Mar 162012
Temple of Kukulkan aka El Castillo

As mentioned over at my personal blog,, we visited the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza again. The first thing that catches your eye when you enter the site is the Temple of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo dominates the space once you enter. Getting a good photograph is made difficult by the sheer number of tourists that visit each day. That they no longer allow visitors to climb to the top of the pyramid as they did till 2006 makes getting a good photo so much easier. I was able to wait till there were only three people in front of the pyramid and they were easy enough to remove using Photoshop’s context aware clone tool.

The clouds in the background were gorgeous. I used a +2, 0, and -2 exposure bracket to composite this image using Photomatix. In Photoshop I sharpened just the pyramid using a layer mask so that the clouds and surroundings would not make the image look unreal. I really like the resulting image.

Here are links to other Chichen Itza photos. Photos from the rest of our trip to Cancun can be found at the Aventura Spa Palace Resort and Tulum – Mayan Ruins links.