Photography 101: Landscape

The Arabian peninsula isn’t just endless sand dunes. This is a view of the Hajar Mountains in Oman, although the photograph was taken from Hatta, which is in the emirate of Dubai (so Dubai isn’t just skyscrapers and traffic jams either).

Landscape

Photography 101: Swarm

Not exactly a swarm, or a particularly technically adept photograph, but an interesting story.

The two men in the microlight are researching the habits of these geese. For about two weeks, weather permitting, they would fly over our house early in the morning. As time went on, they attracted more and more birds to fly along with them.

Haven’t seen them for a while: they must have gone south for the winter.

Swarm

Photography 101: Moment

My grandson laughs at his own reflection while his twin brother takes a peek.

Moment

 

Photography 101: Architecture

A view of – a small part of – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

In ‘real’ life, of course, this would be shimmering white marble (topped with gold) against a clear blue sky.

Architecture

Photography 101: Colo(u)r

This photograph was taken earlier this summer at an exhibition of old agricultural equipment in the nearby village of Lesterps. It shows the engine casing of a very well cared-for old tractor.

I haven’t post-processed the image in any way, apart from a crop for reasons of aesthetic balance. It really is this colo(u)r.

Color

Photography 101: Mystery

Q: What lies in the blackness to which the eye is irresistibly drawn?

A: The basement. This was taken (with a Blackberry) leaning over the emergency stairwell on the 23rd floor of my old office building in Abu Dhabi.

The idea of depth – and therefore mystery –  depends crucially on the sunlight shining in through the glass exterior from the right, producing the shadows on the stairs on that side and the highlights on the metalwork on the left.


Mystery

Photography 101: Warmth

Although I’m as secular as they come, I do appreciate the architecture of churches and cathedrals.

Typically, though, the interiors of these buildings  are largely of grey stone and emanate anything but warmth. However, this church, in the medieval town of Chauvigny, is an exception, especially when, as in this image, natural sunlight streams through the high windows above the altar.

Warmth