Photography

String of Kites on Flickr.How many kites can you count? I was impressed that they could stay airborne for so long. Part of the Korean Kite Festival at Katara Cultural Village

String of Kites on Flickr.

How many kites can you count? I was impressed that they could stay airborne for so long. Part of the Korean Kite Festival at Katara Cultural Village

Korean Kite Festival on Flickr.A festival of Korean Kite flying was held at Katara Cultural Village. A large number of kites were stretched out along a single string, creating this impressive display

Korean Kite Festival on Flickr.

A festival of Korean Kite flying was held at Katara Cultural Village. A large number of kites were stretched out along a single string, creating this impressive display

Dallah Coffee Pot by night on Flickr.This coffee pot sculpture stands at the entrance to Al Dafna park on the Corniche in West Bay. Behind it the colourfully lit buildings are the World Trade Centre, the Burj Doha and the Tornado Tower

Dallah Coffee Pot by night on Flickr.

This coffee pot sculpture stands at the entrance to Al Dafna park on the Corniche in West Bay. Behind it the colourfully lit buildings are the World Trade Centre, the Burj Doha and the Tornado Tower

Tornado by night on Flickr.It is difficult to convey the size and scale of the buildings in West Bay when you are up close, so I was eager to try out my new wide angle lens. This scene is taken from Al Funduq St, towards the Corniche. To the right is the Tornado Tower and in the centre the Burj Doha

Tornado by night on Flickr.

It is difficult to convey the size and scale of the buildings in West Bay when you are up close, so I was eager to try out my new wide angle lens. This scene is taken from Al Funduq St, towards the Corniche. To the right is the Tornado Tower and in the centre the Burj Doha

A wider view of West Bay on Flickr.I wanted to try out my new Sigma 12-24mm lens but couldn’t summon the enthusiasm to leave the apartment so this is another view from the bedroom window. This is 12mm on a full frame body and I have to say that I am pleased with the first impression!

A wider view of West Bay on Flickr.

I wanted to try out my new Sigma 12-24mm lens but couldn’t summon the enthusiasm to leave the apartment so this is another view from the bedroom window. This is 12mm on a full frame body and I have to say that I am pleased with the first impression!

Rowing boats on Flickr.I was rummaging through some old pictures and came across this that I snapped at the Qatar National Sports Day on 11 February. The boats are lined up along the temporary pontoon, ready for a later race around the bay.  In the distance, on the “Old Palm Trees Island” is a large inflatable orange sphere. This is to advertise the fact that Qatar will be proudly hosting the World Handball Championships next January.

Rowing boats on Flickr.

I was rummaging through some old pictures and came across this that I snapped at the Qatar National Sports Day on 11 February. The boats are lined up along the temporary pontoon, ready for a later race around the bay. In the distance, on the “Old Palm Trees Island” is a large inflatable orange sphere. This is to advertise the fact that Qatar will be proudly hosting the World Handball Championships next January.

Cliche on Flickr.You come to the desert and you expect to take a picture of a camel. I would hate to disappoint so here are 3 of them at Sealine, waiting for the next tourist ride

Cliche on Flickr.

You come to the desert and you expect to take a picture of a camel. I would hate to disappoint so here are 3 of them at Sealine, waiting for the next tourist ride

Force of nature II too on Flickr.I previously posted a picture of this sculpture, created by Lorenzo Quinn, at Katara Cultural Village taken during the day. This one, taken against the night sky  helps to convey the drama of the piece more effectively - the influence that mother nature has on the Earth

Force of nature II too on Flickr.

I previously posted a picture of this sculpture, created by Lorenzo Quinn, at Katara Cultural Village taken during the day. This one, taken against the night sky helps to convey the drama of the piece more effectively - the influence that mother nature has on the Earth

Two Wise Monkeys on Flickr.The last time I took a night photograph of these 3 sculptures at Katara Cultural Vilage there was a fence around each of them, creating a rather ugly shadow. This time, the fencing has gone but they have placed a receptacle for the free Katara magazine between them. This rather spoils the shot of the 3 of them together. I therefore settled for this angle that just captured 2 of them. Again, this was taken handheld at high ISO because security do not allow tripods (they think that if you use a tripod then you must be a professional). For the record I take these pictures simply because I enjoy it, I have no intention of trying to make money from it - that would make it a job, not a hobby

Two Wise Monkeys on Flickr.

