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Wadi Rum Arch

Wadi Rum Arch
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09
Categories: Desert
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-01 12:35
Viewed: 27766
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken on a Kodak 4 million pixel digital camera I bought for the office - I was still taking slides at the time. The camera came with a basic PC package - which I have tried to undo to upload.

A wadi (Arabic: وادي wādī) is traditionally a valley. In some cases it can refer to a dry riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain. Crossing wide wadis at certain times of the year can be dangerous, because of unexpected flash floods. Such flash floods cause many deaths each year in Saudi Arabia and many other Middle Eastern countries.

Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures — including the Nabateans — leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples. As of 2007, several Bedouin tribes inhabit the area.
In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), who based his operations in Wadi Rum during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18.

A natural arch or natural bridge is a natural formation (or landform) where a rock arch forms, with a natural passageway through underneath. Most natural arches form as a narrow ridge, walled by cliffs, become narrower from erosion, with a softer rock stratum under the cliff-forming stratum gradually eroding out until the rock shelters thus formed meet underneath the ridge, thus forming the arch. Natural arches commonly form where cliffs are subject to erosion from the sea, rivers or weathering (sub-aerial processes); the processes "find" weaknesses in rocks and work on them, making them bigger until they break through. Other area where arches are found in numbers are; Arches National Park, Utah, USA and the Acacus Mountains in Libya (picture in my folder).

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what a scenic place! photographer's dream. Very interesting info. You don't say the exact location i.e. somewhere in the Middle-east?
thank you

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-01 13:52]

Hi James

Another outstanding landscape shot from you and another monument of natural architecture!
The colors here are simply beautiful and the composition that you managed to create here - with the arch on the right and those impressive clifs on the left and in the BG - is outstanding.
The details are great and sahrp and the perspective is superb.
Impressive work with that little camera :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-01 15:14]

Hola James,
hostil habitat,
colores y estupendos detalles,
excelente postal,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-01 15:45]

Hi James. Taken a long time ago how camers have changed.very good interesting landscape all help with your notes.good colour and detail .well done TFS.

Hello James,
Delicate details, and the dirt track gives a good scaling!
A well composed image with good colours and sharp fine details, in particular I'm impressed by the blue of the sky!
Pablo -

Jordan has many natural treasures, James, and this one is quite fascinating. It is a giant of an arch and has been very well photographed in relationship with the flat plain and the mountains in the distance.
I have always been impressed with whatever few Wadis I have seen here in Saudi Arabia.
Thanks and regards.

very good photo

Aun a pesar de los pocos píxeles, muy buena definición y perfectos colores James.
Interesante nota amigo.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hello James,
What I like most here beside this great subject is this exposure. This sky looks amazing! This is also a great composition with excellent DOF and beautiful details. What an interesting place again! Thanks,

Hi James.
Intersting motive, excellent shot. This is such an amazing view. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-03 2:09]

Hi James,
A very good view of the desert at large. I didn't know of this arch in Wadi Rum. Incidentally, some geologists define an arch and a bridge as different formations depending on the kind of erosional force.
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-03 8:02]

Hello James

A nicely composed shot of this arch.The colours contrast nicely with the blue sky.Very good POV and DOF.The focus and details are sharp.TFS

Rob BL

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-03 8:52]

This is a splendid shot from you James.THe arch revealing the natural formation and the mountains far away in the "wadi".Great PoV making it a Great composition.
TFS & Cheers

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-02-07 2:57]

Hi James
another great view of the rocks...
I like the desert images and this one is very colorful and well composed.


Hello James
Very intersting scene you show us here,
Perfect compositin,exposure and POV,Welldone my friend.


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