KeyElements
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Life - Salalah, Oman

Since we went to Salalah during the dry season, I knew we weren't going to see the lushness of the area so I decided to take pictures of other things that could represent life in the area like the frankincense tree that provides people with a livelihood and also a picture of an old boat that was used by the people go fishing.

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KeyElements made Life - Salalah, Oman with:

Travel Photography: The Essential Guide

Online Class

Travel Photography: The Essential Guide

with Jad Davenport

Project Description

Since we went to Salalah during the dry season, I knew we weren't going to see the lushness of the area so I decided to take pictures of other things that could represent life in the area like the frankincense tree that provides people with a livelihood and also a picture of an old boat that was used by the people go fishing.

Q&A with KeyElements

Jad Davenport asked:
Hi there, so this is a wonderful collection of images from a place I'm dying to go to, thanks for sharing. And I'm pleased to see you had a theme - life in the dry season. First, I like the diversity of the images. You gave us some nice wide landscape and city/harborscape images, you also have some fun detail shots - I really like how you got down low for the shot of the crab (that image also has a very nice background in it). You have a fun action shot of people pushing out the boat. Your composition on the all the shots is nice. Moving forward, think about including some close-up portraits so we can see what the people look and dress like, and think about including colors that are lacking - could you find some green in maybe a shot of a robe or fabric. Likewise with a nice red shot. Editors will be looking for a diversity of colors as they layout the story. We have a lot of nice yellows, browns and blues here, we need some greens and reds. My absolute favorite shot is of the camels on the cliff above the beach. Everything is great - it's a wonderfully unexpected and interesting scene - we have nice color in the water and land, the light is great, composition is tack-on, and there's a great moment. Super shot and nice work!!! Think about trying some portraits now - I know it can be daunting, but check out the chapter on how to photograph strangers if you haven't seen it already.
KeyElements answered:
Thank you for your feedback! That picture of the camels on the cliff over the water was on our boat ride from Dalkut to Khor Karfut. I went through my stash of pictures and found ones that I took of people. They weren't the best so I left them out initially. They're in there now. I was bummed out because I asked for their permission, but didn't take enough so when I got home I didn't have much to work with. I'll definitely review that chapter again! I also went through my pictures to see if I could find more color in the pictures, but I didn't have any reds except for on the people I was traveling with. I do have green, but its of plants and trees, nothing interesting. I will have to pay more attention to color going forward. Thank you so much for all your help! I'll use these tips when we go on our next trip. Next stop Japan! P.S. I'm interested to see the pictures you take in Oman, so you'll have to post them somewhere or let me know when it's published!

Skill Level

Beginner