70-200mm IS lens, Canon 50D, Climbing, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

A few weeks ago I was rock climbing in Utah.  Close to the area were these petroglyphs:

ISO 2000 70mm 0ev f/8 1/125

ISO 2000 70mm 0ev f/8 1/125

These symbols are examples of Fremont Rock Art and date from 450-1300 A.D.  Also close by were examples of Archaic Rock Art dating from 6,000-1000 B.C. and modern graffiti.  Personally, I find the modern graffiti on these rocks annoying, but looking at the Fremont period work, I was wondering if there would have been people in that time who found it annoying that their contemporaries were putting “graffiti” where the older Archaic art was.

This photo was taken outside Arches National Park on Utah Highway 27 near the climbing area called Wall Street.  I was using my 70-200mm lens, but as this example of the petroglyphs were not that far up the rock, the zoom wasn’t really necessary.  I edited this image in Photoshop using curves to make the colors in the rock pop a bit and make the art stand out.

Bonus points to you if you find the critter in the photo.  I also have posted this photo on Flickr.  What do you think of this type of art? do you also like graffiti?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Travel Theme: Symbol

Yellow is often a color associated with caution.  That might be a good thing to keep in mind if you ever run into one of these in the wild:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/60

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/60

This is a Black-legged Poison Dart Frog and is actually poisonous enough to kill you.  Having said that, I also read that if kept in captivity they are not poisonous.  Do you ever read things like that and wonder who tested that?

Anyway, this particular frog is on display at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  This was a bit of a tough shot to get because the frog was behind glass so there was a bit of a glare, and although the surroundings were bright, this particular enclosure was dark.  There were a few of these frogs on display and I decided to shoot the one closest to the glass so that I could have a small f-stop number to let in light, but since the subject was close he would still be in focus.  In my opinion, I am stretching it a bit here.  I would have liked the frog to be a bit sharper, but this is the best I came up with.  When I was editing this photo, I wanted to keep the frog as realistic looking as possible.  So while I made a few adjustments, levels and sharpening, I was really doing them to make the image clearer.  I also used a Iris blur filter, which in Photoshop is under Filter-Blur-Iris Blur.  I set the blur to 15 pixels and then added a light bokeh of 6%.  Doing this kept the frog sharp but blurred the background a bit.  Here is the original photo:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/60

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/3.2 1/60

So what do you think of my edited version?  Is it in keeping enough with the original for your taste?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

This post was written as a response to the weekly travel photo challenge at Where’s my Backpack? The theme this week is symbol. Nature sometimes provides creatures with their own built in warning symbols, better to pay attention to them when you see them.

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