Life’s a beach

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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

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