Photography

Moon over Viva Bahriya on Flickr.Just got home in time to capture the evocative sight of the nearly full Moon rising over The Pearl. The incomplete towers in the foreground are Porto Arabia and behind are the new towers of Viva Bahriya. I took this hand held in rapidly fading light.

Moon over Viva Bahriya on Flickr.

Just got home in time to capture the evocative sight of the nearly full Moon rising over The Pearl. The incomplete towers in the foreground are Porto Arabia and behind are the new towers of Viva Bahriya. I took this hand held in rapidly fading light.

All Souls College on Flickr.The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed, of Oxford, was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (fellow of New College and Archbishop of Canterbury), in 1438. Visitors were not allowed into the Quad on this occasion so I resorted to taking this picture through the gate, though the framing by the arch works quite well. I also like the symmetry of the image

All Souls College on Flickr.

The College of All Souls of the Faithful Departed, of Oxford, was founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele (fellow of New College and Archbishop of Canterbury), in 1438. Visitors were not allowed into the Quad on this occasion so I resorted to taking this picture through the gate, though the framing by the arch works quite well. I also like the symmetry of the image

The Vyne on Flickr.The Vyne was built in the 16th century as a palace for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. Henry visited on a number of occasions and brought Anne Boleyn with him in 1535. This view is towards the rear of the house, taken from across the lake

The Vyne on Flickr.

The Vyne was built in the 16th century as a palace for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. Henry visited on a number of occasions and brought Anne Boleyn with him in 1535. This view is towards the rear of the house, taken from across the lake

Fire! on Flickr.The Royal British Legion, Old Basing held a fete to commermorate the centenary of the start of World War One. One of the events was a field gun demo by a WW1 re-enactment group. Driving rain during the demo added tho the authenticity of the scene

Fire! on Flickr.

The Royal British Legion, Old Basing held a fete to commermorate the centenary of the start of World War One. One of the events was a field gun demo by a WW1 re-enactment group. Driving rain during the demo added tho the authenticity of the scene

Alnwick Castle in the sun on Flickr.The coast was affected by a sea fret which meant that you got little exposure to the sun on the beach. But travel a short distance inland and the weather was glorious, as evidenced by this view of Alnwick Castle. This is taken from The Peth on the bridge over the river Aln. In recent times, Alnwick Castle is perhaps best known as one of the locations for the Harry Potter films

Alnwick Castle in the sun on Flickr.

The coast was affected by a sea fret which meant that you got little exposure to the sun on the beach. But travel a short distance inland and the weather was glorious, as evidenced by this view of Alnwick Castle. This is taken from The Peth on the bridge over the river Aln. In recent times, Alnwick Castle is perhaps best known as one of the locations for the Harry Potter films

Lunch spot on Flickr.This panorama is taken from one of the “Kingsmill Top 10 Lunch Spots 2013”, on a mound overlooking Bamburgh Castle. On this particular day a sea fret obscurred the beach but the weather was warm all the same

Lunch spot on Flickr.

This panorama is taken from one of the “Kingsmill Top 10 Lunch Spots 2013”, on a mound overlooking Bamburgh Castle. On this particular day a sea fret obscurred the beach but the weather was warm all the same

Summer in Northumberland on Flickr.
There is no clever post processing in this image - just some level and white balance adjustments. This is summer on Bamburgh beach. In the village it is a bright sunny day but on the beach we have the traditional summer sea fret. Occasionally we were treated to a glimpse of the castle, but most of the timeit was completely obscured. Despite these strange conditions it was quite warm and it didn’t deter the holiday makers. This is a 7 second exposure using the Big Stopper

Summer in Northumberland on Flickr.

There is no clever post processing in this image - just some level and white balance adjustments. This is summer on Bamburgh beach. In the village it is a bright sunny day but on the beach we have the traditional summer sea fret. Occasionally we were treated to a glimpse of the castle, but most of the timeit was completely obscured. Despite these strange conditions it was quite warm and it didn’t deter the holiday makers. This is a 7 second exposure using the Big Stopper

Dressed for Ramadan on Flickr.During Ramadan the entrance to Porto Arabia is colourfully floodlit with a number of spotlights sweeping the sky. And I don’t even need to leave my apartment to appreciate it!

Dressed for Ramadan on Flickr.

During Ramadan the entrance to Porto Arabia is colourfully floodlit with a number of spotlights sweeping the sky. And I don’t even need to leave my apartment to appreciate it!

Porto Arabia by night on Flickr.To complement the daytime panorama I took earlier, here is the same scene at night. The crescent is lit by coloured floodlights for Ramadan (tonight being the start of the holy month). This was a little tricky to do as I had to stitch 5 long exposure shots together to make the panorama. Apart from some basic level adjustments in Lightroom, there is no other processing

Porto Arabia by night on Flickr.

