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Kuwait - Shuwaikh Beach - Colorless Sunset during Dust Storm

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Weather in Kuwait seems to be unpredictable sometimes. I was planning blue hour shoot as the weather during the day was very nice, but as soon as I got outside about an hour before sunset, you could hardly see anything. One of those (by now) familiar dust storms had hit Kuwait. I didn’t want to give up and got to the beach to wait for the sun go down with the everywhere present sand disabling visibility. I have however liked the atmosphere it created and the fact that low tide had revealed few stones on the beach. I decided to try to take few shots. This photo is a result of colorless sunset where the filter is the dust. I like the unusual (rather haunting) effect it has created. The sun had disappeared behind the layer of dust probably at this level above the sea just few minutes after I took this shot. No digital manipulation to this photo, it was taken in full color mode.

 

A dust storm or sandstorm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions and arises when a gust front passes or when the wind force exceeds the threshold value where loose sand and dust are removed from the dry surface. Particles are transported by saltation and suspension, causing soil erosion from one place and deposition in another. The Sahara and drylands around the Arabian peninsula are the main source of airborne dust, with some contributions from Iran, Pakistan and India into the Arabian Sea, and China's storms deposit dust in the Pacific.

 

Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Focal length: 24.00 mm; Aperture: 22; Exposure time: 1.6 s; ISO: 50

 

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Taken on May 11, 2009