I have mentioned that Luxor is called a largest open air museum in the world.
The sights are to be found on both sides of River Nile. Here is a list which does not include the museums:
• Luxor Temple
• Karnak Temple
• Valley of the Kings
• Valley of the Queens
• Medinet Habu (memorial temple of Ramesses III)
• The Ramesseum (memorial temple of Ramesses II)
• Deir el-Medina (workers' village)
• Tombs of the Nobles
• Deir el-Bahri (Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, etc.)
• Malkata (palace of Amenophis III)
• Colossi of Memnon (memorial temple of Amenophis III)
I have uploaded recently a night photo from the main Luxor Temple. Another spectacular structure in this area, Karnak Temple, is located 2.5 km north of Luxor at the same side of the river Nile. Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple were once connected with a walkway aligned with 900 sphinx statues. Just few of them remained in place.
This photograph was taken in the Karnak Temple more precisely in the Great Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun Re. The hall covers an area of 50,000 sq ft (5,000 sq m). The roof, now fallen, was supported by 134 columns in 16 rows; the 2 middle rows are higher than the others (being 33 feet (10 m) in circumference and 80 feet (24 m) high).
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elkab (4939) 2011-09-28 9:27
Super centralna kompozycja z bardzo dobrą jakością tekstur i detali. Atmosferyczne światło spływajace z góry dodaje splendoru starożytnym kolumnom. Miła głębia obrazu. Dużą rolę odgrywa też obecność pary turystów, która wzmacniaja efekt
JFS (32457) 2011-09-28 9:42
Perfect and nitid shot, great perspective and good idea to include the couple, it makes a good dimensional reference. The place must be imposing.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-09-28 9:56
Beleza esta tua foto vertical com estas colunas enorme tem uns belos detalhes , gostei de ver as pessoas dão uma boa noção de escala , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
fanni (14250) 2011-09-28 10:51
this great photo reminds me of the famous movie "Death on the Nile" (the one with Peter Ustinov starring) :)
Excellent perspective! And I think it's very good that those people stand in the background - not in the foreground: thus we can see the real scale much better!
also, I love the light management in this photo :)
very best wishes,
emka (68516) 2011-09-28 11:12
No tak, ta proporcja robi wrażenie. para turystów jest tu niezbędna. Z tej Twojej listy nie pamiętam Malkaty i nie jestem pewna Medinet Habu. Mam pewnie na filmie, ale to stare kasety. Trzeba by zgrać na płyty i dysk, mam nawet digitalizer, ale nie mam czasu tego zrobić. A mam filmów na dzień caly chyba, lub więcej. Jak juz będę niedołęzna, żeby jeździć, to będę oglądała filmy. Super zdjęcie i dobry tytuł do tego. A jakość as usual.
siudzi (29615) 2011-09-28 11:31
Musze przyznac, ze uwage przyciaga juz miniatura zdjecia. Efekt jest absolutnie fenomenalny! Bardzo mi sie podoba sposob zbudowania tej kompozycji oraz pokazania perspektywy. Swietnia praca. Gratulacje!
Jeppo (17639) 2011-09-28 11:35
ladna perspektiwa. tez wyzituje karnak....i kolumny NIE JESTEN MALY!!!!!!!
finlay (1547) 2011-09-28 12:47
A fine capture. The light is well controlled and there is a good sense of perspective. As well as adding another element of interest, the tourists in the background help to provide a feel for the size of these columns.
PaulVDV (19393) 2011-09-28 13:25
Wonderful and impressive capture of these rows of giant columns with their numerous reliefs.
Visitors to this temple must feel very void, I believe.
Best regards, Paul
brianmcc (5885) 2011-09-28 13:54
lovely composition of a very imposing structure. the light and colour tones are superb. great viewpoint with good depth of field and excellent detail. it must have been a stunning sight when first built.
marcan44 (6223) 2011-09-28 15:23
you did well to include human figures in the photo showing the majesty of the columns.
Shot vertically developed to appreciate the proportions of the columns.
A job done perfectly
bukitgolfb301 (33708) 2011-09-28 19:32
Hi my dear Mariusz
Sorry for my late reaction as always.
This is another marvelous shot, great framework and perfect composition based on your perfect strategy.
Calm and mild color tone is wonderful too.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good day, Best regrads.
Takero from so comfortable waether in Tokyo
Sonata11 (32261) 2011-09-28 21:46
to jest niesamowite, jak ogromne sa te kolumny. Super perspektywa i patrzac na te pare mozemy sobie wyobrazic wielkosc tych kolumn. Wspaniale zdjecie. Podoba mi sie.
