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  • Life in the desert

    Sharm, Yanbu, Al Madinah | 2014

  • A Peek

    There I have it. The last photo I chose to post from dozens of sunset snaps I took while in the car (of course, I wasn’t the one driving), running at at least a hundred and twenty kph. (No choice but to raise some ISO).

    Probably, Saudi Arabia’s key opportunities when it comes to taking pictures are its deserts. Then comes the wildlife. If the government isn’t too strict with public photography (Read: Men fined SR10,000 for taking pictures), street photography and portraits could be more fun. (Well, in experience, this has been a good kind of challenge).

    Know More

    I have listed these links here before, the documentaries BBC produced about the Arabian Peninsula.

    Here’s the trailer: Introducing Wild Arabia

    And for more clips —there are three episodes and each is [about] an hour long— for separate topics: Clips

    And for a little see-you-soon additional clip, (could be interesting for time-lapse photographers)Web exclusive: Arabian cities come to life.

    Really a lot to discover. 

  • Shams al Sahara (Sun in the Desert)

  • (Source: elriz)

  • 'We were here'. 

    A Bedouin family could have lived here for awhile, and possibly left a little after the oil wells have flourished in their surroundings.

    A typical Bawdi camp will have a tent and a pen (or some pens) for the livestock. Camels, goats, and sheep are the common animals being raised.

    I have been told that a camel can cost a fortune. Like hundreds of thousands! USD!

    It is a must that you let a caravan or even a single camel cross the road when you see one. When camels are sighted from afar walking or just grazing near the road, you should slow down or even stop if you must.

    From observation, many Bedouins now are adapting some modern convenience. There are some who own vehicles that can be used to herd the camels (although the sight of a camel-rider directing/leading a caravan is still more ‘alluring’ to me). Also, it is an easy way to travel to and from the edge of the desert when necessary. 

    Again, these particular nomads could have been driven off by the changes that sprung around them, and went to a more isolated/desolated area.

    (A five-minute stop just to take photographs. Had this been spotted on a later time, I would have spent longer time to look around the site. But of course, I was more than elated to have stepped on this ground.)

    (Source: elriz)

  • Vessel

    I give too much of a deal about this clay jar embraced by what seems to me to be an ancient cloth that I asked some Saudi colleagues about it, thinking it could be something extraordinary, [again] ancient, or magical.

    A simple vessel for water with a thick woven fabric. The rolling pin was just there ‘as a weight for the cover’, or like what I presumed, was actually used to mass the Bedouin family’s flat bread, that goes well with milk of their camels. I can’t really tell.

  • Step deeper into the desert world.

    Finally brought my camera with me, to work, into the desert for the first time.

    As I have been roaming in this area (Haradh) for quite a while, I was not expecting to see much that I would be very excited to take photos of —Haradh isn’t that interesting compared to other places in the Eastern Province (such as Khurais). But still, I kind of love the the harshness and whatever life the desert has to offer.

    Among the things that could go to my wishlist of desert photos are a close-up (real close) of a camel and other animals raised in the desert, a portrait of a Bedouin, sand dunes, and a desert sunset/sunrise, et cetera. (Mobile snapped photos don’t count). 

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