Oct 032011
 

I was asked by my company to take some shots for the company website (Gulf Energy), catalog and brochure. Let me know how I did?. All the photos were taken with Leica M9 with 50mm Summilux, using only the ambient light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 152011
 

For those who are not aware whats Pattaya Walking street all about, Walking Street Pattaya is probably the most exciting street in the world if you like to have fun. Here you will find all kinds of entertainment, from bars, discos, gogo-bars, cabaret shows and much much more.I will let the photo speaks for itself

 

A=1.4, S=1/60, ISO=1600

 

A=2.0, Shutter=1/250, ISO=1600

 

Camera= Fuji X100, S=1/60, A=2.0, ISO=1250

 

Camera: Leica M, A=2.0, Shutter=1/60, ISO=1250

 

Sep 132011
 

Having a single blog on Pattaya Walking Street in Thailand is just not fair. There is alot that is happening, it street photographer’s heaven. Thus I am dividing this blog into three to five volumes and will be publishing it as the time permits. Please remember I am just a messenger, I am just documenting what I see, so dont shot the messenger and just enjoy and learn from others culture 🙂

 

A=1.4, S= 1/60, ISO=1250

 

 

A=1.4/ S= 1/180, ISO=1000

 

A=2/ S= 1/90, ISO=1600

 

A=2/ S= 1/60, ISO=1600

 

A=2/ S= 1/60, ISO=2000

 

Let me know which of the above is your favorit as far as street and documentation photography is concerned.

 

Aug 292011
 

So we had an iftar dinner at Shangri La Hotel. And you know me, I just cant let photo opportunities passing me by, especially now that I have my leica M9 with me 24/7. Here are bunch of photos I took there, I hope you enjoy them as much I did. A note, if you really want your photography skills to become better, is to bring and take your camera every where you go, trust at first it may sound weird and strange, but after sometime it comes as natural and basically an extension of your arm. Back to Shangri la, its  a real challenge to take photos in this hotel during the night, because the lighting there is very dim, thus one need to have a very wide aperture lens or a high ISO capable lens. And as well to be able to shoot manual. For me as I mention before I do the following when I have this situation:

 

– Open up my lens wide open in my case was an Aperture of 2

– Reduce my shutter to as low as possible to a point that doesnt cause camera shake, in my case was 1/15, but 1/40 is a general rule of thumb

– Than I start taking photo, if I feel the photos are under exposed, I crank up the ISO until I get well exposed photos. And in this case was upto 1600 ISO

Use the above rule and you cant go wrong.

For those who are not aware, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is a 124-acre (50 ha) three-hotel resort in Oman opened in late 2005. It comprises the 180-room Al Husn (“the Castle”), 198-room Al Bandar (“the Town”), and the 302-room Al Waha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the images, let me know which one is your favorite, your comments are appreciated

 

 

Aug 212011
 

The best thing about digital files, you can always go back to them, even if it means it stayed in your hardisk for ages. Here are several photos that I took in Philippines couple of years ago that I didn’t share with anyone. Now that i have this blog going, this is the perfect moment. For those who would be visiting Philippines in Bohol, make sure to visit this church, its beautiful and very photogenic. Being most of the photos are interior, make sure you have a wide aperture and a good capable high iso Camera, all photos were taken using Nikon D3S with 14-24mm Lens at ISO ranging from 3200 to 6400 with Aperture ranging from 8 to 10. Enjoy the photos and let me know which one you perfer the most.

 

The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is one of the best presevered Jesuit build churches in the region, although in the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church. The first Spanish missionaries or doctrineros in the region, Fr. Juan de Torres and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez, first settled in Baclayon in 1595. Shortly after their arrival, a visita was erected on the spot. Although Baclayon was the first seat of the Spanish Jesuit missionaries, fear of Moro mauraders soon forced them to move their headquarters more inland, to Loboc. Only in 1717, Baclayon became a parish, and construction of a new church commenced. Some 200 native forced laborers constructed the church from coral stones, which they took from the sea, cut into square blocks, and piled on to each other. They used bamboo to move and lift the stones in position, and used the white of a million eggs as to cement them together. The current building was completed in 1727. The church obtained a large bell in 1835. In the Baclayon church is a dungeon, which was used to punish natives who violated the rules of the Roman Catholic Church.