SWEETFREEDOM (20802) 2011-09-28 23:12
you really feel small among this big columns.
good p.o.v. and columns' details.
Graal (94110) 2011-09-28 23:53
dobre pytanie ale dzieki tym ludziom w tle widac jakie kolosy pokazujesz. Bdb kadr, fantastyczne miejsce - Luxor w Egipcie. Zdjecie podoba mi sie. Notka tez ok.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-09-29 0:06
buona l'inquadratura tra le colonne con una perfetta definizione che rende bene le iscrizioni su di esse.
Gli uomini sullo sfondono danno l'idea delle dimensioni enormi della struttura,
ifege (9961) 2011-09-29 0:30
Great it is Mariusz! And so is the photo working with the diffcult light that you get in places like this. Good colour and depth of field. Including people helps with the scale.
annjackman (16763) 2011-09-29 0:46
I remember trying to take such a picture several years ago with slide film and found the light really difficult. You have got it just right with the detail and the warm colours of the columns. The two people of course are essential to give scale and a great feeling of modern and ancient times.
siolaw (37644) 2011-09-29 3:01
Yes, it is VERY great! in size, and in compo too as the people show us the scale of the impressive columns! Difficult light is well managed too.
josepmarin (57267) 2011-09-29 3:47
by means of this effective framing you show us the grandeur of Karnak's temple, with the persons who give a magnificent reference of the scale of these colossal columns.
The composition is very attractive and has an excellent graphical effect.
A wonderful work, my friend.
sabermonajati (8577) 2011-09-29 3:54
this place is great heritage from ancient and captured in excellent frame.
ravinmb (1293) 2011-09-29 4:37
This is amazing.. fantastic place and a superb composition.. what can i say more than this.. very beautiful..
Have a great day.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-09-29 5:44
A title very well collected for this very nice vertical composition. The POV well selected and the propsect open between the alignements of colons give a great depht to the image. Details well collected in the FG and interesting element of human life for give an idea of the important scale.
mursaloglu (8047) 2011-09-29 5:59
I like this profondity and depht focus here a armonious picture with the men in the background. Bravo ihsan
Sergiom (50480) 2011-09-29 6:32
On comprend la raison pour laquelle tu as gardé des personnes dans l'image. Cela permet de constater l'impressionnante dimension de ces colonnes.Une image d'une belle profondeur.
abmdsudi (36276) 2011-09-29 9:46
This one really looks so elegant and charm in enormous scale. Admire the symmetry of this ancient structure and the capture makes this an interesting perspective. Wonderful natural indoor light, warm tones and so much of delicate detail in the crafted stonework. Good exposure control and the overall effect is very pleasing to the eye. The rows column repeated columns create very eyecatching shot with excellent scale ref. Brilliant capture and great work, Congrats
danos (80873) 2011-09-29 10:49
the presentation of the visitors create scale in the image.I like these huge columns of Karnak and admire the technic and the knowlegdes of these people about 4000 years ago,as build these brilliant constructions remaning during the centuries.
paololg (31448) 2011-09-29 11:02
Yes, dear Mariusz, is the same question that I asked myself when I saw these columns. Above all I want to know how they put the beams of stone above the columns! Your beautiful image pleasantly symmetrical, well describes the majesty of the temple of Karnak. Excellent especially the sharpness. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
Fis2 (79742) 2011-09-29 11:38
W tym przypadku osoby daja porownanie wielkosci tych kolumn i sa jak najbardziej wskazane w kadrze.
Fajna perspektywa i kolorystyka.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-09-29 13:19
a beautiful photo of this fantastic architecture, the composition is very spectacular, great details and POV, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
macjake (49236) 2011-09-29 13:48
i take it this was photographed during your tour group experience...were you feeling pressured by time again?
the lighting looks difficult to control, with it being so bright at the top and darker as you reach the ground level. but i have to say it looks rich, full of detail, full of texture, and i enjoy the variable lighting.
very good job! I would think its not easy to get so much of the finer details but you did.
enjoy your day!
limielski (2605) 2011-09-30 0:53
Faktycznie można poczuc sie jak mrówka plus swiadomośc, że to ma kilka tysiecy lat
Gdyby nie ta panr turystów mozna by odnieśc wrażenie, ze te kolumny maja góra 2 metry. Ładna kompozycja + rozproszone swiatło, dobra perspektywa.
