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A Busy Shoreline

It was just turning bright and so we decided to take a walk to the beach and along the seashore. We were not expecting to find anything interesting, but being the shutterbugs that we are, took the cameras along. And it was good that we did…the place was buzzing with activity. From people swimming, jogging, doing yoga, playing football etc…we seemed to be the lazy ones out there.

What however caught our eyes were the local fishermen. From surveying the waters, to casting their nets, collecting the fish, and repeating the process till they had a large enough catch, it was a treat to be there with them.

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A careful inspection of the water and the tide gives them an indication as to where and when the nets should be cast to have the chance of catching some fish.

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Each fisherman seemed to have his own style in casting the net, in some cases, like above, this was a low underarm swing.

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This mans approach was different. The net was twirled around the body once, then cast from over the head.

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Time to haul in the nets, and inspect the catch (if any)

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This was the boring part….after each cast, the nets had to be cleaned of debris, and folded into position again before the next attempt.

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And then there were some who cast their nets from the boats…

The pictures have been posted in monochrome because it relates more to the situation these fishermen face. Most days the skies, (and hence the water) is void of color when they fish; giving them more of a monotonous and bored impression.

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.

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.

 

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

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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.

 

A splash of Colour

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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.

The Dubai Creek

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Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) is the local name for the saltwater creek that separates Dubai into two main sections – Bur Dubai and Deira Dubai.  It is of great significance to the UAE, because it was here that trading first started between Dubai and traders from India and Africa, – as early as the beginning of the 20th Century. Although not deep enough for large vessels to enter, this creek became the first harbour that Dubai had. Dubai’s “Pearl Industry”  which formed a major section of the country’s economy was based on the trading that happened here.

Since then, this creek has had several changes, it has been dredged to accomodate larger vessel, and is today a major hub for the Dhow traffic that carries almost all forms of cargo, and Personal Effects from Dubai to the neighbouring countries. With the introduction of major ports like Port Rashid, Port Saeed and Jebel Ali, the significance of this route has diminished, but it still remains an important port for the Dhow traffic.

Today the Dubai side of the creek hosts the bustling Textile market and the Museum, while the Deira side has the traditional Spice market, the Gold Souq, the Dhow harbour, several impressive buildings, and a busy trading centre slightly inland.

The easiest, and probably the most enjoyable way, to cross the creek is by the “Abra”, – a traditional wooden craft, powered by an engine. It has a sunshade to protect you from the heat of the day, but thats about it !  You have to sit on a small raised platform in the middle of the Abra, as it makes it way across the creek. There are two points on either side of the creek that are connected via the Abra’s, and this mode of transportation is used by thousands of commuters daily.

The best time however to visit the creek is in the evening. Just as the sun is about to go down, take a stroll along the quay, and you see a flurry of activity as people hurry to get back home, and prepare for the next day. If you are patient enough, you get the whole creek turning a deep blue, reflecting the colours of the sky, as the day slowly turns into night, marking the end of another day.