Out of This World

I hope it’s not too late to make this post for this week’s photography challenge, Out of This World.

I saw the challenge Wednesday, and I have been thinking about what to do for the challenge. Ages ago I had a dark room, and I used to process my own black-and-white film and make my own prints as well as process my own E6 slide film. So, I thought it would try a couple of things that I used to do in the darkroom for this week’s challenge. Here are a couple pictures that I took on my trip to Arches National Park earlier in February.

To make the featured image I took my original photo and first converted it to black-and-white. Then I added a deep orange filter and got the density set to where I liked it. For me Arches National Park has always had an otherworldly feel to it. I guess I am a nerd, but I often think about Star Wars Episode One on Tatooine where they were having the pod races when I see southeastern Utah and the red rock country. I think the orange filter gives the black-and-white photo a little feel of an otherworldly place where perhaps the sunlight is quite a bit warmer than we see here on earth.

Out of this world wp

The second photo is also from my trip to Arches National Park last month. To make this one I simply changed the color temperature up to about 18,000° Kelvin. Normal sunlight is around 5500°K, and I believe it was shot around 6000° Kelvin. I also bumped up the color intensity a fair amount. So again, bringing this more orange tint into the picture along with a more intense orange and red toning seem to place the shot on an alien world, maybe somewhere like Mars.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these. I would love to get your feedback as to what you think about my artistic attempts.

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