View of Sanaa's old city from the rooftop of Golden Daar hotel where I was staying. This is one of several hotel rooftops to see a panoramic view of the old city, a Unesco world heritage site and the most interesting city on the Arabian peninsula by far. There are no modern buildings within the old city, the hotel is one of these traditional towerhouses, and modest but atmospheric.....until the VERY early morning call to prayer from the minarets. This is not like other muslim countries where it only lasts a minute or two, in Yemen the loudspeakers blast FOR HOURS, no exaggeration, with several mosques per city block, all out of synch and competing with each other. Insomnia rules. The Romans called Yemen Arabia Felix for the richness of its resources like frankincense and myrrh which were much in demand at the time, today the minaret megaphone is the most sought after commodity. I took many photos like this from rooftops, in Sanaa the clouds were also cooperative.
WS photo shows a closeup from the actual hotel room.
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Tracker (1942) 2006-03-14 18:48
As always, well seen, composed and made shot. Good brown sandy tones and blue clody dramatic sky. Nice work from not often visited country. Thanks.
Seiei (426) 2006-03-14 18:51
Very nice view of this city ^^ the landscape is really imposing
AthaPan (0) 2006-03-14 18:52
You captured a very sharp DOF.
Slana (393) 2006-03-14 18:54
This is a very nice photo of quite an unusual place. I like the sky and the soft tones of the buildings. But I would have tried to get rid of that dark shadow in the left bottom corner using a clone tool. :) Thanks for sharing.
Aida (281) 2006-03-14 18:58
Good photo. The city is really beatifull. It creates a desire of visiting her. the muslim architecture is very interesting. Don't you have a closer plane?
vladimirum (69) 2006-03-14 19:01
It is definitely a great view that teaches something new about our planet. Very captive. This obvioulsy very old city in front of even older mountain range, both sharing the same palette of colours, let us believe that there are areas which are no longer disturbed by Time. In other words it's a powerful composition. The sky is a little bit of palette, but not noticably. What really disturbs an eye, it is a color skewness toward the right (for an observer): the picture becomes darker . The running down slope of the mointain with dark clouds above it adds to the feeling that the photo is "overweighted" to the right and needs some rotation. Otherwise, as I said, it's very powerful.
Ann75 (0) 2006-03-14 19:02
You're back in the posting business...good for you! Great shot with an amazming view. The buildings of the old city look like they almost blend in with the mountain in the background. Beautiful cloud cover which really stands out with the rest of the scenery. You must have been heading to bed early every night! ;)
Great composition, beautiful light and beautiful colours! Well done, Tan!
jammer79 (2722) 2006-03-14 19:15
another beauty! The small shadow in the left corner is little bit distracting for me, but... the power ow the whole scenery is much stronger.. :o)
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-03-14 20:30
i don't see so many pictuers from Yemen on TE so Thanks.
Beutifull light on Sanaa. I think it's a very interesting place and i will go one day.
kclai (2267) 2006-03-14 22:08
A well composed landscape shot.
The coverage of the old city settling along the majestic mountain provided a very good PoV. And the single color toning, blending aginst the sunny blue sky, gives a very good contrasting effect.
Great job, Tan.
Gerrit (50730) 2006-03-14 22:22
beautiful overview of a scenic city, remarkably unicoloured en well stituaded. Nice light and sharpness and a good sky.
Thanks and regards, gerrit
singuanti (15250) 2006-03-14 22:42
Hi Tan. Well this is turning out to be a popular post! That's funny how they blast the loudspeakers for hours. You would think that would get old but I guess you eventually get used to it. A nice capture of this beautiful and arid place. Good shot Tan!
PJE (20758) 2006-03-14 23:57
Tan what impresses me the most about this photo is that the color of these buildings is the same as the background mountian. And yet the concrete buildings are of the most elaborate designs..its incredible. Nice capture with the sunlight behind you. Its quite the place.. thanks for sharing.
vagabondtravels (6507) 2006-03-15 0:00
Very sharp. Great capture. A very scenic old city that I would like to visit.
