Photo tour lasted from 6 to 19 March 2010. Within 14 days of photo shoots in Yemen, had managed to shoot: the architecture of Sana'a (Old City (Sana'a) and Al-Saleh Mosque. The island of Socotra - spent 7 days on the ruins of the ancient archipelago. Toured the entire island, stopping at the most interesting places - photography (lagoon Detwah, bay Shuab, Wadi Dirhur, Aomak etc.). Take a mountain of Yemen, mountains Harraz, (Kawkaban, Tula (Tula), Zakor, al-Mahwah, Hoteyb (Hudhaib)).
Why Yemen? This country has long enticed and attracted and now her time has come. It became possible to see not only the mainland Yemen, but also belongs to Yemen to visit the island of Socotra. And this is to fly to another planet while remaining on the ground.
Photo tour in Yemen was sponsored by the Moscow office of the company SONY. It was granted on the field tests are the flagship of professional photographic, camera SONY A-900. Set top-of photographic optics, covering the focal lengths from 16 to 560 mm., Helped re-create all the objects that interest me, at the desired angle of view.
Despite the rather complex weather and far from ideal shooting conditions, encouraged by the number of successful imported images from this photo tour to Yemen. Thanks to the unique optical characteristics of lenses and a broad program opportunities camera SONY A-900, made possible to easily carry out complex photographic surveys, while not wasting valuable time searching for technological solutions.
Camera broke down and coral sands of the island of Socotra, and the salty dust waves of the Indian Ocean, and shallow clay powder Socotri Madness, and the sizzling heat of the sun. Fortunately, the prediction is not fulfilled our guide, stated the following. 'At Socotra, any shooting professional equipment die within 5-days. " But he visited the island, I realized that the wing, for this is not very optimistic phrase. At the present time, there is disassembled and the classification of the photographic material captured during Phototour on Yemen, which is more than 1500 photos.
First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all those who helped in the preparation and conduct photo tour of Yemen. Special thanks to Nadezhda Novikova - Alpindustria. Denis Romanov - a guide to Socotra http://socotra.info/ Wael - manager - guide to Yemen Sana'a and mining, as well as drivers who comply with all our whim. They made our trip so rewarding, each time managing to the desired point in time or patiently waiting for hours desired state. Now, briefly about what happened ...
Photo of Architecture of Yemen. Sana'a - the capital of Yemen. Old City of Sana'a by the Yemeni tradition founded by Shem son of Noah, immediately after the Great Flood. It is believed that he is one of the first settlements on the planet Earth. In 1986, UNESCO included the Old City of Sana'a, in the list of cultural heritage. Old City of Sana'a is the largest and most well-preserved Medina in the Arab world. The town is situated at an altitude of 2,286 m above sea level at the narrowest point of mountain plateau, above which rises the mountain Jebel Nukum. In the Old City of Sana'a about 14 thousand houses, the towers have six (sometimes nine) floors. Archaeologists claim that many of the houses in old Sana'a - replica buildings of ancient Babylon.
Al-Saleh Mosque or presidential mosque, built in 2008. 5 years of construction cost the President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh, a $ 60 million six 180 meter minarets soared into the sky over the city. Dome of the nearby buildings covers an area of 27300 square meters Most of its dome has a height of 22 meters and a diameter of 28. The mosque can accommodate 44 thousand worshipers.
Socotra - Socotra alien landscapes, decorated with dragons and bottle trees. Socotra is an island situated in the Indian Ocean, at 12 'north latitude. As a remote, more than 200 km. From the nearest mainland.
Socotra is a natural botanical museum. It is proved that the peaks Haggier, towering in the central part of the island, are the most ancient parts of the Earth's land, were not subjected to flooding in the prehistoric era, during fluctuations in global sea level. Socotra grows more than 900 species of plants, one third of which is unique and not found any more in any other corner of our blue planet. In 2003, Socotra is included in the UNESCO among the 440 biosphere reserves in the framework of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) (Man and Biosphere - MAB).
Landscapes mountain Yemen. For two days, managed to shoot "on wheels", the ancient city. Mountain terraces on which coffee is grown, sorghum, and cat. Mountains Kharaz - a wonderful place in March, they are warm shades the soil, contrasting with the young leaves. Looks very graphic quality. In the end, it came out a lot of picturesque panoramas
Photo portraits of Yemenis. Yemenis love with pictures and they have a great get. If the faces of the women of Yemen does not have it would be carefully hidden "Abay", leaving the face only a narrow slit through which see the world in huge luminous eyes, Yemen would be able to take one of the first places for exports centerfold. This conclusion can be drawn from how photogenic and natural at the time of shooting girl in Yemen. All adult male population of
Yemen, is on the belt "jumbo" (Curve dagger) and "sitting" on Kate. (Relatively high tree, young leaves of the branches of which contain substances that stimulate the narcotic effect. C causes mild euphoria and excitement. People nazhevavshis khat is becoming more sociable and talkative.) Directed by the man the camera lens does not cause woodiness of his face, and stiffness in its members. Stimulate action kata, he continues to feel completely natural and relaxed.
Also during the 5 o'clock Phototour captured HD video on Yemen and Socotra. After cutting off all the excess, you will be able to see with my own eyes regained their photographic images and photo tour proceeds.
This introductory photo tour of Yemen, was undertaken to gather useful tourist and photographic information. To the next photo tour, in this fabulous region, commit easily. Photo enthusiasts who wished to learn the secrets of photographic skill, able to hone their skills in this exotic corner of the planet, while receiving a maximum of positive and least negative emotions.
It was nice to capture the immensity and the result of the photo tour of Ymenu photos in different directions and genres. Of the 1500 photographs, most took the scenery and landscapes, surveying endemic plants, shooting architecture, panoramic picture, tourist destination, people (portraits, genre), Macro, etc.
From 15 to 18 April, PHOTOFORUM 2010 photo exhibition Yuri Afanasiev booth SONY. The exhibition attracted a large number of spectators and fans of photography. Photos taken by Yuri in photo tour of Yemen and Socotra enchanting beauty and variety of landscapes.