[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]




   
Feature
Maya Gods and Kings
JANUARY 2006
Feature Main Page
Photo Gallery
On Assignment
Learn More
Map
Maya Gods and Kings Photo Gallery Thumbnail 1 Maya Gods and Kings Photo Gallery Thumbnail 2
Maya Gods and Kings Photo Gallery Thumbnail 3 Maya Gods and Kings Photo Gallery Thumbnail 4
Maya Gods and Kings Photo Gallery Thumbnail 5
Photo captions by A. R, Williams
[an error occurred while processing this directive]


Maya Gods and Kings Gallery Photo

4 of 5
Ancient Art, New Invention
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Holding a flatbed photo scanner against a mural of gods and sacrifices at San Bartolo, Bill Saturno captures a digital image with the help of Jessica Craig. "There's so much distortion in photography," he says, so he looked for an alternative. "I started to wonder if this machine would work on its side. It does. It just doesn't like it." Putting together 351 scans, Saturno was able to recreate the entire mural on a computer. He had originally planned to spend two or three years excavating and slowly tracing this mural. But the scanner saved so much time that he was able to get the whole painting uncovered and recorded in just a few months.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64
Lens: 17-35mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded

Weather Conditions: Indoors, very hot and humid
Time of Day: Midmorning
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten spotlights

E-Mail this Page to a Friend