Ubar ?

I have another post somewhere about this place they claim is The lost City of Ubar: known by various other names (Wubar, Wabar, Iram of the Pillars and Atlantis of the Sands mentioned by Lawrence of Arabia) but the more I visit, the more I think it lives by reputation & reality is something quite different. It certainly held some significance for the Frankincense…

Dhofar Trilith site No2.

Here is a group of three Trilith, with the ‘tripod’ construction clearly seen.

Bronze Age Trilith – Dhofar.

Bronze Age Trilith – Dhofar. This unusual row of stones is one of Oman’s more enigmatic archaeological finds: found in eastern Yemen & South West Oman,  C.400 B.C.E – 300 C.E. The stones are usually found in groups of 3 to 15 (although longer rows have been seen) about 2 or 3 foot high and standing on end, forming a tripod structure with sometimes…

Exploring Dhofar.

Away for a week of exploration: Dhofar & the surrounding area. It’s a road trip from Muscat of about 1000.kts, so an early start tomorrow with an overnight camp at Ubar  archaeological site, then onward for Salalah. (for more information click either name for Wiki links) Hopefully lots of photography  🙂  

My Nikon 35Ti camera.

Nikon 35Ti Quartz Date compact camera, introduced in 1993. giving the ultimate in analogue technology (almost) more of this later The titanium metal casing covers the motors and camera’s microelectronics, the top incorporates a unique, analogue display system. It shows all the important camera settings and the scales give a quick and easy guide during use. The Command Input Control dial, full 3D matrix…

Ruins – Birkat Al Mouz.

Enough of the sarcasm about the new WordPress reader: back to what passes as normal on this blog. Ruins hidden behind some of the modern houses in the main thoroughfare of Birkat Al Mouz. Ruins that most people miss when they visit this town: there was not two as I have seen mentioned, but three occupied areas until modernity arrived. In his book “Across…

Implementing new compositional ideas.

Great isn’t it, one gets a real sense of what the image is about 😉 I have spent all morning cutting cardboard oblongs for my lenses; painted mat-black, they look quite good. Old scraps of mount board cut and painted, then using old step up/down rings work really well. WordPress is not the only one that can distort my images.  

The Jebel this morning.

A quick stop on my way to Birkat Al-Mawz (Birkat Al Mouz) this morning. I’m afraid there are going to be more posts about ruined villages in the next few days: I spent this morning going around the three abandoned areas of Birkat Al Mouz.   These abandoned villages were important stopping places on the camel route between Muscat and Al Buraimi. A camel…

Concierto by the Jim Hall sextet.

A great jazz version of the well-known  Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo: taken from the album Concierto by the Jim Hall sextet. With a glass of Chateau Musar:  A red wine from grapes grow in the Beqaa Valley Lebanon. Please click the link for the wine & get an interesting insight into a family run vineyard that has gone through great travails keeping this…

Testing a Nikon Df at night – Muttrah.

I have been testing a Nikon Df with its D4 sensor: these images were taken with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8AF G lens set @ f5.6. All hand held at Iso 3200 apart from the water feature which was 10000 Iso (that is the correct number of zeros !) other than a little noise reduction & a small amount of sharpening, nothing else was done….

Geological wonders in Oman: YouTube video.

Geological wonders in Oman made by the Geological Society of Oman in 2012.

Retouching prints.

Retouching prints. As you can see, I have a bad habit of taking over the dinning room table when retouching photographs: side light from the windows is good (my excuse anyway) which is a must. As most of my work is on matte fibre papers (even my inkjet prints are matte papers mostly) I can use a number of different spotting mediums. Spotone dyes…

New lens – Nikkor 25-50mm f4 zoom.

Nikkor Ai 25-50mm f4. A new addition to my manual focus Nikkor collection: The Nikkor Ai 25-50 f4 zoom lens. Click image below for Nikon site. One of Nikon’s early professional zoom lenses, which should complement my ‘F’ camera quite nicely. This lens was manufactured in 1981 and by the end of that year was changed by Nikon to an Ai-s version. For some…

WHY THE CROW LOOKED UP AT THE TREE.

A bit of unabashed advertising: I must take this opportunity and introduce my wife’s E.Book. If you have children who like reading or being read to and enjoy animal adventures, then I am sure they would enjoy this book.  If interested then click on the book cover for an Amazon link. Three young animals meet after a very bad storm, in an ancient oak…

My Canon Pro9000 printer – update.

I am a very happy bunny…………………………   🙂 Just back from UK with a new print head and my printer is back up & running. It would seem that Canon were aware of problems with the original Pro9000 mk1 head; Pt No:- QY6-0055-000 and replaced it with a QY6-0076-000 which fits both the 9000 Mk1 & Mk2. Amazon had Canon 0076 heads at about 98…

Dead printer.

I have been using a Canon Pixma Pro9000 mk1 printer for a few years now: it has died…. Dead, given up the ghost – not a happy bunny !!!! This printer has given sterling service & contrary to popular opinion, could produce some very nice B&W prints; provided a careful choice of paper was made and it was correctly profiled. It would seem from…

Update of article on Nikkor 43 to 86 Zoom.

See update in my previous Nikkor Zoom 43 to 86 post. I have been doing a bit of research about the history of this lens and in an article (Linked) Nikon do acknowledge the limitations of this lens. One of the really good things this lens has, is a very usable ‘Depth of Field‘ scale not seen on a lot of lenses today:  In…

Nikkor 43-86 AIs zoom.

Soft at the edges even at f8. 43-86 AIs Nikkor – 43mm @ f5.6. Hummm…. Distortion is as bad as people say ! but for general use it’s probably ok – just no architectural images: I don’t want to hear  it can be corrected in Lightroom !!! this is a film camera lens. Distortion like this is almost impossible to correct in the darkroom….

Tombs at Manal.

Archæological site: opposite the Village of Manal. There was some interest in this site around 2003 if I remember correctly; when a dig was carried out and most of the tombs were enclosed by a chain-link fence, but behind this on a tributary of the main wadi are more tombs. I am not sure of the age: but what information I could find, listed…

Converting an AF Nikkor lens for Nikon F/F2 metering.

How to get an AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens to engage with the metering system of a 1973 Nikon Ftn camera? Easy ! If you can find the ‘Rabbits Ears’ as a spare part; a little difficult these days but not impossible, find a friendly camera repair shop. Look at the F stop ring of most Nikon AF lenses (Pre ‘G’ type) there are…