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Follow these Tips to Photograph Fossils

History, Photography

What’s better for a photographer who loves history to get their hands on some prehistoric fossils? Fossils are amazing. They hold within themselves stories that are countless years old. They tell us about things we could never otherwise even imagine. So when it comes to taking photos of these prehistoric fossils, it needs to be done right.

  • Use a Black Background

You can’t just place a fossil somewhere random and start taking photos. You have to be careful with it. Bring it to your studio, create a black background, and then shoot. A black backdrop is important because it will not affect the actual colors or tones of the fossil and will let the details come through in the photos.

  • Check your White Balance

A lot of photographer forget to take care of their camera’s white balance when shooting something like a fossil. In order to record the fossil as close to its actual form as possible, your white balance needs to be very precise. If you don’t know how to set the white balance on your camera, just shoot in RAW (which you should be doing anyway) so you can alter this later on.

  • Soft Flash Helps

Many fossils have colors and minerals in them. A soft flash will go a long way in bringing these details out. Be careful not to use flash directly on the fossil as this will likely wash out all details and ruin the colors. Use a diffuser and make the light softer and experiment with what works best. These kind of little tweaks will help you a lot in taking realistic photos prehistoric fossils.

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Ever Wondered Why Prehistoric Animals Were So Big?

Dinosaurs, History

If you’ve ever had the chance to visit some of the best dinosaur museums in the U.S., chances are you’ve seen a huge skeletal dinosaur roaring in the central lobby. These massive animals once probably once thrived right where these museums stand today. Ironic right? Anyway, have you ever wondered why and how these animals, and so many others from the prehistoric era, got so big? Let’s find out.

(By the way, if you ever want to photograph these majestic skeletons, you can use the HDR functionality of your camera to produce some really detailed images, or visit this website to learn how to make HDR photos manually.)

Generally Accepted Explanations

Not before long, there were two simple explanations that hoped to answer this question. One of these stated that the larger sizes of the animals were due to environmental factors, like a higher rate of oxygen in the air and larger land masses. Another widely accepted theory, known as Cope’s Rule, stated that these animals had evolved such long periods of time that they grew bigger and bigger. This Rule basically said that animals keep growing larger the longer they evolve. So when the dinosaurs perished, newer and smaller animals took their place.

Other theories suggested that the herbivorous dinosaurs evolved to be so large because the flora of that time was extremely tough, so a larger frame was needed to involve more bacteria in the longer digestive tract to break down the food. Bulky bodies would also have been an asset to the dinosaurs in colder climates, so that can also be a reason for their larger sizes.

Recent Theories Differ

After recent studies of various fossils, it has been found that dinosaurs of different sizes coexisted, and many species actually grew smaller as time passed, not larger. After these evidences put the previous theories in doubt, scientists came up with a newer idea that related to the bone and lung structure of the large prehistoric animals.

This new theory suggest that large animals, like the Supersaurus that might have weighed as much as 45 tons, had bones with pockets of air inside them. These air pockets helped them from collapsing as their sizes grew over time. Another factor that contributed to their larger sizes was the efficiency of their respiratory systems.

Our Own Massive Animal

However, when we take into account the might blue whale, it puts even the Supersaurus to shame. The whale is between 89 and 98 feet long, weighing around 150 tons. It’s the largest animal that has ever lived on this planet, which is a very clear indication of the fact that such massive animals were not only confined to the prehistoric times. The whale can get so heavy without collapsing because of the buoyancy that helps it in the water.

 

No one really knows why exactly the prehistoric animals got so big, but whatever the answer is, you cannot help but get awestruck by the presence and size of these animals every time you visit a museum that showcases their history and anatomy.

 

 

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Cave Paintings by Prehistoric Men – Why Did They Do It?

Cave Paintings
Cave Paintings by Prehistoric Men – Why Did They Do It?

You must have seen so many cave arts whenever you have travelled around a cave, or might have heard about them or read about them – but have you ever wondered why did they do it? What made them feel so artistic about their lives that they felt like making paintings in the wall and then left all of us wondering the reasons behind the art or what do those paintings even mean?

Although historians and anthropologists and others tried a lot to take out one simple answer for the same, we still do not have an exact reason why did they come up with those cave arts. While some say that this was their way to depict their lifestyle, or convey their message to the other generations, some others say that this was their way to communicate or to keep a track of their own way while they have been traveling.

However, although no one is still yet sure, and all of these are just hypothetic arguments, here are the top two theories –

  • They just wanted to draw – You know, just like they wanted to draw something, some of the artistic minds felt like drawing so they did the drawings. But then again, this could be just another hypothetic argument but since new discoveries have come out, it doesn’t make any more sense because turns out, people actually have invested lots more time and effort on this art. Just a mere way of spending the spare time cannot be this fruitful!
  • They wanted to make a prehistoric encyclopedia – If you look at those cave arts, you could actually see that their whole life has been depicted on those arts. They wanted to preserve all the information – the animals they used to see for the first time – the things they invent or discover – about the changing weather or about the new place they have just moved into – they wanted to keep everything as a book. This is another hypothetic theory the experts want to believe.

The cave arts by the prehistoric people have been amazingly captured in various photographs by various professional photographers. These are indeed very beautiful worth saving for!

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