Pueblo Indian Kiva

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This photograph will be on display at the Smithsonian "World View" Exhibit from July 1st, 2009 through January 17th, 2010 in the first floor of the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall in Washington DC. This image was selected as 1 of 30 to feature out of 17,000 total entries.

There's a funny story behind this image...

This was taken in Mesa Verde National Park in the Spruce Tree Ruins...it was mid day and there were quite a few people cycling through. This Kiva is open for people to climb down into and it was a big draw for kids. I was down there for nearly 30 minutes waiting for it to clear out so I could capture the scene. It was dark so I knew I'd need a good 15-20 second exposure.

I decided to shoot it with a fisheye to capture the roudness of the room and get the great light beam that was piercing the darkness. I had my tripod down very low and I was plastered up against the wall as tight as I could to get my feet out of the field of view of the very wide 15mm fisheye lens.

As I waited, peoeple kept coming and going and I grew frustrated that I might not get the shot so I asked my wife, who was still up top, to ask people to wait about 30 seconds so I could get the shot. She felt wierd doing that and so, irritated, I crawled out and figured there was no way I was going to get the shot. She sensed my frustation and caved to become a human "hold up a moment" machine...I quickly climbed back down, temper tamtrum still in full swing, recomposed my camera, re-contorted body and took the shot.

I'm so glad I pulled a classic 5 year old stunt and got my way! LOL

© Ali Shokri / www.alishokri.com, and 261 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Claudio Zeiger 53 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Habitação Nativa - Native Dwelling, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  2. idashum 51 months ago | reply

    Fantastic light and textures!!

  3. sgrazied 51 months ago | reply

    absolutely great shot!

  4. crestina.martins 51 months ago | reply

    WOW!!!
    Glad to hear you got your way!! :D

  5. Mr Coyote Coyotay 50 months ago | reply

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

  6. abbozzo 49 months ago | reply

    a rich view.........

  7. Flickerpower 47 months ago | reply

    Brilliant realization.

    If you're honest, I suspect you acquitted yourself with the wife after she saw the results.

    On the other hand, a ghost image descending the ladder might have somehow added to the shot.

  8. chapprec 40 months ago | reply

    Truly outstanding photo. thanks for sharing

  9. r3sidu3 39 months ago | reply

    totally understand. I have a picture of the inside of san xavier mission in my photostream (shameless plug :P). It took nearly an hour for an opportunity to take a shot sans tourist.

  10. Tarcisinho 39 months ago | reply

    Fantastic, my friend! Congratulations!

  11. Parnanet - Wallace Moura 31 months ago | reply

    Amazing picture.... I just loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. oriana.italy 31 months ago | reply

    This is my Award for your Artwork!
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  13. scarbody 31 months ago | reply

    This is my Award for your Artwork!
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  14. Laveen Photography (aka cyclis451) 30 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot. I can very much imagine your frustration.

  15. Magic Garden 2012 26 months ago | reply

    Brilliant work, of course it was really frustrating, but it was worth it!

  16. clay townsend 15 months ago | reply

    Great story and fantastic image! This is one of the most interesting shots I've seen on Flickr yet. Can't wait to visit your gallery in California.

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