Galeota (10338) 2006-03-15 0:42
Hello Tan. Very nice view of Sanaa with a favouring light and deep sky enhanced by the polarizer. Your note is interesting also and describes a certain atmosphere, that we can perceive through your few words. Good work overall.
lucinka (9976) 2006-03-15 3:57
Hello again, you probably never stop surprising me with all the destinations you've been to. Funny enough I was thinking about going to Yemen this year as well, however I decided for Iran after all. I'd love to hear all details about your trip!! And as always with your photos.. Great place with great light. Lucie
pastadog (13111) 2006-03-15 5:04
Hi Tan, I was waiting patiently for your Yemen shots; nice harmony between the well illuminated browns of mountain and city; great busy sky esp. the dark greys; thanks for sharing this exotic trip, and regards. Daniel
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-03-15 6:27
The view is wonderful as is the light,
I think that the photo lacks a bit of sharpness, you should maybe try Luko's sharpen formula. I do like the closeup view as well. SO how was it? I would liek to go. Do you recomend it?
Svillegas (1169) 2006-03-15 7:31
I have always desired to go to Yemen. Good composition and colour saturation.
ahmetgedikli (25508) 2006-03-15 10:16
Süper bir görünüm. Camilerin ve binaların mimarisi bizlere göre oldukça farklı fakat güzel. Bulutlar ve kayalık güneşışığıaltında ne hoş görünüyor. Selamlar, ellerine sağlık.
carper (96) 2006-03-15 10:40
very nice shot Tan,
You saw a lot of the world Tan, the shot is well taken and the composition is nice to look at, very good light too, well doen,
timleahy (2195) 2006-03-15 10:47
Nice shot Tan, good sharpness and depth. I like the way the colour of the sky contrasts with the browns of the hills and buildings.
jafadabret (56501) 2006-03-15 11:36
C'est un régal de voir cette photo avec cette ville comme un patchwork dans les mêmes tons et en harmonie avec la montagne. La lumière donne ce qu'il faut de relief.
fayeulle (27827) 2006-03-15 11:44
Very interresting view of this amazing town rarely photografied. I am very happy you got the same impact with your new Canon 20d. I just found here a very small tilt. Just to find defaults ;-)
Cormac (26563) 2006-03-15 12:54
Beautiful shot of this city, with the ancient buildings taking center stage. This is quite a difference with the post from yesterday, with the modern office buildings of Dubai. This is very interesting, and looks well worth a visit. I like the vivid colours and the great contrast. Well done!
john_c (24666) 2006-03-15 14:03
A superb shot of this fascinating area, perhaps the best yet from your new camera. I love the lighting, the POV, and the pleasant blending of the various hues of brown and beige. The clarity of detail is outstanding. First rate, Tan. Congratulations on making the passage from film to digital, though I still love your rich film shots.
lukie (0) 2006-03-15 14:48
a very sharp one again with your 20D ! Good work !
Tue (28090) 2006-03-15 17:49
Great view. I read once a novel based on an expedition in the 18th century to 'Arabia Felix', so I like very much to see this photo of the old city of Sanaa. Nice light and composition. Good work and thanks for sharing!
keribar (43841) 2006-03-15 23:25
Extremely good framing and exposure, as usual, and perhaps very inspiring too. I am a bit concerned to go there, because we all know that there are some risks, but Yemen is certainly among my favorite destinations. You also found nice clouds and took the picture from a great viewpoint. I love it !
ChrisJ (101814) 2006-03-16 3:49
An exotic Middle Eastern landscape, with marvellous color, sharpness, & lighting. Good work! Is there a road to a lookout on top of the bg peak?
PixelTerror (0) 2006-03-16 4:08
Hey, captain's back ! How was the trip ?
Good overlooking PoV to show this nice city far from the TE headlines, looks like you know master light metering and the techs quite well on the 20D, nice contrasts as well to be seen here.
