It’s that time of year when we take back our garden and own the outside space of our home. We maintain our small garden to give us pleasure all year from the window looking out, but during autumn and spring it offers us a more tangeable pay-back.
This post is a collection of images taken in the past few days. It’s a small space with many users.
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I know it’s summer when I look around and see an empty house. It feels strange to have the place to myself. The garden is not used – even on nice afternoons, there is nothing fresh in the fridge, books are untouched, toys are neatly stacked and the dining table has not seen plates for days. My brothers have been staying with me occasionally, watching football and movies.
This photo, taken back in May, is what makes a house a home. One’s loved-ones surrounding one with joy and laughter. I am truly blessed and I thank God whenever I remember.
Yousef was at a football-themed birthday party today. His school’s last-day-party also has a football theme. Football fever is everywhere I look. Tonight is England’s first game. I’ve supported England for as long as I remember and, in true fatherly fashion, I’m imposing this onto my children.
This is a great timetable which I came across on SomeContrast – please note the time difference means you add an hour to get Kuwait time. Whoever you’re supporting, enjoy the World Cup!
This is my first attempt in a local photography competition. I’ve tried a couple of times online (National Geographic and British Airways’ HighLife magazine) but this time I had to provide prints, which somehow made it feel more real. I read about the competition on Mathai’s blog some time ago. The deadline is tomorrow, so if you’re interested you will need to hurry up. Link.
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First day of school and the first signs of things returning to ‘normal’ since May!
Ramadan still has an effect (meal times, sleep pattern, extra socialising) and I miss the scent and taste of coffee in the morning. But apart from that, as the children return to school and as we near the middle of the holy month, I can see things slowly but surely falling into place. I can’t wait for the boring routine of everyday…
The photo above is of Yousef taken earlier this morning.
With a slightly better understanding of the focusing capability on my camera, I was able to achieve the above shot. It was a best of twenty which is a significant improvement especially considering the motion of the horse – both the obvious rotation and the not-so-obvious up-and-down movement.
Our day started with a tube journey into Central London, followed by a walk by the Thames. Then we watched street performers near the Shell building (one named Richard was particularly good), and went on to see London through her Eye. For lunch, we took the bus to Wigmore Street’s Wagamama (it’s bigger than the Picadilly one) – and had ice cream (99) just prior to taking the tube home.
The day was very much like this mary go round. Nothing particularly new, nothing original, but loads of fun.
I have around ten books about photography, a couple of which I’ve read at least three times. The basic information is the same and starts to become repetitive – but it’s good to understand the basics. I took an online ‘course’ in 2006 but that didn’t really offer anything more than the books. I decided the best way forward was to play… and play I very much did. I have around thirty thousand images to sort as a result!
I looked around for a suitable course, both in Kuwait and London, and I found a polarised choice. It was either the very basic training, which one can get from a good book, or specialised training in disciplines such as Lighting, Product Photography, Sport Photography etc. General courses are either aimed at a level for people who need to be told how to press a button (sometimes twice!), or are run by artists who encourage you to break the rules and work outside the norms. It would help if they described these norms – but I honestly don’t think they know them.
I finally decided the best way forward is to continue to ‘play’ but to do it in style. I signed up for a Nikon course designed specifically for my camera. They cover functionalities, capabilities, tricks, shortcuts and a general familiarisation with this weapon of mass distraction.
Today was day one of two. The above cheerful boy cycled past Nikon’s Head Office in Kingston when we were taking some practice shots outside.
I’ve always found Harley people to be friendly – especially here in Kuwait. We were having lunch at the Free Zone earlier this afternoon when a group pulled up for a break. I didn’t hesitate to take the children out to say hello and have a look. It turned out even better when one of them recognised me. He’s a good friend and owns the impressive bike photographed above – Mashallah. He even lent his helmet and sun-glasses for Yousef to pose in.
Thank you Bu AbdelAziz.
This is Yousef at age one.
He is wearing a dishdasha and ghitra. We live in London so it was his first time in these clothes.