Sphinx Scale (Before/After)

November 15, 2010

Sphinx Pyramid Khafre Giza Centered Line Row - Cairo, Egypt - Daily Travel Photos
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The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre at an empty Necropolis complex in Giza, Egypt.

Despite appearances, one of the greatest deceptions in photography is the real height of the Sphinx in relation to the pyramids. Due to the compressing effects of a telephoto lens (or incorrectly called "long zoom"), the Sphinx actually appears much larger in photos than it is in real life, including the photo above.

It wasn't until I first saw the pyramids in person that I realized I'd been lied to my entire life. The Sphinx is tiny, approximately 4 stories high whereas the pyramid of Khafre, behind and a good 100+ meters/yards away, is approximately 135 meters tall!!! More photos to come to illustrate this point, tomorrow.

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Sphinx Pyramid Khafre Nobody - Cairo, Egypt - Daily Travel Photos
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The Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre on a clear autumn day.

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Sphinx Pyramid Giza Khafre Tree Post-Process Before After - Cairo, Egypt - Daily Travel Photos
Sphinx Pyramid Giza Khafre Tree Post-Process Before After - Cairo, Egypt - Daily Travel Photos
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A before and after image of the Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre.

The process done in Photoshop mostly involves using the clone stamp to remove people "clutter." The clarity of the images comes from a boost in contrast and sharpening using old school unsharp mask.

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1 Comment - Sphinx Scale (Before/After)

1) lance house -

I still remember my two trips to Egypt in 2008 and 2009. Really marvellous country with lots of historical sights and nice climate. Haven't visited pyramids and sphinx but still, I think when the situation in country stabilizes I'll fly there for third time.

September 11, 2015

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