Have a nice day,
Paolo (41222) 2006-03-16 9:28
Hi Tan, amazing view of the typicall Sanaa roofs. excellent POV, wonderful tones of brown and good focus. beautiful light too.
markstaples (15670) 2006-03-16 12:13
Good evening Tan
I missed this one yesterday. It's a beauty, excellent composition with beautiful light falling onto the city. Excellent sharpness and clarity, an excellent shot all round. Thanks for sharing.
Galmeida (12559) 2006-03-16 17:27
You are a great traveller and also a great photographer. I think you like also your new camera and moments in life. Is another quality post from your signature and feeling. This is so well composed and framed. Excelent light, eye catch of the momeent and a resulting quality and clear vision of this place and landscape.
Very well seen and my congratulations with your usual great diversity and flexibility natural quality earth behaviour.
Thanks to you and also the best to you.
peter1892 (1681) 2006-03-17 11:17
Hi Tan, welcome back, I loook forward to seeing the results of your latest trip!
Great viewpoint - the colours of the city seem to merge with the mountain in the background - like a kind of camouflage!
coco (30439) 2006-03-19 8:12
Nice view and good capture.
The light is good and also you captured a nice sky.
sarju (5324) 2006-03-20 20:31
This one is going straight to the theme of places that I want to visit at some point in my life mate.
thanks for the share ...
regards ... sarju
tinamunk3 (6408) 2006-03-21 15:24
Yemen - I know absolutely nothing about Yemen - so thanks for sharing this beautiful shot. The light on these earthern coloured buildings is gorgeous and so is the background. It sure looks they have a lot of mosques.......so I can only imagine that 4 hours can feel like forever :O)
banyanman (7789) 2006-03-22 8:22
I've been looking forward to seeing your posts from Yemen, Tan, and this doesn't disappoint. A very interesting panorama - the architecture is so different to other cities on the Arabian Peninsula - pity it is spoilt by all the satellite dishes and water tanks on the rooftops - but I suppose you see that everywhere these days in that part of the world. From the colour of the buildings, it looks like they have all been built from stone quarried from the mountains in the background. The only problem I have with the image is that you have posted it with a very slight tilt to the right - something you don't usually do. Otherwise technically it is very good. Cheers . . . David
nerve (10231) 2006-03-27 4:56
geri dönmüşsün TE'ye yeni farkettim! hoşgeldin..Bu arada yeni Canon'un hayırlı olsun, çok memnun değilsin galiba anladığım kadarıyla,, üzüldüm!.. :( seni umarım yanlış yönlendirmedim..
öyle desende bu fotografın harikulade olmuş ve çok net geldi bana.
Andre-H (1271) 2006-03-30 6:30
Interesting and quite beautiful photo of an unusual destination. Good note too! There's a slight tilt to the left, which would look better corrected, but other than that, fantastic shot!
Angshu (56406) 2006-04-05 3:54
Wonderful image of the old city against a beautiful backdrop. Good soft colours & great depth
krakowiak (4762) 2006-04-16 9:16
Wonderful colours, light and the overall composition!
razanoor (466) 2006-04-24 11:34
Simply beautiful....shot of old Sanaa gives the true sense of the old Arab architecture...unlike the monstrosities spring up in places like Dubai and Bahrain etc...everything blends in so well here and everything has a story to tell...great work here..
gabrielpat (7163) 2006-07-02 7:42
i discover this wonderfull picture.every thing is right so i can ear the muezzim calling for praying!!!great.
suru (1079) 2006-08-26 1:38
Very nice photo and very interesting buildings. The viwe is spectacular.
Don_Gusti (0) 2006-10-06 8:30
Soooo Arabian, beautiful image Tan. I really wanna go there someday :)
fserajian (2295) 2006-12-16 1:30
Beautiful shot, very detailed and sharp too. TFS
zumoduvas (2069) 2007-02-12 15:26
Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Places to Visit [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-14 18:45
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