Solo

We always have reasons to avoid the things we love the most. We lack finding ways to overcome our laziness. We procrastinate. Often times, we blame the weather or our “artist block”. We lack inspiration. We want to discover and explore but for some, transportation is always an issue. There will always be millions of reasons out there believe me. Because I have used those excuses as well, lool! But I hate myself for not seizing the moment and taking as much photos as I could. So armed with my Fuji XE1 cam, I strutted my way to the streets of Dubai.

I was actually inspired to do a solo photo walk last Sunday after work when I came across an article about a Hong Kong based Filipina nanny/street photographer. Like her, sometimes I drag my feet to go to streets and shoot. She takes compelling photos in B&W. Whole day I was daydreaming of sitting in front of Maze Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road and wait for that perfect shot. One way or another you will fall in love with the skyscrapers if you are living in Dubai. I wanna try aerial shots as well. According to Beno, you see a whole lot of different perspective when you’re high above the sky.

I am posting some of my street photos from my solo photo walk project. Oh by the way, I am pleased to inform you all that 6 of my photos were selected by Sharjah Art Foundation through their Open Call of Vantage Point Sharjah 2. Please come and join us for the opening reception on August 30, 2014, 6:30pm in Building GH SAF Art Spaces, Al Mureijah, Heritage Area in Sharjah. Exhibition will run until December 3, 2014. I cannot wait to see my photos being exhibited for the first time! Will take lots of photos again during the exhibit and will post it on here. See you all there. 🙂

Just go shoot!

 

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North Emirates Roadtrip

I have been meaning to update my blog for days now. But i was down with a flu and am just beginning to recover from it. I wanna thank Sia’s song Chandelier and Kiesza’s Hideaway which is on repeat and helped me get pumped while i was editing some photos from my last photowalk.  (I listen to some mainstream songs once in a while, sorry not sorry!) I think i have never mentioned before that I don’t know how to use Photoshop. My workflow is currently on Lighroom. I did some attempts to learn PS, by the way. My friends/colleagues who has been very supportive and offer their help. Thanks for their undying support and love! But one thing that is taking me aback is probably not having a proper laptop. Its a bit of a challenge, knowing that I need to post process millions of photos. So every other week i try to bring home my office lappy (I know am not supposed to) to edit some photos and update my blog.

About last week, 5 of us Instagrammers based in Dubai and Sharjah planned a road trip to Umm Al Quwain. Originally, we planned go to Umm Al Quwain and we ended up going to @amran.abdulla favorite spot at the Gulf of Oman. It is basically an ocean between UAE and Oman. The hidden spot is in Fujairah, Al Aqqa Beach to be exact. The beach was a breath of fresh air especially after a very long drive and occasional stops along the way (very humid at that time, mind you). Here are some of my photos taken on Al Dhaid-Sharjah Highway and Al Aqqa Beach. Enjoy! Ciao 🙂

 

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Dubai Metro Meet

Herald Herrera, manIger of Instagrammer Dubai brilliantly organized another successful Instameet last Friday, August 9, 2015. What’s interesting is that we covered 5 Dubai Metro Stations. This is something different and something creative as the weather in Dubai is unbearable but we managed to go places by train and still enjoy and have a decent amount of good street photos.

We gathered at around 4pm at the BurJuman Metro Station, armed with red, green and white balloons resembling the UAE flag. By the way, you can check out more posts from the group using the hashtags #dubaimetromeet and #dubaimetroseries on Instagram.

Our first stop is at Al Ghubaiba Metro Station.

 

Fly Me to the Moon - Before the balloons were confiscated at the metro station
Fly Me to the Moon – Before the balloons were confiscated at the metro station

 

After a good round of photo shoots and talking to some people to pose for us at the Heritage Village, we head back to the metro station and stopped at Palm Deira Metro Station (Green line). We collectively marched toward the Fish Market. I am posting some of my favorite photos I took at the Fish Market.

 

Portrait of hard working men
Portrait of hard working men
this obscure mirror by the mosque
this obscure mirror by the mosque
I found him standing alone by the empty stalls in the fish market
I found him standing alone by the empty stalls in the fish market
Walk the line
Walk the line

Last stop, the Dubai Airport Terminal 3. I caught an amazing photo of the sunset and its reflection. Actually, I think I might go there again but alone. I wanna take at least one silhouette of a person and that sunset.

 

Sunset at Dubai Airport Terminal 3
Sunset at Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Finally, we did the #InstagrammerDown , @zurichvienna and @heraldherrera brilliant idea to do this and yours truly volunteered to lay down at the platform while they take photos from the second floor.

 

Photo courtesy of Herald Herrera.
Photo courtesy of Herald Herrera.

Ramadan 2014

Exactly a week before Eid al-Fitr, l came down to Jumeirah Mosque to participate with Fullframe Magazine and Photowalk Dubai to document and observe the rituals during Ramadan despite nearly 40 degrees Celsius of Dubai weather. I was literally braving the heat and humidity. It was with great pleasure to have been invited by the Imam to join and have Iftar with them later that afternoon. Indeed one of the most memorable experiences in my life.

Ya salam! Eid mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters.

All photos are shot using Fujifilm X-E1.

 

At the Masjid
At the Masjid
Waiting for Iftar
Waiting for Iftar
Preparing Iftar
Preparing Iftar
A Volunteer
A Volunteer
Al wudhu
Al wudhu

Art Nights at Gate Village, DIFC

I attended the opening night of Art Nights in Gate Village, DIFC. I was in the mood to experiment and capture the movement of the people and artists around me hence I used the slow shutter speed and motion blur on some of my photos.

Artist Tarsila Schubert
Art watchers at the galleries
Sya and Steffi Bow’s master piece
Be still
Motion blur
DJ Lobito

First IgersDubai Meet

My very first Instagrammers meet took place at the Gate Village in Dubai Financial Centre in Dubai. Really happy to meet a lot of new people and new friends. It was good to see the people I interact with everyday on social media.

 

Best of both worlds
Ladies of Dubai
Camera: fujifilm X-E2 f/4 1/90 ISO-200
Multiple shot
Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
The aftermath

Bastakiya

One fine weekend at Bastakiya in the Old Dubai.

Al Bastakiya is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Al Bastakiya is named after the Bastak region of Iran, from where many Iranians emigrated to Dubai in the early 18th century. The construction of Al Bastakiya dates back to the 1890s. In its prime, the locality was capable of supporting 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes.

 

Nikon D7000
Jose
Camera: Nikon D7000 f/4.2 1/8000 ISO - 500
Symmetry
Camera: Nikon D7000 f/6.3 1/640 ISO - 500
At the Coffee Museum
Camera: Nikon D7000 f/4 1/60 ISO-160
I just like this tree in Bastakiya. Its somewhat magical and mystical.
Camera: Nikon D7000 f/5.6 1/8000 ISO- 500
Sunset at the Dubai Creek