The 1,000-year-old Indian ruins at Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff Arizona is an exciting location to photograph. Created in 1924, the Wupatki National Monument contains more than 35,000 acres of archaeological ruins.
Pueblos photographed here, were built by cutting and stacking sandstone slabs, reinforced with mud mortar. Sinagua Indians typically made on rock outcrops that were protected from erosion and provided excellent views of the surrounding lands.
As the ruins have been photographed countless times, I wanted to create the mood that I felt visiting the location near sunset. I stepped back and found some foreground interest with one of the main buildings in the background. I also felt that converting the image to black and white helps enhance the feeling that I was after.
Gear: Phase One P65+
Settings: Exposure 1/4 sec; f8; ISO 50.
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