Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 25: EID MUBARAK - SATWA, DUBAI

Today is the last day of Ramadan, the yearly month of fasting observed by Muslims all over the world and of which the yearly participation is observed as one of the 5 pillars of Islam. 

After Ramadan, the first day of the next lunar month starts of with festivities  with friends and family, called Eid-al-Fitr; similar to how Christians celebrate Christmas. 

I would like to take the opportunity to which all my Muslim friends a EID MUBARAK - Blessed celebration. 

Just like previous years, I've documented part of Ramadan, especially around Iftar time; a social meal when the daily fast is broken around sunset time.

Lots of people, mostly men, tend to gather in open areas around Mosques, to have Iftar together. It is quite a sight to often see hundreds of people waiting for Iftar time (breaking of the fast) on laid out seating areas. 

The three images below were shot at Satwa in Dubai during the last week of Ramadan. Click on the image for a better view.


Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with the XF18-55 lens
  • RAW images edited in Lightroom CC
  • Triptych made in Lightroom CC

The full gallery of my images shot during Ramadan, can be found here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 24: DUBAI MARINA AERIAL - Fujifilm X-T20 and XF18-55 lens

When I arrived in Dubai 15 years ago, work at Dubai Marina was just about to start with the digging of the 3.5 km long U-shaped Marina. Today it houses over 100.000 people in more than 100 high-rise buildings of which some are over 400m (1300ft) tall. 

The aerial image below, also shows the runway of Skydive Dubai in the foreground; a large popular parachuting center right in front of Dubai Marina on a small man-made island. 


Image detail:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with the XF18-55 lens
  • ISO 200, f5.6, 1/1400s, 21mm (32mm full frame equivalent)
  • RAW development in Iridient Developer 3.1.4
I haven't used Iridient Developer for my RAW development in a while, as I'm normally OK with the way Lightroom develops the file. I do however see still a little bit better results in images that have a lot of detail in it. 

More of my aerial photography can be found here


Remember: "The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo" - Desmond Morris.


BJORN


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 23: MISTY MORNING OVER THE UAE - FUJILOVE MAGAZINE

The aerial image below shows the Northern part of the UAE bordering Oman, on a peaceful early morning some time ago. 



Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with XF 18-135mm
  • ISO 200, 1/1700s, f8.0, 56mm (84mm full frame equivalent)
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC
  • Nik ColorEfex Pro4 for optimal contrast
More of my aerial photography can be found here

I wrote a 25 page article for the June edition of the great Fujilove magazine about aerial photography. A few sample pages can be found below. 

If interesting in aerial photography, make sure to pick up a copy of the electronic magazine here.











Remember: "An eye for an eye, only ends up making the whole world blind" - Mahatma Gandhi


BJORN





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 22: DEIRA CLOCK TOWER DUBAI

Deira Clocktower, originally referred to as the Dubai Clocktower, is one of the oldest landmarks in Dubai. Ziki Homsi, the Architect of the project, has written about the fact that the project came with a lot of challenges in the mid sixties; not the least having very limited resources and available contractors to complete it. In stark contrast with the recent construction going on in Dubai over the last 15 years! The Clocktower was eventually completed in 1964; just a year after the Maktoum bridge over Dubai Creek was completed. 

While the location of the tower was very central 50 years ago, it has now become very much the older part of town, which a lot of the people visiting Dubai, don't even get to see. 

An interesting fact is that its 4 watch faces have apparently only been replaced once in its more than 50 years history; today they carry the Omega watch brand.


Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-100F
  • ISO 250, f8, ISO 1600
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC

Those of you interested in more of Dubai's Architecture, old an new, can check out the dedicated gallery here

Remember: "Don't watch the clock. Just do what it's doing, keep going!" - Sam Levenson


BJORN

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 21: LOST IN CASA - Street Photography with the XF23mm f2

Sometimes I end up going to a city with low expectations and come home with a good number of keeper images. Such was the case on my last visit to Casa (short for Casablanca) in Morocco.

When I first went to Casablanca 15 years ago, I had this pre-conceived idea that I would find a beautiful and exciting North African city; saying I came home a bit disappointed is probably an understatement. Beside the Hassan II Mosque, the worlds second largest mosque, on first sight there is not that much to see in Casablanca. No surprise that most tourists prefer Marrakesh before Moroccos nr.1 Commercial center.

After a 5 year absence, I finally went back to Casa last week with the plan of doing some Colour Street Photography. Diving deep into old Medina, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a complete different Casablanca! A vibrant and lively place which kind of felt like an ancient city of few centuries ago. An exciting place!

Some neighbouring areas however were clearly much poorer and at times looked more like a warzone with beaten down cars and buildings rather than a residential area. A much rougher feel but therefore not less interesting to document. 



Image details: 
  • Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF23mm f2 lens
  • ISO 500, f 9.0, 1/250s
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC using Classic Chrome Camera Profile
The series of images shot in Casa last week, can be found here.

To quote one of my favourite street photographers, Alex Webb, "I like pictures that ask questions, not provide answers!". Is the little girl really lost or is her mum just out of the frame? I want the viewer to answer these questions...

More of my Colour Street Photography can be found here.

Lastly, I've been interviewed by US based French Street Photographer Valerie Jardin for here very popular "Hit the Streets" podcast about the past 24 hour project held on April 1st 2017. To check out the 40' podcast together with my partner in crime from Finland Meri Kuakavaara;  click here!


BJORN