Just daddying around

site seeing

Rays of Light

rays of light

Out of the darkness some rays of light

start to shine and guide me.

Hope they last…


Back from Dubai

 I just got back from a week’s long trip to Dubai, UAE .It was a very interesting experience and a photographic paradise. Its the ultimate contrast : the poor and the wealthy.Vast shopping malls to shop till you drop and 5 stars luxury hotels to spend even up to 2.500 euros per night like the Burj Al Arab :

Burj al Arab

Of course the majority of the people are in the middle to low class with many other ethnicities like Indian, African, Philippine working like dogs carrying cargo at the harbors along the Dubai Creek. Of course tourist get to see the glamorous and “traditional” aspect of it all and enjoy a boat ride across the Creek.

dubai creek

I really loved walking endless hours through the Souks in the Deira side of Dubai, areas where shops selling the same stuff like gold, spices, perfumes or toys are gathered together in an endless maze.

At Bur-Dubai on the other side of the Creek many Muslim temples can be seen, still active, with their towers poking towards the sky.  In the night you can take one of the Dhows and cruise along the river and enjoy the creek’s banks full of lights and reflections while having a local delicious dinner.

dubai creek at night

Dubai is all about shopping ! My credit card is almost full from impulse shopping. OK, my wife had a part in this too.
There are hundreds of shopping malls. Just pick a couple and prepare for endless hours of walking and shopping. Luckily you can stop and have a snack or an expensive lunch or dinner without going anywhere else. And remember Dubai loves night shopping. Carrefour for example closes doors at midnight.

Locals like to take small naps to relax and rest in afternoon and resume working after 15.00 untill late at night.

napping

More pictures at my Flickr


Newest addition

The newest addition in my collection of Pentax lenses :
SMC P-FA 35mm F2.0 AL
fa 35

Sharp and bright great for indoors.
Took it for a walk the other day…

subway clouds


The road to nowhere..

old railsSometimes there is a road ahead of you that you don’t know where it is going.
Sometimes you just have to take it no matter what.
Despite your fear and your insecurity.
And when you finally see your destination, you will instantly recognize it and all will become familiar and friendly.
All you have to do is dare and make the first step.
Because no matter how long and big the journey is it always begins with a small step.
Even if you make the wrong decision and find yourself among misery and despair you will gifted with the knowledge of your mistaken judgments.
So just dare and take the path.


Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4.5 DC Macro

My Sigma 17-70 is here !

Here is a sample photo but you can browse more at Flickr !

This is a nice piece of glass and its macro is amazing.

Zoom is fine too with a nice bokeh and portraits come out fine.

One of its best at that price range !


Pentax K100D

K100D

Yes its mine !

My first DSLR is here and I am so excited.

I have already 500 clicks with it but only a bunch that  can stand a critical eye.

Still learning the controls and stuff.

Soon to be pair with his friends :

Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4.5 DC Macro

Sigma 17-70

and Pentax FA 50mm F1.4

FA 50mm F/1.4

Cant wait till there are here !

Untill then the kit lense seems a nice “waiting” lense to play with !


Pixel Pleasure !

Recently I stumbled upon this site where it had a remarkable gallery of images and video.

So I submitted one of my photos and it got approved for display at their site :

tree silhouette