Cold, fog, and rain greeted us in Jordan, but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming at dinner the first evening. These musicians did a lot to warm up the reception when they broke into a traditional dance, complete with flourishing cutlasses (I’m glad they liked us).
The next day, though, was clear and sunny and most of our group headed off to the magnificent Petra. Having seen it before, I opted to go out to Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum looks for all the world like the Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah…..except that it has camels and bedouins. like these guys below, serenading us with music and song in their tent while we took a break from the midday sun.
For a couple more pix and a quick discussion of the flash technique for the top picture, hit the jump.
When you have subjects that are varying distances from your flash, like the four dancers, you have to try to feather the flash away from the foreground people and more towards the background.
This makes up for the extreme falloff of the flash and evens up the light. In this case, I had the SB 800 off camera and feathered toward the furthest guy.
Using the popup flash on the D90 as controller only, with no visible light output, I panned back and forth with the dancers and fired away.
The final exposure was something like 1/20th @f/ 4, ISO 800, rear curtain sync.
It took quite a few exposures to get one that had the guys lined up so nicely.
At left is the Treasury in Petra (from a previous trip) made famous by Spielberg in one of the Indiana Jones flicks.
It’s one of those times you wish you carried a 24mm PC lens.
Finally, below, is a camel on the road to Wadi Rum who found a very original way to scratch his neck.
Camels may be mean and ornery, but nobody said they were stupid! Onto India from here. I’ll keep you posted.