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Great Sphinx of Giza by David Lazar
Tuesday, 28th July 2009

Great Sphinx of Giza

by David Lazar

The Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt is the largest statue in the world carved from a rockand sits proudly in front of Khafre's pyramid. Best shot in the morning when the sun is lighting it on the side.
Equipment: Nikon D70s
David Lazar
I'm a photographer from Brisbane, Australia - and one of the joys for me (outside my musical profession) is travelling and capturing moments of life and beauty through photography. My favourite styles of photography: Portraiture and landscape. Also, in general, I prefer shots which contain an element of 'cannot be captured exactly again'; that is expressive people shots, action shots and any scenario with a unique aspect to it.

Great Sphinx of Giza by David Lazar was photo of the day on Tuesday, 28th July 2009. It is tagged , , . You can leave a comment below.


28th July 2009 at 2:17 am

You did a great job aligning the sphinx and the pyramid and the clouds accent the alignment really well. Very nice!

28th July 2009 at 7:46 am

Blue sky, Clouds, pyramid, its really good job


28th July 2009 at 7:54 am

That’s really a fresh new look at a pretty mature subject. Great Creativity!


28th July 2009 at 8:00 am

Haven,t seen an angle like this one before its really neat. Congrats

28th July 2009 at 9:13 am

Not sure about the angle; i would have liked to see it head on but I have never been there and don’t know if it’s even possible. The picture is very dramatic and the sky is great.

28th July 2009 at 10:51 am

Pauline – there’s no way of getting more head on than this as there is a fence in front of me forbidding anyone to get any higher or closer. What you can do (and most people do) is go to the special platform visable on the left of frame and get a profile angle from there.

28th July 2009 at 11:28 am

very good indeed. Nice and the colors of the rock are so warm. great shadow of the sphinx.

wanda krack

28th July 2009 at 12:17 pm

Well-done, and the sky is great!

28th July 2009 at 1:09 pm

really nice job :) ! love the clouds .

28th July 2009 at 1:31 pm

Better that you didn’t shoot from the platform. Great frontal shot, not usually seen. Thanks.

28th July 2009 at 2:45 pm

I am feeling the extra great size of Sphinx and Pyramid behind. And again, you have a way of making your pictures kick whith sharp atmosphere.

Katherine Lee Strassburg

28th July 2009 at 3:10 pm

This is a view I’ve never seen before–nice to see such ancient structures in a whole new way. The few humans in view help to give perspective. The clouds seem to be spreading a protective dome over the whole scene–wonderful work!


28th July 2009 at 4:04 pm

Beautiful! Did you notice that it looks like a special aura is on the head of the spinx…


28th July 2009 at 4:23 pm

wow! great shot!


28th July 2009 at 4:41 pm

great shot as always David ! keep them coming :)

28th July 2009 at 8:38 pm

lovely capture …..great composition.
congratulations on best picture of the day…


28th July 2009 at 10:30 pm

I have a sense that there is much more detail in this gorgeous pic than I can make out. On a small computer screen the detail is lost – this is not a complaint, by the way – I think its a photo that deserves BIGness to truly reflect the subject and show the absolute detail the sphinx’s pockmarked skin and the pyramid’s sand-bitten walls. If nothing else, it occurs to me that these structures are here to prove the passing and passing and passing of time.


29th July 2009 at 2:21 am

At first glance, it appeared that the sphinx head was attached to the pyramid! Interesting, unique angle!

Is that a scaffold to our right of the sphinx? Are they doing something to preserve these great monuments?

29th July 2009 at 3:17 am

Laurie – the angle does provide a bit of an illusion in this shot. The pyramid is really far off in the distance and certainly MUCH bigger than the actual Sphinx! There are always archeologists (Egyptian and international) working on the sphinx and the sites around the pyramids – collecting data, trying to preserve and uncovering new things.

29th July 2009 at 10:18 am

Great shot, particularly like the colours in the sky.

1st August 2009 at 12:46 pm

I would love to see that in person. Amazing history.


28th July 2010 at 7:41 am

Nice of you to comment David explaining the viewing platform etc. Makes it an even more unique shot.

28th July 2010 at 1:10 pm

Good shot David!


28th July 2010 at 7:27 pm

Very cool shot indeed..

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