Dubai

Braided onions

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What I thought was braided garlic turned out to be white onions which I only realized after I was done photographing them. Sent by my sister-in-law's uncle from India, I honestly hadn't seen anything like it before (i.e. for onions). The wife decided that this as a subject was the perfect challenge for me to photograph.... I was completely dumbfounded. (>.<) I threw everything from purple gels to huge reflectors at it in the hope of creating something that would impress the wife. Muddled frame of mind usually results in muddled pictures. I was in shambles (photographically) and my time...

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Bold Furniture

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The ‘Fluttering’ feeling in the stomach when I start working for a new client has almost become customary. Stuttering and stammering as I belt out orders to people assigned to help me out while I figure out how I’m going to pull a rabbit out of the hat. And then everything turns out just fine. Over time I settle down and things start to get a little more adventurous.

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Lexus IS350

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Unlike the previous post, more time was spent fixing flaws since the location involved plenty of reflections and distractions which needed a few hours of Photoshop. I'm not too pleased with the resulting image and would have done things different while shooting if I had a chance. This is a good reminder for me as I'd forgotten how messy reflections can be on a shiny new car (This one had just 150kms on the odometer).

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Mazda 6

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Automotive photography has to be my most favorite kind of photography. I guess it has something to do with the fact that I'm a bit of a car geek. The first car I photographed was the Nissan GT-R along with a Ferrari F430 and BMW M coupe for DriveArabia all the way back in 2009. Life had been a lot different then since four hours of post processing per picture didn't feel excessive. I believe this picture had over 50 layers in Photoshop and I was extremely proud of the result. Over the years the number of layers had reduced and the time spent shooting had increased. I'd have rather walked around...

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GPP 2013

GPP 2013

I’ve been assisting at Gulf Photo Plus for almost four years now and I’ve had the great opportunity to sit back, observe and take silent notes of whatever has transpired in front of me. I might not have learned a lot (technically) but the calm with which the people I’ve assisted have handled any given situation has been good exposure especially for “human species awkward” me. It has also made me more comfortable with the photo geek in me as it has reinforced my knowledge base. Coming to this year’s big Gulf Photo Plus event in the first week of March, I ended up assisting Zach Arias.

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Vada Pav

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I’d never buy a Nokia ever or so I thought when I bought my first mobile phone i.e. a Sony Ericssion K700 around 8 years back. Right now I have a Nokia Lumia 920 in my hand courtesy Nokia UAE who have been kind enough to hand me a gorgeous white unit for a couple of weeks for testing. I've fallen in love with the phone and I’m going to buy one by the end of the month. It will be my first Nokia phone…. *shudders* Getting on topic; here is another Phone vs DSLR attempt but obviously this time with the fantastic Carl Zeiss lens on the Lumia. To keep the playing field even, I chose a prime...

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Event Photography

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Currently my bread and butter, corporate event photography are by far the most lethargic kind of photography I do. With client expectation usually in the realm of posed snapshots while creativity kept to a bare minimum, there isn't much you can do to hone your photography skills. Add to that the usual mob of event photographers who live by the “spray and pray” rule that clients prefer most of the time as quantity trumps over quality. You see, the mob event photographers use the trusted direct/auto flash *I don’t know anything about lighting* methodology which feeds perfectly towards the clients...

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Batata W Jebneh Bil Fern

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Quite a common phrase among photographers is that "It's the person behind the camera that matters and not the equipment they use" which is accurate to a certain limit. Nothing proves that better than Dan Chung's iPhone 4S photos that he published during the London Olympics a few months back. Putting that expression into application, we (being me and my photography partner Shruti) are putting together a weekly exercise where we shoot the same subject with two completely different cameras i.e. a smartphone and a DSLR. With the spotlight on composition and execution, details about who shot which...

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Tree perspective

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Being without a car in beautiful weather does spell long walks for me. In this case it meant walking from the Al Tayer Showroom near Times Square Centre to Business Bay Metro station; a total of 8 kilometres I believe.

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Corvette ZO6

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We don’t get many cloudy days in the UAE so when such a day does present itself, any person with a camera (DSLR or phone) should get off his buttocks and shoot some stunning cityscape (or landscape) photos of the dazzling city of Dubai.

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