nikkitta (11110) 2011-09-30 15:07
Digging ( as the searchers do in Egypt) and founding (in your photos9 such marvels with the add of very good notes, a pleasure to watch
Heheh, I imagine you waiting for the people to leave and quite frustrated because you must be quick to shot
Anyway you managed to obtain a great capture with perspective and great details
The couple helps to give an idea of the size of Karnac' columns
Greetings and TFS
Silvio1953 (110966) 2011-10-01 3:27
Ciao Mariusz, great perspective on fantastic architecture, little persons in BG give us proprortion of giant columnes, splendid sharpness and wonderful clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
wolf38 (29804) 2011-10-01 9:21
Hello mariusz. A masterful composition. The proportions are clearly visible. Well seen and presented. Informative text. Rgds, Wolfgang.
adramad (33546) 2011-10-02 7:48
After a few weeks of vacation, I'm active in the pages of TE.
Superb capture this image, with the colossal columns of the temple of Karnak, the presence of two people, it serves to give us the grand proportions, very sharp image, allowing us to see the hieroglyphics carved on them, good color and brightness and all in all a great job.
Enjoy the Sunday afternoon.
fabianoleite (9208) 2011-10-02 13:51
Nice corridor, its grandeur was really well shown, we can see that comparing the people to the columns. The angle was very well chosen. Good work, congratulations!
Angshu (53966) 2011-10-03 2:36
Only when we see the people, do we have a fair idea about the massiveness of the scale of the columns. Fine sculpted works on the massive pillars supported by sapced stone slabs.A fine note as always!
PS : What is the status of the search?
lousat (68469) 2011-10-03 15:29
Hi Mariusz,you have raision,your pic seems a crop of mine,same place and same atmosphere,and obviously i like it a lot!!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Waylim (24482) 2011-10-06 23:56
I only know Luxor from Las Vegas ;)
this is a really wonderful shot. I wish to see it for myself one day. Excellent POV, the people really give a great sense of scale.
Longroute (19392) 2011-10-07 9:35
Well, it looks VERY great from your photo!
Wonderful composition Mariusz, I dare say it's the classical one we see in magazines, but perhaps even more sharp than those. These powerful and impressive columns create an outstanding perspective and offer lovely textures and colours. The sight of the hieroglyphics is really so intriguing!
Two features are so good here (apart from what I have already said) the light, so fine, and the presence of the two persons. That makes the perfect number and makes the whole scene so real and so alive.
An excellent work, IMV.
jafadabret (56497) 2011-10-11 10:45
C'est tout à fait cette impression que l'on ressent quand on parcourt cette merveille architecturale.
La présence humaine donne bien l'échelle.
batalay (34103) 2011-10-15 21:34
The great German physicist Werner Heisenberg purportedly said, "Never underestimate how much pleasure it gives a man to see/hear what he already knows." In late May 1997, I remember walking between these colossal columns. You have given us a symmetric perspective, and included the couple walking amidst the columns to provide both a scale and the human presence.
sacavem (18608) 2011-11-02 15:15
Perfect symmetry and interesting note. Good side POV to show us the depth of this porch and the composition.Well done!
ManuMay (34357) 2011-11-03 11:06
For sure great!!! ;)
As your capture, a superb collection of colours and textures, of space sense and dimmensions, the inclusion of subjects adds value to the high of the columns...very good colour and light handled on a clever way...Excellent capture!!
Have a nice day...
delpeoples (50623) 2011-12-07 3:03
Hi dear Mariusz
How did I miss? This is a fantastic shot. Excellent vertical frame, wonderful perspective and the details in the columns are magnificent. And you managed the light like a pro. So beautiful, congratulations.
PS: Good luck with your interview today
Iwon (6297) 2011-12-30 6:56
Jakże małym jest człowiek w zestawieniu z ogromnymi budowlami starożytnych cywilizacji...
Udało Ci się oddać charakter tego miejsca ...z piękną perspektywą...
Pozdrawiam i szczęśliwego NOWEGO ROKU życzę!
ikeharel (48242) 2012-01-30 1:50
the place is overwhelming. Mariusz, pitty, but due to political situation I can't visit there - but luckily I can see on TE.
Excelent photojob done here, good depth and clearity as we see the old-Egyption-writing on the mighty culumns.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-07-07 16:12
a scene from the movie ~ "honey, i shrunk the tourists" ??
hello mariusz ~ what a cool capture!
love the scale of these things, crazy!
also like this understated color palette.
beautiful job on the framing, btw ~
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (28418)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-19
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-09-28 9:02
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