Until about ten years ago, the jockeys were small boys from Pakistan and Bangladesh, which were secured to the saddles with velcro. For obvious reasons human rights stopped this practice and nowadays remote controlled robots are used instead.
Even though the racing season came to an end, I finally managed to go to Al Marmoom and was surprised by the overall activity just before sunset. Literary hundreds of camels are held inside large camel pens next to the track and are taken for a walk during the cooler periods of the day.
The image above of a 12 camel caravan, gives me a feel of bedouins tracking on their trusty animals somewhere deep in the desert. This is definitively a place I'll revisit in the future.
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200 VR2 2.8
ISO 400, 165mm, f8, 1/200s
RAW development in LR4
ColorEfex 4 for contrast adjustment
Nik SilverEfex 2 for Black and White conversion
More images of the afternoons shoot can be found in my "UAE Daily Life" gallery.
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