Photographed by Jordan Voth

Story

This is one of my favorite slot canyons I’ve been able to shoot at. I came across it a couple years ago and it’s been one of my go-to places in the area. Because it’s on Navajo land, you do need to have a guided tour to be able to visit the location. Thankfully this day it was pretty empty so we were able to take things pretty slowly and not rush. It’s also pretty accessible which was nice for Stevee with having to walk through the canyon in heels.

This was shot in early April so the sun never reached a pretty high point in the sky which means, less light gets down into the slot canyons. The walls can be up to 30 ft tall in certain areas so depending on where you’re at in the canyon and how tall the walls are can dictate how much light gets in. Flash floods can also change the ground level and how much sand is in there so sometimes you can see 5-7 ft changes in elevation of the ground. The texture of the walls itself is one of my favorite things to see and incorporate into photos.
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Directions

CalmPlayfulDancingMovement

“Grab onto the train of your dress with your left hand and wave it back and forth.”
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Composition

Center FramedLower ThirdsLeading LinesNatural Frames

I’m always looking for things to frame my couple within. Could be buildings, trees, windows or in this case, canyon walls. Always be on the lookout for things to frame them within and make your composition more interesting.

Focusing

Single Point Focused on The couple Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Harsh LightBack litRim LightDarkMoodyNatural Light

Equipment & EXIF

1/500 f/f/4 ISO 2000 WB 10000K

Camera

Canon 5D Mark II

Lens

Canon 11-24m f/4 L

Editing

This image was edited with

VSCO Pack 6 - Afga Portrait

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Desert United States

Slot Canyon

Page, Arizona

Final tips & Advice

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Jordan Voth

Photographer United States of America Canon 5d Mark II Canon 35mm f/1.4L
Hi! I’m Jordan and I’m a wedding & portrait photographer based in Seattle, WA. I photograph most of my work out of state and end up in places like California, Arizona & Utah pretty often. I’m a huge fan of the desert and mountains and love any chance I can get to be somewhere beautiful.
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