Here's a sample from our final slideshow - the brief was simple: your three best shots from the trip. At least I think it was three. Several members from the tour submitted more than that, which was fine. Here are my thoughts...
Ian Caldwell.Great shot of clay pots hanging 'somewhere' in Oman. Good, solid, black-and-white with a nice contrast and depth to it - a lot of greyscale images can come out flat and lacklustre. This isn't.
Ian CaldwellI rather like this one too - literally oozing with atmosphere and texture...
Ian CaldwellColour version of the monochrome below - I far prefer the BW version. Just a personal thing. Both, I think could have their contrast increased a bit - to lift the highlights. The colour version in particular looks a bit 'muddy'.
Ian Caldwell.Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat - impressive looking mosque and quite the best photographic 'treatment' of it - black-and-white HDR. Needs straightening a bit and maybe some perspective correction? Otherwise nice job!
Glyn PatrickMuscat fish markets - great place for shooting and a great 'detail' shot. Actually it looks more like a hand-coloured black-and-white image which I rather like.
Glyn PatrickA tongue in cheek shot of the fish markets, no idea how Glyn got this shot but it works - it has a distinctly surreal aspect.
Glyn PatrickNot so sure about this one - I think this is government housing under construction?
In the middle of the mountains? Anyway it does not say anything about the region or the country - so needs a caption.
Glyn PatrickExcellent 'still life' of a typical Omani water pot.
Beautiful black-and-white is near-perfect. I suspect Nik Silver EFEX. Nice app and great black-and-white result.
Glyn PatrickGreat picture Glyn, very direct and almost spooky-clear eye contact, so important in many portraits, great contextual background too. I also like the use of a vignette.
Fay BurdonGotta give Fay credit for this one - I saw what happened to her shoes as she slowly sank into the mire while trying to line this one up!
Fay BurdonFabulous seascape of Khasab in Oman. Perfect headlands receding into the mist. Nice job Fay - I'd possibly crop a tiny bit off of the bottom of the frame!
Fay BurdonReally interesting to see this one - compared to the 2 from Ian. This is straighter and more architecturally-accurate - which I think works nicely.
Fay BurdonNot a bad result considering the amount of haze on the day - good job on processing this one to bring out the detail in the various ridges off into the distance.
Fraser BurdonThe tones and lighting regime almost make it look like an early Dutch Master (that's a painting!)
Fraser BurdonHey Fraser this works really well - like the shot above, the tones and lighting make this look more like a painting than a digital image..
Lucie LoaneThe village of Bilad Seit. Nice landscape shot - very hard to show in one shot its amazing position in reference to the mountains we drove over to get there!
Hi Lucie, I think there's a bit too much foreground interest in this one! And it would be nice to see the dome of the mosque here - but I guess that means you have to stand on the ramparts!
Lucie LoaneLooks like a still from a film set.
I would try to lighten the woman's face a bit - use a mask in Photoshop to do this
Lucie LoaneLike Ian's version, this is a weird place. I think Ian's HDR treatment was better (sorry!)
Because the wacky colour fitted the equally wacky restaurant nicely.
A nice dark portrait. Looks a bit like an Omani Russell Crowe.
Classical Arabic architecture, very symbolic of the region. Excellent to see this in strong black-and-white
Not so sure about this one J. I took a shot very like this a couple of years ago and never really liked it - I realised it was because the light was wrong . Like this one, it's too flat - maybe try to boost it in Photoshop?
Not a bad study of Muttrah Harbour - the guy in right has his face in shadow - this makes his head look like a dark blob, maybe this could be lightened a bit?
Not so sure about this one either - if you have never been to the region you'd not know what this is, or why you took a snap of it.
Nice and colourful study - boats and history. BIG forground interest works well I think.
Sue CaldwellSimple and effective Sue.
It's a very 'Arabic' symbol and will work well in your upcoming book!
A nice study of street life in an Arabic country. Men out having a natter in the square.
Works for me.
Sue CaldwellPhoto group in action on the road to Bilad Seit
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