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The Desert Safari

In the month of April 2013, I was relocated to Doha, Qatar for an official trip. Pretty new to the digital photography at that point of time. Work pressure was pretty high but still manage to plan a desert safari trip with an office colleague who was also relocated to Doha, Qatar for few weeks along with me.

Let me start with the weather of Doha at that time. Well it’s was hot, really hot and dry. But I must say it was not a big issue as all the places in Doha are fully equipped with the air con.  The temperature is touching 40+ Celsius with hot and dry sandy wind all day. We started from Doha around 1pm in the afternoon. The land cruiser came to our hotel at the exact time to pick us up and the journey to the desert has been kicked off.

The Desert Safari

The road to the desert was amazing, the driver keep the speed around 170km/hour constantly. The view was pretty amazing with photo perfect sand dune at the both side of the road.

The Desert Safari

It took around 1.5 hours to reach and after few minutes of rest the actual safari started. Driver took his time to deflate the tires of the land cruiser and the long awaited thrilling adventure has been kicked off. We are tumbling over the sand dunes one after one. It’s like we are falling down from sand dunes inside the car. It was a thrilling and beautiful experience. The unequaled view of the desert and, if you listen closely, you can even hear the sands shift as you descend down the slopes.

The Desert Safari

After doing safari for couple of hours we were brought to the Inland sea, where the sea and the desert connected. It’s a shallow sea that covers central areas of the desert during periods of high sea level. When we get down of the car to see this one of the most rare and amazing creation of nature there was a mild sand storm going on. The moment was unforgettable and so was the mother nature.

The Desert Safari

I carried my 40mm 2.8 prime to capture the moments. Though sadly I lost so many photographs as my hard drive crashed. Did not take the backup and lesson learned. Still was able to recover few photos from using a well known recovery software.

The Desert Safari

Around 4.30 pm in the afternoon we reach at the desert camp at the Persian Gulf. Surprisingly they have air con in the camp. We had early dinner with lamb, BBQ chicken, plain rice, fruits etc. We enjoyed the evening view of the Persian Gulf with delicious dinner, chilled soft drinks and some Hookah (aka Waterpipe). We did not stay overnight, so we took the car back to Doha around 8.30pm in the evening.

The Desert Safari

I wish I had an wide angle lens to capture the dunes. I did not even carry the 18-55. But not everything in your life you can capture using your digital lens, sometime the natural lens is good enough to store the moments in your hypothalamus.

Enjoy the photos.

 

A street walk at Quiapo

Last few days the life has become so boring and photo less. I just wanted to get out of my place and buy few accessories for my camera. The best camera accessories you can get at most affordable price in Manila is in Quiapo. If you are a photographer either be professional, amateur or hobbyist you must visit Quiapo. For those who doesn’t know Quiapo is one of the most notorious place in Manila, Philippines. So if you are going for street photography, there is a huge possibility that you will come back home empty handed. Full of snatchers, pick pockets and anti social people and moreover if you are a foreigner things can get worse.

A view in Wet Market

But if you have a reliable source you can get the best price whether you are buying your memory card or any kind of lens. I took my chance and visited Quiapo with a Filipino friend. Traveling with a local surely give you good amount of confidence to walking around and take some photos in the busy wet market of Quiapo.

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My friend wanted to buy a Tokina 100mm and I was looking for a wide angle. While visiting camera shops I was wandering around in the busy wet market of Quiapo. A superb place for capturing candid shots.

Oh My God

While my friend is inside the shop looking and trying the lens he wants to buy, I was outside walking around and took some shots of locals. Few came good, few did not.
If you are a foreigner and wants to do street photography at Quiapo I would suggest to walk with a local and also be conscious about your wallet, phone and the bag if you are carrying any. I put all my stuff inside the backpack and keep it in front of me. I will also suggest you do the same.

Half

All the photos taken using my Nikon 40mm in aperture priority mode. No flash used. Due to various color of the shades in market the light was very uneven, which is kinda difficult to take the photos.

Trio Thoughts

Surprisingly all the people were very kind and curious and I love the whole atmosphere of the place. Most of the time I did not ask for posing, as my aim was to capture their natural expression and hurdle of their daily life. But out of the few words I know in Tagalog, I said “Salamat Kuya / Salamat Ate” ( which means Thanks big brother/ Thanks big sister in Tagalog) to almost everyone. Most of the photos I have captured I converted in the black & white in post processing for the shots with candid moments and kept few photos in colored just to show the how colorful the market place was. I Feel so excited about this post. Hopefully we you will like it too.

Enjoy the photos.

Cheers

Little Discovery 3

 

 

Beach Boys of Laiya

On January 31, 2014, me and few of my friend planned a sudden trip to Laiya, Batangas. It’s a one of the thousand beach of Batangas. This post is more of little discoveries in the beach then the beach itself.

Don't let me go

Most of the time I was busy visiting the beach and walking around the Blue Coral beach. While returning back to home just before evening came through these sweet kids. They were flying kites. I tried to take some natural photo of them, but when they noticed me they are bit quizzical to see “Why the hell in this guy is taking our photos !!!”. I tried to talk to them with some chocolate greetings (Now-a-days I am carrying these).

Go away

I don’t know much Tagalog but somehow was able to ask them officially for a photo. Even though I am kinda interrupting their play, still they agreed to pose for me.

Well ...

I was really excited to see the result when I came back from the trip. I liked the result. Let me know your view also.

Enjoy the photos.