Sanaa at dusk, taken from the rooftop terrace of Taj Talha hotel. I was not staying there, but non-guests can go up to the terrace for the view (try doing that in elitist Dubai). I did not bother erasing the profusion of unsightly satellite dishes, there are too many. 45mm. focal length, just before sunset. The sky is as dark as it is because of a departing thunderstorm. This is taken 1 day before the last Sanaa photo I uploaded, which was from the Golden Daar hotel. The workshops shows SANAA BY NIGHT.
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Merou (4726) 2006-04-01 16:15
It is a suprise for me. Very interresting architecture and a beautiful shot
alyssaroma (220) 2006-04-01 16:25
Nice light that you have caught here... I love that it is good light and everything is illuminated but the sky is still dark and brooding. I am not such a fan of satellites (or wires, radio towers, etc) but you are right there are so many... But you have captured the reality of your view and showed the irony of the ornate buildings and the clutter of satellites side by side.
singuanti (15250) 2006-04-01 16:27
Hey Tan. I'm just laughing to myself that after 3 critiques this has exactly 1 point! I will triple the points with my one critique, lol! I always love a warm light like this and your depth and DOF are flawless. Nice catch Tan.
GrahamB (939) 2006-04-01 16:33
Great light! The buildings realy jump out from the dark background. Wonderful detail and good DOF.
alvaraalto (16406) 2006-04-01 16:39
Very poetic picture with the low evening sun on these beautiful facades. The dark mountains and the dark sky proves night will fall quickly.
misterB (2250) 2006-04-01 16:45
Like Aubrey, I had no idea the Yemen had such architecture. For some reason, I thought it had, (or expected it to have), just plain, monotone, slab-sided buildings. This is quite a shock, but a pleasant one at that. I like the way you have captured it, the low sun casting shadows and a warm glow on the buildings while the receding storm casts grey in the sky. I like the way your photo tells no lies as well - I admire you for leaving the satellite dishes in - many would have cloned them out, but then that would not show the true picture. Good WS as well, I should learn to look before I leap!
pitai (3985) 2006-04-01 17:01
Hello Tan, great view. I like very much the warm colors and architecture. The image is very clear and sharp. It is very curious to see that not all the buildings are aligned. thanks for sharing. Gabriel
Gerrit (52097) 2006-04-01 17:01
Hi Tan, beautiful picture of this magic place.
The ful sun and the heavy sky are doing the job.
Thanks and regards, Gerrit
peter1892 (1681) 2006-04-01 17:22
Great POV Tan, with really good lighting. So many satellite dishes, which in their own way add a remarkable contrast to the buildings they are attached to!
The workshop brings to mind so many postcards of 'X city by night'! LOL!
shal (944) 2006-04-01 17:31
you've made the best use of the available light here :)
Great Compo. and a lovely POV,
Tue (39552) 2006-04-01 18:23
Wonderful view over the roofs of Sanaa. The light is great and I love the dark sky against the warm colours of the buildings. Well captured!
Cruize (0) 2006-04-01 20:36
A great image showing Yemen architecture, I love the night shot too...well thought out.
The colours are great here, it looks like a golden city...good DOF too.
pastadog (13111) 2006-04-02 0:03
Hi Tan, superb view of this wonderful urban landscape, I'm happy that the dishes do not spoil the view at all (not yet at least). Nice we can appreciate the wonderful details on the golden buildings. Cheers :) Daniel
carper (96) 2006-04-02 1:29
very nice one Tan,
the architecture is very nice, the composition is good and the light is very good, the contrast is good, very good job.
tjanze (5674) 2006-04-02 1:37
Wohow! Amazing arhitecture.Really beautiful.
Low sun rays gives magic feeling to photo.Bravo!
rosaline (0) 2006-04-02 4:00
I had no idea that the Yemen has such interesting architecture. This is pretty spectacular and has wonderful detail. Great architectural patterns, artwork and features. Your composition brings this all out splendidly. I might have to investigate this place and pay it a visit. Was it North or South Yemen?
Galmeida (12559) 2006-04-02 4:05
Splendid capture and POV of these beautiful rooftop terraces of this nice middle east town. Nice light and luminosity atmosphere so well captured and reflected in the buildings. Excelent perspective and enquadrement view. Very good work so well seen and composed. Congratulations and have a nice Sunday.
