Here's my second and final shot from Art Dubai 2015. If you're interested you can see a less confusing view of this piece here.

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17 April, 2015 // Dubai Marina #2comments & reactions

While this is quite similar to one I posted a few weeks ago, though taken a bit later during the day, I thought it was worth sharing too.

But my main reason for posting this one today is that PhotoWhoa have just launched a promotion on my black and white processing course, The Art of Black and White Photography, and this image is being used as part of the course description.

I know that a lot of you have already signed up for the course, but if not, head on over to PhotoWhoa and check out the deal.

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Towards the end of my visit to Dubai I spent a couple of days at Art Dubai 2015 assisting Issa while he was shooting for their 2015 Authentic Expressions Award. He won, but I can't really take any of the credit as I was just wandering around shooting fairly abstract shots of some of the art. I didn't get a great deal of images I liked - just one more after this one - but I liked how this turned out. If you're interested you can see both pieces on this page: they're both included in the first image in the 'Photo Gallery from Art Dubai 2015' section a short way down the page.

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15 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #13comments & reactions

One of the things I like most about the Middle East is that the people, for the most part, are genuinely friendly and open to being photographed: stick a camera in their face, even when they're busy or distracted, and they'll smile. Some of the time I think this is down to the inherent politeness of the region, but most of the time they're interested and open because you're interested in them.

As for this shot: it was taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at the recent Gulf Photo Plus.​ training event in March.

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14 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #12comments & reactions

I still have a dozen or so shots to post from my recent trip to Oman but I thought I'd post some more shots from Dubai first. This one was taken during my Landscape Photography workshop during GPP2105 at the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre): a reflection in the revolving doors of one of the entrances.

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My final vehicle related shot from Masirah Island, though what I especially like about this one - the way the car and wires shimmer in the heat - doesn't really come across all that well at this resolution.

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My penultimate vehicle related shot from Masirah Island, a mud flap from a Nissan, found on one of the many small beaches we visited during the trip.

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Every time I visit Oman I come away with dozens of shots of old vehicles. These are normally Toyota Land Cruiser pickups, dilapidated Nissans, and other Japanese utility vehicles. But on Masirah we also came across a huge number of old Land Rovers like this one (I think it's is a Series III, built some time in the 1970s), probably a result of the fact that there was an RAF airbase on the island until 1977. Anyway, whatever this vehicle's history, I think it was definitely worth photographing.

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If you take a look at the original you'll see that I changed my mind about the framing on this one - the original shot seemed too tight, and lacking in context. Either way, this was an interesting find: a Unimog, parked on the southernmost beach of Masirah Island.

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In an effort to introduce a bit of consistency into my remaining shots from Dubai and Oman I thought I'd stick with a motor-vehicle theme for the next five shots, starting with this one: a shot of a Toyota Land Cruiser pickup, taken on one of the very quiet roads on Masirah Island.

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8 April, 2015 // Let me in #2comments & reactions

I'd love to be able to tell you a great story about this image, but as I asked Catalin to pose against the fence, I can't :-)

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7 April, 2015 // Let me in #1comments & reactions

I still have quite a few shots from Oman to put up but thought I'd share two from Dubai first, taken minutes apart, both presenting a slightly less welcoming sense of this city than the stuff I usually post.

As always, let me know what you think.

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One of the things I really liked about shooting with my Sony A99 was the built-in GPS, something the X-T1 doesn't have, as it was really useful for shots like this: impromptu stops at the side of the road to capture something that caught our eye. So, on that note, here's the side of the road somewhere in Oman, somewhere between Dubai and Masirah.

And in case you're wondering, I removed the power cables because they'd distorted in the heat haze and I just couldn't get them looking right in the final image. So, a bit of a cheat, but they really didn't look good.

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Another shot from Masirah island: three dhows at sunset. Well, four, if you count the one in the distance on the far left :-)

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The third and final shot in this small series, and one that may be a bit difficult to work out if you haven't seen either of the other two.

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This was taken about four minutes after the shot I posted yesterday, and despite the fact it was shot in exactly the same way it's quite different. To explain: while I was shooting this images I intended them to be silhouettes (or thereabouts) and I was shooting while Issa was attempting a slightly more sophisticated shot. He had a Profoto B1 set up on the beach, with a zoom reflector, pointing at the fisherman as he repeatedly threw the net for us. His one a one-shot deal, I had the benefit of being able to shoot the entire sequence. We did this about three or four times before Issa was satisfied he'd got the shot. So he got three or four images, I got about 40. Most of mine were very similar to yesterday's - the same light, the fisherman close to being silhouetted - but this one was different as I caught Issa's light during the exposure.

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This is the first of three shots of one of the many net fishermen on Masirah island. Of the three I think that this one, or maybe the next, is my favourite, but all three are worth sharing.

As always, let me know what you think.

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1 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #11comments & reactions

This shot was taken on the same evening I photographed Issa, shot using a Nissin i40 flash with the Wescott Rapid Box 20" Beauty Dish.

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31 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #10comments & reactions

This was taken on our way out to the desert for my Landscape Photography workshop, utilising a handy ND windscreen grad that I happened to have in front of me :-)

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Moral of the story: don't fall asleep around other photographers :-)

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