Hoodoo King - Tent Rocks National Monument

Mitchell Tillison

Albuquerque, United States

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Rounding a curve during a descent from the mesa top at Kasha-Kutuwe Tent Rocks National Park south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, I came upon the astonishing sight of this striking young man atop one of the hoodoos. Egged on by his friends and other onlookers, he took off his shirt and struck a pose worthy of the cover of a romance novel. Afterward, I obtained his contact information. If you would like to talk to Sam about modeling, send me a bubblemail.

By the way, that boulder sits atop a 15 foot high hoodoo column. Here is a wide-angle view

Editing: I opened the RAW file in Photoshop and added a levels adjustment. before saving as a TIFF. I opened the TIFF in Paint Shop Pro XII and copied an adjustment layer that I converted to black and white using a purple filter. I dialed the opacity down to 42 percent and merged the layers. Next I applied an elliptical selection to include Sam and as little else as possible. Within the selection I made a clarify adjustment and used the burn brush to add tone to his torso. I inverted the selection and added a slight gaussian blur and then used curves to darken the background slightly. Saved as a JPEG.

Pentax K110D, 1/500 @ F/ll, ISO 200, 120mm

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