Wednesday, January 07, 2009

An image within an image


I posted this photo a couple of days ago and didn't think much of it other than it was a pretty shot. That was until my Uncle John viewed it and made a pretty amazing observation.

This photo was taken while on safari in the Serengeti. If you've been there before you know there are countless numbers of these rock formations all over the place. They are very dangerous to get of your car car nearby because they are home to many lare cats including Lions, Cheetah's and Leopards.

I noticed the rays of sunlight breaking through the low, dark clouds and I remember asking my driver/guide Nickson to go offroad to this rock formation so I could grab a shot. I hadn't shot only rocks before and I didn't do it again. I took the photo, didn't think much of it and went about my day.

As you may know, I've been editing the photo's from the trip a few here, a few there but the bulk of the images remains untouched. This week I finally got a little bit of time off so I was motivated to do a lot of RAW processing (adjusting color and exposure). It's a long montonous process when dealing with thousands of images. While in the process I stopped at this photograph and felt compelled to do a complete edit on it. I separated it out, worked on it, made it my desktop image, posted it to this blog, posted it to Facebook and didn't see anything until John wrote...now it's all I can see and I can't believe my eyes.

Do you notice any image in the rock on the right?

5 comments:

Gina said...

Whoa Mat! You're soooo talented! These are AMAZING pictures!Keep up the good work.
My band will be playing in Seattle at the end of Feb. Not sure if you two get out much being such the family you are, but it would be great to see you guys.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhh Dude, that looks just like Brett Favre! Awesome.

-pedro

Anonymous said...

Hi Matt. As for the comment
for your picture of Jesus on the Rock.........the I have lived for almost 52 years....and I have NEVER seen a picture of Jesus' face on a Rock in Africa. Without question....it IS the face of the Lord. At least 25 friends have seen it as well. Oh yeah!!! it's His face and I LOVE that YOU ( the blessed and GIFTED photographer ) got to take the picture. Blessings Sherrie

Stephen Brown said...

Hi Matt, Steve here.
Just a note on image recognition. Our minds are wired to recognize faces in images, and some may see a monkey, a sad clock face, or Jesus in any image. but it's our heart that recognizes a friend or loved one, and our heart that is awestruck by that image of the sunset, the rocks and an image a friend in the rock. It is a personal blessing! Thanks for capturing it so well.

Lorraine Swanson said...

Wow, that's amazing!

P.S., and great photograph too!