Posts Tagged ‘dhow’

Lion Fish

January 29th, 2011

Last month I went on a boat trip in Oman with a few friends. We took a dhow along the coast of the Mussandam peninsula, starting from the port in Dibba.

While snorkelling on this trip I came across three separate lion fish. Now, I’ve seen many lion fish before, but never quite like these. All the one’s I’d seen before would be peacefully floating about under an overhang, or hiding in a hole or some such.

But these three were out hunting. They were spread out, some 50 or more meters apart along a wall of coral, and swimming about in pursuit of schools of small fish.

Above a lion fish swims off in pursuit of rapidly disappearing small fish under the curious gaze of two of my buddies.

Above, a lion fish tries to close the deal. It was impressive to watch the lion fish in action. However, I was quite surprised at how slow a lion fish at full speed is. In the near 2 hours I spent in the water snorkelling near and around the hunting lion fish, I did not see a single charge ending successfully with a catch. I guess the bigger they are, the lazier they get… ;)

All pictures taken with my (very) old Fuji FinePix Z100 in an underwater case.

More coming soon!

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The Outcome of the Auction

October 27th, 2010

I am so very chuffed by the outcome of Green Abu Dhabi‘s Community Art Auction!

Thank you to all those who believed in the movement, came and supported Green Abu Dhabi, mingled and participated in the auction!

The results speak for themselves: pretty much everything – over 50 pictures and paintings (including 20 paintings done by the children from the Future Centre for Special Needs Children) – sold out!

It was a momentous occasion. So many people showed up. The place was buzzing. I certainly had a blast. And the support I got from my family, friends and colleagues was extraordinary. I am so very grateful to them all.

I’m also overjoyed by the response that my work received. And am very very happy to say that my 3 submissions – my first ever prints on show – were sold to for a total of AED 34,000/- (about USD 9,250/-)! Woo-hoo! All proceeds will of course go to the Future Centre. This donation was only made possible thanks to the generosity of spirit of two extraordinary people who believed in my work. I cannot thank them enough.

Some of my readers abroad have asked which were the pictures I finally opted to submit. One, titled “A Slow Dance”, I shared with you in yesterday’s post. Below are the other two pictures:

“Thought and Memory”

“Remains of the Day”

Each was a signed limited edition print of 1.

On another note, check out the following:

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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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Dibba in the Morning

October 7th, 2009

So, going on from my previous post, I mentioned that the plan was to make merry on the beach until dawn.

That mostly held true. Particularly for the others. For my part, I collapsed in my chair in the wee (and I mean wee) hours, shortly before dawn, while serenaded by 5 brilliant singing musicians (including Birthday Boy – and you should hear him play the piano). On the plus side, I awoke shortly thereafter in the middle of that magical hour – dawn – to find that everybody else (except for Birthday Boy) had collapsed and was snoring happily away.

So: Dawn + Awake + Amazing Place = Picture Time!

I hurriedly got up, grabbed my camera from the other end of the camp after fighting my way through the giant wasps that always seem to invade a camp-site in the morning, and the results are here for you to see.

Dhow at Dawn (Moon Over Dibba (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/640 seconds)

I’ve realised that lately I’ve become much more partial to soft pastels, whereas before I had a strong penchant for strikingly vivid colours…

Take this picture for example:

Dhow with Fujeirah Mountiains Behind (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/100 seconds)

Or this one (in which you can see just how crystal-clear the water was):

Fujeirah at Dawn, seen from Dibba (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/100 seconds)

Ok, so this one is rather vivid, but still:

Sun Rising Over Dibba

I shot the picture below from some old ruined huts which are peppered along the foot of the mountain. When I went towards the huts, my aim was to make some good pictures in the soft light of morning. Unfortunately, nothing I saw really spoke to me, so instead I turned my attention to more interesting stuff – like our camp.

Below you can see Birthday Boy about to ready breakfast, tiptoeing over and around the party animals that lay sprawled all over the place, while in the background the mountains of Fujeirah rise up through the mist in the fragile light of dawn.

The Camp, seen from Ruins (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/125 seconds)

I probably could have gone off in search of different angles to shoot from, and different things to see, but to be honest – all I wanted to do was get in the water and snorkel (more on that in comping posts).

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AD Light by Night

September 25th, 2009

Abu Dhabi is a very different place by night.

It has an intriguing palette of multi-coloured incandescent and fluorescent lights that all but chase the darkness away. Here are two shots taken from opposite ends of the city.

Emirates Palace Gate at 2am (Nikon D80, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 @f5.6, ISO 400, 122mm, 0.6sec)

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