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Written in the stone

Written in the stone
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Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4300 W: 91 N: 11074] (45461)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-19
Categories: Ruins
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-27 11:13
Viewed: 4911
Points: 48
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Luxor has so many impressive archaeological sites that Medinet Habu is often overlooked. I have participated in the Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan so I had a chance to spend two days in Luxor. Most of the time it was an organized tour but in free time we went to see few extra sites including Medinet Habu. What is quite unique about this site is that there are few fragments of hieroglyphs there which still preserved natural color (not in this photo). That was surprise to me too, I did not know that the inscriptions and drawings were painted. To be honest seeing hieroglyphs with my own eyes in their natural setting was an extraordinary experience.

It was still time when travelling to Egypt was quite safe, now I would not do that anymore. More and more places are becoming dangerous to travel. For example I still consider to go and take a picture of one of the most beautiful mosques in Britain which is located in Bradford (popularly known as Bradistan), but since it is named the worst place to live in the UK and quite dangerous I hesitate.
Funny thing about security: Recently at an airport my 3 year old daughter was asked to raise her hands and stand alone in a body scanner to check if she possibly hides some weapons. Later she was also searched by an officer. At the same time EU border is daily illegally crossed by thousands of people who are not checked at all. I am sure not all of them carry weapons, but if my little daughter was checked just in case, may be someone should consider tightening European borders?

It may be sharper on beta-TrekEarth.

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Hello Mariusz,
I also spent two days in Luxor (very long ago) and it remains one of the most interesting places I have ever been. I organized everything myself, which means I overlooked this place which I think is not as famous as most other fascinating places in this area. It's a very nice photo which shows the timeless, rather minimalistic beauty of the ancient Egyptian temples. It's nicely composed and with well managed light.
Kind regards,

Hello dear Mariusz and have a nice time
impressive capture with impressive archaeological
details very well composed
your notes are really useful
thanks for sharing your thoughts with us

Hello Mariusz,
I have to admit that so far I had never heard of Medinet Habu.
Yet on this image it looks very interesting. There are plentiful decorations and hieroglyphs on the walls and the columns and they seem to be in a very good state.
Beautiful view of the entrance of the temple with an attractive foreground well stocked with remains of - I guess - broken pieces of columns.
Your remark about controlling your daughter at the airport sounds indeed a bit ridiculous. But the UK can of course afford to examine each passenger thoroughly. They don't have thousands of migrants queuing at the borders.
BTW, do you know the right explanation why the UK is the only EU country that was not obliged to admit migrants? And this while Merkel wants to send refugees to Latvia, Lithuania and Romania ... The law of the strongest? Established rights from the past? The honest policy of the most powerful in the EU? ...
Since you live in the UK perhaps you do know the answer.
Best regards, Paul

Dear Mariusz,
interesujące ruiny, ładnie sfotogrofowane, miałeś szczęście do pogody, świetne ostre światło, czysta praca, przejrzysta.
Thanx for sharing.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2016-01-27 13:03]

Hi Mariusz,

Gosh, I had no idea that you had been to Egypt - and, even better, been on a cruise between Luxor and Aswan!

This is a beautiful photograph of a beautiful place and you have captured the scene perfectly in a well composed image which clearly shows many of the drawings and hieroglyphs inscribed probably more than 3,000 years ago. The angle of the light is just perfect to bring those remarkable markings into beautiful clear relief.

Lovely light and gorgeous soft colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


P.S. I agree with your feelings about safety of travel nowadays and also security - a big change since you were in Egypt just eight years ago. Just by way of illustration, you may have seen some of my pictures from East Greenland where I went as a student on a university sponsored expedition in 1970: when we travelled there, our little group took a shotgun with us, possibly so we could have some fresh meat to eat and also as some forlorn idea of protection in case we met up with a polar bear, though I suspect a shotgun would prove totally useless in that case. Anyway, our expedition leader took the shotgun onto the plane as part of his hand luggage and each of us carried a few cartridges in our pockets! And no-one bothered to search us - after all, no-one had ever thought that anyone would ever want to hijack a plane in those days. And, when we stopped in Iceland on our outward journey, there were two days of delay before we could fly to Greenland so the Iceland airport people just let us all camp out in an old hanger at the airport and we could just come and go into town as we pleased - and without any checks. Could you imagine that happening nowadays? Here's a picture of us all camping out in the hangar at Keflavik airport.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3982 W: 2 N: 6702] (33232)
  • [2016-01-27 16:59]

czesc Mariusz
Widze, ze zdjecie z archiwum stalo sie pretekstem do rozwazan o tym co sie dzieje w ostatnim czasie. Ciezko zapanowac nad ta sytuacja i widze, ze trudno bedzie skierowac swiat na normalne tory. Wszystko sie zmienia i zaczyna byc przeklenstwem powiedzenie obys zyl w ciekawych czasach.
Ciekawe informacje o hieroglifach, swietnie zobrazowane

Hi Mariusz
interesting to hear you and Gert both feel Luxor and this site was an amazing place to visit. I have to be honest, Luxor isn't on my travel list at all....perhaps I need to look into it more. I respect your opinion so i have to take it seriously.

your composition is very effective, I like that you left the skyline out, just focusing in on the subjects with many details to be observed and examined.
whats not to like right!
thanks for peeking my interest

