Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Last week in response to Cee’s Black & White theme of sculpture I posted an image of some statuary from the Basilica San Marco. This week’s topic is glass and here is another image from a religious edifice, in this case the mind-bogglingly beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scene

This was the scene that would confront me when I stood at night on the balcony of our apartment in Abu Dhabi.

It’s a lot quieter here.

(For the aficionados: 1.6 seconds at ƒ11, ISO400)

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scene

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

The rope twisted into a knot leads the eye in to this detail of a wooden dhow that I spotted in the Bateen area of Abu Dhabi city. The traditional boat is contrasted with the modern office blocks in the background.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

This week, Frank asked us to share a photo that encapsulates special memories.

Memories of family are always important, of course but we will also always treasure the ten years we spent living in Abu Dhabi.

This image encapsulates both. Taken in the Corniche Park, here with Madame is our darling daughter and our twin grandsons, on their first visit to Abu Dhabi back in 2008.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Memories

Domes

So is it arches you want for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week? Or domes?

Here’s an image with plenty of both – from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The figures at bottom right give an idea of scale.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches, Domes etc

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

It was during my ten years in Abu Dhabi that I bought my first DSLR, reigniting my interest in ‘serious’ photography. I spent part of one evening with my new camera sitting on its tripod on the balcony of our apartment doing an exercise recommended by the teacher of one of the weekend courses I took.

The idea was to use a long exposure (eight seconds in this case), during which a zoom lens should be rotated (as smoothly as possible) to give this abstract effect:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Another dip into the archives for the Weekly Photo Challenge this time, as I’m still away from home and therefore from full access to my image library.

Here, my grandson takes a peek around the patio door of our apartment in Abu Dhabi. He – and his twin brother – are rather bigger now.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek