Enjoy the last few moments of precious daylight at this waterfront vista. After spending the entire afternoon on a peaceful beach, you can take a leisurely stroll toward the lighthouse as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, creating an explosion of pink, orange and yellow colors in the sky.
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Normal lens (56mm)
Polarizer (if shooting during the day)
How to get there
N24° 50' 58.326"E50° 51' 21.7872"
This image of the water and lighthouse was taken on the grounds of the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas. I stood across from the lighthouse near the Resort Marina to get this shot.
If you're coming from Doha, the drive will be about an hour and a half until you reach the hotel. The property is also connected to the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park. From the main entrance of the hotel, walk through the lobby to the beach toward Resort Marina.
Once you're walking along the waterfront, the lighthouse cannot be missed! There'll be a walkway to the lighthouse and in order to get this perspective, you'll need to stand directly across from it. Reference the GPS coordinates and you'll find the exact location of where I stood to capture this photo.
The hotel is not open to the public, so if you're not a guest, please call beforehand and ask permission to access the property to take photos.
Visit the hotel's website for more info: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/dohsbhi-hilton-salwa-beach-resort-villas
When to go
I prefer visiting the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas in the cooler months, such as January or February, because of where the sun will line up next to the lighthouse. That said, you can capture a familiar composition any month of year.
For similar conditions, sunset will be the best time to visit. If you come here a bit earlier than sunset, you can enjoy the beachside amenities and take a dip in the water, too.
Not only will the incorporation of a model breathe some life into your photo, it'll also provide a sense of scale in relation to the lighthouse.
There isn't much of a foreground element in this composition so you might have to get creative and use railings, benches or other elements.
For an even more expansive view of the sky, try photographing at a lower angle to create a unique look.
Be on the lookout for dolphins! While I was staying at the hotel, I was told that dolphins would frequent the area during specific times of the year.
Stay overnight at the hotel and reap all the benefits of the five-star experience! You can unwind at the Eforea spa with a massage, skin treatment or luxurious bath. Afterward, indulge your senses in a delicious meal at one of the eateries on the property—there are a few, like Dante Cucina Italiana or Levantine, which serves Middle Eastern dishes.