All About Horses


We have always loved horses, but failed miserably when it came to photographing them. So we were extremely happy to be advised by HIPA that we had been selected to attend the workshop on Horse Photography.

On the day of the event, we were taken by bus to the venue. En route Ms. Ola Khalaf from HIPA introduced us to our instructor Ms. Carol Walker who gave us a personally autographed book on how to photograph horses, and a lot of advice on what to look for when photographing horses.


We have to be especially thankful to Mr. Adbulaziz Alawar for the great hospitality shown to us,and for allowing us to photograph his lovely horses.

During the morning session, we worked with the horses at the stables, but after a wonderful lunch, we went out into the desert.


The stallions were then set loose one at a time and allowed to run, while all of us put our training to practice.


It was great to shoot these amazing animals as they ran freely across the beautiful dunes.


Overall, an unforgettable experience. Loved every moment of it. Thank you HIPA !!

Don’t Come Too Close


Its been close to a year now, and we have gotten kind of “hooked” on wildlife.

Going to a wildlife sanctuary, and being part of a safari is extremely exciting; but to be able to spot an animal in the wild, also requires a bit of luck, and some blessings from above.

The whole experience is very exciting. You get up at 0430-0500 Hrs and start getting ready. The safari jeep arrives by 0545-0600 Hrs, and then by 0630 Hrs you are actually driving into the sanctuary. During the winter months, this part of the morning is extremely cold and misty. The jeeps travel fast, and that only adds to the cold! You start to feeling the cold beginning to really bite into you as you struggle to keep your ears warm, and your camera from falling from your fingers that are stiff with the cold. There is a feeling of unreality; – you are being bounced around in a small jeep, it is still a bit dark, there are shadows everywhere, and you see all sorts of shapes and movements in the large jungle. Not an easy job this, – holding your head gear in place for the cold, and your camera in the other, while trying to balance in the jeep and not fall off. There is only one thought in everyone’s mind – “TIGER” !!

Time passes, we see the pug marks of the tiger, and try to track it. We suddenly hear the animal cry’s…something is nearby. We cut the engines of the jeep and wait….and wait…and wait !  No luck today…nothing happens.

Disappointed, spirits low, we start making our way back. We were so close; but then with wildlife sighting, this is something you need to get used to..sometimes you hit the jackpot, quite often you see nothing.

We are almost out of the jungle when suddenly the guide tells us there is a leopard moving up ahead. Our moods shift gear immediately, all eyes are searching the thick undergrowth and trees for signs of movement. And then suddenly, there she was!! It was almost as if she was sunbathing; with not a care in the world.

We took some really good pictures and then moved on, careful not  to disturb her peaceful morning.

The day did turn out well in the end !


Road to Nowhere

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If you really want to see the world and get a small peek into its many wonders, you have to travel. There is only so much information that you can get from a book or a website…if you really want to experience what it is like, then you have to be there.

We had traveled to Oman just after the rain, and were not too sure of what we would get. We wanted to go to the mountains, but many advised us that there could be flash floods and mud slides due to the rain. We finally decided to give it a go, and cautiously made our way through the mountains. The air was fresh, chill and clean, (no pollution at all); and the rain had kind of washed the entire area clean.

We drove along the mountains for the closer part of a whole day, just enjoying nature in all its beauty, knowing that it would be a long time before we would have this much contact with nature. The road kept going for mile after mile, – more mountains, more clouds, more fresh air!

We made a lot of photographs that day, we captured the mountains, the clouds, the rocks, the dirt tracks; but overall, I guess the one thing that made us most satisfied, was the fact that we were out there with nature, enjoying it to the fullest. Sometimes we just get too caught up with the furious pace of the world, and forget that there is a better world out there. Give it a go, you wont regret it !!

Fast and Furious

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Fancy an active morning? Then head down to the Dubai Motor Cross Race Track in Jebel Ali and get your fill of the action.

It starts slowly, the bikers arrive with their vehicles, the wardens get the final instructions, the organizers are busy with last minute details, and the track looks calm and peaceful. Then all of a sudden there is a roar of engines as the track bursts into a flurry of activity; all the riders looking for a lead in the compettion. The competitors fly high into the air over the sand, land back in a cloud of dust, and continue making their way at high speed in a sea of flying sand.

The brightly coloured bikes, the striking colours of the riding gear, and the high speed at which it all happens makes capturing this on camera rather challenging for us as well. You have to make sure that you are well out of the way of the track, and once you have decided on a spot, it is best to sit there and shoot your pictures. You need to plan in advance, if not, you could probably have a whole race pass you by, and you will get left with little or no pictures, becasue of the fast pace. There is hardly any time to think.

Get up early and make the trip, its well worth it!

The Writing on the Wall


On one of our trips to Cochin, we decided to just walk around the streets with camera in hand. The place in itself is very pretty and colourful so we were confident that we would come back with some good pictures. However, as we walked around the place, we were were amazed at the number of opportunities that were there to photograph. Almost every 15-20 steps we were stopping, finding a subject and clicking.

