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Chac Mol looking at the Kukulcan Temple

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The Kukulcan Temple or "The Castle", from the Temple of the Warriors in the misty predawn.
Chac Mol, god of rain and thunder was offered human sacrifices -from worthy captured enemy warriors- for fertility and good crops in drought times.
In the foreground at left, the base of a magnificent tower, representing Kukulcan, the plumed serpent man-god known by the Toltecs as Quetzalcoatl
· Date: Wed 12-May-2004 · Views: 13050 · Filesize: 106.3kb · Dimensions: 800 x 519 ·
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Keywords: Chichen Itza Mayan Pyramids Yucatan Mexico
Camera: F5 on Gitzo G1227 with Markins M10
Lens & Filters: 17-35mm f/2.8D AF-S Nikkor + Hoya Super HMC Skylight 1B
ISO: Velvia 50 Professional at 50
Aperture: f/16
Shutter speed: 3 seconds
Location: Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
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Wed 12-May-2004 05:51 Rating: 9 

IMHO, this is the best picture so far with a composition angle I haven't seen before.
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Thu 13-May-2004 03:14

The angle is thanks to Ron Wright who saw it first and kindly let me take his place.
The perspective is thanks to the 17-35mm f/2.8D ED AF-S, not a common lens when most images in books were made.
The other important feature of these images is that thanks to the State Ministry of Culture and the National Institute of Anthropology and History, we were granted special (and very rare) permits to come into Chichen Itza at off hours, before sunrise and at sunset.
J_Krol
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Thu 20-May-2004 03:32

This one is great!
I was there about a year ago and I already thought you guys had to have some special permits, or sun was setting very early!
Wish I could have taken this shot, because I found it hard to find refreshing angles and different photo's
Jeroen
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Sat 22-May-2004 07:08 Rating: 9 

Great shot - wish I could have been there.
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Sun 23-May-2004 03:18

Thank you Marsel. We really missed you, knowing you could have taught us a thing or two.
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Sun 13-June-2004 09:47

Jeroen:
You can always join us next year: April 2005
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Wed 16-June-2004 10:31 Rating: 9 

Just goes to show those with lofty ambitions and the physical ability to get there Sad can capture great shots.
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Fri 02-March-2007 10:35

This is a magnificent shot and I, too, love the angle, actually angles, in it. You did justice
to the mystery and intrigue of this site.
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Thu 04-February-2010 06:48

an awesome shot - wow!
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Wed 18-April-2018 12:31

Thank you Chris. So glad you came with us.
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Wed 18-April-2018 12:36

Thank you, Roger.
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Wed 18-April-2018 12:37

Hanz, most kind of you. Thank you.
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Wed 18-April-2018 06:04

Great capture Jrp, love the fog and the feeling it gives. Well shot! Way better then me, trying to capture it together with 2328 tourists Wink
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Wed 18-April-2018 03:13

We had special permits to enter the area before opening time and stay beyond closing time.
Otherwise the crowds always get in the way and the light is harsh.
It helped that the Governor of that sate was my son's classmate ;-)