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In the middle of the month of Ramadan, we celebrate Girgi’an.  Boys and girls dress in traditional costumes and sing old songs in exchange for some sweets.  It’s our version of trick-and-treat… only without tricks.  When I was a child, it was still a relatively simple affair with small handfuls of sweets, almonds and – if you’re really lucky – a couple of coins handed to us.  Today is a different story all together. Parents (mainly mothers) compete to achieve some truely ridiculous results.  The concept of ‘Less is More’ is yet again forgotten.  Whatever way you do it, I hope your kids have a wonderful time in celebrating this wonderful tradition.

The shot above was my first real test of the new tripod.  I took the photograph from our roof late Wednesday night using a Sigma lens at 500mm.  Have a look at the larger version by clicking the image.


  1. Is it a 500mm prime lens your using?

    • No… it’s a 50-500 zoom lens.

      • Ohhh… the Sigmonster! lol

    • bloggermathai
    • Posted 5 September 2009 at 11:13 am
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    Nice shot ! that Sigma is really sharp !

  2. waw awesome!!!

  3. gr8 shot .. i can almost see the aliens !! 😛

  4. I agree some of those gifts for kids have gotten ridiculous!

    Very nice shot! That must be a huge lens! lol

  5. what an awesome photo! Back during the Apollo missions, my father used to work for Cape Kennedy. He has some incredible moon photos — your photo reminded me of those photos.

    • Thank you for the big compliment 🙂

  6. those ARE the craters!! awed by the proximity!

  7. Awesome. How long did you expose?
    I was wondering how the Earth rotation may affect long exposures.

    • A tiny amount…
      Exposure: 0.05 sec
      Aperture: f/29.0

    • casttro
    • Posted 17 September 2009 at 2:57 pm
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    nice shot

    bo yosef try f/32

    ill show u w7da bs el farg Canon o fix lense 400 ill link it b3d eshwaya ok 🙂

    nice shot go for canon bo yusef soon

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