Photography has reached a strange place when I have to explain that “yes, that was the true color” and NO I did not create this in Photoshop, yikes!
The place I made this picture is Mada’in Saleh the historical site of a Nabatean trading center in north-west Saudi Arabia. These folks were part of a group whose capital was Petra in modern-day Jordan. It is also the place the Ottomans had a railroad depot which T.E. Lawrence destroyed. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I made this image as part of a feature story of archeology for Smithsonian magazine. There are two reasons the color is other worldly. The first is the light in Arabia gets this way sometimes, that’s all I know. The second reason is I used a rare film Kodachrome Photomicrography which had insane saturation and detail. The ASA is 16. I did not add any color, the film simply recorded everything that was there.
To see more images from this story visit Eastep Image Archive @ www.EastepPhotography.com
4 thoughts on “Color Beyond Description”
This website was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something
that helped me. Thank you!
Thank you for the kind words about my postings, they are very much appreciated.
Wayne I am enjoying your blog very much. I came across several of your books on amazon a few months ago and have been enjoying them as well. Even though we haven’t seen each other for almost 40 yrs I still remember how nice you and Patty were to me when I was at Andrews for my first yr of college and you all were there too. Hello to Patty for me and hope you are well!