Old school – NEW world

Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: petroglyphs

Trash day . . .

A little something from yesterday . . .

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and the day before.

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Updating the past . . . Old school NEW world, neh?

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zhee-klay all the way . . .

Actually the word is spelled giclee . . . it was “coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Dugann for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s but has since come to mean any inkjet print.

A lot of “artists” frown on the use of inkjet printers to create multiples of their or any two-dimensional “art” . . . David Hockney received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to produce “fine art” prints using commercial processes instead of traditional stone and metal plate lithography back in the 1980’s.

Most people don’t give a rats ass about “fine art” . . . they buy reproductions of “The Night Watch” and “Blue Boy” to hang on the living room wall or a NASCAR poster of Dale Earnhardt . . . or Elvis Presleyy painted on black velvet bought at a local flea market.

So inkjet reproductions are practical . . . and like the man said, you can print on demand after the BAT (bon a tirer) or final proof approved for printing is “pulled”.

I snagged an image off the Internet and copied it from the screen of my iPad 2 with the iPod Touch 5G using the Hipstamatic double exposure app, then I ran the image through PhotoForge 2, Doublexposure Pro, Camera 4 Line Art + (C4LA) but not in that sequence.

Digital zhee-klay . . .

the Hipstamatic image
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. . . after PhotoForge 2
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C4LA rendering
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the finale . . . after Doublexposure Pro.
Combined the C4LA render and the PhotoForge 2 color image for the final after a bit of tweaking (contrast, lighting and saturation) with the PhotoForge 2 control knobs.
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Now if ever I need the image, it’s waiting in my archive . . . for reference.

Oh . . . the original Internet image was a pic of some rock art (petroglyph) from Legend Rock in Wyoming.

And, what’s the difference between a giclee print and a CD/DVD of your fave opera or concerto or movie ?? A big thanks to Graham Nash for understanding the need for high quality digital reproductions of photographs which led to “zhee-klay” . . . thankyouveddymuch !!

the great nature . . .

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I was out in the naturale visiting some cultural resource today . . . it was a bit overcast so contrast was low . . . no harsh shadows.

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Bumped contrast & brightness to enhance the pecked images . . . over time the pecked elements began re-acquire a patina caused by atmospheric change (wind, rain, snow, the sun) and the images begin to lose definition and become less visible.

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A lot of academics have backed themselves into corners with their thesis or dissertation regarding the “interpretation” of petroglyphs . . . however, if there is no living practitioner to support their data, then their arguments are mere supposition . . . and I said that.

Nikon Coolpix weapon of choice . . . PhotoForge 2 mods . . .

Petroglyphs . . . again

. . . revisited the petroglyphs of Tuesday past . . . unless some serious management of the accessible petroglyph sites is implemented by the Bureau of Land Management, the value of this unique resource will drop to zero . . . visitors climbing or walking on the panels, shooting, attempting to remove sections of panels, and re-pecking or adding to existing imagery, will eventually ruin the sites, destroying any remaining archaeological or visual significance of the sites . . . If you access the petroglyphs sites for the first time, do not expect to see anything like cliff dwellings, ruins or pictographs . . . “this ain’t the southwest . . .”

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. . . anyway, I accompanied two people on a tour of the sites I visited on Tuesday and shot more photos with the Canon 10D, primarily as a visual document of the features ca. 2010, for my personal library . . . focused on the Red Canyon site (personal site designation).

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It was a good day for photos . . . slightly overcast and no wind.

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The following two images are from an isolated boulder . . . reminders of the settling of the eastern Sierra region.

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Did you stop for a soak at Keough’s Hot Springs? They used to have a community easter egg hunt there every year, many, many moons ago.

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. . . on the way home, I turned off highway 395 to visit a “pictograph” site that I monitor on a fairly regular basis, a local site I call “the silos” . . .

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I have the Ms. Pacman app on my iPod Touch . . .

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This was the first time I photographed the silos in the late afternoon.

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Although graffiti can be crap, the more elaborate panels provide some insight into a subset of the regional culture, in this case, a young adult (16-25) group . . . familiar with psychedelics, THC, and alcohol. Some of the visual content has been sprayed over with new paint, however, there are several sections here that have been untouched for more that 12 months.

Road trip . . .

I took a day off and accompanied my daughter and two friends on a day-trip to Chalfant Valley and the Volcanic Tableland north of Bishop CA – went to see petroglyphs.

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The volcanic tuff at the Chalfant site is succumbing to the elements and vandals much faster than I had anticipated.

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A new “user friendly” barrier has replaced the chain-link fence . . .

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The photos above are from the primary group of Chalfant panels and contain elements not typical of the cultural landscape of the volcanic tableland. I’ve seen similar “shield” motifs at the Castle Gardens Site in Wyoming and a couple of sites in southern Inyo county.

I noticed new attempts to remove small sections of two panels . . . here’s one . . .

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. . . glad I did an extensive photo-documentation of the Chalfant site a number of years ago.

We also visited Red Canyon . . .

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. . . older removal of a panel section using a gasoline powered masonry saw . . .

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and an attempt by someone to camouflage some almost historic (1968) vandalism – the same set of initials can be found at the Fish Slough site, several miles to the south.

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Examples of the Public Land Use/Tea Party mentality at work in both instances . . .

and then the Chidago site . . .

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. . . finally ending up at Fish Slough. WHAT, no photos . . . ?? But here’s a link that has all the necessary information about how-to-find . . . uh . . . petroglyphs (not approved by BLM).

The group had a late lunch at Las Palmas Taqueria. a Mexican restaurant in Bishop . . . the portions are H-U-G-E and good.

I shot the photos with my “retro” Pentax Optio . . . 4.0 megapixels and the beast is s-o-o-o-o handy . . . the Optio is the size of a pack of cigarettes. I shot a bit of video footage with my old Flip video cam.