blueaquan (207) 2015-01-19 08:34:43Adjusted the levels and curve so that the sky may look natural and sharpened a bit.
Overall the statue was really grand, but lacked the mood, all I did here was to put some atmosphere into the image.
kasianowak (6383) 2015-01-19 02:29:59This is a Peshmerga soldier who gave me a lift from Dukan to Koya (where his unit was located). His name is Sarkhaik (or something like that) and I hope he is still alive.
A string of events led to our meeting. First, I asked the security officers if I could take a photo of the hospital gate in Dukan (as there was a big “no weapons” sign on it). They misunderstood and started posing by the gate so a photo call (photo of them, me with them, me with the gate) followed. Then they decided it would be a great idea if I photographed the hospital staff next. The one of the doctors suggested a hospital driver could drive me to the shared taxi rank. At the taxi rank I was told to get into the only car parked there – and that’s how I met Sarkhaik.
We drove off as soon as I got into the car. At first I was a bit angry wondering how much I would have to pay for having the whole taxi for myself (well, four times as much as the normal price as there should be at least four passengers in a shared taxi). It took me some time to understand, following a conversation with the driver, in several languages each of which only one of us spoke, that I was kind of hitchhiking and was not meant to pay anything at all. I did offer him money but he wouldn’t have it. We settled for a payment in form of an apple in the end…
dekanski (3252) 2015-01-18 04:05:15Photo of the same gate, taken from a spot a few steps up the stairs, which can be seen on first photo. The place where that photo was taken can be seen to the right, in front of the door!