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Mon. May 24, 2004

A Lesson In Orientation

About seven years ago, I wrote about my trip to Antelope Canyon: “...it was mostly dark, making it hard to compose through the viewfinder, nevermind focus. And the questions of what’s ‘vertical’ and what’s ‘horizontal’ become quite subjective.

I didn’t know how right I was until I saw Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution. On the cover page of the Travel section, there was an article by one of their staff writers on Antelope Canyon, complete with a lovely photo … printed sideways (I know it’s supposed to be a vertical, because I shot the same view). Inside the section are three more photos, only one of which is properly oriented. Three vertical photos of the very vertical Antelope Canyon, all committed to print as horizontals.

But there’s an interesting lesson here, of some sort. I was reading the paper while we were out eating brunch, and when I got home I found the article online (reg. req’d), expecting to see the same error.

On the web, they got it right (plus, you can view enlarged versions).

Which means one of two things. It’s either another example of how errors can be quickly corrected on the web, while a printed newspaper is locked the moment it slides off the press. Or, it means the production staff in charge of converting the print paper to the web has better visual sense than the production staff that put together the print version.

But in the end, the article left me with one overwhelming thought; I really need to go back to Antelope Canyon.


Peanut Gallery

1  Alan wrote:

Great photos. If you ever make a trip out that way again, you might also check out a couple more out-of-the way canyons: The first is near Canonville, Utah, and the second is on a dirt road about 15 miles south of Kodachrome Basin, in the middle of the Kaiparowits Plateau. In the right light, they’re as luminescent as Antelope Canyon, and they share the “suddenness” of the terrain: Both canyons sneak up on you, emerging suddenly from small riverbeds and scrub.

2  Ole wrote:

Beautiful images – but how they got the orientation wrong in print sort of baffles me. The sand at the bottom clearly defines the horizon, but maybe they print guys only had a tiny preview to go by?

Anyway these canyons are weird. Which brings to mind my first – and sort of only – visit to Grand Canyon as a 9 year old kid in 1977. Shooting a roll with my Kodak Instamatic 110-format (which produced rather tiny slides :-) ) I came back with better exposed and sharper pics than my dad with his Nikon SLR … he bounced back in Bruce Canyon though, that was too much for the Instamatics fixed everything.

Got to show that, and the rest of the US and Candada, to my kids before they grow too old :-)

Comment by Ole · 05/24/2004 01:25 PM
3  John wrote:

If you do head out this way, include a swing through Tucson so I can show you some Old Pueblo hospitality.

4  Paul wrote:

Just wondering if you are aware of Little River Canyon over near Fort Payne, AL? Not unimpressive in it’s own way, and an easy day trip from Atlanta. If you haven’t been there, I’ll volunteer as a guide some nice Saturday.

Little River hasn’t the majesty of the western landscape. But it does play with sun and shadow, as does any house of stone and light in interesting ways.

And it does offer the Southeast’s seasonal vegetation changes, a nice little waterfall at the entry, some great swimming holes, a lot of rare wild flowers, and proimity to nearby Desoto Falls. It’s also pretty free of crowds and traffic, and a lot of work has been done in the last couple of years restoring the place to a natural state, including pulling down the steel towers and decaying structures of the old cable car ride into the Canyon of the old, ill considered, never successful Cloudland amusement park.

And did I mention it is an easy day trip from Atlanta..:-)

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