Egypt is one of the fifty-four countries on the African continent. One of the most famous cities around the world is Cairo, which has served as an inspiration to one thousand and one dreams. I will not bore you with information about this great continent, country, or city. I advise placing Africa, Egypt, and Cairo on your bucket list of places to visit. This article will discuss my experiences in this beautiful place and the dos and don’ts I discovered.
I started photography as just another thing to do when I was bored. However, it turned out into a rush to acquire the lasted gear thinking it would help me get the perfect photos and make me a better photographer. Neither statement is true as people say the “best camera is the one you have,” as my friend Raphael Sierra always tells me, the “best picture of you was taken with my old tablet.” The only way to become a better photographer is to learn the craft and practice. There is no shortcut, just old dedication, learning, training, and work.
The images in this article were taken with the Nikon FE2 and the Nikon 20mm f2.8. The site of the pyramids in Giza is colossal; indeed, a remarkable sight. I felt that the 20mm was not wide enough. However, I quickly reverted to the statement mentioned above “the best camera is the one you have,” The film used was Cinestill 50, a fantastic color film that, when used in full sun, has stunning colors and contrast; furthermore, finer grain and produce a better result when shooting landscape. I shot this film at its native ISO 50. The entire roll was shot under sunny conditions in Egypt’s sunny desert
As stated in a previous post, my favorite brand of film is Lomography, and my favorite film is Berlin Kino 400. The Republic of Latvia enjoys long, cold, dark, and grey winters, which makes it suitable for analog and digital black-and-white photography. However, when I visited Master Foto, a camera shop in Riga, and told my friends about my upcoming travels to Egypt, they recommended Cinestill 50. I favored black and white film, nothing against color, just like black and white film. At first, I was resitsent, however he insisted it would serve me well in such a location.
As always, my friends in Master Foto were right. Upon landing in Egypt, my senses were overwhelmed with the saturation of color. The city is a combination of colors, people, animals, and buildings, old and new, all mixed into one. If it sounds confusing, wait until you witness it for yourself. Egypt is the 12th largest country in Africa, with 1,001,449 square kilometers or 386,662 square miles. Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and the Arab world, with a population of 21.3 million people. Please believe me, I am not sure how they found out I was visiting, but the following day when visiting the city, it felt that all 21.3 million came out to greet me.
I almost forgot the dos and don’ts. Dos: enjoy the trip, not just take photos; use all your senses. Cairo is impressive. Meet and greet the locals; they are warm and welcoming. Get a guide; it will serve you well. Don’ts: do not wander around the pyramids is not dangerous; however, the vendors will bother you with offers and products. Be polite but firm, say No. Do not drink tap water. Not even washing your mouth, as this may upset your stomach, which is not the best way to spend your vacation. Best of luck.
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