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The Treasury       ©2016 Anthony Comyn
NIKON D750       1st place, 257 points
1/200s, f7.1, ISO 1000, 44mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Unsharp Mask, slight Vignette, increase in Contrast and clarity, Adjustment of the black and white points, Cloned a cars bonnet that was sticking out in the background, small but was a slight distraction to the scene. Shadow and highlight adjustments and some dodging and burning.       Extra Info: The Treasury also know as Al Khazneh in Jordan Petra. This structure dates back to the 1st Century AD, carved out of surrounding sandstone. The Treasury featured in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" but unlike the movie which depicts that inside is myriad of tunnels, in actual fact this it is purely a facade used as a royal tomb / mausoleum / crypt.
 
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Anthony Comyn
Nov 17, 2016
    Neat... thanks for the wonderful comment!

NEAT
Nov 16, 2016
    Sorry didn't get around to voting on this challenge, but just wanted to say how amazing you were here, defn on my bucket list, congrats!

mrsawyer
Nov 15, 2016
    Congrats on your #1! Certainly deserving!!!

ysal
Nov 15, 2016
    Fabulous image, my #1.

Lo
Nov 15, 2016
    Thank you for sharing so much info on Petra. No I have never been there, and would absolutely love to see it. You've captured the magnificence in your photo, and I'm so glad that you placed 1st. Congratulations

Anthony Comyn
Nov 15, 2016
    Thank you all for you wonderful comments and votes! I created an outtakes post and shared some more image of Petra.

Mepo
Nov 14, 2016
    Beautifully done. Congrats. Yes, please show us some shots of the monastery.

leanneqld
Nov 14, 2016
    A lovely photo. Congratulations Anthony. I knew it was the winner the moment I saw it.

out_of_focus
Nov 14, 2016
    surreal and same time not over-edited shot. outstanding photo and well deserving.

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Anthony Comyn
Nov 14, 2016
    Lo: Just for my interest, have you been to Petra Jordan?

Thank you Babysitter and Dave!

Jomari, thank you and yes the size of this thing is almost unbelievable, mesmerizing! Being there was magnificent. The Treasury is massive, but size wise my impression was that The Monastery deeper into Petra... is even bigger! I believe The Treasury is 40m high, not totally sure on the Monastery though, but this is an extract from a website which give an idea "The Monastery facade is so big that it seems like an optical illusion the doorway alone is taller than a house". A extract from another website "Petra extends for at least 60 square kilometres through canyons, up mountains and along river beds most of its ruins are sized for giants."

I can suggest that everyone should visit Petra once in their life. Petra is well deserving of its status as one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World"

I can share some photos of the Monastery too if anyone would like to see.

jomari
Nov 14, 2016
    What beautiful, beautiful architecture this facade has! I love the rosy colours throughout this image. High in my favourites.
Probably because of the scale of the edifice I feel as though I'm looking under it to the small figures - like it was built on a bridge. Silly impression, I know, but in viewing I find it flipping between this perceived perspective and the real one.

davep56
Nov 14, 2016
    This is lovely rich shot - well captured and a fav

babysister
Nov 14, 2016
    What a beautiful photo and so rich with history. My #1.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 13, 2016
    Aoc - That is quite the compliment, thank you for that! Interesting that you mention the sepia treatment, Petra is also known as the "Rose Red City" mainly because of the reddish coloured sandstone. This affects everything around it making everything else orange including people. There is no in camera WB setting that can compensate for this. I actually desaturated this image post processing a bit as the reddish orange can be quite overpowering.

Thanks Old Finn, Lo

Elliot - Actually I have already answered your question, read my previous comment. Oh and thank you for your comment!
Edited on Nov 13, 2016

elliott
Nov 13, 2016
    anthony?? now you can tell me where that family was photographed.
great shot of course.

Lo
Nov 13, 2016
    What an incredible place to see in person. The composition is beautiful with the horse and carriage in the foreground, and the lighting on the sandstone really brings it alive.

Old Finn
Nov 13, 2016
    Interesting historic. subject. Well composed, nice colors, good sharpness. In my favorites.

Anthony Comyn
Nov 12, 2016
    Thanks forkcandles, kerszkavet, Ysal and aoc46.

kerszkavet, the driver sits in the carriage too, he is the one on our left. I have a different image that actually shows the driver well... with a whip. I can share in outtakes if you like.

So to those who are interested, like some might have concluded, this is the same place as my previous entry and the reason I didn't want to supply to much information on location of the previous shot was to help conceal my identify for this challenge. The people in that photo are what is called the Bedouins of the Petra. They are local people who's ancestors have been around in Petra for many hundreds of years. Some of them probably who still live in some of the caves of this "Lost City". Now I have no doubt that they dress up a bit for the tourists, because they rely on them for their income, but my interaction with the 3 in the previous photo didn't cost me a cent. Almost as if they were proud to have there picture taken. Shortly after I took the photo they climbed up the top of the Monastery (separate photo I can also share) perched on the highest point. A little bit of a show off, but impressive and entertaining nonetheless, and once again with no income generated from their stunts.

I did do some reading up and the original people from Petra was the Nabataeans who built this outstanding city carved out the of the rock. The place is absolutely outstanding and massive. Apparently there was complex water systems built in sophisticated ways to get water to the city centre, much of which is not yet discovered. I believe they suspect that they have only uncovered about 15% of the city to date.

Back to the people of the area, I have no doubt that some of the people I encountered are true descendants of the Nabataeans. I read some shocking stories of tourists being scammed, especially single western woman, who get caught up in the romance of these foreign characters. But I don't like to throw everyone into the same pot, they are definitely unique people who enrich the experience of the people who visit the place.
Edited on Nov 13, 2016

forkcandles
Nov 12, 2016
    a really fabulous image

kerszkavet
Nov 12, 2016
    Beautiful subject, lighting & composition. Great detail and sharpness, with foreground life interest as well.... though is there a 'driver' missing or does the horse know where it is going?

ysal
Nov 12, 2016
    Really like this, love how you captured the local people too. I recognize it from the movie. Very high in my TT.

aoc46
Nov 11, 2016
    Wow! While it seems superfluous to say much more, I'll add that usually we see this with the passage empty or filled with tourists. Your local characters/elements and the sepia toning give the feeling of an early Nat Geo photo. Great work.
Edited on Nov 13, 2016
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