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Wadi Samail

Wadi Samail
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Copyright: Les Winder (rewind) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 5 N: 133] (1139)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Pentax K5, Pentax DA 16-45mm F/4
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 11:21
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wadi Samail at Fanjah, some 40 km southwest of Muscat, a perennial wadi which flows northwards along the Samail Thrust. Taken during a recent short holiday in Oman while we were driving down from Muscat to Nizwah, the old capital of Oman. As you will see, there is still a small flow of water in the wadi. If you look closely to the left of and slightly above the centre of the picture you will see two figures, one black and one yellow. These are two people walking and it gives some idea of the sheer size of the wadi. It must be quite a sight after heavy rains in the mountains! Cropped and colours adjusted slightly, resized for upload. Oman is a beautiful country, well worth a visit if you ever get the chance. Hope you like it!

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Hi Dad,

Looks like a great place, from looking at the picture you really get no sense of the scale of the place until you find the two people.

See you soon


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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
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Hello, Les.

This is quite amazing - as Tom says, one has no idea of the scale of things until we look at those two tiny figures in the distance. You've not used a particularly wide-angle setting on your lens (just 36mm which must be roughly equivalent to 50mm on a standard 35mm camera), so I would guess that the wadi is perhaps a mile wide - probably not much less anyway.

A great picture and a very interesting and informative note too.

Oh, it looks like there's not much sign of civilisation here - apart from the give-away sign of the telegraph wires at top left!

Kind Regards,


Hi Les,
I like this very much, a full palette of colors and what a view! Soft colors but beautiful. TFS

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