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China's Great Armada
JULY 2005
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Photograph by Michael Yamashita

Dhows lie beached near Ra's al Hadd in Oman, their hulls sealed with a coating of cement and animal fat. For Arab countries the dhow has been the workhorse of the Indian Ocean, just as the junk has been for the Chinese in Southeast Asia. Zheng's fleet stopped here to trade porcelain for frankincense, myrrh, and aloe.
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Camera: Canon EOS IV
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 16-35mm zoom, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: f/8 @ 1/60
Weather Conditions: Beautiful
Time of Day: Sunset
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
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