Posts Tagged ‘nature’

The Blue Cave

November 10th, 2012

If you asked me whether there is a picture of which I was proudest, this one would probably be it. Why? Because it’s the first picture that turned out better than I had imagined when I set out to take it.

Whenever I plan a shot and picture it in my head, it rarely comes out as amazing as I thought it would. However, with this one, I beat the image I had in my mind’s eye.

Another thing making it so special to me is that it’s the very first shot I took where I had composed the shot and selected all the settings manually and got exactly the shot I wanted on the very first try (if you’re curious, setting were f8, iso 200, 30s shutter, at 24mm). I had just the right look and feel I sought.

Interestingly, this picture came about rather randomly. We were driving around the Lake Myvatn area in Iceland, when we decided to go off-road. Not long after, we happen to be driving parallel to a massive sloping ridge of solidified lava and we notice the entrance to a cave (picture of the entrance below). So we decide to investigate. Just within, we find this beautiful, extraordinary cave, filled with hot, steaming, crystal-clear water (at some 38 degrees centigrade, while it was about 3 degrees outside). Perfect for a dip.

Turned out the little cave had two entrances, each leading to one side of the pool. So my wife sat wrapped up warm at one edge, while I made my way to the other end, set up my tripod and camera, and voila!

The cave entrance. How random is that?

More coming soon!

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Travel/Urban | Comments (0)

While You Were Sleeping

January 18th, 2011

I know this comes a little late, but still: Happy New Year to you all!

Almost two months have passed since my last post. And so much has happened. I’ve been quite busy, both at and outside of work, a trend which seems to be continuing in this New Year.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit since my last post (and taken more planes than care to remember) in the last month and half, with brief stints in 5 countries for both work and pleasure. So the good news is that I managed to make a rather large pile of pictures in the period (about 2159, give or take). The bad news is it may take me some time to sort through them before I can eventually share some with you.

I have lots ready to share with you – and I will, but posts may be erratic for a while yet until I manage to find a work and everything else balance which allows me to update again as before, roughly once-every-second-day. So please bear with me.

Meanwhile, here’s a little something for those who may have fallen asleep waiting for a post:

This picture was taken at an ungodly hour of the morning in India, in a duty-free shop in Hyderabad’s international airport.

On another note, here are some inspiring time lapse photography videos:

More coming soon!

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in People, Portraits, Travel/Urban | Comments (2)

Mountain Trail

September 6th, 2010

I had the opportunity to go on a half-day’s hiking along the Lebanese Mountain Trail.

The Trail is an extraordinary endeavour which was established in just a two-year period between 2006 and 2008 by ECODIT, with funding from USAID. It starts at Qbaiyat in the North of Lebanon and winds its 440km-way through the mountains to end at Marjaayoun in the South. You can read more on the Trail here.

I only walked a short part of the 18th section of the Trail, between Ain Zhalta and Barouk, namely through a portion of the very beautiful Shouf Cedar Reserve. You can find out more about the reserve here.

Below are a few pictures from that day.

Above, a Lebanon Cedar‘s branches, from which arise a number of immature seed cones. I very much enjoy the unusual way in which the cones rise vertically from the branches, unlike other coniferous trees.

It has only recently been brought to my attention just how beautiful these cedar seed cones (and conifer seed cones in general) are. And a whole new world has opened to me as a result.

Interestingly, it seems Lebanon Cedars produce seed cones generally every second year and those mature in 12 months from pollination. I understand that mature cones typically measure 8 to 12 cm long and 4 to 6 cm wide.

Above, the view onto Mount Lebanon in the late afternoon.

The first section of the hike took us through the cedar forest and then the trail we followed branched out onto the drier mountain top.

Above, sunset over the mountains.

Above, a fir tree at dusk. The reserve is home to some 24 species of trees, including Lebanon Cedar and a number of species of oak, pine and juniper.

More coming soon!

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Travel/Urban | Comments (5)

Garage Sale

July 31st, 2010

Hey guys! Today I want to share with you this extraordinary story.

An artist named Rick Norsigian paid $45 back in 2000 for 65 glass negatives that he bought at a yard sale in southern California. Turns out these negatives are long lost negatives taken by nature photography legend Ansel Adams between 1919 and the early 1930s. Their worth? An estimated $200 million dollars.

Yep. Two. Hundred. Million.

Just awesome news!

Check out the full story on Mr. Norsigian’s website here. You can also see a Reuters news video here.

Also, check out the official Ansel Adams website here for a selection of the master’s work.

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Interesting Stuff | Comments (2)

While You Were Sleeping

January 18th, 2010

I know this comes a little late, but still: Happy New Year to you all!

Almost two months have passed since my last post. And so much has happened. I’ve been quite busy, both at and outside of work, a trend which seems to be continuing in this New Year.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a fair bit since my last post (and taken more planes than care to remember) in the last month and half, with brief stints in 5 countries for both work and pleasure. So the good news is that I managed to make a rather large pile of pictures in the period (about 2159, give or take). The bad news is it may take me some time to sort through them before I can eventually share some with you.

I have lots ready to share with you – and I will, but posts may be erratic for a while yet until I manage to find a work and everything else balance which allows me to update again as before, roughly once-every-second-day. So please bear with me.

Meanwhile, here’s a little something for those who may have fallen asleep waiting for a post:

This picture was taken at an ungodly hour of the morning in India, in a duty-free shop in Hyderabad’s international airport.

On another note, here are some inspiring time lapse photography videos:

More coming soon!

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Portraits, Travel/Urban | Comments (0)

Creative Commons License
Ziad Salloum Photography & The Desert Jerboa by Ziad Salloum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at www.ziadsalloumphotography.com.