The Ancient and the Modern

Dark clouds hovered over the urban sprawl that is Cairo whilst, in the distance the sun was setting over the ancient pyramids of Giza.

 

Best viewed large I think. 'The Ancient and the Modern' On White

 

Edit: I am overwhelmed by the positive response this image has received. Thank you for your kind comments. Just to clear up on what post-processing was or wasn't done. This fairly accurately reflects the scene I saw as I recall it but, sadly, no camera is capable of recording the extreme dynamic range that the eye can see. I took a number of different exposures of the scene and eventually settled on this one which was exposed for the buildings. The sky was therfore over-exposed. I used Photomatix hdr to darken the sky but tried as best as I am able with my limited skills to remain true to what I actually saw. I did do some minimal post-processing in PS thereafter but again the attempt was to go for reality rather than to enhance the image in any particular way. In actual fact the real scene was even more beautiful because, with the naked eye, one could discern rays of sunlight striking the pyramids which were lost in my over-exposure. I may post a shot where the rays of light are in fact visible but in that shot I have concentrated almost entirely on the sky and the city is but a mere silhouette at the very bottom of the image.

 

Sean

 

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Taken on March 27, 2007