1/40 sec @ f/1.4, Kodak Gold 200, 50mm
i have been exploring the wonderful
world of film with my Pentax ME SUPER and my fantastic Nikon FM2-n
i am beginning to feel comfortable in the medium and while the dslr is not being retired anytime soon i do really feel that film offers a unique and more emotive feel to images, a feel that i’m fast falling in love with!
the enforced summer hiatus has allowed me to FINALLY upload some new work - here are the links to the relevant gallery page :
they are fairly large, as a consequence of being derived from an extremely large pool of source images...each of the places i have been fortunate enough to have visited was exceptionally inspiring and deserving of more time and hard drive space than i had!
i believe i have seeded the roots of many more photographically focussed trips in future...
1/40 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100, 35mm
i’m finishing up work on the USA trip images and also getting up to date with all the other post-processing work that has accumulated, i expect to start posting again soon...
1/200 sec @ f/8, ISO100, 24mm. 5 Frames stitched in PSCS5.
panorama of a canyon in the jemez
region of new mexico.
that is all.
1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 100, 24mm
what an amazing, insane, busy and beautiful trip...did I say it was busy? 3 weeks of 18hr days - worth it though. I now have over 8700 images to edit and post-process - that should keep me out of trouble for the foreseeable future.
This is one from the first day of the trip, in albuquerque, new mexico. the landscapes reminded me so much of home and the skies were incredible!
standard post-processing, and cropped to 6x7 format. (which I’ve taken a liking to...)
1/320 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 1000, 50mm
on the metro for work. again.
starting to feel like home...
I’m going on nice long trip soon - won’t be updating regularly until I’m back (about a month). there will be loads of amazing photo ops along the way so I expect I will be posting a LOT on my return!
1/250 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 400, 100mm
taken on saturday night in karama during an extended souk shopping spree...one of my favourite recent shots - I like the light and the textures especially. very little post-processing, just the standard steps when dealing with a RAW file...
1/320th sec @ f/4.0, ISO100, 45mm
another shot taken from inside the
dubai metro whilst to-ing and fro-ing for work. this one was during
a pretty bad sandstorm (shammal) and is of a mosque in the jumeirah
area. cross-processed, slight crop and vignette.
I am extremely happy at the moment as an especially kind friend purchased an old manual-focus 50mm f/1.4 lens for me (swopped it a few times, but we got it right eventually!) and the correct adaptor is on its way via the magic of eBay. turns out this lens is very highly regarded and should work out perfectly for the kind of hand-held night photography I love doing! (it’s an SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 in case anyone is interested) inspired by this lens and due in large part to trying to find an adaptor I am listening to an increasingly loud voice in my head and bidding for an old Pentax ME-Super manual 35mm film SLR, which my gift lens should complement perfectly. talk about full circle!
1/1000 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 100, 100mm
taken during a pretty sandy and windy day...the post-processing gives it an impact it did not have in the original tone due to the quality of light and amount of dust blowing about.
1/100 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 2500, 100mm
took this on one of my innumerable trips on the metro for work...this is the jebel ali - rashidiya train passing mine just before al rigga station on the underground section of the metro.
1/320 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100, 300mm
the golf course is a haven for all
sorts of wildlife but particularly birds. all sorts of species
abound and in winter a short walk around with a decent length lens
will result in many great birding opportunities - I cannot wait for
summer to end!
incidentally this was one of the first images I ever took with my 7D body, and it would probably not have been possible with a slower frame-rate body such as the 400D I was using previously.
1/100 sec @ f/4, ISO 100, 105mm
I love orchids...this one was part of a
spectacular arrangement in the office of one of my
I cooled down the white balance a touch, adjusted colour and contrast curves and also added a slight vignette.
1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 400, 105mm
part of the roof of the park hyatt hotel, dubai creek. I loved the colours and the evocation of place. not much else to say really!
1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 200, 40 mm
I had a great morning last week doing a
shoot AT work FOR work. photography in dubai in summer is a
difficult process as there are many factors conspiring against you
- extreme heat, humidity, dust and washed out skies do not make for
pretty brochure images! luckily we had a clear day with decently
blue sky and being up REALLY early helps to mitigate the other
this is one of the resulting images and the good news is my work will be used in some of the printed material being produced. I’m really happy about that and hopefully this will lead to more...
1/60 sec @ f/4, ISO2000, 24mm
A view of the top 36 floors and spire
of the most amazing building I’ve ever seen.
we were lucky enough to be able to participate in the ‘at the top’ experience at the burj khalifa two weeks ago and this shot was taken from the open air portion of the observation deck on floor 124 during the evening of a VERY hazy summer day. at 100 AED this is a highly recommended activity as both the view and the way the whole experience is packaged are superb.
1/1250 sec @ f/5.6, ISO100, 8mm
masvingo, zimbabwe, 2005
I really miss walking in the bush...
some of my most treasured memories are of walking through the amazing landscapes of zimbabwe - with family spread around the country school holidays were often spent out in places like this.
1/60 sec @ f/2.0, ISO 100, 50mm
the visiting relative who shall remain
nameless also merited a trip up the burj khalifa (tallest building
and tallest freestanding man-made structure...in the world).
the ‘on the top’ experience starts and ends from the dubai mall (the largest mall in the world, containing both the largest fish tank/aquarium and largest sweetshop...in the world). bloomingdales has recently opened in the mall and they are selling a range of pantone themed items - great gifts for anyone remotely connected to graphic design/publishing/photography etc. I would love to say its the largest bloomingdale’s...in the world but I don’t think they got the memo. so it is not. damn.
