THE ROYAL HOUSE OF THE SUN
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|One of the most imposing architectonic complexes inherited from the Inkan Society is precisely Saqsaywaman, which because of several of its qualities is considered as one of the best monuments that mankind built on the earth's surface. When the Spanish conquerors arrived first to these lands; they could not explain themselves how Peruvian "Indians" (ignorant, wild, without any ability of logical reasoning, one more animal species according to conquerors) could have built such a greatness. Their religious fanaticism led them to believe that all that was simply work of demons or malign spirits. Still today, many people believe in the inability of ancient Quechuas to create such a wonder, so they suggest that they were made by beings of some other worlds, extraterrestrial beings with superior technology that made all that possible. However, our history and archaeology demonstrate that those objects of admiration are an undeniable work of the Inkas, Quechuas, Andean people or however pre-Hispanic inhabitants of this corner of the world would be named.|
This was taken at Saqsaywaman Archeological Site in Cusco. Our group just entered the huge grounds of Saqsaywaman when it was almost sunset. I noticed our long shadows while we were all lined up admiring the the ruins. Our long shadows were all pointing to the Royal House of the Sun ruins. Beyond us is the peak or highest point of the mountain with the statue of Jesus Christ that looks down on the city of Cusco. The ruins are built at a lower level around it.
The Saqsaywaman archaeological complex has an area of 3,000 hectares and is located North of Cusco and is controlled by the National Cultural Institute.
Located 2km from the city. Together with the city of Cusco, this monumental complex is considered the first of the new seven wonders of the world. This huge construction was planned and built by Andean Man. The Incas called it the House of the Sun and the Spaniards called it a fortress because of its zig-zag shape and the 1536 revolution. The construction, which is made up of three platforms one on top of the other, was one of the most important religious complexes of its time.
Information taken from http://www.cusco.info and from http://www.qosqo.com/qosqo/saqsaywa.htm
JPG (8-bit)converted from 12-bit RAW
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 32mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Center Weighted
1/160 sec - F/6.3
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: More Vivid
White Balance: Preset d-0
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe sRGB)
Tone Comp.: High Contrast
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2008 Andre' Salvador
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: On
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- [2008-08-21 7:08]
Creative idea. Good contrast of the shadows agianst the ground, and well compsed to include the b/g details.
- [2008-08-21 7:13]
Cool shadow Andre! nice idea. Tfs
Artistic and different!
A dynamic composition with an appeal!
- [2008-08-21 9:27]
A very colourful and interesting photo with that long people! A new kind of mankind?
And a good story too!
t.f.s and greeting,
very details shadows..... nice colour........ bravo...
One of the great image by, note and titled, colours, shadows, BG, well done ANDRE SALVADOR