I GOT THE HIGH-RES QUALITY PHOTOGRAPH ! ! !
First here's a b/w image I took and developed myself in my own darkroom:
I also begin by TRUTHFULLY wanting to thank Dr. Michael Malin, et al
for the fantastic 30 x 32 inch photograph, NOT a poster!, of the latest PR
release of the Martian Face in Cydonia Mensae.
From directly overhead, both left and right sides, from the tippy-top of
its headdress to the bottom of its chinny-chin-chin it completely fulfilled the
requested order and his compliance is taken as a favor since the item was NOT
advertised for sale when I placed the order.
And as of tonight 5/31/2001, it is still not offered for sale on the
After looking at the high quality photograph unrolled on the floor, three
overhead lights along with a goose-neck spot, my glasses and a magnifying glass;
here are the thoughts that sparked across the holes of my mind on this
enigmatic, mysterious, and soul-grabbing feature lying there staring at the
indifferent stars of our vast Universe in the dry dead dusty dunes of Mars.
The bottom right part of the Martian Mug at Cydonia Mensae is streaked with
material in long flowing deposits that are strangely uninterrupted over
various levels of terrain. This
streaked flowing can be seen in the upper right of this image also although it
is fainter and less pronounced in the photograph.
All the streaking effects from this feature are from the feature outward
onto the surrounding Mensae. ( Rain? ) There
is NO streaking that goes from the prevailing wind direction ( from the left or
West ) and continues across the feature, or across the landscape.
All the streaking is from the feature outward.
There is a straight-line whitish water-mark type of discoloration
of about nose width and beginning at the point between the eyes and narrowing
upward until about an inch from the Mensae floor. It is ~ 2 inches wide at the eye bridge and 1 ¾ inch wide
when it tapers and thins out.
There is another very very
large difference in gray scales going from under the nostril ridge on the right
following the straight line part of the ridge, the lighter gray goes out to just
above the break in the right wall and out onto the Mensae.
I note that the flowing gray streaks are NOT in the same parallel as this
lighter grayish coloration, there is about a 40 degree off parallel angle
between the straight edge of the grayish discoloration effect and the streaks
themselves. There is no discernable bottom hard-line of diffusion as
there is from the nose ridge to the east. There
is however in the bottom right of the chin a grayish straight trail of a
deposit that goes OVER the ridge and then heads straight for the Mensae
over 5 different levels of terrain and RETAINS the same grayish hue.
The right eye socket is also filled with a similar hued material that is
a different hue than the material directly near it.
There is also a raised platform in the bottom right corner of this eye
that could very well have been a tear for the right hand side that somewhat
matches the placement of the left tear in distance from the nose ridge although
it is much smaller in size. In the
shadow of the right angle of the ridge-wall of the bottom right there are three
absolutely straight features that are clearly seen in the photograph in that
The more I look, the more I KNOW this is an engineered structure of
somethings Face. This is
abundantly clear to me, especially having this 30 x 32 inch full high-quality
portrait to look at. It is also
abundantly clear to me this image has some characteristics that have been seen
in airbrushed or otherwise altered images.
I have started this analysis with an artistic image I took, and developed
from start to finish, myself. This
is to somewhat set my experience in black and white image processing and their
results. I have had 3 images
published in the past and I am familiar with a number of darkroom, much less
electronic manipulation methodologies.
I am in no way implying or stating that my qualifications are ANYWHERE NEAR
Dr. Malin or Dr. Edgette in this. I would however like to have access to the electronic RAW
data ( IMQ or IMG the large gif
doesnt count folks.), along with seeing Tim Parkers and Dr. Carlottos
analysis of this RAW data. I would
also welcome either one of their inputs on this full-res 30 x 32 inch photograph
that is clear, crisp, gamma and contrast adjusted just right to produce an image
that is quite sharp and well worth the $85.00 last-working buck-a-roos I spent
for it. Again I HONESTLY THANX to
Dr. Malin, et al !!!
I am NOT willing to outright accuse Dr. Malin of knowingly defrauding me in
sending me an altered image. I am
willing to state that in some areas of this image I can see areas that resemble
other techniques I could have used on the boys face in the image above.
In developing this image, it was CRUCIAL that the area of the boys
face, chest and hand NOT be over-exposed and blacken like the surrounding screen
material. In the darkroom one uses
a tool to block the light hitting ( exposing ) that part of the development
paper for as long as the rest of the image.
This caused the surrounding screen to darken, yet caused the appearance
of the boys face being clearer and more distinct than it would otherwise be.
His hand really is sticking through the screen, he had just punched
through it wanting to go out. Checking
above his head you can see where my blocking-out wasnt as precise as an
expert, but then I never said I was a professional trying make money off this. Anyhooo the real point is I have done darkroom, and
in-camera, image tinkering and I KNOW
it can be done, and a few of the methodologies than can accomplish it.
This image has what looks, to me anyway imho, like artifacts of
some type of manipulation. The
airbrush looks to the gray streaks of uniform hue and thickness with a
smudginess to the resolution even in the photograph!
This is something you might not notice viewing the image on-screen where
EVERYTHING is pixels anyway. An
ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPH is much much different. There
are NO pixels really. Smudginess
is much easier to see and spot for what it is.
Again I have to say to Dr. Mike Malin and crew that I am happy with what my
$85.00 last-working buck-a-roos got me. It
is a high-quality image printed on 30 x 32 inch Fuiji Crystal Archive Paper.
It finally got what my letter request had asked for: From directly overhead, both left and right sides, from the
tippy-top of its headdress to the bottom of its chinny-chin-chin.
I doubt ANY argument short of getting someone to climb to the top of the
nose of this thing is going to change any more minds at this point.
Although we have yet to see the raw data AND a full-res 3-D red-green
glyph of the ENTIRE feature. So getting
into 'debates' of one side vs the other side will probably only contribute to
the global warming going on already and is best saved for when we can find a way
to get REAL LIVE human faces peering at the thing from the tippy-top of its
nose. Until then, we'll probably still be babbling away at each other over
this enigmatic Martian Mug.
Yes remember that Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence;
but also KNOW that extraordinary evidence requires an extraordinary
investigation. Weve just been
barely peeking at the thing until this last image. And we have yet to see
the raw data AND a full-res 3-D red-green glyph of the ENTIRE feature along with
ALL the raw data files in FULL compliance with stated NASA policy on this
feature and for this entire region of Mars.
Btw the caption reads:
The Face, Cydonia Region, Mars
Bottom left is the MSSS logo n Malin Space Science Systems
Bottom right is NASA/JPL/MSSS
Thanx again Dr. Malin for sending the image.