Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

 

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Tornado

This photo was one of my first ever experiments in light painting and whenever I look at it, I find myself lost in these colorful curves.

Taken using a Nikon D7000 without a tripod using a 105mm macro lens. In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Culinary Escapades: A Photo-blog

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Venue: Liwan and Shayan Resturants at Al-Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana. Enjoy! 🙂

Shattered

While walking to work one day, I spotted this shattered glass pane and took a photo using my phone camera; a perfect wallpaper for my phone’s home screen.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There be Light

In response to the Daily Post’s photo challenge.

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Romance

Light Painting at Barkers Funfair

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Light Painting is a photographic technique that has been around for quite some time now, the first samples dating back to 1914 by Frank and Lillian Gilberth. A lot has evolved since then and with the advent of the digital camera, practically everyone who owns a decent one (some point-and-click and most DSLRs) can help you accomplish this.

The idea behind light painting is to take a camera, keep its shutter open for a duration longer than is required to take a single static photo, and capture the movement of a light source(s). You can use LEDs, Christmas lights, flashlights, laser pointers, burning balls of steel wool (dangerous – requires great care), etc. to paint with light. I personally think that objects that have a natural rhythmic movement make excellent light painting subjects. These include amusement park rides, fireworks, children’s toys, etc.; the more symmetric, the better. For best results, I recommend the use of a tripod, however, randomness can yield interesting results too; chaos theory, baby!

In the pictures that follow, I captured the movement of some rides at Barkers Funfair in Coventry, UK using my trusty Nikon D7000 at a shutter speed that was anywhere between 1 to 3 seconds. Considering that these photos were taken without a tripod, I am more than satisfied with the results. Hope you like them too.

After all is said and done, It’s really not that difficult. Just take your camera into a relatively dark space, use the settings mentioned above, grab a few LED lights and paint away. I’m always here for you if you need help with this. Just comment on this post and I’ll get back to you.

Cheers!

p.s. If you aren’t using a tripod, don’t forget to hold your breath and try not to move for the entire duration of the exposure. 😉

In Perspective: Can’t Fight The Moonlight

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Veiled Beauty

What is it with the full moon and women? Even my two-year old daughter goes crazy when she spots it in the night sky.

“Woh dekho munn!”, she screams. [English: ‘Look, there’s the munn!’]

I don’t necessarily get infatuated by the moon in general (unless it’s the moon signifying the start of Ramadan or Eid), but the full version does have some effect on me; I can’t say how or why, but it just does. There is something so serene, so tranquil about the unadulterated light that I just seem to get engulfed by it, losing all sense of time and space. Once a month, I get to appreciate Allah (God) and his glorious ball of stone that steals light from the other glorious ball in the sky (i.e. the sun; duh?).

This phenomenon affects the tides at sea too, which can be found waxing and waning with the phase of the moon, like star-crossed lovers, sighing, knowing they can never be together, yet yearning to meet. There’s actually a lesson, a moral, if you may, hidden somewhere in the last sentence that roughly translates to, “Never give up!”. As far as humans are concerned, I have failed to find any scientific evidence of the full moon’s effect on us or how we behave, although some facts confirming men turning into wolves would be cool (Aaoooo!!!).

I have, however, come across several literary references to the moon and its association with romance, and I couldn’t help put those into perspective as I was driving home the day-before-yesterday. Try as I might, I couldn’t help but admire the dramatic scene unfolding in front of my eyes, the moon interacting with the altocumulus clouds, (yay, Wikipedia!) turning the night sky into a spectacular light show. So as soon as I got home, I grabbed my camera and tripod, rushed to the balcony, set my gear up and starting shooting, much to the annoyance of my beloved wife.

Never in my life have I missed having a telephoto lens as much as I did that particular night. Here are a few images I took from my regular lens and even though the moon looks like a white blob in most pictures, the photos seem to capture the essence of the night pretty neatly. I tried playing with a lot of camera settings and this was perhaps my first ever shoot on manual settings. The photos could have come out better had I invested the time and effort into photo-shopping them, but with two kids (the elder one being two years old), time is a commodity I’m always running short of.

I particularly love the one when the moon hides behind the veil of clouds, partly visible but mostly hidden. It just seems to add an aura of mystery and a hunting beauty to the entire scene. Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

Boy do I have the perfect picture for this one. I love photographing lights and this photo challenge is right up my alley. Light is everything, especially to a photographer. It can make or break the perfect moment that you wish to capture.

Here’s one I took last night at a restaurant inauguration. Enjoy!

Looking for a little romance

Looking for a little romance