This glimpse of a market stall in the famous Souq Waqif is full of glowing lights, handmade bags and charming trinkets. Walking through the different vendors, it'll make you feel like you're back in time at a traditional market where locals did their daily shopping.
Normal lens (55mm)
How to get there
N25° 17' 16.0008"E51° 31' 59.5992"
This image of the market stall was taken in Souq Waqif, which is easiest to get to via taxi or car. If you're in a car, input "Souq Waqif" into your GPS and then reference the GPS coordinates to get you to this specific location.
Alternatively, you can also take public transportation to reach Souq Waqif. On the Gold Line, get off at the stop "Souq Waqif". Head north on Grand Hammand St and use the GPS coordinates to guide you.
Once you're there, walk south across the plaza and then turn left down the road. This specific market will be across from Parisa restaurant and an outdoor tea stall.
When to go
You can visit this market stall in Souq Waqif during any month. Doha's climate doesn't change much throughout the year, so you'll be met with similar conditions regardless of the season.
When visiting around sunset, the lanterns in the stall will be illuminated and they'll create a beautiful, soft ambiance. In my opinion, focusing on the contrast of the sunset lighting and the blue glow from the market stall can make for a more dynamic photo.
Using a wide or medium focal length lens will help immerse the viewer in the scene. For reference, I shot with a 55mm focal length to get this shot.
Try to align yourself with one of the leading lines in the image so you can capture a photo that has equal proportions.
A tight shot will allow you to photograph the details of the trinkets, which are an important aspect of the market's character. They're also full of color, so pay attention to which are popping more than others and focus on them.
You can spend the entire day or night at Souq Qaqif! Get lost in the different marketplaces and make sure to try some local cuisines at one of the many restaurants and cafes.