Photo 101: Natural World and Warmth

Life in my cubicle is quiet at the moment. The summer term is over and students are preparing for final exams and fasting for Ramadan. The good news is that I only have to spend five hours per day at work during the fasting month. The difficult part is no tea, water or snacks are allowed on campus during Ramadan. Today, I have no exams and all my work is done. All I can think about is food and tea. Why is it that when we can’t have something we want it even more?

To avoid thinking of food and drinks I am trying to can catch up on my photo 101 assignments.  I am also  desperately struggling not to open my desk drawer and get out my dried apricots for a snack.

A few months ago, as I was strolling along a beach in Salalah, Oman, I noticed an interesting pattern formed by the wind and sand. I stopped and took a photo. After this beach promenade I wandered around the city and captured a photo of a mosque with white clouds hovering above it and in the background. I have selected these two photos to interpret “natural world and leading lines”.

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There is no shortage of light in Nizwa. Cloudy skies are a rare sight, so if you can stand the heat it is easy to take photographs using natural light. There is a small oasis near my place and I often go jogging in this area. The date palms offer some pleasant scenery, a break from the dull, dusty landscape that characterizes most of the city and more importantly a shade source. This morning I took my camera and snapped some photos to interpretwarmth and quality of light”. Light1
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