Garden of the Gods is a public park (free admittance) that’s located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971. I recently visited with Mark Toal, my partner on Mirrorless Photo Tips blog and we shot many of the images, (including the above) in digital Infrared.
The area was initially called Red Rock Corral. In August 1859 one of the surveyors, Rufus Cable, that were exploring the site was awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”
Millions of years ago, the red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line. Archaeological evidence shows prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. At about 250 BC, Native American people, including Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Ute, camped in the park. They are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter.
This image was made with a Panasonic Lumix G6 converted to infrared capture by LifePixel. Lens was a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 and an exposure of 1/400 sec at f/11 and ISO 400. The RAW file was converted to monochrome using the free Silver Efex Pro and Platinum toned using PhotoKit 2.
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