I went on my first photo walk today. I walked over to the Quartzsite Gem & Mineral show going on in Tyson Wells. So, this is the first time that I’ve taken a photo for this blog specifically, rather than pulling from past images. Actually, I took quite a few photos, but this is the first that I thought I’d try out.
This is a picture of a Orthoceras, a fossil of a species found in Morocco, North Africa. They lived hundreds of millions of years ago, as they died, their shells accumulated in great numbers on the sea floor where they were aligned by currents, buried by sediments and transformed into stone. Today, this sea floor, ironically, is found in the Atlas Mountain range.
I chose this as Chaos… because that is what I saw when I first looked the fossil slab . I also wondered what chaos occurred so long ago that I should be standing here looking at it today (that was before I googled it).
This is not black & white… if you look at the enlarged photo, you’ll see hits of color from the polished surface reflections.
The only processing that I did on the original image was to adjust the levels to improve the contrast. Image was a bit flatter looking — unfortunately I wore my prescription sunglasses on my walk, which means I had a heck of time seeing the camera screen if I left them on, or seeing at all if I took them off.
Of course, now that I know about Topaz, I’m wondering what they would do for this photo. Such a tease.
I did attempt to put a border around it…but other than being a nifty exercise, I don’t think it does anything helpful to the photo. What do you think?