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Chitzen Itza Part II ( 9 Images 56k beware)
Posted By: daacon, 03-04-2008, 09:06 AM

Well I have gone through a few more - man this will take a while. I will put a reference to my Flickr site with what I have to date posted for Chitzen Itza (111 photos). All the structures were made with limestone. They would dig it up , shape it , make their sketchings and then leave them out in the hot sun to bake and harden. Here are some more of my favorites in the ancient sacred place, hope you enjoy.

The hall of 1000 columns
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The columns by the main temple had drawings of all the warriors that were sacrificed. The warriors were given Peyote and mescallin to sooth them into a state so as not to scream when executed. Being executed was considered an honor.
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The observatory one of the view places where you could still roam free
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My Wife is very much into energy and Reiki here she is meditating - she said she saw white and felt the energy
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Here is a great use of the FE the Cenote. Mayans believed this was a scared place as when they jumped into here they never returned. It was believed the Gods were taking them to a better place. Later it was discovered the bottom of this Cenote was quicksand so not so much the gods but rather they got stuck in the quicksand and drowned.
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Remind you of any game ? The sun of course was considered sacred. Notice how the 'O'S won
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This is where they played a game. There was a 6 pound hard rubber ball that they had to get thorug the holes on the side. The winner of this game claimed the most coverted prize - being sacrificed !
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I just like this shot !
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There are so many more I could post. Those that are interested can see the rest here Daacon Chitzen on Flickr

Thanks for looking.

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03-05-2008, 08:32 AM   #16
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You got some beautiful shots, it looks like a wonderful place to visit. It's impressive now, just imagine what it looked like in it's day. I'll have to add this to my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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I like the the second picture with the columns, the last picture. and the cenote picture the most. Mostly I appreciate the cenote picture because i think it is a difficult shot. I have had a bit of trouble with the same cenote shot due to the high contrast in the scene. Always seems as though I am there at mid day which doesnt help.

I have basically the same lense the pentax 18-250 and a tiffen circular polarizer. I have trouble with my circular polarizer... or any polarizer for that matter. It shows up on the corners when i am taking a wide angle shot. Do you have this problem?

I have a 62mm polarizer which is the same fit for the lense.
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great shots I really enjoy them especially the columns one. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice series Dave, I really like the FE shot, it was made for it. I'll forgive you the horizon line in the first shot. I bet your wife was pleased with that shot of her. My wife is into Reiki as well, she is at level 3, how about your wife?

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Great series Dave you have a eye for detail(to find a noughts and crosses game)


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QuoteOriginally posted by Fritz Quote
You got some beautiful shots, it looks like a wonderful place to visit. It's impressive now, just imagine what it looked like in it's day. I'll have to add this to my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Fritz (albiet a little late!) it is worth a visit

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I like the the second picture with the columns, the last picture. and the cenote picture the most. Mostly I appreciate the cenote picture because i think it is a difficult shot. I have had a bit of trouble with the same cenote shot due to the high contrast in the scene. Always seems as though I am there at mid day which doesnt help.

I have basically the same lense the pentax 18-250 and a tiffen circular polarizer. I have trouble with my circular polarizer... or any polarizer for that matter. It shows up on the corners when i am taking a wide angle shot. Do you have this problem?

I have a 62mm polarizer which is the same fit for the lense.
Thanls Steve - wow you musta dug deep for this one ! I am no Polarizer expert. THe Cenote shot was with the fisheye so no polarizer. I did have one for some of the other shots as we were there all day. I don't remember having that issue. It may be the polarizer - what brand were you using ?

QuoteOriginally posted by nupentaxian Quote
great shots I really enjoy them especially the columns one. Thanks for sharing.
Thansk Nupentaxian - glad you liked'em

QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Nice series Dave, I really like the FE shot, it was made for it. I'll forgive you the horizon line in the first shot. I bet your wife was pleased with that shot of her. My wife is into Reiki as well, she is at level 3, how about your wife?
Thanks Gary , I still tilt but I think I much better (a Katz's eye helps) my wife is a 2 now and she is getting her 3 and 4 in January. Man Can't believe all the comments. In another 3 moths I may be back there again ! (I will be in Mexico not sure I will go back here - but my daugher wants to)

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Great series Dave you have a eye for detail(to find a noughts and crosses game)
cheers
Thansk cupic - we arrived at 09:00 am and we stayed until about 04:00 pm there was so much to see , some of the crew jamed out at noon (it was stinking hot) , but a few of us went to the end. Gald we did.
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Great series Dave. What a picture paradise this location is, well captured.
This was Part II...I must have missed part I...searching for it now

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Thanks Dazman on the forum it is here https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/21957-one-7-new-wonders-...tzen-itza.html

The whole sereis is still on Flick - actually not the whole series as we did manage to take about 500 shots that day.

Chitzen Itza - a set on Flickr
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Wow, I'm not sure how I missed this thread before. I was there 14 years ago and took a lot of photos too. I seem to remember far more people than I see in your shots and it being very difficult to get pics without masses of people everywhere. In any case you took some great shots!

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Thanks Dave - oh yeah there were people. We had a vehicle and managed to arrive well before the busses of tourists starting getting there. In the afternoon yeah it was getting very very crowded.
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
Thanks Dazman on the forum it is here https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/21957-one-7-new-wonders-...tzen-itza.html

The whole sereis is still on Flick - actually not the whole series as we did manage to take about 500 shots that day.

Chitzen Itza - a set on Flickr
Thanks for the link Dave. Really enjoyed viewing the series on your flickr...this is now a must visit for me
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Thank you for sharing these marvelous pics! So many excellent shots to be mentioned. It is amazing what they were able to build in that time using only manpower or femalepower
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