1/800 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 100, 100mm
I was at cafe paul on jbr walk this weekend for breakfast with a visiting family member and took this shot of a family enjoying the sandpit/play area just next to the cafe. it is fantastic that so many different people use the jbr walk area for so many different purposes - it makes for some great photo ops!
1/50 sec @ f/4, ISO 100, 73mm
I grabbed this shot on the way to
Fujairah last month. we made a pit-stop at a well-known friday
market at about the half-way point, up in a mountain pass. plants,
pets, fresh fruit, juice and tourist junk seem to be the order of
the day...along with a mind-boggling amount of litter sadly.
however stepping into the cool shade of the plant vendors pavilions
and being surrounded by green is a great feeling after the stark
lunar landscape that prevails along most of the drive.
1/250th sec @ f/8, ISO800, 105mm
I took some pictures from inside the metro train on thursday on my way to the “old town” part of Dubai. this is the giant cement factory in the Al Quoz area, near The Mall of the Emirates. its a fascinating structure and I’m planning to go poke around and take some pictures there once the temperature drops to sane levels later in the year.
1/250th sec @ f/10, ISO 200, 100mm
I do have a slight phobia of spiders, although mainly it is their motion that freaks me out. so dead ones and pictures of them do not bother me at all. I actually really love spiders from an intellectual standpoint - I just refuse to pick up a big one...luckily this guy is only about 1.5mm across. yup. I could barely see him with the naked eye.
I managed to grab a few minutes during my lunch-break at work so I was shooting handheld outdoors with a fair amount of wind. I had to shoot a fair number of frames to compensate. This shot made my day - macro photography can be so rewarding.
best seen full-size so click here
1/15th sec @ f/8, ISO 100, 55mm
sunset is about the only time the JBR buildings look good...
I spent a productive evening walking around the beach in front of the JBR development during the week.
I was mostly shooting handheld and managed to maintain good sharpness in low light - IS is really helpful! I may look to getting a monopod soon - tripods are great and I do use mine a lot but if I can shoot at 1/15th, f/8, ISO 100 handheld and be steady then a monopod would cover almost all of my stabilisation needs while being easier to carry and a lot faster and more flexible in terms of composition compared to a tripod.
expect more from that day’s shooting soon...
1/250th sec @ f/10, ISO 100,
examples of the fujairah feral vintage landcruiser population frolicking in their natural habitat...
we took a long road trip to fujairah city and parts both up and down the coast from there today. I spent most of the day in the car - REALLY not used to that! however it was a great day overall and some good photo ops spotted for the future.
I managed to get a few good shots even thought it was midday and the light was extremely fierce as it's approaching summer now.
1/200th sec @ f/10, ISO 100, 28mm
a view of the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall
Tower from near the Abu Dhabi corniche. this photo is from a really
good day out in Abu Dhabi with my family in feb of 2009.
I decided to go for a something very different from my usual style of processing and I attempted to go for a definite “look” with this image, which I think succeeded. I quite like it...even though I really shouldn’t.
1/250th sec @ f/10, ISO100, 100mm
oriental salad dressing cooling down in
the kitchen...I like the way the heat bubbles remained in the oil
after the soy sauce settled to the bottom.
lit with a flash the bubbles really pop against the almost black soy sauce.
now I’m hungry dammit!
10 frames stitched in Photoshop. each frame 60.0 sec @ f/10, ISO 100, 24mm.
I’m really happy with the way this came out — each of the 10 frames is a 1 minute exposure and the final panorama only needed minimal work...the full size image is nice and sharp at 100% zoom and should print at up to 2 meters nicely! plus the mosquitos were behaving as if they had not been fed in years so it’s really satisfying to me that the image was worth it!
I took this at the tail end of an evening spent walking around the JBR/Marina area with the aim of mainly shooting handheld night images that I planned to process as B&W for obvious reasons. (high ISO noise? nope - its film grain!) It was a good way to wind down the nights shooting - I find taking long exposure panoramas relaxing it seems...
I’ve since spent another evening in a similar area taking more images in the same B&W handheld vein as I’m finding it fun and challenging. for both sets I’ve been using my new 100mm f/2.8L Macro lens with some promising results. I’ll be posting a bunch of recent shots to the galleries soon.
I have always enjoyed close-up work especially of nature and man made objects - this is the perfect lens for this and I am really pleased with it even in the two hours I’ve had it so far...
I took this at home while
what an amazing trip - incredibly busy but incredibly rewarding too! I did not have too many shooting opportunities as time was really limited, but I’m pleased with what I did manage to capture. there are quite a lot of images as I can’t seem to cull properly until some time has passed from the date of capture, so I’m going to put up a few Cape Town specific galleries just for the images from this trip and after a few weeks I’ll re-edit and move the picks to my main galleries...
I took this one on Victoria Road overlooking Clifton Beach
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I seem to be having a very South African themed week...and its well timed as I’m off to Cape Town shortly! I will be rather busy trying to take pictures in what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth so it is unlikely that I’ll post or update the site until the 1st of next month...I took this in Johannesburg in 2008 randomly whilst returning a hire car somewhere in the center of town.
now that the site is functional and I’m relatively happy with it (just some culling needed in the galleries - and I’ve got the peanut gallery on that currently) I thought I’d start things off with this panorama I shot last week: its been quite misty here in the mornings over the last few days and this view of the Dubai Marina buildings rising into the mist layer caught my eye. 8 or 9 frames handheld, stitched with PS CS4.