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dsefcik
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12/7/2013
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Went on a 2 day backpacking trip to hunt for pictographs in the In-Ko-Pah mountains. The night sky was perfect for star gazing, I could easily see the Andromeda Galaxy with my binoculars and shooting stars were streaking across the sky all night, especially from 3am-5am when I easily saw 3-4 per minute it seemed like.

Jupiter may be one of the outer bright streaks, not sure
(Olympus OM-2s, 28mm, f/5.6, Lomography 100 ISO color film)


The hunt was good, we found some new pictographs on a panel I had visited before but did not see them because they are so faint. I still did not see them while photographing the "blank" boulder face but DStretch made them pop out once I got home and processed the photos.

Here is a 5 image stitched photo of what looked like a blank boulder face


Here is the DStretched version...it revealed two different pictographs


Lets look at a couple of the individual images used to stitch everything together, they will show more detail.

Here is the top section before/after




Here is the bottom section before/after




Just amazing...you simply cannot see these pictographs staring at the boulder!

Here is another panel that I did not see a pictograph on, mostly because I was focused on the obvious one below it. These photos reveal another sun burst above and to the right of the obvious one.




If you have Manfred Knaak's book The Forgotten Artist: Indians of Anza-Borrego and Their Rock Art and look on page 73 you will see a panel of rock art that looks like it is in pretty good condition. He credits the Museum of Man for the photo so chances are it is from the 30's or 40's, possibly from Malcolm Rodgers.

I used an old 1937 camera and old expired color film to photograph it as best I could to match, here are the results




The photo in Knaak's book looks awfully good compared to what I photographed last weekend, I wonder if the deterioration over the years is genuine or if the older photo in the book was modified somehow to represent more of what the photographer believed he/she saw.

Here are a few more before/after photos of the same panel

















Total Mylar Balloons this trip - 4 (sorry, no photo)

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Cool photos! Your thread title "Hunting in the In-Ko-Pah Mountains" made me think of my past quail and deer hunting trips there. But pictograph hunting is fun too!
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Some of those are just impossible to see without the filters. Would all of those pictos reveal themselves with the standard D-Stretch software 'cycle,' or did you really have to custom-tweak some of the settings?

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Very nice, Daren. Looks like someone did their own version of "DStretch" on Knaak's page 73 pic. Did you see the "fertility rocks" Crawford found nearby? Isn't that how the whole yoni thing got started? Tom
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12/8/2013
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Some of those are just impossible to see without the filters. Would all of those pictos reveal themselves with the standard D-Stretch software 'cycle,' or did you really have to custom-tweak some of the settings?
Standard crgb would reveal them enough to work harder at making them better. My usual work flow starts with running all of my photos thru DStretch in Batch Mode using the CRGB filter first. Then from there decide which photos need more tweaking to look their best.

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tommy750 wrote:
Very nice, Daren. Looks like someone did their own version of "DStretch" on Knaak's page 73 pic. Did you see the "fertility rocks" Crawford found nearby? Isn't that how the whole yoni thing got started? Tom
It seems that way to me...I am not certain where the fertility rocks are that the book mentions, there are several areas out there that have small rock shelters, Yoni looking rocks and such, it is just an amazing and vast area.

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