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Ancient scene, the Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt, 2011

Ancient scene, the Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt, 2011

By abstracting the pyramid and surrounding camels through backlighting, I am able to make a picture that is utterly timeless (except for fading jet contrails glowing the overhead sky). I moved my vantage point to place the sun behind the bulk of the pyramid, and spot metered on its glowing edge. The silhouetted pair of camels, along with a cluster of tourists, is linked to the pyramid as a single monochromatic entity. I needed to shoot this scene from a fairly close distance in order to make the camels and people large enough to make an impact. The image required the use of a 24mm wideangle lens, enabling me to include most of the vast pyramid in the frame from such a close distance.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1/1600s f/8.0 at 5.1mm iso80 full exif

other sizes: original
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