The greenery and the trees were a lovely contrast in a blue sky in which fluffy clods floated; the old churches, the backwaters, fishing boats, tourists…they all made lovely pictures and we will post some more of these pictures soon. Even the walls had colourful drawings on them, but probably the one thing that stood out most for us was the graffiti on this particular wall.  The building was old and in a run down condition, the windows were falling off, (some had already gone and were replaced with boards); but the walls were as colourful as ever with different writings in blue, green,  red, black, orange, white…someone had taken a lot of trouble to decorate these walls.

Opportunities to photograph are everywhere. You just have to look for them !

A Strange Encounter


This is positively one of the oddest ducks that we have seen in our lives. We were out at the park, and they had a small area where a few ducks were being kept. We went closer only to realize that they were different from any other ducks that we had seen before. One of them in particular had found a feather on the ground (actually it looked like it was his own), and he kept moving around all over the place carrying this feather in his beak.

Every time we tried to get a little closer to him he would move away, so finally we decided to just sit around and watch them move around the place. We had been sitting there for close to half an hour when we noticed that this particular duck was coming closer and closer to us, and finally he stationed himself about 4 feet away from us. He never came closer, but that was good enough for us to get as many photographs as we needed.

Lesson learnt, – when interacting with birds and animals, let them come to you. Be patient, let them know that you are not there to harm them; once they realize this, they lose their fear, and will come closer than you expect them to.


Music for the Soul


If you love music, and are in Dubai, then one of the things that you have to do this February is to attend an evening of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.  There will be 4 main gigs over the two weekends, (this time one of the artists being featured is none other than Carlos Santana), and 5 days at the Jazz Garden with reputed artists from all over the globe.

The atmosphere is just beyond description, you have to be there to actually take it all in. The music transforms you to another planet, as the artists encourage you (all the audience) to join in and have a good time. After a long hard days work, all the grinding through the traffic, one cannot ask for a better relaxation therapy than to spend an evening at the Jazz Festival.

If you need more information on this, go to their website at and you will get all details related to the event.

Its an evening that you will  not regret…do mark the dates in your diary.


A Soothing Sight

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Sometimes we get too stressed out with “what we need to photograph” or “I need to find the right subject”. When you find yourself in this situation, the best thing to do is to just ease off a bit, take a few steps back and try to relax. The worst thing that can happen is to let yourself get stressed, because then you find a lot of frustration creeping in, because nothing seems to be going the way you want it to!

Felt this way before with your photography? Don’t worry, it happens all the time; the important thing is to find ways to keep yourself occupied, and still be on the lookout for something to make a picture with.

One of the things that allows us to relax, (and help us remain focused on our photography), at times like this is taking a walk on the sea shores; – walk bare foot in the water while the waves lap around your feet, feel the sand, water…just connect with nature. It is a total relaxation therapy; and in most cases, you always come out refreshed, and ready to start all over again. On more occasions than one, we have found subjects to photograph during these walks on the beach.

The above picture is an example of what we are talking about……give it a try!

Family Meal

Family Dinner

 Meal time is family time…take some quality time off from your busy schedule and spend it sharing a meal with your loved ones. It helps build relationships and makes you feel a whole lot better for having taken the time to do so.

This was taken in Al Ain Zoo earlier this year. The other animals were just roaming about aimlessly (at least that was how it seemed to us), but all the giraffe’s got together, and decided to have their afternoon meal. It was quite interesting to see how just one of them would pick up some of the grass, and suddenly there would be 3-4 heads converging on the one that had collected the grass, and they would all pick small shares literally from the others mouth. What was more surprising was that the one that had collected the grass in the first place did not seem to mind at all that the others were taking the grass literally out of its mouth. Fortunately, different giraffe’s kept picking up the grass,while the others helped themselves to a mouthful.

We took a few pictures and then moved on. What we found interesting about the giraffe’s were that they did not seem to mind sharing the food at all; something quite contrary to what we understand about the wild..that its all about the survival of the fittest.

We found the photography interesting for a few reasons…firstly, the calm temperament of the animals, secondly, their color made a nice contrast against the sky, and thirdly, because of their height, it helped to eliminate the clutter/distraction on the ground and leave a clear background to frame the image in.

Beat of the Drums

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Festivals in India take on a different dimension. There are lots of preparations that take place prior to the event, people and the entire community as a whole sets aside time for their participation in the festivals. Added to that is the fact that the events that take place happen in the open public areas, so everyone has access to it. In some areas (like the one pictured above), there was not enough open place for the celebration to take place, so it happened on the main road.

Traffic was diverted, the road was cordoned off, and the drummers and elephant, marched through the street. The drummers seemed to have endless amounts of energy, the beats kept rolling out in great rhythm, they kept swaying to the beat, much to the excitement of the crowd surrounding them. All in all a very festive and happy mood for everyone.

The drummers as well as the organizers of the festival were very receptive to the fact that we were taking pictures, however, being able to get good pictures was a bit of a challenge. It was late evening, almost sunset time, light was low…the drummers kept walking forward, swaying to the beat, and drumming, the crowds surrounding them were anxious to get the best view, so not too receptive to the photo making, there were people constantly walking in front of the drummers, and the road was not wide enough to accommodate all the activity happening on it. With a lot of moving around, coaxing of the viewers, making many apologies, we were able to get some good pictures of the event. Lesson learnt, talk to people, explain what you are trying to do, show them the images you are making, and they will help and accommodate you.