Hajjerayn (the Yemeni village depicted here) reputedly produces the world's best and most expensive honey. It tastes best without any added dust and sand, which is difficult to achieve in Hajjerayn where everything is made of dust and sand. I bought a jar of the stuff, I still have some sample in my kitchen, it is delicious, and has no sand in it. This was taken from outside the village mid-morning from dry, very dry fields, each footstep sprays dust up to the waist, no exaggeration. The prominent building is a new Saudi financed mosque.
This post is dedicated to fellow TE member and critiquer extraordinaire, Ohhoneyhoney, may she critique this post one day with Hoovers and Kenmores. Thanks to a recent thread in the general forum, I discrovered her talent, it was the most entertaining thing I've read since Britney Spears shaved her head.
There will be large version of this panorama online one day, if anyone cares, when I establish a Pbase site. But for now, I cannot post any more large panoramas.
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siolaw (38292) 2007-03-30 22:42
A fine POV and framing, whithout any dust in view! ;D (maybe you had to wait till it settles down to shoot this picture! Good natural looking colors, fine sharpness too. I like the panorama format, and obviously the superb Yemeni architecture... An interesting note too...
Why do you say you cant post panos any more... is there a limit?
ls7902 (7328) 2007-03-30 23:09
Nice panorama of this oasis with concentration of old & some new buildings which complement the barren & rocky background. Nice POV. I like the scattered greeneries and sandy hills in the foreground. Regards. Latiff.
fayeulle (27827) 2007-03-30 23:31
Happy to see you come back from this country with a great shot. I want know your secret to find always incredible POV. TE restrictions for LV are a pitty...
As usual, colors are just perfect.
honeto (647) 2007-03-30 23:34
Beautifully framed, focused and exposed shot.
The colors are lively and beautiful and so is the place. Good note.
Thanks for sharing,
jjcordier (79295) 2007-03-31 1:38
Great panorama of this splendid landscape. Perfect light and superb composition.
Le village perché dans la montagne ressemble un peu à une ruche....
Greg1949 (9011) 2007-03-31 1:46
Another great shot, this one almos lacks scale but it is literally inspiring, great job.
leo61 (0) 2007-03-31 2:08
Your POV for this shot is well choosen.
Good foreground with the many palmtrees and a nice view at this interesting situated city.Amazing sharpness and good contrast.
DarkoG (8) 2007-03-31 3:05
Excellent panorama. Cruel and beautiful scenery. One more proof that life is possible on every spot on earth no matter how harsh it was.
You show, as usual, photo with high technical quality but this is also photo with soul and technical quality is only the means to achieve outstanding result. Excellent compo and colors bring us the spirit of this place.
banyanman (7789) 2007-03-31 3:13
Another fabulous landscape shot, Tan, perfectly composed as usual and technically excellent. You have included all of the elements of a typical Yemeni landscape - the wadi, the unique architecture, the mountains and that lovely deep blue sky. I look forward to seeing a large panorama of this when you get around to establishing your PBase gallery. Cheers . . . David
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-03-31 4:05
Excellent work Tan. Sharp, colourful and very well composed and exposed. It is obvious to me that this would look fantastic as a large panoramic print.
MiguelP (14470) 2007-03-31 4:14
Hola Tan... I did not know about this land and the honey they do there. I like the arquitectonical landscape, looks like "Stars war" movies (but the were shot in Tunez)... I would like to go there myself. Take care.
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-03-31 5:23
Amazing sharpness in this beautiful landscape.
Contrasts, colors and tones are spot on, and I like too your use of pano format.
Very nice job,
ben4321 (9875) 2007-03-31 6:13
It looks like a mediaeval mini-Manhattan rising from the desert, amazing. Yet the town also blends into the landscape and with the exception of the few more modern buildings, doesn't look at all out of place.
The panoramic crop works well here, and I also like how the line of the road on the left leads the eye into the frame.
Good work Tan.
Gerrit (51926) 2007-03-31 6:36
good panoramashot is great colours. Marvellous place. Interesting note,
jonathan_hart (21276) 2007-03-31 8:07
beautiful place, well captured, the light is very good and colors are excellent, well done, in large version it will surely be amazing to watch
sleon (9402) 2007-03-31 10:52
You have given this shot quite a dramatic feel with its strong contrasts and the POV which has this nice path snaking its way to the city which rises impressively from the dusty landscape. A stunning shot full of interest and pleasing to the eye.
carper (96) 2007-03-31 13:00
a very nice shot Tan,
the composition is nice the houses in the sand, good perspective and details, nice pov, good photo job here.
