NOT JUST A STRING OF STILLS
Liju Cherian –
Muscat, April 7 –
Oman is just not only about desert and forts. The real beauty of the Sultanate lies in its entirety,” says a Sri Lankan landscape photographer who has fallen in love with the country.
Dinesh Deckker, from Colombo, who came to Oman in 2014 has made a short promotional travel video. Using 48 photos, the video without any narration uses Photo Motion, a new technology.
None of the travel videos according to him showcases the real beauty of Oman as they mostly focus on forts, deserts and culture.
“My video focuses on bio diversity and the greenery of Oman. When my friends saw it, they were stunned to see the greenery and the wildlife of Oman.”
Called Beauty of Oman, the stills with added effects like clouds, rain, and dust take the viewer beyond the ordinary.
Recalls Dinesh of how he was fascinated by photography. “When I got my first zoom lens, I started photographing the birds in my home garden. I waited for hours in the garden to take their shots. Gradually, this became a habit and every weekend I travelled looking for wildlife.”
He has visited all the national parks in Sri Lanka and even shot few wildlife documentaries on the life of Red-vented Bulbul, Sri Lankan Leopards, Frogmouth, and Blue Magpie.While in Sri Lanka, he also produced over 100 documentaries getting more than 400,000 views on YouTube.
In 2015 he completed two documentaries on Muttrah souq and Wadi Dayqah dam in Qurayat, now on YouTube.
The present video titled ‘Beauty of Oman,’ was inspired by Subhashini Sumanasekara, Dinesh’s wife, who has produced the video.
The video was made as a pilot project prior to a comprehensive documentary. The project equipment and the travelling expenses being expensive, he wanted to get the experience and needed finance before making it into a full documentary feature.
He produced the video at his home studio with the assistance of his wife and Chathuranga, a friend, who assisted him with the visual effects. The visuals were created using software and pre-production took two weeks to complete. He also plans to hold a wildlife photography exhibition later this year.
Dinesh has dreams to photograph the Arabian Leopard, a rare species native to Arabian Peninsula.
Listed as a leopard subspecies native to the Arabian Peninsula and as Critically Endangered since 1996. The population is severely fragmented and is believed to decline continuously.
‘Beauty of Oman’ is available on Youtube (https://youtu.be/muGrLm42c94)