Feb 182011

ISO 80; f/4; 1/100; 9.6mm (Canon SX10)

Kachina dolls are part of the western Pueblo Native American (Hopi, Zuni) religion. A kachina can represent anything in the natural world or cosmos.  For the Hopi, kachinas live on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ. The dolls are used to educate children in the ways of life.  There are hundreds of different kachinas.

These dolls were found in one of the many tents during the shows in Quartzsite.  I took the photo last month and did some processing on it.  I was bothered by the fact that I had caught a glimpse of a customer and planned to go back and retake the photo but as it happened, I never did have the opportunity.   Reviewing photos I’ve taken specifically for this blog,  I decided to go ahead and used since I’m mostly satisfied with the photo, especially after a crop.

Post processing was done in Aperture (levels & exposure adjusted) and Topaz Adjust Photo Pop.