We were visiting the Valley of Giza, when I glimpsed an entirely unexpected sight — a slowly moving caravan of individuals on horseback. The valley abounds in the foundations of temples torn down or temples never completed, it features the ageless Pyramids, and, of course, the endless shifting sand. Usually one sees life in the form of fellahin hawking rides on camels, children selling postcards, but the site of equestrians... now that is rare.
The somewhat subdued colors, I fear, are due to shooting the scene through the window of a bus. I did not have the opportunity to get off and take the picture.
Postscript in response to Stephen Nunney. The Valley of Gizah holds intense nostalgia for me. In 1946 when I was still a child, I visited the Pyramids with my parents. Then six decades later, just before shooting the crowded equestrian photo above, I showed our guide the ancient photo on my iPhone. He became excited and immediately produced a pair of camels for us... in order to recreate a similar photo, this time with my wife . A three thousand year old setting is perhaps not the best place to bandy about the word "ancient," except in the context of photography.
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nikkitta (17066) 2014-05-03 12:16
Hola Bulent my neighbor of..TE
I visit Egypt a time when was no turist at all,( there were threats to them )
At the pyramids we were alone, a true pleasure, from there I also saw a caravan of camels at the far dessert, asked aboout it at the guide, he said they were tourists going to Sakkara, may be same happens here
Very good capture with sharpnes to show faces of people interested in you and your camera
Like the composition with some ruins at te back
Well done, warm regards
mesutilgim (95050) 2014-05-03 12:18
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Mısırdan güzel bir kare. Arka planın monochrom havası kareye bir "oldie" effekti kazandırmış.
Selam ve sevgiler
lousat (90702) 2014-05-03 15:02
Hi Bulent,a typical scene close to the pyramids,a bit strange to see horses and not camels,but very very nice,with a lot of colors in this sand scenery,good detail despite the mouvement,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
papagolf21 (100944) 2014-05-03 15:05
Bonsoir, cher ami Bulent,
La version large nous offre un spectacle "grandiose" d'une scène de la vie quotidienne aux abords des Pyramides.
Très bon rendu général.
emilbo (22616) 2014-05-03 16:31
J'aime beaucoup ce genre de photos et drôle de voir des chevaux, on s'attendrais plutôt à voir des chameaux. Bonne qualité d'image pour une photo prise à travers la vitre de l'autobus. Ta note est intéressante et les ruines en arrière-plan donnent un fond intéressant.
Toutes mes amitiés et bon dimanche,
emka (96487) 2014-05-03 23:40
Hello dear Bulent, In thumbnail it seemed to me an archive photo. Probably because the colours were a bit dim thorough the windows. Strange caravan with horses and not camels. And if they are tourists, they are not from the West. Interesting scene with some nostalgy in it. I like also the stones in the upper part.
I was in Egypt many years ago and I also rode a camel for the first time. It was my first trip to exotic country.
I am excited now before Spain trip.
Warmest regards MAlgo
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-03 23:53
I agree with the rest -- this is very interesting and original scene. Great that some of these people were not interested in the fact of being photographed so they look natural and created a nice scene. Great quality achieved. TFS!
Have a nice Sunday!
holmertz (52022) 2014-05-04 2:54
The subdued colours don't disturb me at all. I find them quite attractive and they even remind me of my own scanned old slides :-). It's an interesting scene by itself but also because these are not the Western tourists we would expect to find here. Most Europeans and Americans have been sadly scared away from Egypt.
mirosu (16129) 2014-05-04 2:55
As I cans see from your photo gallery, you have been very active during my TE absence.
You have captured this small caravan in superb light from excellent viewpoint. The arrangement with the ruins is very good and the contrast against bright sand excellent. I like it.
Very well done.
jhm (152232) 2014-05-04 3:20
Your picture is very well notwithstanding taken through the window of a bus.
A desert trip have to are extraordinarily certainly when you see these people with horses through the dessert.
This with a young guide.
Very well composition in these difficult conditions.
Nice done, TFS.
Ps: has you my emails receive?
snunney (98253) 2014-05-04 3:51
Many years ago I made a tour of the pyramids at Giza on the back of a camel, not something easily forgotten in more senses than one:-) A well presented daily life scene. I rather like the understated colours.
marabu61 (10915) 2014-05-04 4:11
Interesting to see a group of local tourists for once, usually one sees only the hordes of foreigners there. Also the choice of horse ove camel is rather unusual. I am always surprised that one can take photos of the place that look as Gizeh would be somewhere in the desert and not at the very edge of a busy metropolis with the urban sprawl closing ever in on the mighty pyramids.
have a great day
Noel_Byrne (31002) 2014-05-04 7:37
The subdued tones of this suit it really well, the bus windows was a good filer :) It makes the scene feel ageless and timeless, while it has not impacted ont eh colors of the people in any way. I really love your note, thank you for posting those two images, and how lucky you were to create this scene once again with you and your wife, what a rare chance. Beautiful work, thanks for sharing this.
