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Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land, and after a flash flood that killed 11 tourists in August of 1997, visitors are only permitted to enter the canyon with a Navajo guide. I joined a guided tour group, and we were shown the best spots to photograph. When we got to the place I'd wanted to photograph in the Canyon, I got caught up in what I was doing, and didn't notice that the group had moved on. While I was waiting for a shaft of direct sunlight to filter into the canyon, the guide came back to get me to keep me with the group. I knew I only had seconds to capture the much-anticipated shot. I got ready to take one last shot. There was dust in the air that was illuminated by the shaft of light, looking incredible. During the long exposure, another visitor decided to jump in front of my tripod mounted camera and dance in the beam of light. I'm ashamed to admit at the time I wanted to throttle him, and shared a few choice words with other photographers there. But when I previewed the image on the back of the camera, I knew I'd captured a magical shot.