Ever since I moved to the Middle East almost 11(!!!) years ago I found the traditional Arabic patterns really interesting. There’s always really nice shapes and they make great photo subjects. A few months ago during the Faces and Places workshop with David Nightingale and Bobbi Lane we spent the first morning photographing the Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman. It’s a beautiful place, but at the time we were there it was very busy so it was difficult to come up with interesting shots that could give you a feel for the place without the hordes of tourists.
As a result I spent most of the morning trying to focus on small details, like the door handle below or these patterns from a previous post. I struggled for a while to get a shot of this handle that I was happy with , but in the end very shallow depth of field worked for me.