Re: [PanoToolsNG] OT: forensic lighting to reveal 4,000 year-old rock painting
- If possible, try to avoid "Reinventing the Wheel" in this.
I would guess there there already have been hundreds or thousands of
person-hours dedicated to this problem. But the discussions aren't
happening here! Search for answers on archaeology/anthropology sites
and scientific journals.
You might try searching on
On Jan 9, 2008, at 7:10 PM, govirtual360 wrote:
> Do you know of a lighting type and technique to reveal ancient,
> primitive paints and pigments?
> I've been invited to attempt to help reveal rock paintings by
> photography that are over 4,000 years old. The rock paintings are
> in the
> Lower Pecos River area of Texas. [I'm not paid for this, and it's
> 5 hours of driving away]
> I photographed in the area, by invitation for the WWP wrinkle in time
> event. The researchers like the idea of documenting by means of
> photography but have never been very successful with P&S cameras. Here
> are some attempts
> SeminoleCanyonTexas> using natural light and playing with hue and
> I cannot touch or apply anything [like water] to the rock panels. I'm
> wondering if infra-red or ultra-violet lighting would help reveal
> details that have been lost due to time, elements, and wildlife
> against the panels.
> My equipment consists of D70 cameras, 10.5mm F2.8, 200mm F2.8 [figured
> this would be the lens to use for the large panel which is > 50 meters
> in length]
> I've a SB800 flash, but doubt that will be of any use.
> Any ideas to help me capture some history and help out the
> Thanks in advance,