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Old Mar 12, 2010, 8:11 PM   #1
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I live in New Mexico, which is, on average, about 6,000 to 12,000 ft above sea level, which means there is less atmosphere and LOTS of sunlight. I like to hike and backpack and capture images from ancient puebloan ruins sites that I hunt. I found this one at Bandelier National Monument, and not even the park rangers knew about it. It is clearly overexposed and taken with a camera that I have since replaced.

I now have a shiny Lumix FZ35 to play with and will be going hunting for more sites in a few weeks. At any rate, I colorized this one to bring out the carving that was lost in the colored version. This carving was likely done around 1300 A.D., before the ancient puebloans (or Anasazi as the Navajo called them) abandoned their cliff dwellings.
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Adjusted gamma and contrast to bring out the carving.
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 10:33 PM   #3
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Whats the carving on the smaller rock below?
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 10:43 PM   #4
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I was never sure. Sometimes you find these things and they make no sense. I have seen pictorgrams of what look like people, but they have antlers, or antennae, or what looks like spaceship helmets. They are often called Anthropomorphs. Pretty cool when you find them though.

Gamma and Contrast are HUGE differences. How did you go about changing that?
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In Photoshop, gamma is at Image, Adjustment, Exposure. Contrast is at Image, Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast.
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I used a few different plugins.
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You did a great job in bringing out the details, nice pictures of history. Did you try the shots in B&W? I wonder if that would work?
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That sure looks nicer than my original. I am definitely going to try and learn how to do some of that.
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