This is from Mukalla in former South Yemen, on the Arabian Sea. The heat was oppressive when I was there, most likely at least 45 degrees Celsius. This picture was taken in the afternoon when the shades were growing long and the temperature was getting more reasonable, that is around 40.
Mukalla is a very old city with a lot of narrow alleys and small mosques, but the view of the sea was partly destroyed in the 1980's with the construction of a stone wall to protect the city from storms.
This is a scan of a Kodachrome slide. My camera was a Canon F-1.
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saxo042 (37602) 2007-10-26 7:43
I´m glad to see that you finally got your scanner...
This photo is very good, strong colours and the stone wall in the foreground is placed at exactly one third from the left margin. Is it a goat on the wall?
molla (7129) 2007-10-26 10:27
In the very early 70's when I was a kid there was a TV-serie on Swedish television "röda Havets Hemlighet" I'v tryed to find on IMDB to find the english title without success, The only thing I rememberd was that it was in color and incredible exciting.
The goats in foreground give's a nice flavor to the city and the low light sets the fond in a nice way. Is it a castle on the ridge?
HA nu en skön fredag!
Anders at work
fanni (14381) 2008-07-30 13:29
just as your note says: incredible heat is seen even in the photo :) And the water doesn't look refreshing.
Colour-wise, I like the warm yellow-golden colour gamma. And the bright line of the houses seem to be a fine transition step between the ridge and the water.
Besides the goats I see a man dressed in a shite shirt. I wonder what he may be doing there.. looking for something on the rocks? By the way, I've just noticed: the white line of the houses in the background, the whitecap on the water surface and the man wearing a white shirt (in the foreground) make an interesting combination :)
SteveH (6247) 2008-08-14 19:27
Hi Gert, yes what a shame. I recall going to Mukalla with an image in my mind from a photo taken before the wall was built. Huge disappointment. My other recollection is that the one hotel in town was full and so I tried to sleep on the beach, but some policemen wouldn't let me and took me to the mosque to sleep, which was fine until 4.30am... I tried to get a bit more detail out of the shadows in a WS. See what you think. cheers, Steve
noborders (1010) 2008-10-11 14:12
Just saw this in your randoms : a simple and serene scene, Steve's WS works better as the FG is a bit too dark but the architecture with that cliff just on top is extraordinary...
Hope to be able to go there one day !
kschanna (6) 2009-10-29 4:12
The range captured in this picture is amazing. One can see from the foreground all the way down to the far end of the frame. The reflective light from the buildings sure gives away the heat.
Thanks for sharing
Miguel82 (26198) 2014-08-02 9:51
Yemen has indeed a very hot climate with high temperatures and few rain as it's visible with the dry mountains in the bg, coming on the seashore is a way to refresh as that guy with his goat, have a good we Gert