location-photo
camera
len
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L ll USM Lens
Shutter Speed
1/400 sec
Aperture
f/4.0
Focal Length
16mm
ISO
2000

Old Well & Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center

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@yk
Capturing a bird as it elegantly flies into this scene makes this image of the Souq Waqif Well even that much more enchanting. The amber glow that emanates from the waterhole complements the sky during blue hour, and with the Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center in the back, this viewpoint creates an aesthetically-pleasing composition.

Plan

Overview

Skill level

Easy
Accessbility
Public Location

Hours

Anytime

Fee

Free

Pack

  • Wide-angle lens (16mm)
  • Tripod

How to get there

N25° 17' 22.0848"E51° 32' 00.7908"
This image was taken in front of Old Well, with a view of the Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center. The easiest way to get here is by taking a car or a cab to Souq Waqif. Alternatively, you can also take public transportation to reach Souq Waqif. On the Gold Line, get off at the stop "Souq Waqif". Once you're in the area, reference the GPS coordinates to get to the waterhole called Old Well.

Tips

When to go

Best season

All months

Best time

Blue Hour
I prefer photographing the well at Souq Waqif in December when the weather is cooler, but you can snap a similar shot during any time of year—just be prepared for the weather!
I wanted to capture the transition of day to night, so I took this photo at the onset of Blue Hour. The blue and yellow hues of the scene complement each other so well!

Field tips

I recommend getting close to the well and then using a wide-angle lens to broaden the frame (16mm). This way, you can still capture the detail of the well, while also featuring the buildings in the background.
Try to keep the photo balanced by putting the well on the left third of the frame and the tower on the right third.
A tripod will be useful when using long exposure to photograph the moving water.
I think it's best to use a slow shutter speed to get the water an ultra smooth look.

Current weather

Doha
Clear
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F
Tue
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Wed
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Thu
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Fri
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Sat
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Blue Hour

01:19
94o
Clear

Sunrise

01:45
94o
Clear

Golden Hour

14:54
94o
Clear

Sunset

15:27
94o
Clear

Do nearby

Souq Waqif is an incredible market that's filled with eclectic shops and local eateries. Some of the most popular things to buy are flavorful Middle Eastern spices, traditional clothes and high-end jewelry. Spend the day here exploring and you're guaranteed to go home with something special!

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