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The Pyramid of Cheops

The Pyramid of Cheops
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 17-85 mm f: 4-5,6 IS USM, Compact Flash 2-2gb
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1512 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 8:01
Viewed: 3705
Points: 97
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The World famous Pyramids near Cairo

In the middle we see the Pyramid of Cheops, the largest of the group and indeed the most massive of all the Egyptian pyramids, was built by Cheops or Khufu, and was known to the ancient Egyptians as Ekhet Khufu ("Horizon of Khufu").

It is assumed by Egyptologists that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built in the reign of the pharaoh Khufu (known as Cheops to the Greeks), in the fourth Egyptian dynasty around 2600 BC.

This date has recently been questioned based on studies of water erosion on the sphinx. It may be that the Great Pyramid of Giza also is much older than previously thought.

The base measurement is 746ft/227.5m (originally 756ft/230.38m), the vertical height 450ft/137.20m (originally, including the apex, 481ft/ 146.5m),

Many many stories where told and can be found about the Pyramids Treklens, also on the WWW..
One I liked you can read below:


In the 18th century many foreign visitors came to the great pyramid. They were scholars, scientists, historians, explorers, etc.

One of the most famous visitors to the great pyramid was Napoleon Bonaparte. His military expedition to Egypt in 1798 was not only military but archeological as well. He took with him engineers, surveyors, astronomers, artists and archeologists.

They surveyed, measured, explored, and made drawings of the great pyramid. Their work was published in many volumes from 1809 to 1822 by order of Napoleon.

There is an interesting note to this story about Napoleon on his visit to the great pyramid. He asked to be left alone in the King’s chamber.

When he emerged, it was reported that he looked visibly shaken. When an aide asked him if he had witnessed anything mysterious, he replied that he had no comment, and that he never wanted the incident mentioned again.

Years later, when he was on his deathbed, a close friend asked him what really happened in the King’s chamber. He was about to tell him and stopped.

Then he shook his head and said, "No, what's the use. You'd never believe me." As far as we know, he never told anyone and took the secret to his grave. (It is interesting to note that there is an unsubstantiated story that Napoleon had hinted that he was given some vision of his destiny during his stay in the King's Chamber).

Egypt.. and its treasures.. fortunate for us still to visit Folks !

Best regards,
John T

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
Clifton Fadiman

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Wonderful capture, Good sharpness and details. Good POV.
Really shows the immensity of the site.

Good morning Johnny,

GREAT. The vast look of this place is shown very well in this photo. Lovely contrasting colors, and DOF.

Another wonderful photo from your trip. Thank you.


hello john!
nice view on this pyramids, wonderful colors and light.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-06-07 8:37]

superb perspective shot and great story!

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-06-07 9:38]

Hallo John
Weer eentje voor in de vakantieserie.
Mooi om er een DVD van te maken met mooie overgangen en misschien een muziekje. Kan de hele familie er mee van genieten.
Gr Jos

I John!
beautiful perspective! The absence of any reference in the foreground makes the pyramids look so small! Love the grey clouds in the sky.


Hello John :o)
Quel voyage tu fais là ! Wow ! C'est immense en effet, beau paysage et bonne lumière. Es-tu monté au sommet ?!!! ;o) Merci de nous faire voyager à travers tes clichés !

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-06-07 10:12]

Hola John,
siempre genial,
miticas pirámides,
bello pov, colores y tonos,
perfecto trabajo

Nice shot, most stunning view onto the Wonders of The World.
Informative note.
Ive never been to Egypt but would love to see the pyramids, especially inside of them.

PS. wanted to post a small WS for you, but no luck. Just one thing: I would clone out the road here, the small architecture on the left of the pyramid, and that small distortion on the right hand corner (where the white thing stands out).


Jolie vue de ces monuments millénaires. Belle composition.

  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 249 W: 128 N: 530] (6690)
  • [2007-06-07 12:57]
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Ha John,

Must be a great experience to be there. Good picture. The blue cloudy sky and the yellow/orange works very well.
JUST ONE REMARK! YES, YOUR HORIZON IS LEANBING TO THE LEFT! Ha, ha, ha, volhouden en rechthouden.


Hi John,

Great panoramic capture of the famous pyramids, nicely composed, natural colors and very sharp. Moody sky gives more impact to your shot!

ciao John
it's a classical subject.. not eaasy to exalt.. u made a good work.. with this sky so couldly.. that give an uncertain light..
good dof.. and pov..
well made!
ç§[email protected]££..
;) Marco

Great story John! I love intrigue! This is a great shot! Are they as BIG as you thought? Or smaller? It's real hard to tell just how big in the photo! Sand is sand..... Nice shot!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2007-06-07 14:43]

hello john
well capturing of this impressive and histroical area
i like composition, point of view, mystic atmosphere, lighting, colours and details
thanks for sharing

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  • Popye Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 154] (802)
  • [2007-06-07 15:03]

Hi John
Great photo
I like the pov, and also the fact that the pyramids look so small without anything to use as a reference.
The cloudy sky makes it even better.

