The Ancient and the Modern

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    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.


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    1. KoRaYeM 92 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HDR Egypt, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    2. Kathy~ 90 months ago | reply

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    3. Antti K. 89 months ago | reply

      Simply amazing.

    4. Madbuster75 89 months ago | reply

      Absolutely fantastic!

    5. *Megan. 89 months ago | reply

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      Very interesting for sure! I love the colors and the contrasts between the buildings.
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    6. imageshark 87 months ago | reply

      Im not sure if the pyramids fit well... but awesome composition

    7. onomatoh 86 months ago | reply

      IMO would be better without the HDR look.

    8. \< 85 months ago | reply

      amazing image.

    9. taryntella2 82 months ago | reply

      amazing juxtaposition and depth. nicely done!

    10. pi c's 82 months ago | reply


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    12. {HOOK} 80 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HDR Arabia, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. B.Gonçalo 80 months ago | reply

      wow great cityscape...

    14. askone 73 months ago | reply

      fantastic picture mate

    15. Bana Peter 67 months ago | reply

      Very very good picture! Nice composition, how the dark and light areas are changing. Great hdr too!

    16. SFSUMuseum 60 months ago | reply

      I would like to display your photo of Cairo in an upcoming museum exhibit at our university museum. The exhibit is on environmental threats to Egypt's ancient monuments. We are free and open to the public. The exhibit is scheduled for April 2011. Could you give us permission to display a printed copy of your photo? Thank you! my email address: ELLISL@SFSU.EDU

    17. 0000007 56 months ago | reply

      Respect! Good way to see the pyramids.
      (I wanth to return to Cairo)

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