Number 1: I took this picture last weekend in Mutrah. I woke up 4am and drove from Seeb to Mutrah to catch the sunrise over there and I am happy that I finally did. I was planning this since long time but 4am is a very inconvenient time 😉
workflow: RAW: clarity, temperature; then photoshop: contrasts, color balance and saturation (using ND8 filter during shooting)
Number 2: This picture was taken at the beach between Hasik and Shuwaymiah (I hope this is spelled correctly). I discovered this beach by chance when my co-pilot gave me wrong directions on the way from Duqm to Salmiah. I loved this place so much that one week later I went on my own. Since it was Khareef season and all accommodation were booked I even slept in the car just to get the early morning light at this spot.
workflow: panorama stitched from 6 vertical RAW images, then photoshop: contrasts and sharpen (no adjustment on color or saturation)
Number 3: This picture was taken on the same trip. I went further that day to Wadi Darbath. Coming there I was shocked about the crowd I found there. So I decided to walk a bit into the Wadi. Away from the people I reached this place after 2 hrs walking, crossing waters, climbing slippery rocks…I choose this picture since it is one of the most ‘unreal’ spots I would have expected to find in Oman. For me this looks as if I was travelling to New Zealand for the weekend. I should mention that it took me more than 2 weeks to recover from swollen legs and arms because of Mosquito bites. But is was definitely worth it!
workflow: panorama stitched from 4 vertical RAW files, then photoshop: sharpen and contrasts
Number 4: This picture was taken in Wadi Al Hoquain. This one is my personal favorite. Again I went on my own trying to find a way into Jebel Shams. I realized quickly that my small Mazda won’t be able to help me out over there. So with a whole day almost gone I decided to catch the last light of the day in Al Hoquain (someone told me about the place and it was easy to find by road signs) Unfortunately I lost my lens hod when taking this picture. The camera fas not properly fixed…shifted down and hit against the tripod. The lens hod came off and fell into the water. Unfortunately it was flowing that fast that after 3 minutes running after it I had to give up. It took me 1.5 months to get a new one since there are no stores in Muscat selling them 🙁
workflow: RAW: clarity; then photoshop: contrasts (I might have used a ND8 filter when shooting but I am not sure any more)
Number 5: This last one I took just a few weeks back on my next attempt to enter Jebel Shams with my small Mazda 🙂 And finally I was successful!!! There is no story to tell about this other than I was so happy to have found this amazing place. The day was simply perfect with this fantastic clouds throwing shadows over the mountains. If I would have had more than a t-shirt I would have spend much more time. But it was sooo cold compared to Muscat, brrrrrr 🙂
workflow: RAW: clarity; then photoshop: contrasts
So,…Mr. Salim, I believe I took now lots of your time. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity and considering my work. I wish you a wonderful day and hope to hear from you some time.