Hallo John.
Nou die heb je van een behoorlijke afstand genomen, toch ?
Mooie foto van die oude huizen. Typisch 4 onder een kap. grappie.
Goede compositie met een mooie lucht.

:-) a real nice view John... the pyramids are seldom presented in this way.
I think I like this, it shows a bit of the area of the buildings. Nice!

Lovely colors and a great threatening sky!


Hello John,
this great perceptive is impressive and makes it possible almost ad infinitum to contemplate the three pyramids and a temple, it seems to me in the distance.
I like the various harmonies on the pyramids which let see the traces of the time which passed since their construction.
The Pharaons almost made a success of their dream, touch immortality.
TFS, Corinne.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2007-06-07 21:30]

Hi John,
A different prespective of the grand pyramids. Somehow your POV has diminished them in size and in viewer's mind.

By the way, I think the story about Napoleon's visit to the inner chamber is just that, a story. But it adds to the mythical nature of these magnificient buildings.

Hi John, as Pierre says it shows just how vast that site is. Well composed and good colour and light, TFS,

Beautiful picture, but I prefer the note. Thanks!

Hi John, great photo, nice perspective contrast and colors, I love egypt...



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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-06-08 10:51]

Hi John
WOW... Amazing shot!
I like that you where able to include all 3 in your photo..
Wonderful notes.. I really love your quote! =)


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  • orkhan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 632 W: 152 N: 366] (3549)
  • [2007-06-08 11:24]

One, two, three !
Three pyramids.
Yes, you was in Egypt !

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  • loumi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 1 N: 19] (224)
  • [2007-06-08 21:00]

Grandiose immensity everywhere in this picture: the sky, the pyramids, the desert. Great colours and light.

Hoi John, hele goede reportage shot van uit een hoek die we van deze Pyramides niet gewend zijn(achtertuin foto) Mooi en prachtig verhaal erbij, met intresse gelezen. Groetjes

Hi Johnny,
Wonderful compo and Pyramid of Cheops.very nice colors adn details.
well done my friend.

Hi John,
Excellent capture of the pyramids; the sky is perfect and quiete unique! Composition is striking gives me back good memories this nice authentic image. Thanks my friend!

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-06-09 13:57]

Hi John,
Excellent perspective! This shot is very attractive and very strong in their simplicity. The light is superb and created beautiful colours all over. Well done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-06-09 19:38]

Hi John,
how lucky you are visiting such wonderful places and we are lucky that you share your pictures with us.
I like this one a lot, nice POV and the color combination is very nice. I like the division of space makes the sky look endless.

On 2nd thought and since you don't bother answering or thanking your critiques, I change my opinion. This shot is good but in no way exceptional to deserve 62 points. Your copying from history books doesn't impress me.
regards, janos

Something worth seeing & you portray it well! I think the sky helps portray mystery as the pyramids are. Thanks for the comments on my water & rose photos. Been having a great week-end with family. Everyone is sleeping in ths am, & having a fish fry for lunch. Have a great week my friend! :} Don

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2007-06-10 11:06]

Wonderful composition, colors, details & sharpness. I love it. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-06-10 17:20]

Wow - our Johnty's been to Egypt. I like your POV here John, the pyramids in the distance give us a good view of the surrounding area - something we don't often see - and the town in the BG. I like the clouds too,

Hello John
very different shot of the place where I have seen many pics of it, wonderful composition, also your story is great. congratulations... Doei

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-06-11 15:22]

Lovely view, nice composition and colours. I would love to go there



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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2007-06-11 17:13]

Hi John.
Wonderful scenery captured and in nice way prsented. Very effective view.
Stunning and well composed.
My compliments.
Janek Kloss

Excellent, very good done from this angle and good composed, the sky comes very good and it has also very good contrasts.
Groet John

Hi John!!!Wonderful shot!Bravo!

The pyramids seems to look at the city not so far away and say: In our time it was not like that! The view behind look sad... Time is heavy... Pollution perhaps. But near the pyramid the sky is better. I enjoy that play of elements! Angle is nicely select!

Great shot John, good POV and composition.

Regards Mark :)

HI bro! this is very nice, good triangular composition with a fantastic sky to complement it! Good white balance! Very sharp.

Take care, sis :)

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-06-17 19:17]

It look nice from this side, I never seen pyramids shot from this position. My dream is to go there and see everything up to Elephantyna...
Thank you for this presentation.
Regards - Tom

Hello John,
Very nice view of Gizeh Pyramids, I like the harmony in composition and the clous arriving over the site. Good job!

Merhaba John,Nasilsin?
Awesome photo of the Egyptian Pyramids with great sky,pov,dof,focus and frame.
CT of Indiana

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2007-07-04 11:56]

Hi John
You were supposed to see the joy of your life above pyramids of the cloud. I have been in this place twice. I was being assured, that there rains it isn't raining. The beautiful sky gave your photographs the charm.

i fully agree with Pierre.. I only think that when he pyramids stood a little bit more out of the center from te picture.. it would be a different photograph

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  • jorbe Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 1] (291)
  • [2007-11-28 2:19]

Hi John,

Amazing composition, great colors and sharpness.
Simply one of the best photos taken from great pyramids.


Hello John
Very nicely captured, well composed.

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