Muscat, Oman's capital consists of several small cities separated by mountain ranges. This is the old fishing port area, Mutrah, and the most interesting part of Muscat. Muscat is also the cleanest and most orderly city in Arabia, with equally swiss prices. The dilapidated state of the boat is misleading, Muscat does not feel like a third world city. This was taken late afternoon, with rare thunderstorms around, unfortulately the sun was veiled behind a cloud as I took this I waited until it set but it never came out directly. I added contrast and darkened the sky to make the colours stronger, and even applied unsharp mask several times but still can't get my digital images as sharp looking as scans without overpixellating it.
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jafadabret (56501) 2006-03-18 9:41
Bon travail sur la photo, Tan !
J'aime ce dépaysement donné par cette ville blanche et bleue au pied de la montagne. Le bateau n'est pas neuf et il n'est pas là pour le tourisme.
Une vue agréable à contempler !
lestans (17130) 2006-03-18 9:45
Well managed, if weather was so hard for a photo!! It results very bright and clear. And the view is of a strange place, I think that such a town would have surrounded by palms, but there are no palms only a rocky mountain. And I imagine that there must be big cruise ships, not such an old fishing boat...
Well done, I like your photo a lot!
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-03-18 9:54
what a beautiful habour.
All these white houses.
I'm sure about the voices and the vivid noise if we come near to the town. Nice perspective. Like it.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-03-18 10:07
Hi Tan - the contrast here between the city (especially the blue Mosque) is quite striking aginast the brown mountains & grey skies. I like the inclusion of the boat too.
Mistral (15402) 2006-03-18 10:51
Selamlar Tan bey!
beautiful image with contrapposition of barren mountains background to the white houses along the shore. Reflections in the water add stronger to the whole image.
It's a pleasure in viewing your images.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-03-18 11:26
Its an amazing mix of cultures, without the domes I would think it was Mikonos. Really nice bnackground with the mountains, and the old ricketty boat is a definete plus.
I am really enjoying this and I htink I may folow you rfootsteps and do a similar trip sometime
rhizomes (15343) 2006-03-18 11:47
Très belle photo de ce petit port étonnant avec ce minaret et ce toit bleu...
J'aime beaucoup !
Cormac (26563) 2006-03-18 11:52
This is the first shot I've ever seen from Muscat, which until now had been just a name on the map. This is a great view of the city, with the ocean and mountains providing a nice seeting for the white buildings. Too bad about the sun, but this is still a great shot. Excellent!
carper (96) 2006-03-18 14:02
very nice shot Tan,
Very nice photo, well composed, good details fine colours and a fantastic light, good job.
Gerrit (49060) 2006-03-18 14:05
You've been evrywhere. Intruiging picture. The bals mountains, the white houses, the beautiful Minaret, the mythical name of the town, the strange ship.
A lot to see.
Thanks and regards, gerrit
sleon (9402) 2006-03-18 14:17
Looks plenty sharp enough to me. I like the contrast between the Arabian architecture and the mountains behind, and the dilapidated boat adds an attractive focal point compositionally, even if it wasn't typical of Muscat.
Tue (27696) 2006-03-18 14:57
Wonderful picture! I like very much the white buildings contrast with the brown mountains in the background. The boat, despite the bad state it's in, is a good addition. Good work!
singuanti (15250) 2006-03-18 23:21
Hi Tan. That's interesting to read about how safe this place is. It sounds like another Victoria, BC. Sometimes I throw a fence around an area in need of more sharpening. Try 300% at 0.3 pixels as a starting point. Personally I use around 250% at 0.2 pixel but I process my images through DxO which fixes lens sharpness problems so my shots need much less sharpening before posting. Nice shot Tan.
jemaflor (86104) 2006-03-19 4:52
Excelent composition and sharpness to see all the details and a boat very well placed on your shot to complete this view.
Paolo (41222) 2006-03-19 5:15
Hi Tan, wonderful Muscat view. i have the Lonely Planet of Oman, but we never went there!
so, with your shot i will take a decision about Oman!
great light and colours and great POV too to see mountains, the bay and the white buildings.
alvaraalto (6177) 2006-03-19 9:38
Yes, this is an illustration of "Thousend and one night" or the "legand of the seven seas" Finely they found a save harbour in your picture.
anavazao (5592) 2006-03-20 4:00
the water have great effect! Nice colours, details, composition and note!
gilou530 (34) 2006-03-20 14:55
une photo d'un autre pays, quel grand voyageur!, sacré vieux raffiot au premier plan
elmec (12210) 2006-03-20 15:47
It's amazing shot!
Just like from the fairytale!
ChrisJ (100136) 2006-03-21 3:30
A superb harbor shot with marvellous color, reflections, & sharpness. Good pov & excellent graphism. Congratulations!
Didi (57494) 2006-03-26 3:46
Fascinante architecture moderne non dégradante qui contraste bien avec l'arrière-plan.
J'apprécie cette luminosité centrale qui agrémente parfaitement cette composition.
Très belles couleurs.
Attractive modern architecture not degrading which contrasts well with the background. I appreciate this central luminosity which decorates this composition perfectly.
Very nice colours.
nerve (10231) 2006-03-27 4:59
bu da çok harika sevgili Tan, nefis renkler ve kompozisyon,, gayet de net görünüyor bana, belki digital PP'ye pek alışamadın.. :)
bazal (7900) 2006-03-27 6:33
This shot reminds me a visit in Oman I've made a few years ago. The souk in Mutrah is also fantastic. Just a precision concerning the beautiful mountains you have in the background: In fact what you see here is a very particular type of rocks called an ophiolite. An ophiolite is a group of rocks that were a part of the oceanic floor and which have been brought-up upon the continents during orogenic episodes(i.e., during the creation of large mountain scales). Ophiolites are rather scarce on Earth surface because the oceanic floor is denser than the continental rocks, which means that oceanic rocks tend rather to sink below the continents in zones called subduction zones (see the border of the Pacific ocean). In few cases, these rocks are brought upon continents (in the Himalayas, In Turkey, In the Alps and in Corsica, and in Oman, for example). The Ophiolite of Oman (also known as the Great Samail Ophiolite) is surely the most beautiful one in the world thanks to its exposure conditions and to its quite perfect preservation.
Hope I'm not to boring !
greg64g (11193) 2006-04-17 15:21
that's along time i d like to comment this one, superb all layers here and great pov. the part of the world is fascinating.
banyanman (7789) 2006-04-19 9:55
I am just itching to visit Oman and Yemen after seeing your photographs from there, Tan. I love the contrast in this, and especially of the exquisite blue colours of the minaret and dome against the white buildings. Perfect composition as usual. I was interested in your comments about not being able to achieve the same level of sharpness as from your scans. Looking at the top of the mountain ridge, you have pushed the PP to the limit in this, but it still hasn't brought out quite the detail on the minaret and dome that I think you would have achieved using film - so I was also very interested to read Stephen's suggestion about throwing a fence around those parts of the image that you want to sharpen further. We keep learning! Cheers . . . David
daddo (24579) 2006-07-21 7:09
Hi Tan. This si something from Aladin and his magic carpet journey. The picture is rich with local colour and the feel of the exotic and intriguing. So inviting with the white houses and the bright blue tiles on the dome ad minaret.And what a setting1! I think darkening the sky was a good decision as it makes the buildings more dramatic. Great work. Regards, Klaudio
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-18 9:31
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