All the best to you.
sixTL (8596) 2006-04-02 5:21
Hello Tan, You caught a wonderful light. An excellent composition. Fabulous colours.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-04-02 7:12
WHat a wonderful view over the city,
really beautiful light and the detials of the houses come out quite well,
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-04-02 7:55
what a beautiful and strange architecture for my eyes. Beautiful lightning.
vagabondtravels (6511) 2006-04-02 8:41
Great capture. Nice colors. Excellent work. The photos you have posted from Yemen have been amazing.
I will be traveling to Yemen the first week of May, if you have any advice or contacts I would really appreciate it.
banyanman (7789) 2006-04-02 11:27
Amazing architecture, Tan, and a very good POV so that you can just see the mountains in the backgroud. Good exposure and saturation. If it wasn't for the satellite dishes you would think that had been taken 100 years ago (if they had colour cameras then). Thanks for these posts from Yemen. I've found them very interesting. Cheers . . . David
rhizomes (15343) 2006-04-02 11:39
Very interesting picture !! Old and new, nice golden construction and satellites antennas everywhere...It's amazing...
jafadabret (56501) 2006-04-02 12:04
Tan, c'est une révélation pour moi cette architecture yemenite. Les couleurs sous le soleil sont excellentes comme elles le sont souvent avant ou après un orage. Belle réalisation !
perryhooter (2424) 2006-04-02 12:15
Lovely workshop! You made me laugh . They certainly look like parasites , mushrooms, over the buildings. These little things are really polluting our cityscapes now.
lestans (17168) 2006-04-02 12:53
Many thanks for this wonderful view: it is like a dream!! I think that Sanaa is like a fairy tale place, and dusk light is perfect for describing it.
A fairy tale with lots of parabolica aerials!!
Tracker (1942) 2006-04-02 15:34
Interesting view of Yemen capital. Good light especially together with the going storm. Some special architecture there. BTW, I went up to viewpoint in one of Dubay hotel in offices-hotels downtown being not a guest, so it's not absolutely impossible :)
PS How was your trip to UAE? Did you like roads there?
gilou530 (34) 2006-04-02 15:44
une belle architecture de ces maisons du yemen, les couelurs sont vraiment magnifiques et la lumière qui les éclairent est géniale
PixelTerror (0) 2006-04-02 17:53
Hi Captain, SUperb architecture and a view the light helped to turn to spectacular, great effect, greetings from Kyoto, JY
ChrisJ (116166) 2006-04-02 18:00
A good overview of this exotic city. I like the strong warm cold color contrast, between the orange & blue. Good sharpness & pov. Tfs!
Cormac (26565) 2006-04-02 22:32
The light is incredible in this shot! The golden light of sunset emphasizes the warm colour of the buildings, and gives a nice contrast with the dark grey/blue sky. The intricate patterns of the building are wonderful too. Great work!
Ann75 (0) 2006-04-02 22:52
Wow, amazing shot with beautiful low light and beautiful colours. I love the colours of the building that show so much detail. Great composition, amazing colours and so much detail! Beautiful work, Tan!
Angshu (56760) 2006-04-03 0:20
Heavenly light & superb architectures...I've read somewhere that Sanaa is like Arabian Nights dreamscape live...Your photo definitely looks like it. Just wondering if you can throw some light on the buildings as to what they are made from & how the decorations are done
sleon (9402) 2006-04-03 3:37
The evening sun gives wonderful golden tints against the dark sky, and your WS made me laugh!! Curious how some of the buildings lean precariously at different angles. I like the uniformity of style of architecture which make this a truly beautiful scene. Even the satellite dishes seem excusable as they are so evenly distributed.
Didi (60588) 2006-04-03 5:47
J'apprécie l'architecture Yéménite actuelle qui respecte la méthode de construction ancestrale.
Contrairement à l'architecture Egyptienne actuelle qui est affreusement horrible; je suis désolé en voyant les images du Caire.
Outre les antennes paraboliques j'aime bien la luminosité ambiante de cette composition.
I appreciate the current Yemeni architecture which respects the method of ancestral construction. Contrary to current Egyptian architecture which is terribly horrible; I am sorry by seeing the images of modern Cairo. Out the addition of the parabolic aerials I like the ambient luminosity of this composition.
lukie (0) 2006-04-03 10:41
wonderful colors, which we can only see at... dusk of course.
jemaflor (99191) 2006-04-03 12:58
great POV and Great shot, perfect ligh and good composition, what a nice and original town. TFS.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2006-04-04 3:11
Kendine özgü bir mimari yapıya sahip olan Yemen'i güzel bir açı ve ışık altında harika resmetmişsin. Ellerine sağlık, selamlar.
