Monday, August 26, 2019

Next on our trip we made our way from Ship Rock to Canyon de Chelly.  On the first day we spent our time on the east rim which overlooks Canyon del Muerto.  One cannot just drive down into Canyon de Chelly.  On both the east and west rims there are a number of overlooks down into the canyons.  The views are excellent and well worth the effort.  If you have vertigo, like I do, then you'll need to hold on because there are places at the overlooks were one can get right up to the edge without any rail or wall to hold onto.

Canyon de Chelly is an ancient Pueblo site and one that is still occupied to this day.  The locals control the number of visitors into the canyon but in order to do so one has to pay.  I decided not to but now wish that I had.  I, in particular, wanted to go to the place in the canyon where Ansel Adams took his famous shot of the canyon wall.  The only difference between then and now are all of the cottonwood trees that are in the canyon that were not present when he took his picture.  That image was taken over in Canyon de Chelly itself which can be viewed from the west rim overlooks and that is the next days efforts.  Sometime in the next couple years I will be going back to Canyon de Chelly and spend more than two days there and I will be spending the money for the guide to take me through the canyon.  I think it will be well worth the money.

Again my images are with my IR camera, a Canon 50D with a 35-150mm lens, as I am continuing to learn how to use it and to process the images.  All images were taken using a tripod.

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.