View of Wadi Doan (Doan Valley) from above, Wadi Doan is a tributary of the much wider Hadramawt valley, and much more authentic, and relatively inaccessible, the valley bottom is covered in date palms (and lots of garbage), the dry river bed is the only 4x4 access into the valley, though a new road is sloooowly being built. The fg is the village of Khureibah where I was staying, one of the few basic villages offering accomodation, and sometimes electricity, but always a call to prayer. The photo was taken from the top of an old caravan trail which makes a pleasant 2 hour hike, in late afternoon. Since the low sun never illuminates the valley because of the cliff walls, this was the best light possible.
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mpr (491) 2006-05-11 20:19
Nice composition and good detail. I like how the "green river" twists and turns through the valley.
PJE (20758) 2006-05-11 20:26
Tan you certainly have the knack for capturing excellent lighting for your photos. Those buildings look so small from up here and the winding greenery shows outstanding contrast. Best lighting possible...I have to totally agree with you!
rafelito (3648) 2006-05-11 20:31
Hi Tan...Is very new for me this valley, wonderful capture, the building look like lego play, excellent note, Many regards, Rafael
singuanti (15250) 2006-05-11 22:41
Hi Tan. You know when I opened this pic up I had a flashback to Bryce Canyon! All of the buildings below look like hoodoos. The trees sure give away where the water is. Nice shot Tan.
carper (96) 2006-05-12 0:57
it an amasing place to look at Tan.
It's not you best shot, but the composition is nice enough with good details, very good job.
pastadog (13111) 2006-05-12 1:29
Hi Tan - it reminds me of those oasis in eastern Morocco, but these buildings are unique to Yemen. It's like a giant serpent moving thru this narrow wadi. Or a river, certainly some kind of motion. Thanks for sharing, Daniel
bibiweb (8) 2006-05-12 2:32
This is awesome! The high cliffs on both sides of the valley, the green valley valley floor and the village with its houses that literally mix into the environment. It was really worth the two hour hike to get this shot!
Have a nice day.
Angshu (56758) 2006-05-12 3:32
Amazing stuff Tan...a village sitting inside a canyon & a river evidenced only by the green vegetation on it's banks...Your POV makes us feel like looking directly into this amazing place. . The lighting is the the best possible you can get, I think
tjanze (5674) 2006-05-12 3:51
Wow! Amazing perspective and angle of view.Fantastic place.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-05-12 4:41
Very nice perspective,
YOu have found a perfect view point ot capture this place, one can almost expect to find Indiana Jones horsing around that valley/
PixelTerror (0) 2006-05-12 4:47
Pov is great as we could expect from you and the snaking river of dates in this otherwise dry valley looks nice, I added some completing steps in the WS.
Have a nice day,
veronika (6058) 2006-05-12 5:43
Ooooh wonderful Tan, amazing view, everytime i see your new picture i regret that im not your twin or something like that, to travel with you :))
Take care and keep on :)
peter1892 (1681) 2006-05-12 6:02
Hi Tan - it's a great POV over a place that looks like its been modelled for a Star Wars movie! The steep canyon provides the shadows on the left side which add to the atmposhere of the place. And then there's the line of green running along the river to add some extra color. Good work.
gilou530 (34) 2006-05-12 7:42
cette vue aérienne est trés impressionnante et nous montre un canion avec cette ville à dos de falaise , superbe
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-05-12 8:16
Amazing place. Great capture in three colours.
tcht (7565) 2006-05-12 15:18
My first impression is that they look like LEGO houses :) And then I see a beautiful snake of trees running through the valley, a stark contrast to those buildings and the dry surroundings. Very good high vantage point to show all the details and nice lighting. Sharpness is sufficient but may be improved.
All the best,
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-05-12 15:33
Les paysages du Yemen sont vraiment à couper le souffle !
Que c'est beau !
La ville est entièrement camouflée dans le décors.
Merci pour cette image incroyable.
MarekP (4750) 2006-05-12 18:38
A fantastic photo -- literally, it's like from a Sci-fi film -- the capital of Hoohoo on the planet Booboo in galaxy Fau Delta. I'm just waiting when Anakin Skywalker fly up from the far end of the canyon. Great and very imaginative view indeed.
AmiBe (6042) 2006-05-12 18:49
what an impressive city !
Excellent POV from above, we can see the green valley.
You can add some contrast and maybe saturation in this one.
jafadabret (56501) 2006-05-13 8:05
C'est grandiose,Tan, ce paysage avec falaises et village bordant une oasis. Le POV nous révèle ce village extraordinaire comme une maquette. Merci de nous donner à contempler de tels sites.
jjbach (9324) 2006-05-13 18:57
Really impressive. From the thumbnail, I was sure that was really river :D) Excellent composition, very well balanced. The house are so strange, very unusual colours and architecture. Thenks for sharing!
banyanman (7789) 2006-05-14 3:31
Wow, you certainly do get to some out of the way places, Tan. I guess the accommodation in this village was fairly basic, but what an experience to be there! As usual you have found an excellent POV for a perfectly composed photograph. Cheers . . . David
alejandroguzman (4684) 2006-05-14 18:24
what a STUNNING Picture !!!!
it's incredible how can the human being do amazing thing to survive...
shirgold (2485) 2006-05-18 15:28
The images from Yemen are fantastic - thanks for sharing them with us.
This is simply amazing - and the note is excellent as well.
TFS - Shir
bazal (7900) 2006-05-19 16:50
I already thought that I had to visit Yemen one day and your pictures about this country confirm this idea. This one is maybe the most impressive one (if not the most beautiful, but it's so difficult to classify them!).
thanks for sharing.
ecmel (1367) 2006-05-26 9:13
Bir coğrafyacı gözüyle gerçekten muhteşem bir fotoğraf...
jbweasle (9393) 2006-05-28 5:20
Hello Tan, this is an interesting picture to show how life clings to the river in this dry land. All around the scenery is barren except where there is water, then it is green and fertile. It was similar on my trip to Afghanistan last year. I like the detail of the houses in the foreground. Why do they have blue roofs?
olirey (193) 2006-06-08 17:17
Incredible, who built a town in the Grand Canyon ?
Thanks for that picture, I had never heard of that place before.
What are the little blue dots on top of buildings, not swimming pools I guess ?
Budapestman (82620) 2006-06-11 12:49
This photo so than a city in a fairy tale. View is fantastic, I like it very much. Thank you for sharing.
saguzar (862) 2006-06-14 18:47
As usually in you, an amazing photo; the houses looks like part of the mountain! excellent perspective of this green sorrounded river in a desertic place.
The place is marvelous and exotic to me; you know more countries than I cities of my country!!! Your lucky.
stego (24132) 2007-03-30 21:58
A great view and compo. The sense of space and depth is amazing. The houses look like miniature toys in all that expanse. The contrast of the green with the surrounding barren earth is lovely.
A little bit more saturation and adjustment on the colour of the sky would be good, as PixelTerror showed in his WS, but even it is still great without that and I admit it is more realistic.
Greg1949 (9011) 2007-03-30 22:03
This shot is awesome, I keep trying to look deeper ino the detail, alas the price to be paid for such small file sizes, but a great shot none the les. The color is really good, the shadows deep but not too black and the contrast between green and brown is super. Greay capture.
Mistral (15402) 2007-05-01 14:44
I have to come back in Wadi Doan!
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-28
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-11 20:09
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