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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.


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


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.

At the Desert


It is always an adventure going to the desert…..the very thought of being able to be there with the huge sand dunes, experience the strong wind blowing, listen to the sounds of nature, and have life slow down a bit ….the experience is soothing and rather priceless!!

Firstly you have absolutely no idea what you will encounter, there is always something happening there, you just have to be able to find it.


The Camel herders are perhaps one of the more common sights that you will come across as you start venturing into the desert.  Being able to capture a picture of them just waking their herd of Camel, or against the backdrop of the large dunes is very satisfying, (although it would be a whole lot better of there were’nt so many tyre tracks on the dunes…that’s man announcing his presence there too).

SONY DSCSome others prefer to watch the sun go down with a birds eye view of the desert. It does make for some spectacular viewing, and must have been as challenging for them to make the trip up there (and down later on in the dark), as it would be satisfying for them to just sit there and watch the sun sink into the golden dunes.


The light slowly slips away, another day has passed. Its time to bid farewell to these dunes, and get ready for the long drive back home.


An Architectural Jewel


For an absolute treat in architecture and photography, make a trip down to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and spend the day visiting the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. This is arguably one of the most beautiful, and exquisite, religious structures of recent times.

The best time to go would be between October and April as the weather would be good. You need to take this into consideration, because you can do as much photography inside the mosque as you could outside. Photographing this structure is a challenge, from the sheer magnitude, to the grandeur, and the crowds that come there to visit.


The columns create a mesmerizing effect, and if you get a few people in the frame, it becomes all the more interesting. If you are really lucky, and you have some clouds in the sky, then the entire appearance of the courtyard changes, it helps to accentuate the tall minarets and the beautiful floral designs on the floor. Getting down as low as possible and using a wide angle lens further emphasizes this.


The domes are beautiful. They keep having different effects on the viewer, depending on the time of day that you look at them. At night, the lighting on the domes is set to create the phases of the moon. You must stay till after dark to get an entirely different view of this mosque.


Once inside the mosque, its like stepping into another world. It takes a few minutes for you to fully comprehend the grandeur and magnificence that the interior exhibits. There is so much to see, so much to take in…you can easily spend a whole day inside the mosque.


Before you leave, and while there is still light, take some time to travel to spots around the mosque,and try and get the entire mosque in a single frame. It is a picture that you will always treasure as structures like this are rare jewels in the world of architecture.

IMG_8113For more information on the mosque, the visit timings and how to get there, please check this link http://www.szgmc.ae

We hope you do make the visit, and have a lovely time making your pictures. We have been there a few times, but still get amazed every time we visit.



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!

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

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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!

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.