This was taken at one of the shallower and wider sections of the longest and deepest slot canyon in the world, somewhere near the Utah/Arizona border. It is surprisingly (and relatively speaking) non-technical, considering its length. Haven't had an opportunity to do the whole thing yet. Maybe when the monsoons are over.
Sigma DC 10-20 @ 12mm
ISO 100, 13s @ F/25
I stumbled across your gallery several times, always stopping in awe and finally I got over my laziness to express my gratitude for sharing those pictures with us. I really think, I would have loved to see all those places you visited but I am glad that I could see them through your pictures.
Yup. What you are not considering here is that this is a very cramped location. Having an overall slightly softer image that will only be an issue on the largest of prints beats having the foreground or background of a landscape photo out of focus in this particular instance.
I can assure you that I am not the only one out there doing slot canyon photos like this. Most semi-serious and serious landscape photographers have one somewhat similar to this. However, I'd say a good 90% of them are taken in Antelope canyon up in Page, AZ, which I have never been to and probably never will. In fact, if you like these kind of shots, you should do a search for "antelope canyon" on DA. You'll get literally hundreds of results (of wildly varying quality). But do a search for "buckskin gulch" and you get only four.
Yup, it's some pretty rugged 12 miles of hiking, wading, and obstacle maneuvering (then the several miles down the rest of Pariah to Lee's Ferry). I hope to have time for the whole thing later in the year after the rains have died down. The route to Buckskin is well published both online and in various canyoneering books, if you're truly interested.