Michael Nath  

Owl by Michael Nath

May 2021 - Owl

About the Image(s)

It is a petroglyph from 9 mile canyon in Utah. The original was taken in color and converted to B&W using NIK SEP2. I then used NIK CEP with the detail extractor to adjust the overall tonality followed by the Darken/Lighten tool using the brush tool to apply the changes in tonality in a manner similar to a vignette followed by sharpening the final output. My objective was to reveal the petroglyphs and to incorporate the overall shape of the bright areas with overall shape of the deep shadow areas as part of the composition. The main difficulty came in matching the tonalities of the digital original with the tonalities of original film images when making prints.

The exposure data was 1/100 s, F16, ISO 200 using a 135mm f2 prime lens on my D810.

4 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Michael - a fine record image of these petroglyphs with a great tonal range. I find them fascinating and in this image the owls are superb. What I find interesting is the obvious range of abilities of the various artists - some of the petroglyphs are exact replicas of the original creature, but others look as if they had been done by a child.
I remember seeing some petroglyphs years ago in Utah and one or two were very alien which made me wonder if alien creatures made an appearance in those times - unlikely and maybe just the work of a creative artist.
  Posted: 05/10/2021 06:20:45
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Peter. I agree with you about the quality of the work by the various artists.   Posted: 05/10/2021 11:28:45

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Michael: Nice job in isolating the lighter areas but still able to visualize art in the shadows. These "glyphs" are so interesting depicting wildlife of the area hundreds of years ago. Your image is nicely exposed and processed.   Posted: 05/10/2021 12:30:20
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ella, I appreciate it.   Posted: 05/12/2021 13:06:47


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