Al Wahba Crater is great for nature photography, especially using wide-angle lens. I don’t have any wide conversion lens with me for my Fuji X100s so I was not able to capture the whole crater in one photograph, except in panorama mode. Here’s a photo of the crater on a clear sky.
Actually it was enough for us, but when clouds suddenly appeared on the skies few minutes while we were preparing to leave, everyone grabbed the opportunity to make better photos of this amazing place on Earth.
The shadow effect made by the clouds created good tone variations on the ground too.
Here are other random photos of the place.
I just have one proposal for a great photography experience on this place. Al Wahba Crater is one of the best place to do star trail photography.
But because we did not afford to stay there overnight, let me have the privilege to show two time-lapse photography of two Pinoy Tambayan photographers,
Time-lapse photography by Jon Soriano.
and by Wayne Cruz
There are a lot of great places here in the Kingdom waiting to be developed, and I believe many are not yet discovered. Wherever it may be, Pinoy photographers will conquer them. Maybe not in our time but it will come.
These are some of the building structures at Balad, Jeddah, KSA.
My share for Wordpress Daily Prompt with the theme “we built this city”.
The group assembled at Al Reihaily gas station in Obhur and left passed 3:30 in the morning. It was a more or less 430-kilometer land travel from Jeddah to Al Wahba crater, but since its discovery by Saudi Tourism, highways and signs had been constructed to lessen travelling time.
We traveled via Thuwal due to availability of gas stations along the way. It was a 6-cars convoy travel. A friend offered a sit for me in his car with his family and since I was used to long travels, a 4-5 hour trip is just a piece-of-cake.
As soon as the sun came out, we took shots. The photo above was taken during one of the many stop-overs that we had.
What is good about this adventure was the road ends exactly at the crater’s edge. Upon reaching it, every one took their weapons, and Filipino photographers conquered the place.
Al Wahba crater is found in Saudi Arabian desert n the western edge of the Hafer Kishb basalt plateau, which has many volcanic cones. It is recorded to be 820 feet deep and 2 kilometer in diameter. The bottom is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals which makes the crater attractive to photographers.
Geologists believed that the crater was formed by volcanic activity in the form of an underground phreatic eruption – a massive steam explosion generated by molten basaltic magma coming into contact with subterranean water. – Source: Wikipedia
Since it is dangerous to climb down the crater (but not to experienced and prepared mountain climbers), we preferred to stay on top and maximized the use of what is available.
The wall of the crater is made of different kinds of rocks. Well, this is not a time to go back to science class, so let me just show you some photos.
Most of the grass, palms and other plants can be found at the northern part of the crater. We are near the southern part so no one dared to go near. According to some bloggers who came first before us, there is only one safe way to climb down, and it will pass through the place where most of the vegetation are located. It is also where visitors who plan to stay overnight build their camp.
In the part 3 of this series, we will go on to some wider shots on what to expect at Al Wahba crater including magical time-lapse photography by our very own Filipino photographers.
Blue is my favorite color since I was a child. And this song from Michael Johnson was once my favorite song to sing during happy nights with my friends before while having some good times in front of an ice-cold beer. Cheers to those happy memories.
But I’m bluer than blue
Sadder than sad
You’re the only light
This empty room has ever had
Life without you is gonna be
Bluer than blue
This post is my share for today’s wordpress daily prompt with the theme “always something there to remind me”.
Me and my fellow members of Pinoy Tambayan Photographers, a group of Filipino photographers here in Jeddah headed for a Friday Nature Photography adventure at Al Wahba Crater in Jizan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was a 4-hour travel by land from our point of origin. Along the way, the sun rose in front of our convoy which made us park for a while and have some shots to begin the day’s activity. Maybe it was Mother Nature’s saying, welcome to a great day ahead.
This post will be the first part of a 3-post series about our adventure. In the next part of this series you will witness Filipino Photographers conquer the beauty of Al Wahba Crater in this foreign land which serves as our second home.
If ever I have a dream at this very moment. I want to be like a speeding light. I want to go home and be with my family in the Philippines. Hug and kiss them for a while, then I’ll go back here again in Saudi because I have to work next morning. 😀
This is my share for today’s daily prompt with the theme ‘sweet dreams’.
These three photos below belong to only one shot. I cropped it 2 times to show some details and a closer look of the subjects.
It made me glad about the performance of my Fuji X100s in low light condition.
Although this doesn’t strictly follow the guidelines of this week’s photo challenge in wordpress. I still would like to share it with you.
Today I had the time to visit one of the historical places in Jeddah, KSA, the old Balad. Modernized designs of homes are now noticeable in the Kingdom so it was a wonderful experience to see the old yet unique structures they have before.
This part of Jeddah had been considered as one of the Kingdom’s historical sites. Expats and tourists are very welcome to visit and take photos. I believe there are a lot of great places inside the Kingdom for me to visit and I hope I could have the time.
The people living in the area have been good to me and I never had the feeling of fear getting apprehended by authorities.
It was a great day. More photos to come on my next posts.
I’ve already posted a black and white version of this photo here, but since this week’s wordpress photo challenge is about “hue”, I opted to post this colored version together with the black and white.
Since I started loving photography, making photos of sunset is one of my favorites. I just love the colors and peace atmosphere that it brings. It calms my mind and soul. A gift of peace after a busy day. It’s the feeling of completeness and success. It’s beyond any description and explanation.
But if I like to appreciate beauty in its deepest sense, I tend to look at it in black and white. The simplicity without diversity. The unison of things. The beauty beyond what is seen.
Oftentimes we feel the same way. Moods change. Different personalities brought by different circumstances. Persons, things and experiences add colors to our life, but at the end of the day only ourselves know who we really are deep within.
While almost everyone is busy this Hajj season in Saudi Arabia going to Meccah which gave us few days of vacation, I and a friend took a few hours for a side trip to shoot sunset at North Corniche of Jeddah, KSA.
I wish peace. I long for serenity. I want calmness. I need happiness. I MISS HOME
Actually, time always stood still, every time I miss home. I’m working here in abroad while my family is in the Philippines. My wife is taking care of our first baby born child, now 12 days old.
Time stood still while I’m remembering each moment while we were together before I went abroad. Treasured moments of laughter and struggles. Things flashed back on my mind on how we become successful in overcoming trials together.
And if I could only tweak a thing, it would be being there for them even for a single moment to give them both a hug and a kiss.
I miss home.