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Nile cruise, part 3: temples
Posted By: bymy141, 05-25-2009, 04:31 AM

Unfortunately it is forbidden to make photographs inside the tombs in the valley of kings / queens, while outside it is not very interesting to see.
Therefore, just pictures of temples. They are of the new empire (1550 - 1250 BC) or something like that.

I've made sooooo many pictures that it is hard to make a small selection.....

It is strange to walk between these old walls, without any fences or anything else preventing you to touch or damage the material.
Sometimes you can still see the original painting of the bass reliefs, which must have been wonderful then.
It is all so well preserved. Unfortunately many temples have been damaged by early Christians, trying to prevent people to stick to the old beliefs.

These old Egyptians were a resourceful bunch, they have managed to build to Luxor temple in line with the Hatschepsut temple in one line, crossing the Nile, over a distance of 5.6 Km, within 1 degree precision.
One of the guys in our group is a land surveyor, says that it is even today within all error limits.

Enjoy.

- Bert


Reliefs damaged by early christians...



All old temples have 3 areas seperated by vertical walls.
The first one gives entry to an open pilar room (large).
The second gives entry to a closed pilar room (smaller).
The third is the smallest sacret part of the temple.

Front facade of Edfu temple.



Bass relief, orginal colors. Hatschepsut temple.


Temple of Abu Simbel, 260km south of Aswan.



Esna temple.


In the Edfu temple.



In Edfu as well.



Large pillars in the Luxor temple.


There is more where this comes from, if anyone is interested.

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What an amazing collection of shots. Very well done!

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Breathtaking series - wonderfully done, Bert.

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Great series.

The photos are all great. My preferred ones are the front facade of the Edfu temple and of course the Abu Simbel temple mostly because of the different than usual composition.

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Wow indeed - thanks so much for sharing a unique part of the world. Awsome collection.
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wow......... I SO envy you, i would love to get there someday, to Egypt, and to your level of photography !!!
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Truly amazing. And how lucky you are! Well done. I especially like no's 1 and 5.
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Nicely done.
The place of my heritage...
Have been there a few times now - although before I was keen on photography, so these images are great!

The early 'Christians' who defaced a lot of the temple's figures were the very same Egyptians who converted to Christianity in those early years, figuring the temples were a threat to their beliefs... We humans can be quite fickle (no different to our biblical characters...)

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Superb series. Thanks for sharing. May I ask you what lenses you used? (I'm going to visit Italy in a couple of months.)
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Superb series. Thanks for sharing. May I ask you what lenses you used? (I'm going to visit Italy in a couple of months.)
These were all done with my K10D and DA* 16-50mm combination.

Have fun in Italy!

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Excellent. I have to go there some day. thanks for posting.
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Thanks for your answer, Bert. I had noticed you had the 18-250mm, but your photos were too crisp for the 18-250's capability (at least my copy's). I'll *have* to buy either the 16-50 f/2.8 or the 16-45 f/4. The former is a bit expensive for my pocket; still I would get it if I could be certain of getting a good copy...

Anyway--I've seen the other Nile series: outstanding. Made me want to go there.

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Thanks for your answer, Bert. I had noticed you had the 18-250mm, but your photos were too crisp for the 18-250's capability (at least my copy's). I'll *have* to buy either the 16-50 f/2.8 or the 16-45 f/4. The former is a bit expensive for my pocket; still I would get it if I could be certain of getting a bad copy of the former...

Anyway--I've seen the other Nile series: outstanding. Made me want to go there.
One word of advise Causy, for an environment like Egypt the DA* lenses bring the necessary dust sealing (it never rains there, so all lenses are weather proof over there).
Dust is a real issue. My 18-250mm now holds a few specs inside and I have been very carefull with it. Too bad....

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Very nice. I'm enjoying some vicarious living as I look at your work.

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Very nice. I'm enjoying some vicarious living as I look at your work.

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You're welcome. We enjoyed staying there.

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