To complement the daytime panorama I took earlier, here is the same scene at night. The crescent is lit by coloured floodlights for Ramadan (tonight being the start of the holy month). This was a little tricky to do as I had to stitch 5 long exposure shots together to make the panorama. Apart from some basic level adjustments in Lightroom, there is no other processing

Porto Arabia Panorama on Flickr.I have just moved from West Bay to The Pearl, and this is the view from the balcony of my apartment. There are a total of 31 residential towers, either inhabited or under construction surrounding a marina. The island in the middle is a work in progress (towards what I am not sure at this stage - it was supposed to be a hotel and entertainment complex). The panorama is stitched from 6 portrait images

Porto Arabia Panorama on Flickr.

I have just moved from West Bay to The Pearl, and this is the view from the balcony of my apartment. There are a total of 31 residential towers, either inhabited or under construction surrounding a marina. The island in the middle is a work in progress (towards what I am not sure at this stage - it was supposed to be a hotel and entertainment complex). The panorama is stitched from 6 portrait images

Passing Storm on Flickr.Another in my “lazy photographer” series. Why go out into the heat and humidity when you take a picture through your hotel room window? This one is in the Senayan district of Jakarta and I quite liked the lighting as a thunder storm rolled off into the distance. You can see the anvil cloud to the left. Not bad for a compact camera shooting through glass!

Passing Storm on Flickr.

Another in my “lazy photographer” series. Why go out into the heat and humidity when you take a picture through your hotel room window? This one is in the Senayan district of Jakarta and I quite liked the lighting as a thunder storm rolled off into the distance. You can see the anvil cloud to the left. Not bad for a compact camera shooting through glass!

Across the rooftops on Flickr.Well, actually some quite tall rooftops. This is another in my “lazy photographer” series, in that it was shot from my bedroom window (it’s hard work lugging all that camera gear in the heat!). Anyway, this is the top of the Dolphin Energy building, which is located across the road from the Doha City Center mall. I always think that the top of the building looks like the cooling fins on a nuclear reactor. Across the bay and to the right is the runway of the now-obsolete Doha International airport. I have deliverately gone for a more extreme post-processing. I like the ambiguity - is this a drawing or a photograph?

Across the rooftops on Flickr.

Well, actually some quite tall rooftops. This is another in my “lazy photographer” series, in that it was shot from my bedroom window (it’s hard work lugging all that camera gear in the heat!). Anyway, this is the top of the Dolphin Energy building, which is located across the road from the Doha City Center mall. I always think that the top of the building looks like the cooling fins on a nuclear reactor. Across the bay and to the right is the runway of the now-obsolete Doha International airport. I have deliverately gone for a more extreme post-processing. I like the ambiguity - is this a drawing or a photograph?

Mangroves at Purple Island on Flickr.It is June and daytime temperatures are in the 40s. So now I look through images that I took in cooler times and consider how best to edit and present them. This is a view of the mangroves, viewed from the causeway to Purple Island, near Al Khor, taken in February. For me this scene is about the 2 bare bushes in the foreground that have apparently lost their fight for survival in this harsh environment, while the mangroves behind them hang on to their existence. The harsh light meant that, for me this worked better in monochrome

Mangroves at Purple Island on Flickr.

It is June and daytime temperatures are in the 40s. So now I look through images that I took in cooler times and consider how best to edit and present them. This is a view of the mangroves, viewed from the causeway to Purple Island, near Al Khor, taken in February. For me this scene is about the 2 bare bushes in the foreground that have apparently lost their fight for survival in this harsh environment, while the mangroves behind them hang on to their existence. The harsh light meant that, for me this worked better in monochrome

Passage of Time on Flickr.Located in the Al Riwaq exhibition space, this immense Richard Serra installation comprises 2 curved steel plates 66.5m long and 4.1m tall. Although the curvature of the plates is the same, the gap between them narrows and widens along its length creating an interesting “rhythm” as you walk through and around the piece. Having seen his exhibition in Katara and “7” in MIA Park I look forward to visiting East-West/ West-East in the desert when the weather cools down a bit

Passage of Time on Flickr.

Located in the Al Riwaq exhibition space, this immense Richard Serra installation comprises 2 curved steel plates 66.5m long and 4.1m tall. Although the curvature of the plates is the same, the gap between them narrows and widens along its length creating an interesting “rhythm” as you walk through and around the piece. Having seen his exhibition in Katara and “7” in MIA Park I look forward to visiting East-West/ West-East in the desert when the weather cools down a bit

Jetski on Flickr.On the beach at Katara, waiting for 59 traditional dhows to return from 4 days of competitive fishing and pearl diving. Meanwhile here is the preferred modern form of Qatari water-borne transport

Jetski on Flickr.

On the beach at Katara, waiting for 59 traditional dhows to return from 4 days of competitive fishing and pearl diving. Meanwhile here is the preferred modern form of Qatari water-borne transport