#MyDubaiTrip part 1

One fine Saturday. I woke up at 5am. Made sure my camera batteries were fully charged. As usual, I wore black and my vans sneakers. I know we will be out all day and I don’t know what to expect at the camel racetrack. All set for what seemed to be a whole day activity with some of the best Dubai based  and International Igers 🙂

First stop at the Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack along Al Ain – Dubai Road. Here are some of my photos.

Camera: Fujifilm XE1

Lens: 18 -55 mm

 

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#VPS2

Being a photographer, I guess one of the greatest achievements you will ever have is to be recognized in the field. By recognized, I don’t mean Selling Out like most photographers are, sadly! It may not always be winning a prize in a competition but also seeing your photos and works hanging on a wall in an exhibition.

I submitted my application form together with my 6 photos and photo story to Sharjah Art Foundation’s Open Call for this year’s Vantage Point Sharjah 2. I know its not good but I always send my submissions on the day of the deadline. Always. Not because am procrastinating but because I wanna make sure that I will submit my best capture and you know there’s no turning back once you submit it.

About a week or so after the deadline, I received an email from SAF informing me that six of my photos were selected. I was literally screaming my lungs out and jumping up and down. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE! I have always imagined myself standing next to my photos in an exhibition talking and meeting art lovers, photo enthusiasts, co-photographers, family and friends. That day has come last August 30, 2014 at the opening reception of Vantage Point Sharjah 2. I am also fortunate enough to have my photos alongside 2 of the best Instagrammers in town, @manoshde and @b1ckey. I would like to thank my dear friends who supported and helped me in giving their two cents worth on my photos and photo story. It means a lot to me. 🙂

By the way, I fell in love with the Sharjah Heritage Area. I adore the mixture of old and new. The Art Spaces looked very futuristic as well. I think I left my heart in Sharjah haha! If you haven’t been to this area, please come and visit. The exhibition will run until December 3, 2014. It is located at SAF Art Spaces Building GH. Also, don’t forget to pass by their lovely urban garden. Peace and love! 🙂

 

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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