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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 !

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.

A Beautiful Beginning


Stop lazing in bed, get up early, – really early, and take a drive down to the Fujeirah coast, and in all probability, you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature….watch magic happen as the sun rises, and another brilliant day unfolds!

Believe you me, the level of satisfaction and contentment that you get after having capturing this spectacle, more than makes up for all  the trouble you took to get up early and make the journey here.

This picture was taken on a day when there was no wind at all, but on the days when there is a wind, it does become a challenge. You need to weigh your tripod down, else the wind can blow your camera over, there are a lot of waves that come rushing in and beating on the rocks, so a slow shutter speed can give you the milky effect of the water, and add an element of dynamism to the image.

There are various points along the coast that you can shoot the sunrise from, lots of rocks, lots of mountains. Chose the point you favour the most, but remember to plan, and chose your spot in advance. Pre-dawn, the roads are dark and winding,  and it is difficult to find a spot in the dark. In lieu of the oncoming traffic (if any) as well, its advisable not to keep stopping along the highway in the dark, looking for a decent spot to make your pictures from.

A Time Gone By

Places 2

It was only after we took up photography as a hobby/passion, that we realized that there was so much about the United Arab Emirates that we knew nothing about.  We had read in some of the books on the UAE, that there were several tribes that had lived in the mountains in Ras Al Khaimah, but now that things had changed, most of them had migrated to the towns and cities around, and were leading normal modern day lives like all of us.

So after a lot of reading, studying maps, asking questions etc,  we decided to look for the Stone Houses that were somewhere in the mountains in Ras Al Khaimah. We spent most of the morning getting to the area, and then after lunch, we found the dirt track which would seemingly lead us to the Stone Houses. We followed it, and sure enough, there were the houses, or at least the remains of the houses ahead of us. Made with just stones, and in some places a modern looking window, these houses gave us a feeling of sadness…we could almost imagine the whole place as it might have been in its prime days, each house with its little compound (the boundry was a line of stones all around the house); a small community of people tucked away in the mountains….today there was only the ruins of these houses, broken down, dilapidated, and just memories of a time gone by.

We stayed for a while, took some great photographs, wandered around the place – all by ourselves. There was no other sign of human activity around, just a feeling that while the pair of us were all alone in the mountains, we were not really alone!

All in a Day’s Work

All in a day's work


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.

The Ferry Crossing

The CrossingCrossing a river or a small bay by boat/ferry in India is something that we always look forward to because it involves a lot of factors. Firstly, you have to wait in line with several other passengers, all dressed in brightly coloured clothes, carrying different kinds of packages and bags. Then there are the boats themselves which are crammed to capacity.  Needless to say, once the boat arrives at the jetty it is total pandemonium…there are passengers trying to disembark, while the others attempt to board. A lot of shouting, noise and confusion takes place in these 3-4 minutes, and then suddenly you find yourself in the ferry, sailing smoothly across the calm bay to the opposite shore.

Its at times like this that you envy the luckier ones who have their own colourful rowing boats to take them across. No chaos for them.

Overall, its an experience not to be missed, and it helps if you have a camera, because there is a lot of colour and the crossing itself presents many instances for photography.



Rowing for Glory



Very often while making pictures we are undecided as to whether we should use a wider angle and capture all of the action at the same time, or if we should chose one subject and zoom in close to get maximum detail out of it. A difficult choice to make, but we don’t generally get a second chance especially with the action shots, so plan in advance what you would like to focus on before you take the shot.

This was taken at the Dragon boat Festival held at the Festival City in Dubai earlier this year. It was a warm day, but not very bright; slightly hazy, and very humid. Taking pictures was a little challenging, because the sweat kept pouring down our faces, and burning our eyes. The atmosphere though was great. There were many teams participating, and they all had their own set of supporters to cheer them on. Good music added to the fun.

As the day wore on, and the better teams prevailed, it was easy to see how the determination and teamwork came together to help them achieve their success. I found this picture interesting because in spite of all the noise and confusion around them, this set of athletes had only one goal in mind….to row their way to glory! To me it tells a story, remain focused, look ahead, work hard, and you will achieve your goal.

If your pictures are able to tell a tell a story, they capture the imagination of those who look at them, and create a thought process in the viewers mind. Look for situations where you are able to “tell a story” through your pictures; it will make you a better photographer.


A splash of Colour

Just Boats

Making a trip back home to Cochin in South India always gives us a lot of inspiration because there are so many oppportunities to do some good photography. There is so much of colour all around you, the place in itself is quite beautiful, will loads of tall trees, so may areas with backwaters, and blue skies filled with puffy white clouds.

We  had gone out the previous day and did some good photography, but it was extremely hot and humid, and we had ended our outing earlier than we expected to, mainly because of the climate. So this morning we were not too sure as to what to do. Finally, we decided to brave the heat once again, so armed with our camera’s, off we went. We soon came to the waterfront, and decided to look around a bit.

We saw a few colourful fishing boats in the distance, but they were too far away to get a decent picture, so we went looking for a way to get closer to them. The road led us away from the sea, but we came across a small winding alley, with a lot of garbage, a couple of cats, and lots of crows, (the latter two being rather surprised at seeing us there). As we had hoped, this alley led us out back to the backwaters, and there the boats were !

We spent the next half hour or so clicking away to our hearts content, and we did get some really good pictures of these boats. The lesson learnt ? Keep exploring your options, dont settle for the standard shots…if we had not looked for a better angle/viewpoint, we could never have got this picture.

Abandoned Truck


How often have we gone out with the camera only to come back home dissappointed, saying that it was “not a good day” because we could not find a good subject? Or maybe the lighting was not right? Or there was nothing scenic in the vicinity?

This is when we have to make a little more effort, and try to look at things from a different point of view, because the opportunity to make a picture is all round us. We have to be able to see the beauty that is around us, and be able to capture this beauty in a manner that makes it asthetically pleasing.

This old abandoned truck looked its worst, but there was something about the way it stood there in the grass that caught my attention.  It seemed to be giving the plants on the ground a support to climb on and spread even further, almost as if it were trying to support  life after it had passed the best years of its own life, and the bright colours of the bonnet and parts of the cabin worked in total contrast to the rich green colour of the grass.

Overall, a simple, yet interesting picture, and this is the what photography is all about. We all have our own views and opinions as to what is and is’nt a good photograph; but it is the ability to go out there, form a picture in your mind of what is around you, and then capture and share that idea/thought process with the rest of the world, that makes photography an art.


Waiting for customers?


Waiting for a sale

You never know what you will see when you take a walk along the busy traditional market areas in Dubai! There are so many bargains to chose from and such a lot of variety,  that you can spend a whole day in this place. From brightly coloured clothes, to the latest and trendiest fashions; footwear of all kinds, silk scarves, traditional arabic costumes, elegant embroidered cushions to decorate your house with, colourful po’ofs to laze around on…you just have to think of it, and keep looking…you will find it in this market.

This place is a bustle of activity in the evenings and weekends. People from all walks of life come here to this market to look for the best bargains available. So, we  were rather surprised to see this shop relatively empty, and the salesperson outside it,  making it almost look like he was there waiting for some customers to come and visit his store.

To anyone planning a visit to this market, a few words of advice…go during the winter months, its a whole lot cooler and much more enjoyable. And remember to take a camera along, because like we mentioned earlier, you never know what you will come across.