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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second story

This photograph was taken a few years ago from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi. A fire had broken out in a residential building just around the corner (on Electra, for the locals) and the emergency helicopter service was called in to rescue some people who were trapped on the roof. You can just see one being winched inside the hovering helicopter, hanging on to a crew member for dear life.

I converted the original to black and white, partly for dramatic effect but also to get round the impact of the smoke haze on the colour original.

Helicopter Rescue

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Oradour-sur-Glane is a village not far from here. In 1944 it was the scene of a Nazi atrocity, which can be read about here.

A new village was built nearby after the war, but the original is now preserved as a permanent museum and memorial to the 642 named victims.

Abandoned