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Walls of Nizwa by Majnouna Walls of Nizwa by Majnouna
Fishing in my pil eof old yet beloved photos, this is one from Nizwa in Oman, from my 2004 trip :) I saw much of Nizwa when we lived in Oman int he early 80's, but didn't exactly retain anything, so I was thrilled to see it again with an adult eye.
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familiarshadow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
I love your picture. Is there any chance that you would give us permission to use it royalty free? I am a member of an academic department called the Middle East Institute at Georgia State University and we have a difficult time finding good photos royalty free that we can use for promotional purposes for our classes and degree programs. We would really like to use your image.

Most of our promotional things are done with fliers and brochures, such as study abroad brochures. We post most of our fliers in Jpeg format on our website. If this is still acceptable to you I can send you the link when we upload that to the site. We also have a video that is created through our University that is used to promote our Major and we do use some photos in there. At this time I am not sure where your photo will be placed or if it will be used. However, if and when it is used I will give you the link to find it on our website and send you a copy of whatever brochure or flier it may have been used in. Are these terms acceptable?

This is a link to our website:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
I suppose that's alright, but if it gets posted on the net it has to have my signature on it...
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familiarshadow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Thank you so much, I will be sure to comply with your request and let you know if and when we use it.
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Commander-June Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's totally beautiful! ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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S-sama Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautiful it hurts. It reminds me of the lovely pueblos out in the western USA. Now I wish I'd taken better pictures of them when I'd been there.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
They must be quite a sight :)
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Mutamarrid Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
This is really pretty!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
i love it!
it looks like a sand castle.
wonderful architecture.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's pretty much what it is :nod:
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virtualzelia Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
It looks so unreal, like a model or something plastic... The colors are amazing. Such a dark blue sky, I think I never saw a sky with such vivid dark blue in real life. And it's so fairytale like.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
It looks out of 1001 nights doesn't it :)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll have to join the bandwagon in concurring with the toy/model look of this :nod: The blue is so striking!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're right, it quite gives that impression! :aww:
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Anaxi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
How are those built? Stone base with some sort of plaster over it to make it all smooth?? It's an awesome photo, I've never seen a sky so... blue! The sky here even on the clearest day is pale blue.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
They may be, to be honest I didn't look very closely, but I have pics of another nearby fortress where that shows very well.
Really? Wow. I'm used to deep blue skies, it must be something to do with latitude.
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Anaxi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's my thinking as well. I'm from Alaska and sometimes the skies look damn near white, in the middle of summer. The sun is always hitting at an angle up there though. Again, gorgeous shot, the blue tiling again the sky after the earthy walls is divine. (pretty sure that's the idea to begin with, but it's gorgeous. :D)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ohhh Alaska... That would make sense then. Although you guys probably get northern lights sometimes, right? :D

Thanks :hug:
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Anaxi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
We tend to get the borealis only when it's so god damned cold you can only stand to stay outside for about 5min. XD But entirely worth it. If you go far enough north you can even hear them make crackling noises. The night I saw red ones it was -50F(-45C?)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh my God. I WILL see this one day, I have to! I didn't know they made sounds!!
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Anaxi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
it's very very soft, but they're electrical so they do make sound, like static. The coldest months, January is when I saw the most. :D sometimes they're frequent, other times you wont see (or maybe just not notice) any for a whole season. Hope you do get to! Maybe I'll get to see some of those blue blue skies, hehe.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm ravished :wow:
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
OMG..love it,wish i could there insteadt..
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
:)
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seifertacko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
:)
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Ahmedqatar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
لقطة جميلة جدا !!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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abatage Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
!!!
I lived in Oman in the 80s and remember Nizwa quite well!
Thanks for revitalising my nostalgia... I'd love to go back and see it all again with adult eyes =)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Did you!! What were you doing there?
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abatage Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
my family were living in Muscat while my father worked in Oman and we traveled around the country a lot, as well as other places - I was looking through some old photos of many things the other day and there were some from Nizwa, mainly the goat markets and Nizwa Fort... I'd love to check it all out again!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Gosh, we probably crossed paths constantly! Did you ever go swim at the intercontinental hotel?
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abatage Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
don't think so, unless that was the Al Falaj recreation centre? or the P.D.O. (never knew what that stood for), which was for the workers at my father's company. I went to the M.E.S.S. for school with all the other expats and lived in Medina Quaboos (spelling probably incorrect... been a while), but we left in 1990 after the first 'gulf war' broke out.

from what i've seen online, the whole place has changed a bit since then... it must have been awesome to go back when you did!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
We lived in Medinat Qaboos too! But we left in 1982 :) The place has changed a lot but only in good ways, no dubai nonsense, I was really happy to see that.
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abatage Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
ah so I definitely would have missed you, we got there in 1985 :)
that's good to hear, Oman is a very beautiful place and hopefully they won't overdo it like in dubai.

:D so awesome to talk to someone who has lived there, as I rarely come across anyone who's even heard of Oman here in Australia!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh I see :) Yes, the Sultan knows what he's doing, we were very favorably impressed. When we were there it was a desert with a single road and not a single shop. Now it's all green and the cities have grown but there are strict architectural rules to keep it traditional and nature-friendly. The diving was just as gorgeous as ever :D I can't wait to go back.

I'll bet!
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DDrAgO Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great photography
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Cheers!
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Kurayami-Uthmar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Student General Artist
it almost looks like a model...
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's so precious :)
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