Mount, Sea, Sky, Qyriat

mountains sea and sky in qyriat, Oman photography by John RochaCaption:

Mountains, Sea and Sky, Qyriat.


This semi abstract image illustrates the varying landscape of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Road to Qyriat from Muscat is hilly and winds through the Hajar mountains down to the sea.

It’s a truism of landscape photography that the best light is early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

I left Muscat at about 5 a.m. hoping to catch the early light in Qyriat, an ancient fishing town.

It was by chance that as I drove my Pathfinder up the steep track I found myself looking out at what seemed the top of the world from the mountains down to the coast.

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This was an unplanned photo as I was intending to get to the town of Qyriat for my morning photo session.

Still, it seemed too good to miss.

The challenge, of course, is transfer the wonder of the moment which not only includes an image with extreme highlights and shadows but also the atmosphere of the desert surroundings.

It’s all too easy to confuse the two.

Only the visual elements can be captured by the camera, anything else can only be implied.

This image was shot on film and later scanned.

It was obvious that exposure was going to be a problem so I decided to try to capture as much highlight detail as possible and let the mountains go into silhouette.

I used a Gossen meter with an incident attachment to read the exposure.

As I was 4 wheel driving I was able to take a substantial Slik tripod with me and used a long lens to compress the planes.

I bracketed exposures at half stop intervals.

Oman is a photographers paradise and this is one of many images I shot in this magical desert land.

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2 Responses to Mount, Sea, Sky, Qyriat

  • johnphoto says:

    Hi TJ

    Well, this one’s not really one one the other.

    There were certainly no deliberate post production effects.

    I didn’t use any filters either – apart from a skylight.

    The colouration is a combination of the tints present in the landscape and the inevitable effects of the photographic technique.

    I was using a transparency film daylight balanced at about 5,500 Kelvin.

    As I took the picture at about 5.30 in the morning this would obviously lead to an ‘incorrect’ colour effect.

    I didn’t use a colour temperature meter (I don’t have one) so I don’t know what the actual temperature was and I made no effort to correct it.

    I then scanned the film on a dedicated Minolta film scanner which no doubt introduced some further colour shift.

    One other factor is that I have at last for a few years now calibrated my monitors reasonably accurately so that I hope that the colours you’re seeing are the same as mine – but who knows.

    To summarize, I’m sure the colours are not ‘accurate’ but I did nothing to enhance this.

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