This week for Picture of the Week, I wanted to do something a little different (we’ll get back to Asia next week). I’ve always said that I wonder what would happen if I didn’t take a picture for an entire year, and instead, just went back and re-edited all my old pictures. Would I learn something new? Would I find some previously overlooked jewels? Well, at this point I have no intention of taking a year off from photography. However, since I am usually bored to tears through the winter months (unless of course it snows) because I struggle to find interesting subjects when everything looks so lifeless, I thought I would give it a go!

Since visiting Antelope Canyon back in 2009, I’ve always wanted to go back. The images from there are iconic, and I just love the shapes and patterns that the weathered sandstone provides. I’ve read many places talking about that the Canyons (both uppers and lowers) having been ruined by tourism, which makes me sad, BUT I’ve got a pretty good collection of pictures from there already, so I decided to start there with my re-editing, or rather, re-imagining. My photographic style, and specifically my editing style, have changed quite dramatically since then, so it was REALLY fun to revisit these images. Earlier I said I was curious if I’d learn anything from this process, and if I’d find any jewels I’d overlooked the first go around, and I came away feeling like the answer to both questions, is YES!

If you’d like to have a look at what these rocks look like in color, check out my previous posts here, here, and here.

–Dan Thompson

Antelope Canyon