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So, what does the title mean here--is it a pyramid photo that's very old, or photo showing a very old pyramid? Thanks to Photoshop, we can have it both ways. (Or even--gasp--fake it. Not that I would ever...um...do such a thing.) After all, with subject matter that's been photographed as much as the pyramids, one has to do something besides a standard postcard shot.

OK, then, this is...uh... Howard Carter's first snapshot of the pyramids, from his arrival in Egypt in 1891. Of course, there were no digital cameras or Photoshop then so he had to use a very large abacus. A simple "Levels" adjustment with the abacus could take several hours, followed by several more hours to add sepia toning, which, as we know, was "de rigeur" for all photos in 1891. ;-)

But seriously...the cap on the pyramid is a white "Tura" limestone casing, cut to provide a smooth outer slope. Originally the pyramids were entirely covered in this, and apparently they were rather shiny in the sun. But the casing was taken over the centuries for use as building materials, particularly after the 13th century when an earthquake loosened more of it. Only the Pyramid of Khefren now has any remaining.

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