Posts Tagged ‘mountains’

First Light

October 10th, 2010

This shot was taken at dawn on a recent camping trip to the Khasab area in the Mussandam peninsula of Oman.

I love the soft pastels that come with first light.

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The Chalet

July 12th, 2010

These are two shots I took of the inside of a good friend of mine’s chalet in the mountains of Lebanon at the beginning  of the year.

I initially tried to light the scene with two flash guns, but I was unfortunately unable to get the look I was hoping for, so eventually I opted to shoot with the express purpose of creating HDR images.

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The View from Faqra Club

January 31st, 2010

I was at a friend’s chalet in Faqra early one morning and took myself out onto the garden terrace with the aim of creating a panorama of the beautiful view.

Normally, at the time I made the pictures the entire mountain landscape should have been white with snow.

However, despite record rainfall this year (accumulated over just two or three separate rainstorms) up until less than 2 weeks ago there was little snow except on the highest peaks with the weather remaining much warmer than usual. The past week and some’s storms will have likely changed that some.

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I used my Nikon D700 sporting a Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 lens and set on my trusty gorillapod. This image is created from 7 separate HDR images, each of which was created from 5 separate exposures. So that’s a total of 35 separate shots that went into creating this panorama.

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Temple of Adonis, Faqra

January 27th, 2010

A while back, I began a mini-project to visit and explore the three surviving temples of Adonis in Lebanon. On the same day, I managed to visit the temple at Mashnaqa, and that at Afqa.

The temple at Faqra I had to reluctantly leave for another day. I finally managed to visit the site of these beautiful ruins just recently.

It was a heavily overcast day which softened the light and chased away strong shadows. And allowed for more than just an exploration of the temple itself.

One of the most striking features of the temple at Faqra is that it was partially cut and built into the living rock. The peculiar rock formations feature in clusters at the entry to Faqra and are commonly called the “Houses of Ghosts”.  Time constraints meant that I couldn’t explore them for photo opportunities. But I guess that just means I’ll have to pay the region another visit. 😉

Here is a tonemapped shot of the entrance to the temple proper. The tiny figure of my friend standing inside the temple should give you an idea of how impressive the structure is.

On the other side of the temple of Adonis lie what I understand are the remains of the smaller temple of Atargatis.

In front of the temple of Adonis sat an empty cube a few meters across. The cube had windows cut into it. I wonder what it was meant to be.

I had my gorillapod with me, which helped me to shoot multiple exposures for creation of HDR images. Unfortunately, it proved rather unwieldy to use here given the open spaces which limited my choice of positions and angles. It also meant that the camera often ended up being at less than 20cm from ground level. That led to a lot of uncomfortable crouching to look through the viewfinder…

And finally, my favourite image from the set. I’m particularly proud of this one as it proved particularly difficult to set up and shoot (thanks to the size limitations of the gorillapod – still MUCH better than with no tripod, so no complaints). I particularly like the backlight provided by the sun gently shining through the modest cloud cover.

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Overlooking the Valley

January 23rd, 2010

I was taking a walk with some friends the other weekend in the mountains in Faqra, Lebanon. It was late afternoon and we’d lost the sun behind cloud cover. Rain, it seemed, would be coming later.

The path we followed eventually opened out onto a valley, the slopes of which were mostly stepped farmland.  The view was breathtaking.

While we paused to admire the view, I was struck with an idea.

I asked my friend, E, to model for me – she graciously agreed – and I conscripted her boyfriend, G, as a voice-activated light stand. I slapped on a half-CTO onto my SB900 flash, zoomed it to 200mm, and got G to hold it and aim it at the spot E would be jumping into.

I can’t thank them both enough – they were patient enough already with me on our walk as I would often whip out the camera to shoot some random thing or other – and they were awesome again here, full of enthusiasm. I had a blast shooting this and I hope you enjoy the result of our mountain photo shoot:

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