I wanted to visually express my awe as I approached the most massive and famous tombs in the history of mankind. My wideangle lens creates a layered sense of depth, as well as maximum depth of focus from foreground to background. I used our guide as “foreground layer” as he led us up the long approach toward these wonders of the ancient world. He was just in front of me, but the wideangle perspective makes him seem farther away from me than he really is. The tiny figures in the distance are much smaller than the guide, giving a sense of depth to this picture. The converging parallel lines of the edges of the road lead the eye to the pyramids themselves, the “subject layer” of this picture. A “context layer” features clouds rising from the pyramids, as if they were great plumes of smoke soaring into a deep blue sky. By using a wideangle lens, and maintaining the corrrect proximity to my subjects, I link foreground, middleground and background “layers” to express the legendary mystery of these awesome structures.