Life’s a beach
I am writing you from Oman, where I’ve lived for a few years with my wife and our cats. Work drove us there, but it is also pretty good for photography.
Here are two pictures. For the first one we were camping in the Empty Quarter, the desert between Oman and Saudi Arabia. It’s a salt flat with huge dunes and really empty. The photograph was taken at sunrise, when the sun still gave nice shadows in the shallow ribs in the sand. Camera: D600; lens: 24-70mm f/2.8; settings: 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO800.
The second shot was taken at low tide in Hua Hin, Thailand. When walking on the beach, we discovered two monks – one was still a boy – having lunch at one of the fish restaurants. I walked under the deck of the adjacent restaurant and took the photo. I use Aperture for general processing and in this case the Nik Collection to turn it into B&W. There were a lot of disturbing pastel tints behind the monks, but I wanted to retain the beautiful orange colour of their robes. Camera: D600; lens: 24- 70mm f/2.8; settings: 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO400.
Abe Steininga, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Those are super shots, Abe – you clearly love working with shadow and contrast.
The Empty Quarter: empty apart from Abe’s camp and footprints