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Florence, a Panorama

January 20th, 2011

This is a panorama of the older part of Florence, Italy, which I find to be the most beautiful city in the world. The panorama was taken last October from the top of the Piazzale Michelangelo.

It is put together from 26 separate photos and the size of this low-resolution version is 5019×500 pixels (the high-res version weighs in at 375 megabytes with a size of 24073×4094 pixels).

Click on the thumbnail to view the full-size image.

For you Assassin’s Creed fans out there, has the old city changed much since the 15th Century?

More coming soon!

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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!

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Behind the Name

April 14th, 2010

A number of people have asked me why I’ve chosen the name The Desert Jerboa. I also seem to have discussed it with a few people a number of times in the last while. So I’ve decided to share what’s behind the name with you.

Desert jerboas, as you know, are these cute mouse-like creatures with long kangaroo-like legs common to the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa. They’re hardy animals, adapted to and surviving in particularly harsh environments.

The fact that the animal is: (a) native to the country and area I grew up in and love; (b) a survivor; and (c) inconspicuous, low profile and easily underestimated; all kinda appeals to me.

There’s also another reason behind the choice: It’s an obscure Dune reference. Dune is a book by Frank Herbert, one of my favourites. I’ve always thought of it as a combination of a handbook on politics and a manual on how to create a messiah. And no, I’ve no illusions of any kind re my messiahness (or lack thereof, rather). It’s just a seminal work that has singularly marked me, growing up. And it retains all the magic it had when I first read it more than 15 years ago, even after repeated readings.

For those of you who haven’t read the book, it tells the story of Paul Atreides and how he is made into, for all intents and purposes, a messiah. As it does so, it explores the intersections of power through politics, religion, economic dominance and human emotion, as well as the impact of man on ecology. The novel introduces the term “Muad’Dib”, which is, among a number of things, the name of a desert-inhabiting kangaroo mouse much like the jerboa. It is also the name selected by Paul Atreides when he is accepted into the Fremen, who are Arab-Bedouin-type people. You can find out more here.

Herbert’s play on words is not lost to me, either. Muad’Dib (muaddib) in Arabic means variously: instructor, scholar and teacher. Someday, I hope to achieve a measure of wisdom, and to be in a position to be able to share this wisdom and the lessons drawn from my experiences with those around me.

Finally, I have one more reason for choosing the name: jerboas are cute (check this out). I mean, seriously. No? 😉

Anyway, I leave you with a picture (not of jerboas unfortunately – I have yet to come across one from behind a lens).

This is a panorama taken at around 7 am from a balcony in Paris overlooking the Seine. The image was created by stitching together 11 pictures taken in rapid succession from right to left. The spike mid-image and to the right of the rightmost crane is the Eiffel tower. To the far right you can see the first few buildings in the La Defense area.

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Comments welcome, as always.

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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.

More pictures coming soon!

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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!

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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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