Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is probably one of the most visited sites on the Mayan Riviera. It was about a 2 hour drive from where we were staying and was very hot and humid.

After getting there, we got a very nice tour of the area along with some interesting bits of information about the Mayan culture of the era.

Human sacrifices and the end of the world in 2012 are probably two of the most commonly associated things with the Mayan civilization. However, the obsession with tracking time and the precision to which they built their structures is impressive.

Also interesting is the different ways in which the end of the Mayan calendar can be interpreted. One interpretation, the most popular is that it signifies the end of the world literally. However, a more plausible explanation is that it simply signifies the end of an era in the Mayan calendar system.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Bonsai Rock in Afterglow

Bonsai Rock in Afterglow - 5D2, Zeiss 50, f/5.6, 30s, ISO 100
This past weekend, I was in the Lake Tahoe area mostly on a family vacation.  However I had Saturday evening and Sunday morning available for doing some landscape photography.  Since I'd never seen Bonsai Rock, that was my subject for Saturday evening.  Getting down to the shore was a bit of a challenge since I didn't know there was a direct path leading right to the optimal spot to photograph this scene.

I worked just as the sun started to set but my favorite images are definitely from after the sun had set, with the long exposures smoothing out the water and the pinks and purples in the sky. 

The water level was quite high in Lake Tahoe, no doubt partially because of the record snowfall this past winter so a lot of the surrounding rocks were submerged.  I'll definitely have to return here and re-photograph this scene.