Slot Canyons

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by DMLarson, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. DMLarson

    DMLarson Mu-43 Regular

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    Dan
    When I made the switch this year from APS-C to :43: the major motivating consideration was that I wanted a high quality, light weight set up for taking with me into slot canyons. So far the slots that I have done have been pretty easy, but I want to explore more technical canyons where I will be carrying a lot of gear and will need to keep my camera set up small. My go to lens for slots right now is the Panasonic 7-14mm. I am also very interested in the 9mm prime that Olympus is rumored to be working on. I was hoping that the Olympus EM-10 would be my go to camera, but combined with the Panasonic 7-14 I was getting the purple fringing/blobs in about 90% of my slot shots. It is extremely contrasty in a slot, even when there is no sun anywhere near the little bit of sky I can see. So I bought a used Panasonic GX-7 a few weeks ago to couple with the 7-14mm and have been pretty happy with the results.
     
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  2. biomed

    biomed Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 22, 2013
    Seattle area
    Mike
    Beautiful photos, Dan. You have captured the light and textures magnificently. I imagine the water flow through these narrow canyons must be terrific during flash floods.
     
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  3. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aaron
    Awesome images!
     
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  4. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Very nice photos. Slot canyons are an amazing geological feature. Also thanks for showing off my local areas and thanks for making me feel guilty about not having visited any of them.
     
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  5. CharlieL

    CharlieL Mu-43 Veteran

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    Charlie
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  6. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Wonderful series Dan. I thoroughly enjoyed looking.
    It appears that the GX7/P7-14 combo is free of purple flare, so common when using with an Olympus body. I applied the the rear filter mod with a Wratten 2E, it helps but a certain amount of flare is still evident, colour shifted so more acceptable.
    I've been reading about the GX7, it's very tempting I must say.
     
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  7. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Dan, I've nominated the first post for headline feature, what I meant of course is the entire thread. Hope Amin or one of the moderators realises this to be the case.
    Keep posting, I'm finding it really interesting.
    Steve.
     
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  8. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Dan, I'm considering the GX7 as a 'taming device' for my own P7-14, but you mention above it not being totally immune. Is it possible to show some examples please, it would help with my decision making.
     
  9. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Thank you very much Dan, you've really pushed the boat out by doing this for me.
    The figures are the important point for me to take away, I'm greatly encouraged by this. I think I shall start looking for a good used GX7.
     
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  10. CharlieL

    CharlieL Mu-43 Veteran

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    Charlie
    Not really a slot canyon yet, this is the sides of the wash walking up to the Tent Rocks area in NM.

    16013767896_ccdf1ce4c8_b. Tent Rocks by lewisrazors, on Flickr
     
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  11. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Very nice, and once again you are making me feel bad about not visiting sites in my own backyard.
     
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  12. Ricoh

    Ricoh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Excellent photographic record of the slot canyons, the colours are phenomenal?
    I've been following your posts from the start and I'm glad to see that you're back in business.
     
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  13. wercrazy

    wercrazy Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 23, 2013
    A couple from last year, not sure if the Bryce one counts as a slot canyon however.
    20140530-Wall St hike Bryce Canyon. 20140529-Burr Trail slot canyon.
     
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  14. popiT

    popiT Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Yang
    Beautiful canyons & nicely captured!

    I've only been to Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands & Arches back in 2002 with a film camera.

    I was here too in 2003 & took almost the same shot of this White Dome Slot Canyon in Valley of Fire.

    I need to dig back those shoe boxes of films :)

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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  15. EricRose

    EricRose Mu-43 Regular

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    Wonderful images. I have been to several of the same canyons so can appreciate what you were up against. Just a question did you do any HDR in the Antelope Canyons?
     
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  16. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    Lovely work Dan. I did my first backpack in S. Utah in 1977 - solo down the Paria w/ Mamiya 645. Goes w/o saying that rocked my photographic world! As Ed Abbey says there's 10 lifetimes to explore there. You're on your way!

    FWIW I do not own the Panny 7-17 but have considered it. I recall reading somewhere about a fix for the purple blob problem. As I recall, there is an attachment available for the rear of the lens to add a UV filter. This apparently solve the problem. Have you tried this?

     
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  17. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Oregon
    FYI, have tried twice to get up the Buckskin from Paria junction in summer conditions years ago. Got mild hypothermia both times wading neck deep narrow cold water so had to stop (I'm only 150 lbs so not much insulation). Recommend you consider a farmer john wet suite. Have been part way down from the top couple times day hiking. As you are aware, you'll likely need rope for some big chock stones. Sometimes ropes are in place sometimes not.

    Sadly permits are now required & there are lots of people in there. No one else was in the canyon both times I went down the Paria years ago. The Virgin Narrows has also become very crowded in the summer & fall.

    You know about using a pole to probe ahead for quicksand?


     
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  18. budeny

    budeny Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 4, 2014
    Boulder, CO
    Great shots!

    Does anyone know good guide book for non-technical Utah canyons?
     
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  20. Art

    Art Mu-43 All-Pro

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    San Francisco, CA
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1428777830.256543. waterholes canyon, Arizona
     
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