All pictures were taken with a Nikon F-70 camera with a Sigma 28-200 zoom lens. When necessary (and allowed), a Nikon SB-26 flash was used for fill flashing.
The film used is Kodak PJ-100 Professional film (pre-matured), and the pictures were developed on Kodak Royal Gold paper.
The pictures were scanned with a Hewlett-Packard HP 4c scanner, 75 dpi resolution, saved in JPEG format with a 50-times compression. This was done in order to minimize loading speed when receiving the Son of Ra pages. Consequently, trying to print the pictures will probably not be very successful, as the pictures will appear very "ragged" due to the rough resolution. Don't blame it on the scanner - IMHO it's excellent! But of course, when you tell the DtP software to save pictures using a low resolution, low resolution is what you get. The photos were handled with Paint Shop Pro 5.0 - retouch, color balance etc. was handled here. And if you think some of the photos look somewhat unreal colorwize: that is intended.
When looking at Son of Ra, some might find the pictures too high for their browser - they have to scroll the screen in order to see all of a picture. Instead, try to switch from full screen and have the viewer cover only one half of the screen - eg. the left part. Then look again. The pictures were sized in order to give the best impression for 800x600 and higher screen resolutions - hence the otherwize seemingly large pictures.
Due to the rather short time available at the sites, since the trip was onle a 1 1/2 weeks long, most of the pictures were either taken early at morning or just before sundown, or even through a bus window. Consequently many of the pictures have had the color balance corrected. Unfortunately the long and sharp shadows are not correctable. Specific exceptions to the color correction are some of the photos of the Sphinx, which looks rather stunning with the rays of the setting sun in the background. Advice to future travellers to Egypt: make sure from the start that the travel company has allotted the necessary time for photos at the sites - looking at the photos afterwards is half the trip.
I would like to thank all you good people who send me feedback to let me know that I have not made this home page in vain. Your comments are very much appreciated, even if I am not able to answer each and every one personally to tell you so.
This page was first made public on the World Wide Web on December 1998, after a great 1 1/2 weeks' trip up and down Egypt. If you can stand being approached for tips and cheap merchandize all the time, the cultural values there are definitely worth experiencing!
Due to the now rather amazing amount of requests for the usage of some of the pictures, I have to say no to everybody, so please don't ask. Everybody is welcome to have a link to Son of Ra, but using pictures, text and layout as if it was produced elsewhere and by other home page designers is not permitted, and will in all cases be prosecuted.
But enough of the somber tone - feel free to look around, and please come back again - you may find changes or additions at later visits!