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Spotted Ray

October 5th, 2012

This shot was made off of Oman’s extraordinary Mussandam peninsula during my first ever night snorkel session.

We jumped off the boat and dropped about 5 meters below the surface of the calm waters. Almost the moment we hit bottom, the light of my torch illuminated this beautiful spotted ray.

We saw three more rays and many fish that night, but I am most proud of this shot.

More to come soon!

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The Night Drive

April 8th, 2010

It’s been a very long time since my last post.

I’ve been going through some stuff lately and ended up falling off the grid completely. It was remarkably easy to do, strangely enough. The crawling back is proving immeasurably harder to do. It’s not completely over, but I’m working on it. On that note, I’d like to apologise here to all my friends who’ve seen me drop off the map and who tried to raise me unsuccessfully.

The good news is that my lack of posts doesn’t mean that I’ve been idle photography-wise. That said, I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to return to the post-every-other-day routine for a while yet. This is due to a number of factors. The two main ones are: 1) I don’t have a steady internet connection; and 2) God willing, I may soon be embarking on a month-long trip over which I will – for certain – not have any internet access whatsoever. I’ll fill you in on the details of that soon enough.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the return of the not quite prodigal, I’ll leave you with a few pictures.

These were taken one night as I was driving back to Abu Dhabi from Al Ain. I set up my D700 on a tripod in between the front seats of my car and attached a cable release to it: Voila! Simple enough, I thought.

I took a test shot or two to get the settings I wanted (lens set to infinity, Aperture Priority mode, f/8, ISO 400), and off I went. The only problem was that on turns, the setup tended to lean dangerously, Tower of Pisa-style. It occasionally even threaten to topple, regardless how gently I took a turn. Next time I try this, I’m going to look to strapping the tripod legs to something…

I’m currently trying to find my way back … somewhere. So the images have taken on new meaning for me.

I hope you enjoy them.

More pictures soon!

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Bangalore – Slices of Life – Part III

December 26th, 2009

Carrying on from Part I and Part II, here is the next instalment of shots stolen here and there on the streets of Bangalore.

So much of life in Bangalore happens on the streets. More so perhaps than in other places. Hopefully, Parts I and II have gone some way as to demonstrate this.

This man seems to have set up a clothes stall on a foldaway bed by a construction site. Seen on a side street off Commercial Street.

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A building seems to have been demolished recently on this plot of land. Much of the rubble has been cleared away, allowing cows and people to adopted it for somewhat similar uses. Well, perhaps not entirely similar uses. The cows just chill and do whatever it is that cows that have no demands on their time do, while the men face the wall for some more … private business. Seen on a side street off Commercial Street.

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One thing about Bangalore is that there appears to always be heavy traffic on the streets. There didn’t appear to be any time of day when it eased up.  It was either bad, or very bad.

Here, a few workers relax and joke as they sit in the back of a truck.

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Interestingly, the vast majority of vehicles on the roads were either tuk-tuks or motor bikes.

Take a look at this long line of motorbikes, stretching to the end of the street as far as the eye can see. It’s not uncommon to see sights like this, or to come across a parking lot overflowing with motorbikes.

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And here, looking like they’re about to race, a line of tuk-tuks and motorbikes.

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I wanted to get more of a sense of the noise and chaos on the streets. So I turned to night shots. I thought the longer exposures required for them would help me get the feel I was going for. Unfortunately, I only really had one opportunity for those – when in a car heading to the wedding reception on the last night of my stay in Bangalore. I was riding shotgun, so that helped.

Here are a few of the resulting shots.

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A motorbike swerves around a car and streaks on.

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More pictures coming soon!

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Dibba by Night

October 5th, 2009

Last weekend was a great friend of mine’s birthday. To celebrate, the plan was for some 15-odd people to camp for a night by the beach at the foot of a mountain and to make merry until dawn.

So that’s exactly what transpired, and thus Camping Season was reopened after the too-long summer hiatus.

The location, you ask? Dibba!

Dibba is located on the coastal region at the northeastern tip of the UAE/Oman peninsula, on the Indian Ocean. Dibba is odd in that it is a town and region which is divided among three states. One part is ruled by the Emirate of Sharjah (Dibba Al Hosn), the other by the Emirate of Fujeirah (Dibba Al Fujeirah) and the third by Oman’s Governorate of Mussandam (Dibba Al Baya).

The camp was to be set up at the far end of the Omani side of Dibba, in a spot my friends and I know well and love. The last time we were there was at that same friend’s birthday exactly one year ago.

By the time I got there it was just after sunset and the full moon was out and was oh-so bright.

I don’t have many shots to share with you from then as I got engrossed in other things: the company of great people, the delicious food (including camp-fire roasted lamb which was so tender it would just melt in your mouth – did I mention Birthday Boy is a cordon bleu?), the camp-fire guitar-and-drum-accompanied songs, and moonlight snorkelling (yes, moonlight – the water was so clear and the moon so bright it was possible for us to see 7 to 8 meters down, but more on that later).

So here are two of the (pitifully few) pictures I took that night.

Lights of Dibba (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 34 seconds)

The arcs of light you see to the right of the picture above are from the light painting I did with my torch. I have another shot where the light painting spreads across the whole middle of the frame, but I prefer this one for some reason.

Moon Over Dibba (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 24 seconds)

I wanted to show how bright the moon was – so bright you didn’t need a fire to light your way around. Here you have the little lonely tree at the top of the mountain, with the bright flame of a camp fire midway up its flank, and the sloping sand of the beach before it.

More pictures coming very soon!

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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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Milky Way!

September 17th, 2009

The Milky Way, by Serge Brunier and Frédéric Tapissier

I came across this cool image of the entire Milky Way in a 360 degree panorama painstakingly stitched together by French photographers Serge Brunier and Frédéric Tapissier.

They worked in the highlands of Chile with a Nikon D3 camera (with a 50 mm lens open at f5.6), in a project that extended over several months. Each exposure was six minutes long and they eventually patched together 1200 photos of the night sky into the composite above.

Brunier wanted to create photographs of space that are closer to the human experience of just going outdoors and looking up at the sky.

Check out Brunier’s website here for more information, and for an excellent zoomable view of the full 360 degree panorama in detail.

You can also see an instructional version of the panorama on a European Southern Observatory website here.

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Kidnapped

August 25th, 2009

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Among the most memorable events of my last trip to Beirut took place late one night, as I was making my way to the after-party to a friend’s engagement:

I was kidnapped.

It happened just a few meters away from the entrance to White and the culprit was a blonde and blue-eyed lass named Ieva, who proceeded to speed away in a red Subaru.

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The purpose?

Her latest assignment: shooting a fast food joint in Beirut’s Hamra district for Aishti’s Gossip Magazine.

Ieva is a freelance photographer and, in her spare time, a budding architect.

What you see here are a few great shots from her very impressive portfolio.Coffee

I accompanied my friend on her shoot – taking over various roles including those of a rather lazy assistant, a questionable bodyguard, general obstruction, subject, and even stand-up comedian.

The people at the fast food joint were super friendly and helpful, and the shoot was tremendous fun.Water Play

The outcome of the shoot should be available for your viewing pleasure in the next issue of Gossip Magazine (I might even be featured in it!).

Until then, check out more of Ieva’s photos here and on Facebook here.

Also, check out her coverage of the Patrouille des Cedres in Lebanon here.

If you can’t open the Facebook link and have a Facebook account, look for the group called “photo IS”.

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On another note, look out for some more pictures by me to be posted in the next few days.

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