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Camel Race Day

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Its arrived!! At long last it is the season for racing. After having trained for close to a year, the camels get their chance to prove themselves.Those who have arrived early are relaxing, its warm, and they know that they will need all their energy for later on, once the racing starts. Others are arriving, all excited, and happy that the time has finally arrived.

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For some of the others, its just a normal day in the desert…..But wait, these are the ones on sale..once the races are over, many of the traders and owners of other camels will come here to inspect them and see if they will fit into, and benefit the herds that they already have.

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Back on the race-track, its not yet time for the races to start, and there are some that have come just to add a bit of flavor to the races. They do a leisurely lap on one of the tracks,  as if sampling what it would be like to race on it some day.

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OK, things are warming up now, suddenly the place has turned very active and businesslike. Announcements are made, and the herders start moving the camels towards the start pits. It is interesting to watch, because the animals are nervous, and anxious to get it over and done…slowly and reluctantly, they all make their ways through the gates and towards the start line.

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After a lot of coaxing and pushing, the camels are finally in their places and are waiting for the barrier to be raised in order to display their prowess and speed achieved over the past year.

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And then, without any warning the barrier is raised, and they are off……..

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It is a spectacle well worth watching. The dedication shown by the herders, the love between the owners and their animals, the entire festival with traditional tents, cultural dances and campfires, it is almost too good to be true. If you are ever in the Middle East during Camel Festival time (it generally happens between December and March), this is one event that you should witness.

 

 

The Competitive Edge

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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.

Riding the Waves

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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.

 

Rowing for Glory

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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.