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The Pyramids of Giza

Posted in Fine Art, Travel with tags , , on June 10, 2011 by dan springston photo

I like this image.  It required a small epic journey to capture it.

Standing in front of the pyramids, right where the bus drops off tourist, did not seem like the best vantage point to take my pyramid image. I really had to be someplace else and far from the main dusty parking lot surrounded by dozens site seers flashing away in the f22 at 500th of second bright sunlight.

In a nearby town we rented two Arabian horses and a guide to escort us to the rear of the Pyramids. A good traveler should be aware of the inherent risks of be in certain places and two American traveling into the Egyptian desert by horseback had me feeling a little vulnerable. My camera at the time was and old but very sturdy Nikon f2. I liked the camera because it was reliable and could double as a weapon. It gave me a bit of comfort knowing that if I were to be harassed by bandits, pirates or any one of a number of people out to kill/rob an American tourist, I could simply start swinging the camera round and use it like some kind of slingshot nunchuck doodad. Sometimes I practice my swing while shrieking. I am pretty sure it could help out in certain situations.

It was late in the afternoon after miles of sandy dusty travel before I found my shot. From the rear, away from the crowds, the Pyramids took on an ever more mystic quality. They seemed to be secreting some unknown energy into the night air.

I used a 35mm nikkor lens and tri-x film for the above image. The film was overexposed and underdeveloped to accentuate the grain structure.