The tomb of Cyrus the Great
Cyrus the great (576-530 BC) was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the largest empire the world had yet seen to that time. His famous proclamation, inscribed onto Cyrus Cylinder, is said to be the oldest known declaration of human rights. The tomb of Cyrus the Great, built c530 BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's first example of a base isolated structure. The tomb has two foundations. During an earthquake, when the earth moves, the base foundation moves, and the upper part glides freely on its base. Amazingly this was built around 530 BC to withstand a Richter scale 7 earthquake.
The time of day I got to the tomb, after a long day of travel, the sun was in just the wrong position to show the front of the tomb with the door. So I decided to make this work for me, rather than against me. The use of a sun star and lens flare was a deliberate attempt on my part to draw attention to the door of the structure and give a more unusual interpretation to this famous, much photographed, monument. To generate this opticaI effect in camera (no filters or Photoshop) I used a wide angle lens at its highest aperture and positioned the sun just above the top of the dome and shot into the sun.
A few other shots from Iran can be seen here: http://goo.gl/5YA4oJ
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