Meeting of the Pueblo Walls

On March 8, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Wutapki Pueblo Wall Detail (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 79mm, ISAO 200, 1/100 sec, f/11

This image shows the corner of a room within the remains of Wutapki pueblo. The triangular pattern of stone on each side and shadowed openings in the lower half of the image look like mirror images of each other.

I found it interesting that opening on the right side is shaded on the right half, while the opening on the left is shadowed on the left half. This is exactly how it would appear in a mirror. I have this image earmarked for potential use as a texture layer in some future project

Wupatki National Monument: 35.521093° -111.372855°

Wupatki Pueblo, Flagstaff AZ (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 48mm, ISO 200, 1/80 sec. f/11

Wupatki Pueblo is composed of Moenkopi sandstone blocks that give the structure a distinct red color. Close up images of the pueblo are pretty dull with much of the detail lost in the red coloring. When color does not add to an image, eliminate it!

Converting this image to black, white, and gray accentuates the angles and patterns within the pueblo walls. Fortunately, there were clouds in the sky to fill in what would be dead space above the pueblo. The smooth area in the center-right area of the image creates three repeating triangular patterns within the bricks. The repeating pattern keeps the eye wandering making for a strong composition.

Wupatki Pueblo: 35.520985° -111.372741°

Sprawling Plains and Wupatki Pueblo

On March 1, 2024, in Arizona, by admin
Wupatki Pueblo, Wupatki National Monument, AZ (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 52mm, ISO 200, 1/80 sec, f/11

This image was taken from a different angle within a half hour of the previous Wupatki pueblo image. Besides some impressive clouds in the sky, the different angle shows more shadows which add depth to the image.

Normally when I arrive at a site like this, I like to walk around the perimeter and capture images from every angle. Even if the light is bad from a given angle, I will capture an image or two, just because. I find that this walk-around helps me prioritize potential compositions so that I don’t spend lots of time on the first composition I happen upon. This is especially important when I do not have much time at that specific location. IIN this case, I spent about 10 minutes of my self-imposed 30-minute limit on the walk-around. This left me 20 minutes to focus on what I deemed to be the strongest compositions.

Wupatki Pueblo: 35.520857° -111.372770°

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