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3352 W: 0 N: 7681] (56005)
  • [2016-01-27 23:16]

To troche taka impresja, bliski kadr kaze nam wyobrazic sobie potege calosci, ciekawe podejscie, super szczegoly
pozdrawiam Ryszard

Bonjour Mariusz,

J'aime beaucoup ce plan serré qui profite de l'agencement des lieux pour offrir des formes rondes et rectangulaires en opposition. J'aime cette très belle lumière forte qui fait ressortir les détails.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11759 W: 126 N: 21148] (108889)
  • [2016-01-28 11:15]

Hi Mariusz,i been there 2 times and it's Always nice to see something from there,great exposure of the hard light to take the best details of decoration,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mariusz,

There have been some excellent programmes on TV about Egypt, recently. They have been following the emergence of Egypt as a mighty ancient kingdom, its development of pyramids and its social structures.

You have given a fine pictorial reference to their architectural skills and their development of writing. What an advancement, to be able to record their history for others to read. Of course it was a great way of promoting self-glorification, too!
It was a difficult shot in terms of composition but you have managed well, and the exposure is excellent.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24410 W: 523 N: 40832] (175692)
  • [2016-01-30 0:42]

Hello Mariusz,

Formerly, the old people were great artist with the old tools.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
An excellent composition nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have nice weekend,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13815 W: 0 N: 16049] (169342)
  • [2016-01-30 1:16]


quel rendu sur ces pierre avec les beaux dessins quel captage quelle forme et vue superbe compo et image ces formes de pierres quel effet et détail grandiose vue et image.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Mariusz,
A fine close up on the big stones with its Hieroglyphics.
Fine clear details, if only I could read it...those ancient Egyptians seem to had written on everything...
Good light upon, well shown.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9596 W: 157 N: 15500] (124107)
  • [2016-01-30 6:18]

Czesc Mariusz!
Widze cos z szuflady.
Egipskie starocie zawsze robia wrazenie.
Dobry kadr i kolorystyka.
Lubie takie.
Milego popoludnia.

Hi Bonjour dear Mariusz

So tatsy and stunning regacy / landscape snap image.
Nice and quite wise comparison of sharp abck with blurred front. So sharp and clear shot in the perfect framework and composition.

All the best and have a beautiful Sunday! Takero

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15448 W: 159 N: 26998] (141792)
  • [2016-01-31 2:33]

Hi Mariusz
Excellent cadrage serré, pour bien en apprécier tout les moindres détails, je me souvient très bien de ce site, visitée en 2004, j'ai beaucoup apprécier, ton image est un beau souvenir :-)
beau dimanche

Ciao Mariusz, great view of fascinating ruines, splendid light, excellent clarity, fine details snd wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Mariusz
Interesting and informative historical facts couple with an equally interesting image in limited colour. Lovely shadow play enhancing the shapes of the stones to otherwise looks flat under harsh sunlight. You did your utmost here, Well done, Congrats
Best regards

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2016-02-01 4:49]

Dear Mariusz ,
You went well in 2007 or rather difficult now because of security. a great history and details. It gives information about the beautiful details becouse right angle setting.
Burak Erek

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14267 W: 1034 N: 28581] (135888)
  • [2016-02-02 3:04]

Hello Mariusz,

Hoping to get here after my trip in Bulgaria concludes. The lighting has allowed good textural details of the bas relief carvings on the wall. Superb sharpness and nice repetition of the fg column remains. Tfs!

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2016-02-02 7:57]

Hi Mariusz
Very interesting subject and nice view on the stones
You should close more the shutter to give more DOF on the foreground
Best regards

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10134 W: 144 N: 25354] (123461)
  • [2016-02-18 2:02]

Cześć Mariusz, Widzę że ostatnio zrobiłeś sie bardziej aktywny i mam zaleglości, które postaram sie odrobic :). Byłam na zorganizowanej wycieczce do Egiptu, to byłóa moja pierwsza podróż z Sigma travel w 1993 roku. Juz nie pamietam, czy byłam w Medinet Habu, w każdym razie z koleżanka dośc duzo zwiedziałysmmy same. Luksor zrobil na mnie olbrzymie wrażenie, jak zreszta caly Egipt. też byłam zafascynowana wszystkimi hieroglifami. Jaka szkoda, ze wtedy nie miałam jeszcze aparatu cyfrowego. Mam tylko troche zdjęć (właściwie mogłabym cos przeskanować) i kilka godzin wideo, ale co z tym robić?
Rzeczywiscie Egipt raczej nie nadaje sie teraz na wycieczkę. Ale zamachy zdarzały sie tam również kiedys. Jkis wiekszy znamach byl przed moja wycieczką i wtedy duzo zachodnich turystów zrezygnowalo, wiec mielismy fantastyczne hotele. Nie wiem nic o Bradford, ale bym się nie przejmowała i pojechała, gdybym miała chęć zobaczyc.

Hello Mariusz.
A delight this short plane on a detail of the temple walls and columns, where we can recreate with pretty drawings of the pharaohs and gods, without missing the hieroglyphs.
Very effective colorful, highlighting the details of the image.
Good management of both the brightness and sharpness.
Very well done. I like it.
Enjoy a good day.
My best wishes for you.

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