The past few weeks have been busy as usual. Work has been demanding of late, and I’ve been trying to get ready for a photo show that was on Friday. It was one of those things I kept meaning to put out there for everyone and never got around to it except for a bulletin on myspace at the last minute.
The show was great. We had a huge crowd of people through the gallery and the organizers did a great job of putting it together. I had 4 framed prints and 3 of them sold. This is actually a first. So far all my personal sales (not internet) were un-framed prints. So, I won’t be covering my walls in more of my own photos just now! I also sold a few matted prints and I got a ton of positive feedback (mainly from other photographers in the show). I’m still a bit shy about stepping up to the plate when people are looking at my work.
And over the remainder of the weekend I rested and I worked on editing the rest of my Egypt photos at last. There are a ton since I’ve last posted a blog. So, please check out my Egypt Gallery to see them all. I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it one last time, I’m incredibly happy with my decision to go to Egypt. I had heard a lot of people suggesting now was not the time. Maybe it’s not the best time, but it was my time, and I have to say that I had a brilliant time. I don’t know if I will ever see the Nile again in my lifetime, but I would welcome the chance again.
Egypt is an arid land, but still a place of astounding natural beauty. Two days on the Red Sea were not nearly enough, but sites like this will stay with me for a long time.
I took this with my neutral density filter so that I could get a long exposure and really expose the color of the sunset on the Red Sea. The little mountains across the sea are Saudi Arabia.
Also on the Sinai peninsula, we visited the oldest monastery, the Monastery of St. Catherine, a holy site for both Christians and Muslims, and a site of pilgrimages since Roman times. We also climbed to the top of Mount Sinai, which as I’ve recorded was incredibly strenuous for me, but so worth it.
And on our final day, we visited a 19th century mosque in Cairo. The beauty and details of this place was exquisite. This is only a single image of many I posted of this mosque. I really hope you check out more of them.
The carpeting in the Mosque of Mohamed Ali is original 19th century hand woven carpet – and I took this with my wide angle fisheye lens. The lighting is what was truly magic to me.