Jebel Misht.

Jebel Misht.View of the great ‘exotic’ Jebel Misht: “Comb Mountain” because of its jagged ridges.

Another route that I travel for work and during this time of year; camping trips so that I can get away from the heat.
Unfortunately with images made during the summer months, it is very easy to see the different layers of pollution, sand & dust that
get trapped due to the heat.

Old chemicals & film – not always a good mix !

From Jebel Shams.Made at about 9600ft early one morning on my Yashica 124G: using old Kodak Ektachrome sw 100 6×6 film.

Found in the back of my freezer…. age, no idea because the outer box was missing – but old ! which is why it got overlooked (well that’s my excuse anyway) I will not mention the box of old developer used.

There is some unevenness seen in the sky (like bromide drag) probably more chemical related than film. But hay-ho, it is always fun not being really sure what will come out of the tank. At least it wasn’t a completely clear strip of emulsion with a glutinous mess in the bottom of the tank; old story, as I was trying development of B&w transparencies and got the acid quantity wrong    ❗

Problems opening theme page.

Problems opening theme page – actually anyone’s WordPress page: very strange as the theme construction is just not there.

Ho well, with luck the ‘Happiness Engineers’ will sort out what is going on: two computers, one win8 the other win7 also a Samsung tab on Wi-Fi, using Firefox or Windows Explorer, all show the same problem.

With luck this post will look ok as preview puts it all down one side of the page, my theme is just not there.

In the meantime here are a few from my favourite mountain:

Rising mist - Jebel Shams

Rising mist - Jebel Shams No3

Rising mist - Jebel Shams No2Nikon F4 using T-Max 400 @ 320.

Another reprint from my archive.

Fog-after-storm-Shams-No2-tonedNikon F4: T-max 400 at 320.  Kodak D76 1+1.

You could be forgiven for thinking this was the Yorkshire moors near where I live when in UK; but it was made on a very wet day at Jebel Shams.

I remember, because there had been a rock fall and a late friend of mine suggested we go and see if it was possible for us to depart the mountain. No such luck.

I was now faced with a trip on a helicopter and that is one form of transport I do not like …! well I also include the C130 (if I wanted to fly those I’d have joined the paratroops) but at least I will get on one if needs must .

But a helicopter at 10,000 ft is pushing the limits………

The Hajar Mountains: جبال الحجر

Al-Hajar Mountain rangeFor those interested – this is an indication of the different topography that can be seen when getting up high in the mountains. Made from about 7500ft – note the wadi winding through the valley.

From Wiki:

The Hajar Mountains in north-eastern Oman and also the eastern United Arab Emirates are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula. They separate the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau, and lie 50–100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast.

The mountains begin in the north, forming the Musandam peninsula. From there, the Northern Hajjar (Hajjar al Gharbi) runs southeast, parallel to the coast but moving gradually further away as it goes.