IgorDeleze (585) 2007-03-31 13:31
Your right it's looking like a hive!
Very nice and clear panoramic view.
Like your habit you have find an excellent point of view.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-03-31 14:00
Not sure I'd like to be a bee here looks so hot and dry, but it's not my point anyway, like the well contrasted scene and the panoramic format that fits well to this definitely exotic scenery
Have a nice WE JY
Xalkida (11744) 2007-03-31 16:18
Very nice panoramic view. So clear and crisp. Excellent colors, very fine manipulation of lighting. Excellent job.
Tue (32578) 2007-03-31 18:46
Great view of the town. I like the repetition of the many buildings. I also like the contrast in shapes of the houses and the mountains in the background. The trees are a welcome variation for the grey and brown colours. Well captured!
vagabondtravels (6511) 2007-03-31 21:22
Great panorama. Very sharp with good detail. Beautiful colors and contrasts. Well done.
singuanti (15250) 2007-03-31 21:53
Hi Tan. Yes I agree with you that honey is much better without dust and sand in it. I wonder why their honey is so much better than everyone elses. That's too bad about not being able to do a high-res here. Maybe you can delete some old ones no one looks at anymore. The composition, saturation, and colors are tops. Another good one Tan!
ChrisJ (109616) 2007-03-31 22:44
The wide angled panoramic format works well here. Good sharpness, colour, & lighting. What is the ruined, crumbling, structure in the fg, at right?
bazal (7900) 2007-04-01 2:10
This one is another picture that makes me willing to discover this country. It's not only for the honey but also for fantastic sceneries as the one you show here. The combination of the blue sky, green palm trees and bushes and the textures of he dusty rocks is splendid.
Thanks for sharing this other great TE document.
bostankorkulugu (42326) 2007-04-01 2:59
yemen zaten çok görmek istediğim bir yerdi... sizin fotoğraflarınızı gördükçe acilen gidilmesi gereken yerler statüsüne yükseldi... kasabanın tüm güxelliğini gözler önüne seren harika bir panorama...
vincz (19113) 2007-04-01 3:50
Beautiful composition with interesting humorous note! This place seems so remote in the middle of the desert, almost melted with the rocks all around. A feeling of a very far destination. very well done.
gilou530 (34) 2007-04-01 10:05
un paysage envoutant de ce pays, qui rappelle sodome et gomore, une photo qui en version large aurai donné toute la dimension de ce paysage, bravo
batalay (37861) 2007-04-01 10:46
Merhaba Tan Bey,
Sizin galerinizi kesif edebilmek, beni mutlu etti, ve Amerikada yasiyan bir Türk olarak gurur verdi. Fotoraflariniz arasinda sahane tablolar var, yavas yavas onlari gezip yorumlamak etmegi istiyorum. Yemenin bu sahane resmi dogrusu o ülkenin en güzel resimlerinden bire, ve panoramik olarak bilhassa sahane. Ben de 1997 de orada bulunmustum, fakat ay'a benzer bir topragi, bitkinsiz bir hali vardi. Sizin ki bir "oasis" olarak gösteriyor.
Cormac (26563) 2007-04-01 12:06
Wow, thanks for the tip about Ohhoneyhoney - I just checked it out and that's some pretty wild stuff! The info about Yemen and the honey is great too, and it's for little stories like that that I keep coming back to TE - that and great shots like this. The long horizontal frame works well with this, showing the sweep of the town in it's setting with the dusty valley and rocky hills. Towns like this seem almost organic, like they are part of the natural landscape and not artificial. Great note and photo!
john_c (24666) 2007-04-01 12:11
An amazing place...This panorama shot really works and gives so much pleasant detail of the surrounding desert and vegetation. I like the way the little roadway snakes up on the left, and also the old ruined square shaped building on the hillock to the right. The sky provides perfect contrast. Thanks for the fascinating note. An obscure, veiled world...I can taste the honey, but can imagine also the dust.
delkoo (68) 2007-04-01 12:25
this a very nice landscape, clear and sharp,i wondered with which kind of flowers, bees make honey in the desert??
flory (4848) 2007-04-02 0:59
nice panoramic view with typical elements from Yemen,those buildings looks lost between so much sand,good colors/contrast..the nature makes incredible things,like with honey there..:)..nice your note,too,ya,she is really talented.
