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Everything Old is New Again

By Adrian Zupp

Peter just returned from yet another trip to Arizona and Antelope Canyon. Antelope, as you probably know, has been a very happy hunting ground for him over the years. “Angel’s Heart” and the highly acclaimed “Ghost” are his two most famous shots from Antelope. But if you think the well is dry, you’d be wrong.

“Every time I go there, I find something special,” said Peter. “I’m pretty critical of the shots I take – especially when it comes to choosing gallery shots. But I’ve come back with some shots I’m very pleased about and I think people will be seeing one or two of them in the galleries for sure.”

Part of the trick of consistently getting top-drawer images from Antelope is knowing the place so well.

“It’s true that the place keeps surprising me, but visiting there many times over the years has helped me to know where to look… and when.”

The “when” is primarily about lighting, which can be extra tricky in a slot canyon. But trial and error over the years has made it more and more about knowing than gambling.

“Angel’s Heart was mainly about lighting,” continued Peter. “It’s the perfect light that brought out the colors and contours. That’s why I always stress lighting when people ask me about getting great landscape shots. It’s just so key. But when the light is just right, you’re going to get a mile better shot.”

Many photographers have favorite locations. Peter has several. But the trick to returning to the well and coming away with water comes down to some basic photography rules: 1. Know your subject (the location); 2. Do your research; 3. Be persistent; 4. Work at getting the ideal light.

You’ll be surprised how many new discoveries you can find in “old” places.

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm



  1. What time of the day is best for the lighting when photographing slot canyons? These 2 examples are so amazing. Thanks for the inspiration, Peter.

    Comment by Rich Lockhart on August 4, 2011 at 10:58 am

  2. It depends on the exact place you are shooting, Rich. You have to get a sense of when the light works best for that particular spot.

    Comment by Staff Writer on August 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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