Dressed up, paraded around, this Turkish camel is ready for his match!
Winter is the season of camel wrestling in Turkey.
Just like this handsome dude, owners deck out their camels before parading them through the streets of the town on the day before the match.
On wrestling day, the camels are still fancied up, then loaded unceremoniously on the back of the truck, to be led to a pasture to wait for their matches. Then they wait, have their photos taken, get fondled by tourists…(oops, was that just me?)
Finally the owner comes to walk them [...]
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This was one of the largest camel herds we came across while traversing Mongolia, and this man loved showing off his camels, especially the babies.
HDR photo-processing lends itself better to certain kinds of photography. I like it for showing people who are working. It seems it adds a texture to the photo that shows how hard-working the subjects are. This photo was taken on a 4WD tour of the desert around Dubai. We were flying through and had a minimum of a 13 hour layover, so we extended it to the full weekend and did a tour. It was tons of fun.
Walking down the street through the market stalls of Selçuk on a January Saturday afternoon, a cacophony of noise erupted. Hurrying to see what was happening, we ran to the town square. There backed by a huge banner of Atatürk on one side and an ancient aqueduct on the other, was the largest camel I have ever seen. He was frothing at the mouth and decked out in all the latest camel finery. His saddle, covered with colorful felt and sequins, made him look like he was at least twelve feet tall. There would be no way that I wouldn’t mess around with [...]
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