Saturday, August 17, 2019
Continuing on our trip we made our way from Farmington, NM over toward Shiprock. From there we would make our way south to Chinle, AZ and Canyon de Chelly. But that is getting ahead of myself. So I have a few images of Shiprock. It is not easy to get to. The roads are dirt in the best of times and certainly the worst in mud in the worst in times. I would suggest a high clearance vehicle at least or a four wheel drive. I, unfortunately, did not. So I got as close as I could and used both my 70-300mm and my 35-150mm lenses. I took both IR and visible light images. The images here are the IR images. I do want to go back, especially when I have more time and when I have an appropriate vehicle so that I can explore more the area around Shiprock. By the way, Shiprock is revered by Native Americans as holy ground. So if you go out there be respectful.
One last thing. Although all the images are IR images some were brought into photoshop and processed as I would normally process B&W. Those, however, with the blue tint to them were produced by channel swapping. I have a lot to learn about the processing of IR images but on a whole I am satisfied with these.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Once in Farmington, NM and finding a place to stay we hauled ourselves to Aztec Ruins named incorrectly for the Aztecs but now known to be a classic Pueblo site. The best part of the site is the Great Kiva that has been reconstructed and one in which you can actually enter. Because there were so few people at the site it was easy to sit and take in the Kiva. No flash photography was allowed to all images are taken with available light. This is a site definitely worth seeing and it is free.