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

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sky

Still away from base, so still reliant on the back catalogue to respond to Frank’s latest theme, of ‘Sky’.

This was originally posted as the ‘after’ image of a largely unregarded post-processing challenge a couple of years ago.

The photograph was taken at sunset in the giraffe compound on the Sir Bani Yas game reserve in Abu Dhabi. Because the island is largely desert and this was well inland, the sky was not in the usual blue to purple part of the spectrum.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Sky

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Water

Following last week’s theme of ‘Blue’, Frank has set a double challenge for this week with the subject of ‘Water’. Most people will have plenty of photos featuring water, of course, but in how many of those images is the water blue? And haven’t we just done that?

There is certainly an element of blue in this image, but at least it’s not in the water (and there’s plenty of that). This was taken a few years ago at the Corniche Water Park in Abu Dhabi and shows one of my twin grandsons being fascinated by the jets coming from one of the water cannons.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Water