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Graffiti Town – Part V

November 12th, 2010

This is the final (and long overdue) part in the five-part series on graffiti, wall art and tagging in Brussels, Belgium, and Barcelona, Spain. You can check out parts 1 through 4 here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Barcelona is so graffiti-mad that you can even find cool post cards of the wall art all over town.

Seen from Park Guell looking out over Barcelona.

I’d love to know how they got all the way up the wall…

Voom-voom!

On a different note, some very different and amazing stuff lined up:

More coming soon!

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The Burnt Car

December 28th, 2009

Someone parked their old Volvo to the side of a tiny side street and then set fire to it. God only knows why. Insurance perhaps? That said, there doesn’t always have to be a reason why people do what they do. This is Lebanon, after all.

The carcass is visible from my window. I needed a break from work at one point and so I grabbed my camera and trusty gorillapod and went down to take a closer look.

I wanted to try some more HDR. Here are a few of the results. Each image below was created from 5 separate exposures.

Burnt Car-1 (D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f11, ISO 200 - HDR)

Burnt Car-3 (D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f11, ISO 200 - HDR)

Burnt Car-3 (D700, DR-5, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f11, ISO 200 - HDR)

Burnt Car-4 (D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f8, ISO 200 - HDR)

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National Day Celebrations

December 4th, 2009

So on December 2nd – UAE National Day – I was invited by a friend to her house for a cosy party with a view. A view on to the madness on the streets below and (eventually) the fireworks.

The party was a giant success. Seen from the outside, as one of my good friends who was there mentioned, it likely would have seemed somewhat odd – It was a party which: was organised by Italian-speaking Lebanese; for Italians; who were served traditional homemade Lebanese food; and all in celebration of the 38th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. Hehe.

Anyway, pictures.

Evidently, I took my camera and gear. Now while my friend’s apartment has a great view onto the Corniche, it has no balcony, and the windows wouldn’t open beyond a 5 degree angle. I tried the roof, but it was entirely walled around, with tiny arches affording limited views onto the street below through metal grating. Not so great for taking pictures.

So at around the time the fireworks were set to start, I grabbed my camera gear (and one of my fellow guests), and hurried down to brave the madness of the crowds.

Everybody and their grandmother seemed to be out on the Corniche. All nationalities, all social circles. Everybody. The streets overflowed with humanity out to celebrate with the Emiratis and have a good time. Entire families were out picnicking  on the grass by the side of the road. Party hats and flags and foam spray cans were all over the place.

Every year, I find myself surprised by how quickly a nation – this nation – was built. How quickly Emiratis built a sense of national identity and pride. And I was proud to be out among them in this country that’s given me everything to celebrate with them.

Right. Pictures.

I was in a rush to get to get to the beach at the Hiltonia before the fireworks started and so didn’t really spend as much time shooting on the streets as I’d otherwise would have liked.

Nevertheless, here are a few shots from the streets:

As always, it was particularly fascinating to see the overdecorated cars making the rounds at snails pace, music blaring.

The Decked-Out Car (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 640, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

We even spotted horses and riders!

Horses! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 60mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Mad Hatter (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 6400, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

Even bikes were decked out!

Decked Out Bikes (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 640, 1/60sec + flash SB900)

This Jeep just halted in the middle of the road:

Halt I Say! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 55mm, f11, ISO 200, 6secs)

The Policeman At The Crossing (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90mm, f14, ISO 200, 6secs)

Stalled Party Goers (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/4sec)

I managed to get to the beach front and set up just in time to catch the very first of the fireworks.

I was particularly excited as I’d never shot fireworks before and was looking to try my hand and experiment. I’m still sorting through the shots I’ve taken – haven’t seen them all yet – but here is a small selection.

Fireworks 1 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85mm, f8, ISO 200, 1sec)

Fireworks 2 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f8, ISO 200, 1sec)

Fireworks 3 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112mm, f8, ISO 200, 1.3sec)

Fireworks 4 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f8, ISO 200, 2secs)

Fireworks 5 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f8, ISO 200, 2secs)

Fireworks 6 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f8, ISO 200, 2secs)

Fireworks 7 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f8, ISO 200, 2secs)

Fireworks 8 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 95mm, f8, ISO 200, 2secs)

Fireworks 9 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 112mm, f8, ISO 200, 1.3secs)

Fireworks 10 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56mm, f8, ISO 200, 1.3secs)

Fireworks 11 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 50mm, f8, ISO 200, 1sec)

Fireworks 12 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f8, ISO 200, 1sec)

Fireworks 13 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 82mm, f8, ISO 200, 2secs)

Fireworks 14 (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 95mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/2sec)

Here’s a shot from a place I’d been meaning to shoot for a long time now and never got around to: the tunnel leading from the Hilton to the Hiltonia beach across the road. This young woman came walking down the tunnel alone and the whole scene came together like a charm.

Girl & Tunnel (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/13sec)

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Bangalore – Slices of Life – Part I

November 28th, 2009

Bangalore is a busy and bustling place. It’s a city that has grown enormously in recent years to become the IT heart of India.

I tried to capture as much of the life and spirit of the city as I could in the short time I was there. Unfortunately, time was very limited and traffic was so frustratingly bad it took forever to get from place to place. The end result was that what I saw of  Bangalore was mostly what zipped, or crawled, by a car window.

I spotted this mother and daughter as they were heading home from school:

Heading Home From School (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 65mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/640sec)

Seen off a side street leading onto Commercial Street:

Moped Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

I wonder what he’s got in that sack of his…

It was interesting seeing how Hindu neighbourhoods were followed by Muslim neighbourhoods. The differences between the neighbourhoods tended to range from the subtle … to the less subtle. Take the shot below, for example:

Hubby & Wife (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/1000sec)

Seems the sun does occasionally shine in darkened places. Seen in an underpass:

Sunny Side Up (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/2000sec)

This was taken from the car, while waiting our turn at a junction. The tuk-tuk/auto driver and I rolled our eyes at the traffic and exchanged smiles before I took this.

Drag Racing (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 70mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/80sec)

I spotted this man sweeping the streets on the other side of the road:

Sweeper Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/125sec)

A fruit stall on Brigade Street:

Fruits! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 75mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/125sec)

I loved the brightness of the colours.

We met these friendly people around the bustling entrance to Cubbon Park, by the exit to the courts:

People Outside Cubbon Park (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/80sec)

This woman was sweeping away dead leaves in one of the small gardens just off Cubbon Park:

Sweeper Lady (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/320sec)

This is probably one of the odder sights I saw in Bangalore. I have no idea why this man why carrying a dummy…

Dummy-On-A-Stick Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/160sec)

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