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In the rustic little market inside the Sultan's Fort in Al Ain, on the border between the UAE and Oman, I came across these sellers of various goods from spices and canned food to hoses, rifles and ammunition. I tried to take a shot without attracting their noticing me, but this woman looked up and straight at me just as I snapped. I thanked her at least and walked away quickly. She does not look pleased in the photo. I'm not quite sure what to call her face covering; I'd never seen anything like that before.

That fellow behind her, he looks a bit blurry; I think it's cigarette smoke. He looked away just as the woman in black looked up.

I used my first digital camera, a Pentax compact, to take this, with the focal length set at about 85mm. I haven't got to a DSLR yet, but that little camera seems out of the dark ages already, nearly four years later. At least it had an optical viewfinder, a rare thing these days on a compact.

I liked that little market. One thing I observed was the apparent nonchalance of the vendors; perhaps they knew something I didn't about the demand for shooting apparati.

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