Flowers....

Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2008 by Stained in
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Took this shot after I had exited the Big5 exhibition and was waiting for the signal to turn red so that I could cross to the other side. Would have taken more shots but this man started questioning me(out of curiosity) about my cameras cost and stuff.....Shooting Date/Time : 11/23/2008 2:43:08 PM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/50
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm

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Atlantis Opening

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Stained in Labels: ,
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I was busy editing pictures for a client (who seems to be happy with my work) so couldn't post these pictures earlier. Anyway, everyone knows about the Atlantis Opening. Here's my version of it...

I was planning a trip to watch the fireworks for ages. Initially a guy living on the Palm invited me and some others to join him to take pictures but than Nakheel decided to the lock the Palm up for outsiders. Then I thought of every possible spot to take pictures from. I even thought about breaking into a Media/Internet City or Knowlege Village building roof. But in the end decided to make my way to Sufouh beach (or Dead Beach as I like calling it). On my way there, Fud calls me up and tells me her uncle works in Nakheel and is taking her into the Palm. Lucky her!!!

Anyway I reached Sufouh Beach at about 10:45pm and found it surprisingly emptier that I had expected. Having a 4WD, we parked on the edge of the beach and I set up my tripod to be ready for those fireworks. We were in a place where we could just see a part of Atlantis and my siblings kept asking me if I wanted to shift to another spot from where the Atlantis was more visible. I said no because the rush there was kinda more than where I was and I didn't care about Atlantis, I was there for the fireworks. At 11:30pm I get another call from Fud who tells me she in on top of a 40 floor tower in Media City and I can join her if I want. Now, not knowing when the fireworks were actually scheduled to start, we lingered around for about 10 more minutes on the beach and then made our way to Media City. As we entered the main road, we saw that the police were not letting more people into the beach because by now it was full.

So we reached Media City, we found the tower and slowly made our way in. The security guard just glanced at us and didn't say a word. Now I'll just clarify that I'm scared of heights and lifts and being in this building earlier, I didn't like the fact that the lift in this building shakes a bit. Btw this is the Shattar Tower (or something like that) with the DU office in it. So we reached the 40th floor, took the stairs to the roof. I found Fud there standing next to a wall as tall as her. This was nice because I felt less scared. About 30-40 people were already there and crowded around the spot where Atlantis was easily visible as there was a tower next to it that partially covered the Palm. I set up my tripod at maximum height which did not allow me to use my viewfinder. I tried to find some space in between the crowd but most seemed quite annoyed. In the end I set up my tripod in a place where I annoyed no one and also would get decent shots.

So here we were waiting for the fireworks, me taking random shots now and then. And then at 12:30am it started. We were all awestruck by the magnitude of fireworks being launched. I over exposed a lot of shots before I realised I was doing it all wrong. I then changed my settings and got a few good shots. I think I prefer the Atlantis shots over the fireworks shots and there I was saying I didn't want any Atlantis shots...Silly me!!!

Anyway here are a few of my shots. Hope I didn't bore you with my long story...
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:17:54 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 30
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:30:13 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 10
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:30:46 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 10
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:33:09 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1.6
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 35.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:33:23 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1.6
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 51.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:33:34 AM
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1.6
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 63.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:33:40 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1.6
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 42.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:35:48 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 10
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm
Shooting Date/Time : 11/21/2008 12:51:35 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 30
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 134.0 mm

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Building Panorama!!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by Stained in
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A 12 shot panorama of a building on Sheikh Zayed Road....Does anyone know the name of this building???Shooting Date/Time : 11/15/2008 9:21:06 - 9:21:22 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/800
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed :100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 18.0 mm

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Rain

Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 by Stained in
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It rained at 5am on Sunday.....a sign that Winter is here. I hope this is a sign of a wetter winter ahead cause it sucks t look at all the dried wadis and dams...

These are not the best pictures possible but this is the best I could manage....need more practice...

This is an out of focus (OOF) shot of the droplets on the plastic sheet on the construction site cabins. The poor labourers had to put the sheets up while it was raining.Shooting Date/Time : 11/16/2008 5:22:11 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 13
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm

Rain visible in the street light.
Shooting Date/Time 11/16/2008 5:16:49 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 0.6
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 800
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm

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Buzzing around

Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 by Stained in
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While walking from Crown Plaza Hotel to Trade Centre Roundabout I passed a several flowers buzzing with bees. So I got my camera out, got on my knees and slowly moved closer to get a few shots. Here is one of those shots...Shooting Date/Time : 11/15/2008 9:40:48 AM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/400
Av(Aperture Value) : 6.3
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 200
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm

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Lamp

Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Stained in
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Took this shot of the lamp at my sisters place with the nifty fifty...came out surprisingly well!!!Shooting Date/Time : 11/12/2008 11:54:07 PM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/400
Av(Aperture Value) : 8.0
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 100
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 200.0 mm

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Dead Beach

Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 by Stained in Labels:
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Winter is almost here so it's not a bad idea to visit the beach now. Took this 13 shot panorama from the so-called 'Dead beach' opposite Dubai College off Sufouh road. You can see Burj Al Arab on the right side and the building being constructed on Palm Jumeirah in the horizon.Shooting Date/Time 11/9/2008 1:36:17 - 1:36:31 PM
Tv(Shutter Speed) : 1/800 - 1/1600
Av(Aperture Value) : 5.6
Metering Mode : Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed : 200
Lens : 18.0 - 200.0 mm
Focal Length : 18.0 mm

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