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The Midas Touch
Photograph by Adriel Heisey

From the air the terraced sides of an open-pit copper mine in San Manuel, Arizona, look like the whorls of a giant fingerprint. Rocks below the Sonoran Desert are rich in copper, silver, and gold.



Camera: Pentax 67
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100 RDP II (push-processed one stop)
Lens: 55mm
Speed and F Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Clear sky
Time of Day: Midmorning, mid-July
Lighting Techniques: No filters

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
Ultralight airplane, Kenyon gyrostabilizer. During previous scouting flights, I determined when the sun shone into the pit and gave the rim lighting on the terraces I wanted for this shot. The white light of midday lets the native rock show its own striking colors.


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