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.
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.
This kind of art is not allowed here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is just one of the few graffiti arts that can be seen in Jeddah. Most of the times graffiti artist do this kind of thing secretly.
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.
A week after my return to work here in Jeddah, I began to explore my newly acquired fuji x100s for street photography.
I sold my Canon gear last year to be able to buy this very famous mirrorless camera from fuji. There are two major reasons why I change gear. First, my Canon DSLR’s shutter count is almost done. Secondly, I want a small and more discrete camera to use for my photography genre aside from landscape and still life which is street photography..
Photography here in Saudi Arabia doesn’t have that full freedom yet. There are places where photography is not allowed. Some people, especially Saudis are not that much open yet to be photographed by a stranger. (Note: women here are not allowed to be photographed). As a photographer, I respect there rules and regulations regarding photography.
To start my journey of documenting the streets and people’s lives here in Jeddah, I had a simple photowalk near my place. Later, I found out that most of the people living in that area are Pakistanis (I can recognize them through their clothes.) My purpose is not to fully focus on making photographs but to observe first how people will react on a person walking with a camera and how will they respond if they saw me shooting some things within the area. I also tried to observe if they will be that friendly if I greet them while I pass by. To make it short, I am just warming up. An introduction to my journey which I would like to take while I’m here in a foreign land.
As they say, street photography is very hard. One will be happy if he comes back with at least one successful good shot. Here are some shots from the photowalk.
This series of photos is a part of my first day of trying my Fuji X100s on street photography. I’ve done it in my hometown’s market area. Generally, I love it a lot. The X100s gave me all kinds of comfort as street photographer.
But this post is not about my experience or a review about my camera. It’s not my kind of thing. This is about a usual scene in a market that sometimes we also do unconsciously. It’s all about butts.
So, next time you go to market be aware of bending forward your body, a crazy bored photographer might be taking a photo behind you. 😀
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 found it fascinating to shoot children. There are always something inside that made me smile and recall my own childhood. If I have the chance, I would definitely want to re-experience such moments.
In this vast and complicated world, some lessons can’t be found in our day to day routine. We just need to observe and listen to the actions from these innocent children.
The freedom to seize the day and leave all worries behind.
The courage of taking risk and choosing to go the extra mile.
The choice to share and co-exist freely.
To dream simply and find the true meaning of happiness.
To race with friends not with competitors no matter you loose or win. It’s the experience of being alive counts.
To just enjoy life. Live if full and simple. Let the world smile for us for we will only be in this world for a limited time and there will be no other chance but now.
Let us take time to listen to children. They have better messages for us compared to what we are showing them. If we could only be like them, then this world will be a better world to live in.
How about you? Do you ever miss your childhood? I bet you have a unique one, ‘coz if not, so sad it will not be fair enough.
Here are my share for this day’s daily prompt challenge. Anything wrong with them?
Can you describe or identify a thing or person exactly what it looks like by just looking at its shadow?
It’s difficult, right? Maybe we can visualize or have a wild guess, but it is just what it is, a product of our imagination, but not the actual thing. Take a look at this.
Sometimes we hide through our own shadow. We hide something that only ourselves know. Secrets, fears, shame, thoughts, desire etc. For what any reason? Only ourselves would know.
Sometimes our eyes fool us. It make us believe something that is not true.
Plain white clothes or striped? Fakes roam around. They are everywhere. Our eyes are not enough to identify the real ones from the other.
Most of us wants to be original. There is only one way to do that. Don’t be like the common.
If everyone is looking at life by the same boring perspective; If they are going the same way; same words and actions, then change yours in a better way.
Like footprints, we can leave a shadow in this world when our time is finish, our shadow inside the hearts and minds of those we left behind.
How would you like to be remembered? Pretender, Fake or Unique?