Last updated on January 19, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, travelling and making photos for 20 years. Read more Get Inspired

Last week we talked about the new record price for a photo, paid the incredible amount of $6.5M. Melbourne born Peter Lik is the photographer. The photo was made in the Antelope Canyon in Arizona, USA.

As a follow up on this awesome location I contacted Gavin Hardcastle, a great British photographer based in Canada that had the possibility to visit the Antelope Canyon and, more important, he made some outstanding shots of the canyon.

Gavin runs also an awesome website called FotoTripper where he writes of his travelling experiences providing tons of tips for any visited location, not only on the photo side of it but also on the travelling itself, making the life easier for anybody that is planning a trip.

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Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon from below

Q. Many thanks Gavin for your time! First of all tell us a bit more about the Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon is one of those photography locations that will challenge and reward the photographer in equal measure.

As you battle the chaos of the cramped conditions while sharing time and space with 200 other photographers, you ask yourself ”what am I doing here?”.

Then you see your first amazing shot on the back of your camera and it all becomes clear.

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Q. How challenging is to make photos in the canyon?

If you can keep it together and not loose your rag, Antelope Canyon will give you stunning results if you know how to use your camera.

If you’re a complete beginner you might not appreciate the high pressure circumstances that come from shooting in enclosed spaces while jostling tripods for the best compositions. 

Make sure you know how to focus and set your exposure value quickly to take advantage of the rapidly shifting lighting conditions. 

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Q. How busy can be the place?

It’s important to keep patient but don’t let other shooters take advantage while they hog all of the best light and most importantly – time.

Those shafts of light shift and shrink over a 45 minute time span so make the most of your time and then move on so that others can get their shot.

You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with Photoshop’s ‘Content Aware Fill’ tool as it’s almost impossible to capture a scene without someone’s foot or tripod leg creeping into the shot.

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Q. Your last tip?

Plan well, practice, keep your cool and you’ll capture some stellar photos.


It was just great to have a chat with Gavin. Watching his photos I really wonder if there is a $6.5M difference between his work and Peter’s photo.

You can buy Gavin’s photo from his website below, a great addition to your gallery. Really love these photos

Check Gavin’s full article of the Antelope Canyon on his website

Fototripper website: http://www.fototripper.com/

Gavin Hardcastle website where you can buy prints: http://www.gavinhardcastle.com/

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4 thoughts on “Antelope Canyon, Arizona – An incredible location for outstanding photos – A talk with Gavin Hardcastle”

    • Good day Eric,
      indeed a great place to visit, surely unique in its genre. I guess the challenge will be to have a photo without any person in it, so popular. Although nowadays PS can help with that 🙂

      Enjoy your trip and photography
      cheers

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