The last time I took a night photograph of these 3 sculptures at Katara Cultural Vilage there was a fence around each of them, creating a rather ugly shadow. This time, the fencing has gone but they have placed a receptacle for the free Katara magazine between them. This rather spoils the shot of the 3 of them together. I therefore settled for this angle that just captured 2 of them. Again, this was taken handheld at high ISO because security do not allow tripods (they think that if you use a tripod then you must be a professional). For the record I take these pictures simply because I enjoy it, I have no intention of trying to make money from it - that would make it a job, not a hobby

Tunnel (afternoon light) on Flickr.I previously posted a picture of this tunnel  taken after dark, lit by artificial light. This picture, from more or less the same place, was taken with my phone camera in late afternoon. Although the spotlights are on, this scene is essentially lit by sunlight. I love the warm glow that is created

Tunnel (afternoon light) on Flickr.

I previously posted a picture of this tunnel taken after dark, lit by artificial light. This picture, from more or less the same place, was taken with my phone camera in late afternoon. Although the spotlights are on, this scene is essentially lit by sunlight. I love the warm glow that is created

Tunnel on Flickr.This walkway joins the Torch Tower Hotel with Villagio. I have walked through it at different times of the day and each time felt the need to look back and take a picture. The curves of the tunnel and pattern on the floor create very strong lines. These are accentuated in different ways by either the afternoon sun through the semi-opaque glass or at night (as in this case) by the floor lights

Tunnel on Flickr.

This walkway joins the Torch Tower Hotel with Villagio. I have walked through it at different times of the day and each time felt the need to look back and take a picture. The curves of the tunnel and pattern on the floor create very strong lines. These are accentuated in different ways by either the afternoon sun through the semi-opaque glass or at night (as in this case) by the floor lights

Crab on Flickr.I have no idea what kind of crab this is but I found this one sunning itself on a rock in the mangrove forests on the path leading to Purple Island. The shallow waters are also teaming with small fish. Getting to Purple Island requires a bit of off-roading, but you don’t need a 4x4. I only had my compact camera on this occasion but I can see that another visit with a macro lens is in the offing

Crab on Flickr.

I have no idea what kind of crab this is but I found this one sunning itself on a rock in the mangrove forests on the path leading to Purple Island. The shallow waters are also teaming with small fish. Getting to Purple Island requires a bit of off-roading, but you don’t need a 4x4. I only had my compact camera on this occasion but I can see that another visit with a macro lens is in the offing

In flight on Flickr.Where I come from pigeons are considered to be a nuisance and we do whatever we can to discourage them. In Doha the opposite seems to be true and a large number gather where they are provided with plentiful food and water. I wanted to capture the movement of birds in flight so I experimented with shutter speed - 1/40s seemed to me to give the best result

In flight on Flickr.

Where I come from pigeons are considered to be a nuisance and we do whatever we can to discourage them. In Doha the opposite seems to be true and a large number gather where they are provided with plentiful food and water. I wanted to capture the movement of birds in flight so I experimented with shutter speed - 1/40s seemed to me to give the best result

Katara walkways on Flickr.During the day, the sail shaped canopies over the walkways in Katara Cultural Village provide welcome shade from the fierce sun. At night they reflect a pleasing diffuse glow which helps to balance the composition. Again, I had to take this handheld at a high ISO since the use of a tripod is forbidden in Katara

Katara walkways on Flickr.

During the day, the sail shaped canopies over the walkways in Katara Cultural Village provide welcome shade from the fierce sun. At night they reflect a pleasing diffuse glow which helps to balance the composition. Again, I had to take this handheld at a high ISO since the use of a tripod is forbidden in Katara

Golden Mosque on Flickr.Another night visit to Katara and an attempt to get a slightly more unusual perspective on a well-photographed subject. This is the Golden Mosque, framed by a sail canopy. The security staff take a dim view of tripods so this is handheld at high ISO

Golden Mosque on Flickr.

Another night visit to Katara and an attempt to get a slightly more unusual perspective on a well-photographed subject. This is the Golden Mosque, framed by a sail canopy. The security staff take a dim view of tripods so this is handheld at high ISO