A rework of an old negative from my days at Khasab:
Nikon F4 T-max400 @ iso320.
Unfortunately a number of these negatives got irrecoverably damaged when Cyclone Gonu hit Oman in 2007.
I was working on Jebel Shams at the time, needed stuff from Muscat and had a rather traumatic encounter with a deluge of water hitting the road we were on. Eventually got back to my house, only to find rather a lot of water in the rooms; one of my files got wet with rain coming through the window edges – it was all my Khasab negatives. Managed to save a number by rewashing in Kodak Photoflo solution, but some had gone beyond even the wonders of scanning and fixing in Adobe Photoshop. I was a lot more fortunate than many people, I’m only complaining about negatives while others lost their lives, houses, belongings and some businesses never recovered.
Hay-ho such are the tribulations of life.
Not much information about these tombs, rather a lot of them with no real indication of which village they came from, even their age was in doubt; I got a lot of conflicting answers for that question.
Nikon D200 with Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AF-D lens.
Goats seem to appear from nowhere, even in the remotest of regions; always looking for what they can steal in the way of food.
Nikon F4 with Tokina 35-70 f2.8 AIS AT-X manual focus lens.
I have another version of this in B&W done with the Nikon D200.
In the hills above Muttrah.
I am told this beck has good Trout fly fishing, something that needs investigation. 🙂
Another, with the hope of not being repetitive 😉
Another fog image from my last walk.
I must admit that I have been inspired by the work of John Todaro who does a far better presentation of fog than I can.
Please take the time and look at his work. https://johntodaro.wordpress.com/
One day it’s sun, the next it’s fog – when will there be some real sunshine?
Its been foggy all day, although not as cold. I complained the other day that an early morning walk missed the fog, a late afternoon one was not to be missed.
The problem with checking files after all my stuff was delivered from Oman is finding images that I had forgotten about.
I had a habit of using my Digital camera for colour, then moving the lens to a film camera for B&W. As long as I did not disturb the tripod, I was able to get exactly the same image on film. A laborious task you may think, but if someone saw me change cameras (especially when it was the D800 to Nikon F2SB) it always ended in a conversation about how old the camera was. Gosh you still use film, I remember my Father or my Mother had a film camera. You must visit my village and take coffee & dates, I will show you some good places for photographs. That statement was gold dust ! I have lost count of the times I had been shown a place I didn’t know existed.
The one thing I take away from Oman is the hospitality given to visitors/strangers: I miss the welcoming face combined with “can I help you?” or “please come and have coffee” we don’t have that here.
Wind blown plastic litter gets everywhere unfortunately; now that Duqm is expanding its port and developing tourism, there will be more.
Another from my files – this one made a couple of years ago while camping near Duqm. Unfortunately I seem to remember being plagued with flies, never a good thing when they try stealing ones Guinness.
This person got the number of locks right.
This one thought it was the right number but the elements have the last laugh.
I think we have an epidemic see earlier post. 🙂
The owner would seem to have been a little paranoid 😉
It’s approximately 1000 km from Muscat to Salalah and this must be about halfway.
At least 2/3 of the journey is across desert and in the summer the temperatures can be upwards of 50 °C (122 °F) which takes its toll on both car & driver. Travel is best done at night in the summer months, but this has the added danger of Camels walking in the road. Sometimes there is very little if any cell phone signal, so don’t breakdown otherwise it’s a long walk. Although phone coverage is a recent worry for some people; it’s not very long ago that there was no communications at all outside the few towns that were en route. People forget that up until the late 1970’s there was no tarmac roads outside Muscat, so phone coverage was the least of travellers worries.
The much maligned Nikkor 43-86 AIs zoom on a Nikon Df.
Another image sitting in my files, that I was playing with before leaving Oman.
These stalls are on the side of the coastal road out of Salalah and have traded in one form or another for many years. It may look a little rough & ready, but no one seems to mind as their fruit is always fresh and inexpensive. For anyone who may not recognise the bamboo like poles, it’s Sugarcane: cut and sold as a sweet chewing stick.
Just for interest: this is around 200 million years old.
A panorama taken one misty day from Jebel Shams en route Jebel Misht.
Portents of a cold winter.
One of these has a crow as sentinel.