John_F_Kennedy (43625) 2007-04-02 2:41
Beautiful to see one of the mountain village with the typical yemenitic architecture. Very nice capture. Well done
cimcim (3712) 2007-04-02 7:55
Great panorama. Very sharp! Details of buildings and trees can be seen well.
Sky's blue colour is also very beautiful.
Yemen'dende bir kare görmüş olduk sayenizde.
marioana (2256) 2007-04-02 10:58
Great panorama. What a really facinating place. Great colour and loads of interest. Well done.
ahmetgedikli (25593) 2007-04-02 20:42
Gökyüzünün süper mavisisi altında Yemenin geleneksel mimarisi ile döşeli kurak topraklar... Bu fotoğrafta hüzün var gibi, yoksa aklım hala Türküsünde mi? Selamlar,
zeca (19762) 2007-04-02 23:18
Beautiful composition! Nice to see the city raising from the top and some green in the foreground. The crop fits very well to the scenery..
toto (0) 2007-04-03 15:13
Belle photo, ce village a l' arrière de cette oasis est superbe et bien net,les couleurs sont extras et ce ciel bleu est magnifique. Amicalement Thomas
Didi (60362) 2007-04-03 17:03
Very nice architectures xho confusing with the landscape.
original picture for us and very interesting.
I did not had any idea about honey but I know that the yemeni coffee is better then the brazilian.
pboehringer (770) 2007-04-03 18:00
Tan, this post really deserves a LP. Why not deleting one of the olders one so that you get storage capacity again? I don't care about deleting old ones.
It seems that you got the right moment to get the shot ... at least I don't see any dust in the air and no signs of dust on your lenses either.
For the honey - I guess I will have to drive up to San Francisco to have some breakfast with yoy to taste this sweet desert marvel of honey.
Stepan (27210) 2007-04-04 14:34
This city is simply incredible... Looks like a clay model, looks like a clay oriental Manhattan... Amazing.
Thanks for that discovery.
anesugur (18789) 2007-04-04 16:02
Yemen'in ilginç mimarisini çok iyi yansıtan çok güzel bir panaromik manzara.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2007-04-05 5:58
Really beautiful composition
Excellent perspective and depth given by the dusty path.
Very nicely done
Angshu (56748) 2007-04-07 3:36
Amazing place really...nestling against the hillock, this looks like a Manhattan in a small scale...yes the mosque stands out. Excellent in pano format & the technicals as always are superb. I'll wait for the large post
bakes888 (18499) 2007-04-07 3:38
Hi Tan. Theres so little greenery around this village Im wondering where the bees get there nectar. Great photo. You have captured excellent colour and fine detail. Strong composition also. Thanks for sharing.
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-04-07 4:24
Renkler netlik ve bakış açınızla harika bir panaroma...Elinize sağlık/Tebrikler
atilgone (0) 2007-04-11 3:44
Merhaba Tan Bey,
çok güzel panoramik bir footğraf. netlik ve renkler harika görünüyor. Elinize sağlık.
TravelerNL (3011) 2007-04-11 5:16
A very interesting view on this city, situated a bit above your POV. If it wasn't for the colored houses this city would be difficult to spot from a distance as the colors are almost the same as the landscape.
Good compo with the palm trees in the foreground and the city a bit higher. Good colors too.
livinitout (942) 2007-04-12 5:47
Good shot. I think the panorama works here well.
stego (24132) 2007-04-13 22:59
An awesome view of an amazing place that makes me dream of a Shngli-la on the desert. That undulating imaginary line that starts near the lower left and goes all the way to the middle right traversing the village makes it very dynamic and eye catching. The lonely ruined tower on the left third nicely and the rocky hill above the houses are another point of interest graphically.
happypoppeye (4819) 2007-04-15 0:39
Great shot...love the bold colors. The composition is excellent and green of the palm trees really looks good with the dark blue polarized sky.
jmcl (14535) 2007-04-18 0:23
Wonderful image .. (and great dedication) .. What I love about this is how you have composed the stunning size of this place and yet maintained an even greater capture of the vastness of the landscape it sits in.
pady (4800) 2007-05-05 11:44
Whar a beautiful city in the desert. It's a real enjoying panorama.
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): * more favorite photos (I) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-30 22:29