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* Columns at Karnak *
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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1983-02
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-01 10:55
Viewed: 2434
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The year is 83 , the place is the temple of Karnak. It was a marvelous February day as is usually the case in that part of Egypt.
Built over a time period of 1500 years the temple complex of Karnak was the most important place of worship in ancient Egypt, it was dedicated to the Theban Gods. A visit here here will take several hours . What you see in this photograph is a view along a series of carved columns shot while exploring the large Hypostyle Hall considered to be one of the world's greatest architectural masterpieces whose contruction began under Ramses 1 who incidently reigned for only one year. I have no intention to get into more details about this place as i would soon run out of space in the photographer's note window !
This was shot before my reflex era , i used to take one small 35 mn no zoo attached on my travel ,yep i started into real photography back then ,ouchhh it was not all that bad though ( quite a few good photos from then...) there was even before that time with an Instamatic 110 ( nothing much salvaged from that period though ... ), some will remember the Instamatic , other will say what is that !
In PP i onverted to B&W ,cropped a bit , played with curves , dodged and burned here and there , applied some blur to give a better sense of depth into the shot ,sharpened and framed, it was a good photo to process , anyway thank you for taking the time to review this picture,

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Well the camera you had back then delivered an excellent dynamic range, made the most of the diffuse light and had a very nice DOF - definitely one to be proud of.

So often the temptation is to show "everything" in a shot, I like the way you've told us about the larger scene by restricting your view to just a fragment of it.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2010-03-01 11:15]

HI Carol
Love the angle that you took this with a peek a boo dof, while the colums offer a bit of history with their carvings.
Good use of pp, the result is great

Hello Carol,

Excellent photograph of the columns. Great lighting as well as shadows. The black and white really brings out the details of the sketches on the columns....

Well done!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2010-03-01 11:46]

Hi Carol
Wonderful capture this monumental columns of Karnat!
A lovely peace of history today!

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2010-03-01 13:21]

Bonjour Carol,
Il y a une ambiance mystérieuse dans cette photo, ambiance renforcée par l'utilisation du N/B. On croirait une scène du film "meurtres sur le Nil". J'admire l'équilibre de la lumière dans cette composition.

Boa noite Carol
You captured very well these columns...it is not easy to get the light you have here. It is a very good photo of a an invredible architecture and culture. Good B/W work and excellent note.
You will be able to make great photos with any camera , you have a good and singular to touch things and look them.
Um abraço

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-03-01 18:12]

Hi Carol,
Yes, a great shot. It goes to show that what really matters is not the camera but the eyes that are behind it. Very well done. May be you could have increased the contrast a bit during the post-processing.

hello Carol

I like the POV in this image. The subject itself is awesome. I am just thinking that the contrast should be moved up a bit. My taste ofcourse. Still nice work


I see that your good eye for photography comes from long time ago... As Rew wrote there´s a nice dynamic range.
The vertical composition is appropriate and in a narrow frame you 'show' us a lot.


Hi Carol,
this shot is beautiful and I also love the choice of black/white.
Mighty columns at Karnak, I've been there 2 times and it's always amazing to see them.
Very well done, thanks and have a nice evening
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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