 

 

 

 

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Aug 162011
 

For those who are not aware whats Qaranqashow is all about. Qaranqashow, a traditional event for children celebrated on the 14th evening of the Holy Month of Ramadan, is a time when children visit neighborhood houses singing special songs and receiving sweets.

So yesterday, knowing there would be bunch of crowds and happenings, is perfect for street photography. In this case, indoor street photography, as the occasion took place in Al Massa Plaza in Shatti Al Qurum in Muscat Oman. Ofcourse I took my trusted companion the Leica M9 Camera with the 35mm Summicron Lens. The beauty of these type of occasions, everyone is carrying a camera, so the stares and the fear of people looking at you is minimal, so one can shoot away without any problems and trouble.  Enough with the talks, here are the photos enjoy. (Let me know what you think by commenting below)

 

 

A:2.4, S:1/60, ISO:300

 

A:2.0, S:1/60, ISO:800

 

A:2.0, S:1/60, ISO:800

 

A:2.0, S:1/60, ISO:800

 

A:2.0, S:1/60, ISO:800

 

A:2.0, S:1/60, ISO:800

 

A:2.0, S:1/60, ISO:800

Aug 082011
 

Tell you what, this time less words and more photos. Let the photo speaks for itself. For those who are not aware, this photowalk took place at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat. I did alot of photowalk at this mosque, but this time I focused on the inside and more in the story telling of the area rather the architectural side of it. So enjoy the photo.

All the photos were taken using the Leica M-9 with the 35mm Summicron at Aperture of 2 and ISO of 400

 

 

In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen at Bausher construction commenced in 1995. Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion Alawi LLC took six years and four months.

The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features. The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshipers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers.

PS/ Please let me know which of the photos are your favorite. Thanks

 


 

 

 

 

Aug 022011
 

 

Been a while since i did some of my photo walk. Well, being Ramdan its a bit difficult, for one during the days, I am fasting so no energy there, and during the night, well its night and one need a tripod or continuously on high ISO. But that never stopped me, at the end its always about the photographer and finding the right light for your advantage. I am really enjoying my Leica M9, every day i love it even more, how it handles the low light is just amazing, and not to mention the image rendering is just different. Preivously I would never dare going shooting at night without my tripod. But with the M9 i have more confident and the photos speaks for itself. For those of you who live in Oman, this particular photowalk took place in Muttrah (Qasr Al-Alam) to be specific. All the photos were taken with ISO 800 and aperture wide open, in my case was A=2. And depending of what I needed to do, my shutter would range from anything from 1/30 to 1/90. Hope you like the photos, if anything, or any question let me know.

 

 


 

 

Jul 102011
 

 

Date Taken: 2011-07-09 19:33:23 Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix X100 Exposure Time: 15s (15/1) Aperture: f/16 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 23mm

Still testing the Fuji X100. I am planning to travel soon and I just want to be sure that whether I should take the Fuji X100 only or just in case I should bring my Canon 5D Mark II. To tell you the truth, I love the Fuji X100, its amazing camera. But I dont think I can fully trust it for professional landscape photography. Even though I am happy with the results so far. (See below). But to spend so much money travelling, I would like to have a trust DSLR companion with me for those complicated landscapes and seascape. Dont get me wrong, the Fuji X100 is amazing, its the best street photography camera. Ideal to capture the emotion of people and their daily lives. And its indeed my daily camera for all situation. (Birthdays, Events, Get Together etc). But would I trust it to take a photo of lets say extreme seascape or the landscape of Isle of Sky in Scotland, I dont think so. It may do well, but I am not brave enough to trust it fully.

 

Anyway, enough of that, here are the photos of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, let me know what you think (please comments below)

 

Date Taken: 2011-07-09 19:28:10 Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix X100 Exposure Time: 30s (30/1) Aperture: f/16 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 23mm

 

 

Date Taken: 2011-07-09 19:17:37 Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix X100 Exposure Time: 20s (20/1) Aperture: f/16 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 23mm

Date Taken: 2011-07-09 19:57:49 Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix X100 Exposure Time: 30s (30/1) Aperture: f/16 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 23mm

 

 

Date Taken: 2011-07-09 19:51:40 Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix X100 Exposure Time: 15s (15/1) Aperture: f/11 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 23mm

 

 

Date Taken: 2011-07-09 19:36:23 Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix X100 Exposure Time: 25s (25/1) Aperture: f/16 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 23mm

Your Comments are appreciated. Let me know which of the above photos are your favorite.

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