P.S. Thanks for your note on George! I did indeed mix them out, Roman numerals aren't my strong point :)
Royaldevon (38471) 2014-05-04 14:24
This is like the theme of a romantic movie, when time goes full circle. It is obvious why you have developed a love of travel and discovery!
For a photograph taken through a bus window, this is indeed good. the details are remarkably clear.
Without the group of horse riders and their leaders, the scene would have had virtually no colour. As a photographer, you were duty bound to capture this rare scene.
Egypt is an amazing land of ancient treasures and wonderful discoveries ... I envy you.
My arm regards,
bukitgolfb301 (41448) 2014-05-04 17:39
Hi dear Bulent
Very natural and also happy snap image with perefct balanace in the best composition.
Light and color management is also perefct as usual.
All the best and have a new start of week, Takero
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-05-05 7:09
well captured scene full of interesting details. It is one of the pictures which gains more from longer study. I like the colorful caravan set against the pale sand which makes the people and the animals stand out more. The stones at the top frame the image nicely.
Thanks for sharing and all the best
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-05-05 7:26
Awesome capture of those tourists on a slow caravan. We have horse ride available for tourists in Las Vegas but they are western style of riding. It's too bad from what I heard tourism industry is not doing very well in Egypt right now. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
ebingul (1984) 2014-05-05 7:29
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Güzel ve ilginç bir günlük yaşam karesi yakalamışsınız.Tebrikler.Ayrıca Otobüsün camı da oldukça temizmiş ki, berraklıkta bir sorun yok:)
İstanbul Modern'de verdiğiniz konferansa gelip,sizinle tanışmayı çok istedim ama maalesef önemli bir işim çıktı.İnşallah başka sefere.
Sevgi ve saygılarımla,
ourania (45002) 2014-05-05 10:26
this group of equestrians in the valley of Giza really looks surprising, even in the narrow context of the photo. I like very much how the are proceeding across the frame, they are colourful and interesting against the tones and textures of the timeless setting (I like the subdued tones precisely for their timeless feel). A remarkable scene. I also like both of the workshop photos that are so significant to you and your family, I think it's touching to see them side by side. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Gigidusud (20825) 2014-05-05 11:06
Hello dear Bulent,
A scene well captured despite the difficulty of the window. But the most amazing are the photos of the WS. Incredible! Beautiful memories for you. Great quality achieved.
Thanks for sharing.
williewhistler (16394) 2014-05-07 6:41
the muted colours of the BG help to put into context the bigger picture with the colourful little convoy of horses being lead serenely across the desert.
A fascinating series of photographs that has much interest and appeal.
Silvio1953 (142095) 2014-05-10 6:30
Ciao Bulent, lovely composition with nice scene and impressive ruines as BG, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
willperrett (10609) 2014-05-14 10:39
A fine shot, with significant history attached to it. Like Steve Nunney, I rather like the faded yellowish tones created, as you say, by the tinted glass of the coach window. It lends an appropriate patina of age to the photograph.
serp2000 (44069) 2014-05-14 23:22
You are very brave man if you go to Egypt in these revolution times. This photo reminds me my trip to the Egypt desert in 2005, but I have used the camels for travelling.
I remember John Armstrong and Bill, but who is Bernie Franklin? May you show me on a photo?
Greetings from Russia!
Graal (102752) 2014-05-16 12:51
good shot. Nice scene and report from Egypt. WS I like also. Interesting portraits. Photos are well done.
Have a nice WE.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-05-26 0:37
As you say an unusual scene with these folks on horse back in the desert in Giza.
Great Pov, with the ruins in the Bg.
Wow, your workshop photo is Splendid, your Parents travelling setting the seed in your life and your endeavours, Wonderful.
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-06-09 8:08
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
I actually like the subdued colors. Before I read your note, I thought you had layered the photo and converted the background to sepia and left the people and animals in color. The (tinted?) window of the bus achieved the same eye-catching effect, it looks like.
fabbs99 (17151) 2014-06-11 10:20
The caravan has to move no matter how slowly it moves.Great shot with some nice colors and sharpness.TFS.
aliabazari (16168) 2014-07-09 1:10
Hi Bulent dear
Beautiful view displays come. Very well done.
ikeharel (70725) 2016-03-17 1:03
Desert yellow sand, and the bright daylight, contrast beautifully with the caravan people and animals colorful clothing's.
Looks as a family out on a get-together recreation activity. The bus windows acted as a filter - but managed fairly well.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38773)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-21
- Categories: Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Horses around the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-03 12:00