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A Drive Into Nature

Panorama 2a1 Before the weather changed, we wanted to do one more road trip, so we decided to drive to the top of Jebel Jais mountains. We were not too sure of what to expect there, but nature had a surprise in store for us.

IMG_0977 Across the vast expanse of mountains, and along the very dusty and winding roads…it was a different world altogether.

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Every now and then the terrain changed, giving us diverse views of the mountains and the surroundings areas.

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We spent the whole morning just soaking in nature and the beauty that surrounded us, before finally returning to the base of the mountain range where we had started from.

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 !!

A Beautiful Beginning

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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

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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!

Moody Slopes

DSCF5539aWhile 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.