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The Nile - An 'Exotic' River

The Nile - An 'Exotic' River
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1990-06
Categories: River
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 11:37
Viewed: 9285
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been wanting to post a picture of Egypt, but most of my pictures of Egypt are historical subjects, but since there is a rivers section I decided to post this view across the Nile toward the Valley of the Kings from my hotel room in Luxor. This is a scanned slide taken with a Pentax SFX, 35 70 lense and Agfa 100asa slide film. I took this shot shortly after sunrise - you can see the mist rising in the distance.

Why the title? Rivers which flow through arid areas for a major part of their lower course, are described as 'exotic' - they would not be there if they were not deriving most of their water from wetter areas far away. The other well known example is the Colorado in the USA.

The Nile (Arabic: النيل, transliteration: an-nīl), is the major north-flowing river in Africa and is generally regarded as the longest river in the world (it is not the biggest [voloume] the Amazon holds that title. The Nile has two major tributaries, the White Nile and Blue Nile, the latter being the source of most of the Nile's water and fertile soil, but the former being the longer of the two. The White Nile rises in the Great Lakes region of central Africa, with the most distant source in southern Rwanda, and flows north from there through Tanzania, Lake Victoria, Uganda and southern Sudan, while the Blue Nile starts at Lake Tana in Ethiopia, flowing into Sudan from the southeast. The two rivers meet near the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, where the ancient civilization depended on the river. Herodotus, the great Greek historian wrote "Egypt is the gift of the River Nile" and this is still largely true. Most of the population of Egypt and all of its cities, with the exception of those near the coast, lie along those parts of the Nile valley north of Aswan; and nearly all the cultural and historical sites of Ancient Egypt are found along the banks of the river.

The Nile ends in a large delta that empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-22 11:42]

selam james; nice shot of this landscape ,good presented , very nice BG and POV, clear sea well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-22 11:46]

Hello James, very nice capture of this beautiful river my dream vacation, marvelous collors and details, great POV and the valley of kings for BG is just perfect..well done..

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-22 14:12]

Hello James,
I've only passed through Egypt along the Suez Canal many years ago as a child. In my mind's eye I have since pictured Egypt in various ways and one of these is portrayed by this early morning shot: the Nile and the date palms and the rocky Bg of the Valley of the Kings.
Though this is scanned froma slide, this is an excellent image with great lighting, the large stretch of calm water giving a great air of tranquility.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-22 14:19]

Hi James,
A classic postcard from Egypt. Lovely blue colour and the green horizon. The FG water mass gives such depth to the shot. The distant mountains and its reflection add strength to the shot. Simply beautiful. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Hello James,
This is a very peaceful picture of the Nile. I like those tones of colors very much and this wise composition. There is a great mood in this picture with interesting notes again :) Thanks,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-22 17:38]

Hi James . great landscape shot tonight from you. very good colours. i like the sun light on the hills. great compostion. well done TFs.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-22 22:21]

Hello James,
I have missed many of your great shots while I was gone so I'll have to play catch up. What a beautiful scene you have captured here with your great camera work.

Hello James,
A beautiful layered composition!
Very attractive colours, and the exotic atmosphere is well conveyed...
The side light gives a fine additional effect!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-23 3:36]

Hi James,
brilliant shot with perfect composition.
Well done,

Hi James,

this is such a lovely shot.

It has a very gentle and calm mood about about it.
A large copy would be very pleasant to look at.


Hi James.
The first thing I feel here is a little too much water in the foreground, but that's nit picking. Beautiful stillness and lovely soft pastel colours. Very nice, well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-23 17:02]

Hello James,
A beautiful early morning image of the Nile. Looks clean and pretty. Almost no trace of urbanization across the river,is that still the case?
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-26 13:43]

Hi James.
Your Nile river picture is amazing. Your POV is great as well as the great are wonderful colours, DOF and sharpness of the image. Shot is composed perfectly and show the beauty of this river excellently. Note is fine too. Superb work and TFS.

Hi James,

I just did a search on Egypt and Luxor because my wife and I are heading there in November for a couple of weeks and this popped up, what a great shot.

The colours are stunning, were also heading to Cairo and Aswan, if you have any advice it would be greatly appreciated, especially on what lens and filters to take.

I will be packing my EF 16-35mm f2.8L, but would you recommend taking the EF400mm f/2.8?

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Maged (218)
  • [2010-01-15 0:12]

Hello James
Beautiful landscape from Egypt,the mood are great with the finest colors and details.

Best Regards

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