Oman – Stuck in Customs

The Dunes in Oman

Daily Photo – The Dunes in Oman

One day we went out “dune bashing” which basically means taking a truck and going as fast and dangerously as possible while scaring the shit out of everybody inside. It was fun for a while, but then I think my kids and I had quite enough… so it was time to go back to the nice, calm beach.

The Dunes in Oman

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  • Date Taken2016-01-14 10:22:09
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/640
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring Oman

Boy sees color for the first time

This is a very nice little video (open the link to see the full frame of the video).

They were studying color… the school principal brought in some glasses that allowed this youngster see color for the very first time from aww

Daily Photo – Exploring Oman

I’m really looking forward to getting back to Oman to explore it some more. I absolutely loved it while I was there. Sometimes, one might expect (if you watch the news that tries to scare you all the time) that countries in the middle east don’t have the nicest people. Well, it’s just not true. And, when it comes to Oman, they might just be tied for the nicest people in the world with Japan!

Exploring Oman

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  • Date Taken2016-01-13 08:18:59
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
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  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Exploring Oman

True Size Map

Prepare for mind blowage as you check out this website to check the size of one country versus others.

Daily Photo – Exploring Oman

I was allowed to stay at this beautiful mosque after closing. This is one of the security guys that was helping to show me around. He was incredibly cool and nice. At the end, we got along so well, that we became Instagram buddies and remain so until this day! πŸ™‚

Exploring Oman

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  • Date Taken2016-01-13 09:00:09
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/200
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Family Visit in Oman

When the Ratcliffs were in Oman

Here’s a little video I made while we were in Oman!

Daily Photo – Family Visit in Oman

I can’t wait to go back to Oman! I’ve been to many many countries, and I can say that the people in Oman were amongst the nicest people I’ve met in my entire life. I’ve also noticed that the nicer the people in a culture, the more they are happy with you taking photos. This is not that surprising of a corollary, but an important one to note.

By the way, this is not a picture of MY family in Oman.

Family Visit in Oman

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  • Date Taken2016-01-13 09:55:13
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length35.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Night Shooting in Oman

New Tote Bag Deep Dive!

I’m glad everyone is still excited about our new bags on Kickstarter! Here’s a new video – the deep dive on the Tote bag.

Daily Photo – Night Shooting in Oman

Two days in a row, two mosques in a row! This is in Muscat. I spent the day here with my family, but at night I went back alone with my driver to really explore this place. What I found most interesting, other than how beautiful it was, was how there was no security at all. Or, there was none as far as I could see. Maybe there were infrared cameras or something and a huge underground bunker of guys ready to jump out if I did something strange… But luckily that never happened! I was on my best mosquey behavior! πŸ™‚

Night Shooting in Oman

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  • Date Taken2016-01-02 03:29:19
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture10
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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In the Bedouin Village

Getting off the beaten path

When you travel to strange places, I always advise to go ahead and do the touristy things but then see if you can do anything special to hang out with the locals. It’s not always easy to figure out how to do this and takes a bit of legwork! …but always worth it.

Daily Photo – In the Bedouin Village

When we were in Oman and went out to explore the desert, there was a really interesting stop at a Bedouin’s home. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was invited in and sat down on some carpets. The whole home was open to the air in a way, adorned with many small decorative carpets and pillows along the tented walls. After I sat down, the man of the home offered me some extremely strong coffee, then his whole family with kids sat around me. I pulled out my iPad and shared photos from around the world. The kids loved it and we all laughed together even though we didn’t speak the same language.

In the Bedouin Village

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  • Date Taken2016-01-14 11:16:00
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/45
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO1600
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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Last one out

My Android Watch

I really love my android watch, but it always has the wrong time. This is a silly thing to say, I know. I’m pretty tech savvy, and I just can’t figure out what the hell is going on!

Daily Photo – Last one out

When I was at the Grand Mosque here in Muscat, I asked if I could be the very last tourist to leave. The whole place was very busy, but I wanted to have less people around… I think with just a few people here and there you get a tremendous sense of the scale of the place. You also get an idea of how shiny the floor is!

Last one out

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  • Date Taken2020-07-09 00:25:23
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A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

Episode 1 of the New Season, in the Wild!

and… HERE IT IS! πŸ™‚ Enjoy! If you wanna grab all 15 episodes plus extra stuff now, visit the Becoming An Artist page pronto. πŸ™‚

Sonos and Spotify

I love my Sonos system and listening to Spotify, but their integration is absolutely horrific. I don’t understand why I can’t “throw” the music from my Mac right onto the Sonos, unless I am missing something.

Daily Photo – A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

It was a moody and somewhat cool afternoon in Oman, and I was out with my son on a catamaran. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever spelled that word before… I can’t believe it has that many a’s. I was writing it out and fully expected the red squiggly. ANYWAY, while we were on the four-a’d boat, we passed this rock outcopping and saw this scene back on the beach. I didn’t even get a chance to visit this spa. It’s the Six Senses spa there at the Al Bustan Ritz-Carlton and it’s over 33,000 square feet! I think even if I did have a chance to go visit it, I’d only be able to see 10% of it.

A Beautiful Spa on a Rocky Coastline in Oman

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  • Date Taken2020-07-09 00:25:24
  • CameraDSC-RX100M4
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/125
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length25.7 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

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Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

An amazing launch!

Here’s a cool infographic that shows how Aurora HDR is just blowing up… I am glad so many people love it!

Getting into the Details

Remember you can click on these photos and follow through to the Smugmug site where you can then see the ultra-big version as well! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

What an incredible mosaic! These mosques I’ve visited in the middle east are all over the top and so beautiful. This one was in Muscat, Oman and the craftsmanship was impeccable. Also, thank Allah they let me use a tripod, otherwise a shot that is this detailed would be impossible.

Getting Dizzy at the Mosque

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  • Date Taken2016-01-13 08:06:10
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time20
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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The Deserts of Oman

Dune Bashing

What’s dune bashing? Well, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You just take a truck and run up and down sand dunes. I found it more stressful than anything, but everyone else seemed to enjoy it!

Daily Photo – The Deserts of Oman

If you go to the Middle East you gotta get a little desert time in, eh? From Muscat, we took a 2-hour car ride out to where the dunes were massive! It had just rained the day before so the sand was pretty dense and easy to walk on. This was the total opposite of when we went to the dunes a few days later in Qatar, where it was bone dry. Those dunes are VERY hard to walk on…

The Deserts of Oman

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  • Date Taken2016-01-14 10:29:56
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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