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Oman - Evening Walk on the Al-Mughsayl - Al-Maghseel Beach at Dusk during Khareef Season

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Middle East - Sultanate of Oman - Dhofar Province - Salalah Area - صلالة - Ṣalālah - Al-Mughsayl - Al-Maghseel Beach - Scenic coastal location along Indian Ocean with rugged mountains during Khareef - Rainy Season


Salalah and Dhofar region offers visitors an enormous variety of things to see and do. The natural beauty of the surrounding area is breathtaking. You can witness the stunning views of dramatic mountains reaching right to the edge of the sea. You can experience wadis and beaches as well as the springs. Salalah is a coastal city located on the shores of the Indian Ocean, in the southern part of Oman. Although close to the Arabian desert, Salalah enjoys a pleasant tropical climate and even in the summer the temperatures are not too hot as the coastal fringe of Dhofar and Salalah is touched by the winds of the southwest monsoon between June and September. The surface winds encourage an upwelling of colder waters in the Indian Ocean which cool the over-lying moisture-laden air. The fog cools temperatures considerably, such that Salalah is a popular destination for Gulf visitors in the summer as a respite from the relentless heat. The phenomenon of this rain-bearing fog is known locally as the Khareef.


This particular beach was extremely foggy every time I got there. It created incredibly mystical atmosphere, particularly during dusk. You might wonder about the f4.5, but as I was wondering around the beach, trying to find the best angle, I didn’t have time to always use tripod. Light changes very quickly in Middle East and doesn’t give you so many opportunities if you are not at the right place at the right time. I didn’t want to push ISO too high and the overall misty atmosphere didn’t need the overall sharpness f11 and above would give. I have tried slightly different way to capture this place with this shot. These two Omani ladies dressed in traditional abaya were enjoying their evening on the beach and I have used their presence to my advantage to get a human element into the shot.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lens’s focal length: 17.00 - 40.00 mm, Photo Focal length: 30.00 mm, Aperture: 4.5, Exposure time: 1/40 s, ISO: 160


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Taken on August 21, 2009