Posts Tagged ‘boat’

The Wreck

October 20th, 2010

On my last trip to Khasab, in Oman’s Mussandam peninsula, I came across this abandoned dhow.

I had to stop the car to snap a few pictures. This is one of them.

On a completely different note, for a totally different experience – namely an awesome selection and range of pictures of animals, click here.

More coming soon!

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The Graveyard, a Panorama

February 10th, 2010

As promised earlier, here is the panorama I stitched together from 11 pictures I took on my visit to the dhow graveyard in Mina Zayed.

Click on the thumbnail below to view the larger image.

More pictures coming soon!

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The Graveyard

February 6th, 2010

There’s a clearing in Abu Dhabi’s old Mina Zayed which doubles as a graveyard for derelict dhows.

I recently had the opportunity to explore it. Here are a few of the resulting pictures.

The mina (port) is gradually being torn down to be replaced by highrise hotels, office and residential buildings. The first signs of the changes to come are starting to be visible.

I guess the old must make way for the new.

I did some more experimenting with HDR this round. The HDR images below were created from 7 exposures each.

The light was just perfect. It was late evening and the sun was low on the horizon.

I loved the sunlight through the window.

The hull of one dhow was ripped open, the rusted metal sheeting peeling away from the wood planks beneath.

Most all the propellers of the derelict dhows were rusted black. This was the only one which still retained its original paint – a rusty red.

I’ll be posting a panorama I took of the graveyard soon.

Stay tuned for more pictures!

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Aldar HQ

October 3rd, 2009

From Out to Sea (Nikon D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ f10, 135mm, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

On a recent boat trip, I took a few shots of Aldar‘s new headquarters, a beautiful building currently under construction in the Al Raha Beach area just off Abu Dhabi island.

Mostly, we see it from the highway on the way to, or back from, Dubai. So I figured the perspective from (a speeding speedboat on) the sea may be interesting.

So here you go. 🙂

Closer We Go (Nikon D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ f10, 135mm, ISO 200, 1/320sec)

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Island Chilling

September 21st, 2009

Sunset Island

Eid Mubarak to one and all!

Well, Ramadan is over. And it’s back to a normal train of life. But meanwhile, there’s nothing like a boat trip to start off the Eid holiday on a good footing. I went out to one of the islands around Abu Dhabi (featured up top) with some friends. We snorkelled, walked among the mangroves, enjoyed the chattering of birds, the company of baby rays, went sea-shell hunting and stayed out rather late into the night, chatting by the fire, taking night swims and enjoying the fluorescence.

I took my camera with me, hoping to be able to capture something interesting.

Shooting from the speedboat while moving was difficult at best – too much shaking, and trying to zoom in/out through the ziplock bag I’d DIYed into a protective cover for the camera was an annoyance. To top it off, later when taking pictures of star trails I even managed to run out of juice, mid-picture. Dead battery. Should have checked it before hand. First time it happens to me – Nikon’s awesome batteries have tended to last and last and last… My bad.

Overall, fantastic day (and night) out in great company, but not a great picture-taking day.

That said, the two shots below made lugging the camera with me worthwhile.

The Mermaid

Sunset Olympics

All shots above were with a Nikon D700 with a Tamron 24mm-135mm F3.5-5.6 lens.

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