This canyon was formed by flash floods rushing down from the mountains and at certain times, the beam of light shoots through to the canyon floor.
Limited edition: no more than 100 prints will be made at each size/medium.
Artist: David R. Smith
Location: Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona.
The night before I took this shot, I had to read up on reciprocity failure because the shot took 90 seconds and film doesn’t work the same way when it’s exposed to light for long durations as does with short, split-second shutters. I ran my calculations, got my light meter and headed to Antelope Canyon in the morning.
When I arrived at the canyon there was another photographer with his assistant and we found a rattlesnake in the cave. We encouraged the snake to leave, using a stick, and then prepared for the beam to arrive. The photographer’s assistant kicked up dust when the beam arrived, and my shot took 90 seconds. During this time, a man walked right through the shot, which you wouldn’t know unless I told you–he left no image on the photo whatsoever.
Camera: Large Format 4×5 Field Camera
Lens: Schneider 72mm f/5.6 Super-Angulon XL Lens
Media: Fuji Provia 100 ISO
Minolta IV F Auto Light Meter
Digitized with a drum scanner
Processing: Less than 5 minutes of color correction and cropping in Adobe Lightroom