Kirych (2707) 2006-04-04 11:07
Beautiful panorama! Interesting light and I like identical ornament.
cherryripe (21033) 2006-04-04 13:31
Apart from the pretty light, I like how the buildings are the same colour and are so ornate. The satellite dishes seem to be part of the architecture :) The 2 minarets creat a balance and depth.
razanoor (466) 2006-04-04 21:42
You have some amazing photographs from Yemen...thanks for sharing these...its not often that many people get to see these places. The architectural style here is seen no where else in the world and you have captured it very nicely. The dark sky at the back really accentuates the brightly lit buildings in front.
magiqa (1292) 2006-04-05 19:57
Such a beautiful city with beautiful buildings! I simply have to visit Yemen! Very good picture as always, Tan!
john_c (24666) 2006-04-07 11:46
Superb lighting on these splendid buildings. The lines, graphics and golden brown hues are magnificent, set against the dark sky. The variety and detail of the building exteriors are challenging to the eye and somewhat mesmerizing. A most effective shot, Tan.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-04-10 16:06
Beautifull vision of Sanaa. I like the light, the colors and of course the beautifull architecture.
Nice picture !
keribar (43841) 2006-04-16 8:16
Another wonderful picture from this exotic place, too bad there are problems there. The light is excellent as if you found a spot a decided to climb up there at the proper time. I won't believe this the window of your hotel room !
I'll look later at the others - Best - Izzet
lucinka (9976) 2006-05-02 4:26
Tan, it is so great to see your photos from your last trip. This shot from Sanaa is absolutely outstanding. It is definately one of my next destinations to see. Thanks for sharing. Lucie
axiotea (21651) 2006-05-05 3:43
Hi Tan, Saana is a beautiful city...it looks to me (except for the dishes antenna)like in 1001 night tale..good POV and light..I saw ur WS...ah, ah..good joke..TFS..
All the best,
zeca (19762) 2006-05-06 2:21
What a nice and interesting place you present here, Tan! I love this kind of picture that shows different cultures and architectures! Excelent work on lights and depth. Beautiful! That´s TE! TFS!
donluicu (24724) 2006-05-12 4:40
excellenty picture with warm colors, and amazing tatooed buildings.
very good shot
Stepan (27210) 2006-05-13 3:24
I suppose this city must be impressive and fascinating with this incredible buildings. I'm not sure there is a problem with satellite dishes, because they are a full part of this city.
Beautiful light and great depth with the moutains in the background.
marjan (6279) 2006-06-10 15:38
Hi Tan, very nice shot of this interesting place. Good POV and good sunshine on the fasade. TFS
Nina (4987) 2006-06-12 3:20
Late afternoon sun made this a splendid sight Tan and you were there to record it. Excellent work!
MIMACSKA (291) 2006-06-12 3:57
Warm lights, beautifull pictures!
anjan (1086) 2006-06-12 3:59
Good POV. Nice city skyline. great colours.
Hanssie (10856) 2006-06-29 15:25
Light's perfect for this image, nice Arabic place and with all details everywhere, good shot, Tan !
teutza (10590) 2006-07-02 7:22
hy there!this is a great picture!the sun light looks so good on those buildings!:)
Budapestman (82620) 2006-08-31 11:03
What a architecture and view! Very particular and spectacular photo! Fascinating details and superb composition! Gorgeous mood and glittering lights! Fabled place!
Thank you, nice days
pari_ali (433) 2007-02-09 0:01
This is a beautiful picture, the sun really brings out the colour of the buildings,I have seen some pictures of Yemeni buildings before and really loved them. Very beautiful architecture, maybe someday I will see them fro real.
The satellites dishes dont really come in my way of enjoying the beauty here, in a way they have placed what must be really old architecture into our modern age, it is sad that much about our modern world is quite ugly and unappetising and as photographers we are often finding ways of avoiding those unsightly sights.
My regards to you
suhan (3552) 2007-02-13 4:40
sanaa'yı en güzel anlatan fotoğraflardan biri...
ben de geçen sene gittim, ama ne yalan söyleyeyim sizi kıskandım; bu kadar güzelini çekemedim..(bahanesi: vaktim yoktu!)
janneman (2908) 2007-05-04 6:45
The light of the sun at dusk on the buildings and the dark background make a remarkable and beautiful photo!
Albrecht (11281) 2007-05-09 12:43
Such a beautiful view on the city with all the details and beautiful architecture. Wonderful sunlight too.
quetzal (3467) 2007-06-19 15:38
Splendid set of beautiful houses. These colors and forms are incredible. many artists have to work to construct such a unit.
Excellente composition and good use of the lightings.
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-04-01 15:54
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