With the climate cooling down its the perfect time to travel to the desert to get some good pictures of the culture around us. With a little bit of patience and perseverance, and the fact that you may actually have to venture into the off-beaten track, you can find the trainers with their camels in the dunes. The satisfaction in getting these images is that other than the camels and their riders, there is no other trace of civilization around you.
We came across this group more by chance…they suddenly appeared from behind a dune and we had to opportunity to make a few good photos before they again vanished behind another large dune. A few minutes after this the wind picked up, and we soon found ourselves in the middle of a lot of swirling sand, and very reduced visibility. There was really no way in which we could use our cameras without getting sand into them, and so decided to make our way back to our vehicle, all the while protecting our camera gear, while the sand kept getting into our eyes, mouth, hair and clothes. Something a little different from the normal routine day.
This is a picture made at the Fazza International Basketball Tournament held in Dubai for the Physically Handicapped Athletes. In most ways, I guess the picture says it all. There is a fierce determination to win, the athletes are restricted to their wheelchairs, but that’s about it! They are as competitive as any other athlete you would see anywhere. The game is fast, there is a lot of bumping, nudging and blocking that goes on, in order to maintain possession of the ball, and to score as many baskets as possible. There is also a lot of cheering from their team mates who are on the sidelines, so overall a nice exciting event.
Every now and then one of these athletes fall or get knocked off their chairs, and the game stops immediately; not by the refree, but by the players themselves! There is a rush towards the fallen athlete by the players from both teams,- to help him back into his seat, displaying a level of sportmanship that seems to be dwindling in today’s world. As soon as he is strapped back into his seat, its back to business for all.
Its a good event to photograph; the game is fast, and if you use a slow shutter speed on your camera, you could create some very interesting shots that depict movement/motion.
Very often we tend to ignore the day-to-day happenings around us; seeing how busy we all are with our meetings, schedules and appointments. Unfortunately, we fail to realise that by doing this, we are slowly doing away with our past habits and ways of life, and are now moving into a new way of living. This is why it is so important to preserve the cultural and behavioral habits of our surroundings.
Above is a picture of the trainers walking their camels in the morning, getting them used to the race track. This is something that happens every morning in the areas close to the Camel Race track in Dubai, and it has become such that most of the people that pass by, do not even glance towards the camels and their trainers. Interestingly, we also see a number of tyre tracks in the sand, the desert no longer belongs to the “ship of the desert” !
While modernization and progress is something that we all try to achieve in our lives, it is equally important to remember our roots, and try and strike a balance between the two.
Bored? Nothing to do? Go down to the beach and join in the action ! One of the more popular sports now catching on is Kite Surfing. It looks a lot of fun, and I am sure that it is as well, but it takes a good deal of practice and hard work to be able to really fly over the waves like you see some of the more experienced surfers doing. You first need to know how to control the kite, and that takes a lot of energy, and practice; and doing this on the shore can be a bit embarrassing, especially if the wind is strong. But once you have got the knack of it, its a lot of fun, and a real cool way to spend the weekend.
If you are not really into active sport, but still want to catch up on all the fun and excitement, just get over to the beach with your camera, and capture all the action as it happens in front of you.
While doing photography,one of the things that we need to keep in mind is that we have to capture the mood of the place/subject. It actually helps the viewer to get a better insight of what the photographer has witnessed and captured.
This picture was made in Manali, India. Although it was generally a very clear and bright day, there were several times when the sky would fill with clouds, sometimes so thick, that you felt that they would just explode into a heavy thunderstorm; there would be dark shadows of the clouds on the mountain slopes, giving the mountains a mysterious look; and then all of a sudden they would be gone, leaving behind a clear, sunny day.
Look for moments like this, it brings out the best in your pictures.