Writing with Light

Jordan

Desert Break

Earlier this week I posted a Black & White portrait of a rider and his camel. (You can see that post here). Clearly this duo fascinated me because they made such terrific subjects. Don’t you love how they’re both looking in the same direction…again 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Deep in Thought

While waiting for a tourist to approach and ask for a camel ride this man seemed deep in thought. Either that or both he and his camel found something very interesting to their left. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Lighting the Tomb

I have a backlog of images that still need to be processed and as I started to go back to those I realized that there are still a number of images from my trip to Israel and Jordan that still require my attention. This is an image from a tomb in Petra.

It was so dark as we entered the tomb but also a welcome relief from the scorching sun. When I turn around to face the entrance I just came in from there was this beautiful beam of sunlight coming in from an opening high up. I shot 3 brackets to get the full dynamic range of the scene. After making some small adjustments in Lightroom 5 I processed the brackets in Photomatix and then brought it back into LR5 for some additional adjustments to the highlights and shadows.

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The Treasury

The Treasury or “Al-Khazneh” in Petra was called this because the Bedouin who lived in Petra 200 years ago thought that the building contained gold.

Another account states that when the Bedouin saw the Treasury in the sunlight they thought it was covered in gold and when the sunlight disappeared so did the gold. I was told that the best time to visit was in the morning between the hours of 9am and 10am when the sun lights up the facade to a beautiful pink colour. By the time I had arrived it was noon and for the purposes of photography it’s not an ideal time to photograph but sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got.

The Treasury was built by the Nabataeans in the first century and it was actually a tomb dedicated to Kind Aritas IV.

On a quick note I’m heading out today for Paris and Italy. I don’t think I will be doing any blogging while I’m away (maybe on or two posts) but will be posting images to my Facebook page throughout the trip. Click on this link,  Edith Levy Photography Facebook and give the page a like to follow along on my travels.

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Petra, Jordan, The Treasury, monument, travel

Petra, Jordan, The Treasury, monument, travel

 


A First Look At The Treasury

After walking the almost 1.5km through The Passage you come to an opening and get a first glimpse at Petra’s most important monument, The Treasury.

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Petra, Jordan, The Treasury, monument, travel

 


The Passage

When you arrive at the visitor’s centre in Petra it is approximately a 700 meter walk to the entrance of the Siq, which the main entrance to the city. Siq is the Arabic word meaning “the passage.”

The Siq is a long and narrow natural passage that leads to the ancient City of Petra. The width of the passage varies between 3 and 17 meters and the layers of colours in the rock is caused by oxidation. This passage leads to the most important monument in Petra, “The Treasury.”

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Searching for Petra

Petra is a historical city which was established as far back as 312 BCE by the Nabataeans. It’s situated on the slopes of Jebel al-Madhbah which some have identified as the biblical Mount Hor.

Petra is a place that has long been on my bucket list of places to visit and photograph and when I visited Israel in May the opportunity to visit Petra presented itself. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to plan an extended visit which would have allowed me to photograph in the early morning and night but I was able to do a day trip. The day of my visit I flew from Tel Aviv to Eilat at 6:30am. I was met at the Eilat airport by a representative of Desert Eco Tours, which if you ever find yourself in the region is an excellent company. This was the second time I’ve used them and they did not disappoint. We drove 10 minutes to the Israeli / Jordanian border and from there met up with Mohammed, our tour guide, who would take us to this ancient city. It’s a two hour drive from the border to Petra and before entering the ancient city we stopped to view the surrounding mountains.

As I was staring out at the view I asked Mohammed where Petra was. His response was that you can’t see Petra because it was strategically built so that it stayed hidden and protected it from invaders. Mohammed then point far off into the distance and drew my attention to a tiny white dot at the top of the mountain….Aaron’s Tomb.  Aaron (or Harun as he is known in Arabic) was Moses’ brother and the Old Testament states that Aaron died and was buried atop Mount Hor. While some believe Mount Hor is located in the Sinai desert. The Jewish historian Josephus Flavius in the 1st century AD, places the final resting place of Aaron on this mountaintop.  That little tiny white dot is actually a small mosque built atop Aaron’s tomb in the 14th Century and it acts as a mercer to the entrance of Petra. Aaron’s final resting place is a Holy site for the Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths and many make the one day pilgrimage to visit Aaron’s tomb. It’s a 3 1/2 hour hike up the mountain and down so unfortunately I din’t have time to do it…this time.

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