The view from the top of the hotel wasn’t inspiring. The daily smog of the Egyptian traffic lay over the city, blurring the hectic life that existed beneath it. Through the haze, off in the distance next to the golden glow of the setting sun was the discernible shape; The Pyramids of Giza.
I could see the traffic passing by below the hotel and I could look up and see the horizon and the colour from the setting sun. The camera would not be able to see what I could see. I did have my GND filters with me and did ponder if I should give them a go. I imagined what the GND would give me versus a HDR. The HDR (High Dynamic Range) looked better in my mind so I went for that.
I reduced the effect of the daily haze by increasing the contrast, after the tone mapping.
The light show can be experienced each night, under the relative comfort of the evening air. If you arrive a little early, you can set up your tripod (you have to pay extra to bring in your tripod), to capture the setting sun behind the pyramids.
I was lucky this night, the moon was right next to the middle pyramid, the sky was clear and the colour graduation was perfect.
My first properly exposed shot did not capture the graduation as my 20+ stop capable mind saw it (colour is a function of the brain). I switched to bracketing and shot away.
I did break the rule of thirds, kind of, with this shot. The pyramids are in the bottom third of the frame but the main pyramid is composed in the middle. I did that for a number of reasons