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Monthly Archives: August 2009

A short hop to Dubai for a day.  I didn’t bring my camera this time, so it’s another old photo I’m afraid.  You can tell from the columns on the left bank of the road.  These are now the supports for the metro track, which is almost complete including stations.  The photo above was taken in February 2008.

Dubai is still quiet – but the queue for the taxis at the airport was unbelievably long.

I’m clearing my photos (about half way there) and came across this one last night.  I haven’t shared it on this blog before and, with the significance of sunset during this month, I thought it would be nice to post it.  The wonderful weather added two major factors to the composition: great colour and the people on the pier.

Click on the photo to have a look at the larger version (it’s a huge one this time). The silhouettes of the people are really interesting, and they put me in a good mood. The photo was taken early October last year.

I wish you and your families all the best for the holy month.  To my readers who are not familiar with Ramadan, it is the month every year when Muslims around the world fast during daylight – no food, no water and no smoking until the sun is down. Another significant event that took place during this month is the revelation of the Holy Quran.

The small attractive mosque above is in Fintas.  I took the photo earlier this evening at sunset.

مبارك عليكم الشهر و عساكم من عواده

The light-writing exercise the other night made me realise just how terrible my tripod is.  I ended up using a table instead.  I’ve had it for four years and, if I’m honest, used it very little.  It was useless with larger lenses so my monopod became a better friend. Today, I replaced it with this one and am looking forward to using it more often.

The test shot above is of our fish tank.  It was taken in very low light (only the aquarium lamp) and the shutter speed was not too slow (but slow).  I still managed a perfectly still shot.  To put it through a reasonable test, I used the massive Sigma 50-500 lens at 200mm.  I was standing about three metres from the tank and I think you will agree the result isn’t bad at all.

The real test will be outdoor night photography – which I will find some time for soon.  I will use the old one as a stand for the remote flash.

After a busy day at work, and with the dusty weather outside, I needed to set myself a small challenge of indoor photography.  In the blurred photo above, there is a boat, its fuel and its engine.  For twenty minutes, I had as much fun as a five-year-old would with a life-sized remote-controlled car!  Well, not that much fun, but you get the picture…

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Remember this post? Well, I was reminded by SomeContrast to try it with a torch. The possibilities are endless with the different things you draw on an invisible board. It’s clearer than a clear canvas!  For the above photo I wrote God’s name in Arabic (Allah) and that has given me a nice idea for an original Ramadan e-card…

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Can you hear her?  I certainly can.  She’s singing loud and clear announcing the end of my holiday.  I’ve had a wonderful break and I’m very thankful. Tomorrow is the first day back in the office, and I have over 400 emails to go through.  This excludes silly emails from IT and others – I deleted those once a day from my Blackberry.

I will be ‘offline’ a few days while I do some catching up.  I hope I don’t end up in too many meetings…

It’s hard to imagine that somewhere behind the tidy countryside below, lies a place where all these animals are to be found.  I was too lazy to walk around a zoo today, so we decided to drive around one instead.  I believe lazy zoos, aka Safari Parks, have been designed for parents.  All our food, drinks, toys and jackets are in the car with us as we drive around.  Nothing to carry in our hands but cameras – and nothing is too far to get to.  We spent the afternoon looking at animals and following a silly map with cartoons on it.

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