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Lost Pier of Rakyhut by Steve Sampliner

October 2021 - Lost Pier of Rakyhut

October 2021 - Steve Sampliner

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Photo was taken on September 17, 2021 in the village of Rakyhut, Dhofar, Oman. Taken with a Hasselblad 500CM (handheld), 80mm lens on Ilford FP4 film. I recall f/11 or f/16 @ 125 sec, focus set to infinity. I was there with the intention to photograph the remains of the old seaside fishing village. Some of the structures there date back some 400 years. The village is much older than that, but whatever structures there were are gone. Actually, I'm not even sure if those three poles are from a lost pier. A few people I have talked to say that's the case, but there is no other evidence of any structure going out to sea. The tide conditions were favorable, so I went out to get a couple shots. The sky was clear that day and quite sunny. I was not really expecting much, but I liked this one and that bit of fractured reflection on the shore line.


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Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Steve, thank you for sharing the story behind the village & pier.
I like that you converted the photo to B&W. My eye goes all over the place. Since I didn't see the original photo and what type of processing you did, here is what i would had done with it.   Posted: 10/02/2021 19:10:29
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Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Sorry about the original, I forget to convert it from a tiff file. I have attached the original scan here.
This is not a conversion, it was shot on film in B&W.
The fact that you mention your eyes go all over the place is interesting. The image was not intended to be a calming smooth long exposure, so your interaction fits the experience it had while trying to get these photos. I was running in and running out trying not to get soaked by the waves. In this image, I think I had had enough, took the shot and moved on.   Posted: 10/03/2021 01:03:14
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