This is the most artistically beautiful and colorful building I've ever seen! I could spend hours in this area enjoying all it has to offer. Additionally, the variety of turquoise and purple mosaic tiles will allow you to have fun and experiment with different lighting, poses with your model and camera angles.
Wide-angle lens (18mm)
Model (dressed in conservative clothing)
How to get there
N25° 21' 34.1136"E51° 31' 29.4168"
This image was taken in front of Katara Mosque in Katara Cultural Village in Doha. There are many ways to get here, but I recommend taking a car.
Park in the main area at the Galeries Lafayette (25.360918, 51.522971) and then walk all the way through the center until you reach the Katara Opera House (25.359875, 51.524517).
Continue right through the streets toward the mosque. Reference the GPS coordinates if you need any help locating the location.
When to go
Late afternoon, Sunset
The Katara Mosque in Katara Cultural VIllage can be photographed during any month of the year.
If you don't want to deal with hot temperatures, then avoid the summer months (June-September).
Any and all times are great to visit! For similar lighting conditions, try to be there in the late afternoon or at sunset. As the sun starts to set, the lighting gets a bit glowy (like it is in my photo), which will allow for some nice light rays to shine behind the Mosque.
I've also seen twilight/blue night hour images that are beautiful here, too!
Make sure yourself and your model are dressed modestly. Have your shoulders covered and make sure your legs are also covered.
A wide-angle will help you to incorporate most of the mosque. The area isn't as large as it seems in the photo and shooting with a wider lens will make expand your frame.
Work with the wind and have your model let their clothes flow freely. Some natural movement will soften the image.
If you want to take more photos, you can climb the stairs and take a shot overlooking the mosque to get a different angle of the village.
Galeries Lafayette is a department store that is filled with retail shops. Spend the day window shopping or head inside the stores to treat yourself to some new clothes.
Walk over to one of the many cafes to grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. Some of the closest restaurants are Khan Farouk Tarab Cafe, Ard Canaan Restaurant and Chac'Late.