Sharon and I have been into Rock Art for a long time. In many ways, it’s the beginning of photography, visually storytelling to relate and preserve what mattered to the artist at that moment. Where we live in the Sierras, there are lots of examples, panels as they are called, telling the stories of hunts, good times and bad. Just outside Moab on Hwy 279 is the Hwy 279 Rock Art panels. We visited them last week again to look, read and photograph.
There are many ways to photograph Rock Art. My preference for the last decade is to photograph it as rock … art, art that uses rock as its medium. There was a time I photographed just the individual symbols because they are way cool and I was collecting for a researcher. But now, I treat them as an element on that rock face, staring out from a time gone by of a people who lived and loved this land. What always amazes me when looking at the Rock Art is that they never seemed to hit a spot where as they were scratching away, the whole rock face fell awat. My luck if I tried it, I would just about be done with my drawing and the whole cliff face would peal away!
Me preferred method of photographing the Rock Art is around highnoon when we have contrast, shadows to help bring out the texture of the rock. They created their art in the desert tarnish, the darker rock, using contrast to make their art pop so I want to photograph it with the same idea. Shooting with the Nikon Df & 58f1.4AFS still using the Nikon 67mm Circular Polarizer, I wanted to shoot straight on to avoid any angular distortion. Other than the polarizer being used to remove the blue sky reflection and Clarity in ACR in finishing, these are simple clicks.