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.
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