light is just right and all the colors come to life – the purples and oranges and scarlets – it’s pure magic.”
Peter has shot in several slot canyons but his favorite is the lower part of Antelope Canyon in Arizona (it’s separated into upper and lower). He did snag “Ghost” in the upper section, with the light beam coming down in a narrow shaft, but there are more tourists to contend with there.
“Angel’s Heart” is his best-known shot from lower Antelope and it is a perfect example of the colors that a photographer can get in the slots IF he is patient enough.
“Lower Antelope definitely has the edge for beauty,” says Peter. “As you see the light come in there and the colors catch fire. And the light shifts around from minute to minute. I love it!”
If you want the full slot canyon experience, tune in to The Weather Channel this Thursday night at 8/7c for “Hidden Canyons,” the second episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.?
FOOTNOTE: In Thursday’s blog Peter gives some tips for shooting in slot canyons. On Friday, in “Riding Shotgun,” Peter’s assistant, Mark Thurman, talks about the canyon shoot that was featured in that episode of the show.