Khalid Siddeeq  


Al Mukalla Sea by Khalid Siddeeq

February 2021 - Al Mukalla Sea

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken just 6 days ago, when I had the chance to visit Yemen in a different situation, a country who still in a war since 6 years, volunteering relief trip got me a chance to see the local life in a beautiful city, lovely people who they still try to survive. The picture shows father and son, watching the sunset in the Indian Ocean.

I shot this photo using Canon 5D Mark IV, 700-200 Lens, with a focal length of 185mm, and F/2.8 aperture, for 1/1600 sec exposure time, with no tripod, edited using Adobe Lightroom Classic.


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12 comments posted




Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hi Khalid

Was just browsing thumbnails and came across you quite colorful image. The beautiful tint imparted to the water by the setting sun is certainly an eye catcher. Your composition, placing the father and son on the right side fixation points works quite well.

I have always tried to find strong story lines in images and while there is an intimate story of a father and a son I noted in your write up about the war torn country and couldn't help but wonder that since you mentioned it why you didn't include that concept in the image? I would think that a father and son, enjoying a peaceful yet intimate moment on a beach with the devastation of war behind them would be an extremely strong story line. To this end (and I realize you didn't include your ISO setting) I noted that your aperture was wide open at f2.8 but your shutter speed was a very fast 1/1600. By reducing the shutter speed you could have increased the aperture and thus included some of the structures in the background and perhaps added them to the story line.

This is not a critique of your image, rather I am trying to understand your intent so that I can better understand the story line of your image. Since it is your image, how you want it to look is all that matters, I'm just interested in the story. I would appreciate knowing your thoughts on the subject. Thanks   Posted: 02/04/2021 15:42:27
Khalid Siddeeq   Khalid Siddeeq
Hello Larry,
Thank you for passing by, happy to see that the thumbnail toke you attention.
I do agree that having an intimate moment on a beach with the devastation of war behind them would be an extremely strong story line, but since there was some soldiers around, it was not easy to to capture more compositions. On the the other hand, I do agree that the shutter speed was very fast.
Thank a lot for your reply   Posted: 02/10/2021 03:31:40



Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
An interesting image. looking so serene it completely belies the setting of a war torn country. I see Larry's point but maybe the contrast of seeing the image but knowing the location is enough to add interest to the story. Either way it's an interesting shot.   Posted: 02/15/2021 19:31:49
Khalid Siddeeq   Khalid Siddeeq
Thank you Mr. Graham for your feedback   Posted: 02/28/2021 11:52:53



Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
This is a very nice peaceful image, one that belies the location in the background.   Posted: 02/18/2021 14:23:47
Khalid Siddeeq   Khalid Siddeeq
Thanks Alan   Posted: 02/28/2021 11:53:17



Fred Doerfler   Fred Doerfler
The colors are amazing. I like the bokeh and the separation of the father and son enabling me to easily make out who they are. I like the lower perspective of the camera. I am distracted by the red item that the father is holding(?hat). The red item does not complement the predominant colors of the image. The boy is nearly a silhouette and i believe having the father more of a silhouette would make a stronger image. Overall, very nice from my viewpoint.   Posted: 02/22/2021 20:06:21
Khalid Siddeeq   Khalid Siddeeq
Yes I do agree that the red bag looks different from the all other items in the picture, having silhouette on the father and son might also be great idea. Thanks a lot   Posted: 02/28/2021 11:55:18



Cora Rosenhaft   Cora Rosenhaft
I really like this image. The light and coloring is beautiful. It tells a story of a father and son having a peaceful moment on the beach. Learning the location of the photo adds to story. I think it shows us how people are the same all over the world, regardless of the situation they find themselves in. It humanizes those who are victims of war and violence that can easily be lost in a bunch of statistics and numbers.   Posted: 02/28/2021 10:15:21
Khalid Siddeeq   Khalid Siddeeq
Thank you very much Cora   Posted: 02/28/2021 11:55:49



JoAnne Rolle   JoAnne Rolle
Sunsets near water are one of my favorite images.... this one is serene and mellow...the image is artistic and almost resembles an abstract pastel. While it has a story -- I am fascinated by the beauty of the lines and imagery.   Posted: 02/28/2021 11:34:26
Khalid Siddeeq   Khalid Siddeeq
Thank you JoAnne   Posted: 02/28/2021 11:58:05