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The Pyramids at Giza

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CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/500s / f/10
ISO100

I remember showing this picture on the back of my camera to people living in Egypt when I got back from my tour of the pyramids. I think my favorite comment was, "I've seen the pyramids, this is a good one." That made me feel great.

I wish I could say that I had some sort of influence over how this shot worked out—perhaps that I knew the good angle or had some influence over the cloud pattern that produced those nice highlights on the queen's pyramids—but I did nothing put shoot the picture where the guide told me to at the time he told me to.

 

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April 25, 2005

Color at Giza for Baksheesh

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My apologies to those who have had to re-add me from photoblogs.org, I've changed the URL of this site and there isn't presently any way of doing this from their interface. Please update your URLs, as I will take down the old URL soon. Thank you!

As you travel around Giza, you will inevitably encounter all sorts of people trying to sell you whatever they can offer: water, postcards, or in this case photo-ops.

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/2000s / f/4.5
ISO100

I was with a guide who was trying to maximize the amount of money left in my pocket for his tip so he would try and do his best to shew people away after I would give them their baksheesh. Seeing this guy was just like un-cut cocain for a color junkie like me so I gladly took his picture, cheesy and touristy or not! I even like the fact that he appears to be wearing tennis shoes!

I think the shot cost me a total of about 35¢ (2 Egyptian Pounds). I think it was worth it.

I was mounted on horseback when I took this picture. I think that even though I was shooting down onto the subject the picture worked out. The pyramids make one heck of a photogenic background!

 

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April 24, 2005

Hooker on the Hook

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While in Amsterdam I was challenged to get a picture of a woman behind the window in the Red Light District. I read that this is difficult and even dangerous as there are hawkers that will think nothing of throwing your camera into the canal for such an offense. This did not stop me however.

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/40s / f/2.5
ISO1600

I stood over the canal and took a couple of shots aiming generally down the strip. Then I turned and pulled this one off. Thank goodness for Minolta's anti-shake stabilization, this image came off sharp enough.

It was a little dark, a little over saturated, and a little grainy at first but I think I was able to post-process it to make it interesting. I'd love to know what you think!

I am just glad the camera didn't end up in the canal!

 

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April 23, 2005

Grand Central Station Admiration

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Aimee was nice enough to let me try, try, and try some more to get the picture I wanted of Grand Central. I had just picked up my Minolta 7D the day before at B&H Photo and this was one of the first shots I took with it.

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/4s / f/4
ISO100

Aimee also tried to produce a reasonable portrait of me with the camera while I was there, but she couldn't quite find the focus. Turns out my camera had the infamous "back-focus" mis-calibration defect that would become an annoyance for the remainder of my trip.

I like this photo for the couple that is standing motionless in the swarm of busy New Yorkers. That, and I ♥ NY. The perspective of this photo is a little right of center, looking inwards. At times I cannot figure out if this makes the photo look interesting or annoying.

I took this photo by placing my camera on a conveniently placed ledge at a high vantage point. I used the timer function as a mirror lock, bracketed the exposure around a few shutter rates, and got lucky.

 

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April 22, 2005

A Camel's View on Giza

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Starting in November of last year I set off from Minneapolis to Hyderabad, India to help co-ordinate a project for my employer. It was the first time that I learned the around-the-world fare-class ticket is often cheaper than a round-trip fare as long as you make two twenty-four hour stays: one in Europe and and one in Asia. When I was asked if I would make this "sacrifice" in order to save money for the company, I jumped at the chance.

Taking personal vacation time and counting on acquaintances, I made my way around the world via New York, Amsterdam, Cairo, several cities in India, Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo. I've always been the type to seize an opportunity and run with it until I am out of breath and I feel I did a good job this time of running until there wasn't any more earth to cover.

I chose to introduce the trip with this photo as this was really the first time I realized, as I was sitting on a rented horse with a name I couldn't pronounce, that I really was a long way from anything I had ever seen before.

It was very strange seeing the pyramids for the first time. It was as if something ordinary, like a toy from your childhood or an icon on your desktop, suddenly grew into the size of the mountain and rumbled, "yes, I really am real...now take the bloody picture."

 

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Saddest India

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The first entry into the photoblog! Choices...choices...

For the life of me, I cannot remember why the words "Saddest India" popped into my head while I was taking this photo. I saw this basket as we were crossing the bridge over the artificial lake at Brindavan Gardens in the State of Karnataka and that is what popped in my mind. If I really think about it, I think it was just because I was fed up with the litter everywhere.

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensMinolta 50mm f/1.4
Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/2.2
ISO100

When I post-processed this, I reduced the saturation by about 40% in order to remove the attention from the foliage and draw it towards the basket and the rocks.

 

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