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Levels of Time by Steve Knight

October 2020 - Levels of Time

October 2020 - Steve Knight


About the Image(s)

This image is titled Levels of Time and it was taken at the Taos Pueblo last November. The shot was taken with a Canon 6D with an ISO of 200, pretty much my standard ISO. On this particular camera this ISO gives me a lot of exposure options while still producing a quality image for printing. The lens used was Canon's EF 24-105 L f/4, my go-to lens 80% of the time. It was set at 40mm and f8 with a shutter speed of 1/800. As one can tell from the shadows, this was taken late evening. I started, as usual, in Lightroom. This is where I cropped the image and added texture and clarity. I then converted to black and white in Photoshop using a B&W adjustment layer. The contrast was refined next using a levels adjustment layer. My first print was a bit too contrasty to my tastes so I opened up the shadows a bit back in Lightroom to achieve what you see here. This was our first trip to Taos Pueblo, but hopefully will not be our last. Northern New Mexico is my favorite place in the USA.

3 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
I have been here to Taos Pueblo, a great place for some great shots. When I was there they were having a pow wow, that was extra special.

You captured a good feel for the buildings there, multiple levels and I imagine built over time, hence the title. The texture and detail work well along with the dark sky and make it feel like it did when I was there. I think it would be stronger if it were a horizontal and included more of the building, that probably comes from knowing most of them were long with lots more to show. You captured a great example.   Posted: 10/05/2020 08:32:07

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I am not sure what I am looking at here, is this one building or house on top of house on top of house which is the effect that I get. The effect is very strong and does give you the feeling of crowding and people on top of people. We used to have something over here called back to back, where you had blocks of 12 houses in a tight block with multiple families in each house, I get the same feeling here.
The texture and lighting is handled very well and can see why this would be one of your favorite places to visit.   Posted: 10/19/2020 06:03:26
Steve Knight   Steve Knight
This is a multi-storied residential complex, though it seems most of the owners currently live outside the compound and maintain these as ancestral homes. This pueblo was thought to have been built sometime between 1000 and 1450 and is one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in the US. It's been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1960.   Posted: 10/20/2020 00:47:48


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