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I'll huff and I'll puff...


I'll huff and I'll puff...
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Copyright: Betty Khoury (Betty) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 10] (186)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-31
Categories: Desert, Seascape
Camera: Canon PowerShot A700
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-04 7:53
Viewed: 5763
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
...and I'll blow your house down!

Sand storms truly are a force of nature. This one appeared and overtook us in less than 2 minutes.

We were sitting on the hotel pier in Ain Sukhna (Red Sea, near the Suez Canal) our backs to the shore and I was taking pictures of a lovely blue sky with sun streaming through a few friendly looking clouds, when all of a sudden the wind started blowing very strongly.

The horizon was still sunny and peaceful but when we turned around we could barely make out the shoreline, the hotel was hidden in a giant dust cloud and pretty soon the cloud started making it's way over the sea which is what you can see in the image.

Making our way off the pier and back to our hotel room was quite the experience with sand whipping at our skin and debris flying around. The storm lasted for a few hours though not quite with the same intensity it rolled in with.

Sand storms are a common occurrence towards February-March-April in Egypt, during a season they call "Al Khamasseen" which translates into "The Fifty", which are basically fifty days of highly changing weather punctuated with sand storms and small showers.
The sand storms can reach the cities, even Cairo but they are usually not as impressive as in the desert of course.

It probably wasn't wise taking photos during the storm, though my camera lens doesn't seem to have suffered any damage thankfully!

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Impressive storm brewing. WOW!!!
Great job getting a shot of this and I'm thankful your camera is ok.

Hello Betty ,
wow...so THATS what a sand storm looks like...what an image...so glad you had a place to be safe..it doesn't look like a pleasant place to be outdoors in...Great photo of the action.
TFS

Donna :o)

great action capture good subject nice composition

Hello Bettty,
I was thinking about the sensor and lens:-)
But interesting content you displayed here.
TFS
Annick

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-07-04 11:24]

Hi Betty
What a wonderful capture.
very good composition showing the two half parts of the image
goes to my favorites
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regards;
Taba

What a dramatic scene with what looks like a clash of the Titans. The sand towering to the scale of the clouds, and hovering over water is nature flexing its power indeed. Beautiful color and clarity. Well done.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-04 23:46]

Hi Betty,

A well captured natural event,colors and compo are great,tfs

Paul

Hi Betty
Great picture, showing the power of nature. good composition and colours. I would cut the picture a little on the left side to remove this plastic chair, but that's just minor thing.
Thanks for sharing
Ania

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-05 3:58]

Hello Betty,
This is a really impressive capture, so well-timed and it looks very dramatic. Excellent composition and colours are beautiful. Good note too.
We experience a similar sandstorm on Tenerife - it was a frightening experience.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Betty.
Wow. Very dramatic. Great POV. Good colour. Reminds me of the dust storms we get back home in Australia. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

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