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Camels in Flannels
Photograph by George Steinmetz

Tied to stakes at a desert camp in Yemen, a pair of camels await their Bedouin masters. Their coverings protect them from wind, cold, and blowing sand—and give them a sporty look. Legendary for their ability to carry loads weighing several hundred pounds for days without water, camels once offered the only reliable means of transportation in the Empty Quarter. Although the Bedouin increasingly use pick-up trucks, camels remain central to their culture, providing meat, milk, leather, wool, and dung, which is dried and used as fuel for fires.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon 8008
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/8.5
Weather Conditions: Hot
Time of Day: Near midday
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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