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

One of the things I like most about photographing at the fish market in Dubai is also one of the things that makes it most difficult - the vast majority of people there want to be photographed. For example, every time I've been there in recent years I've run into the guy on the right, and every time I've photographed him with much the same serious expression. As best I can tell, he's a humorous guy, who laughs and smiles while talking to you, but he has a serious face for the camera :-)

On this occasion he complicated things by grabbing the guy on the left. They may know each other, but the impression I got at the time was that he was just standing there minding his own business - hence the rather puzzled expression.

So, not exactly a candid shot, nor much of an environmental portrait, but I like it nonetheless.

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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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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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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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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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10.21am on 14/3/15
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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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5.51pm on 15/3/15
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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.

What's odd is that I was using a 1/460th shutter speed but the X-T1 syncs at 1/180th so there should have been some cut off somewhere in the frame. Also, as Issa was using a very different exposure the fisherman should have been blown out at this aperture and ISO. All I can assume is that I caught the fall-off from the flash as the power ramped down. Anyway, whatever the explanation, it was definitely a serendipitous 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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1.31pm on 11/3/15
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21 March, 2015 // Dubai Marinacomments & reactions

It's my last day in Dubai - I fly back to the UK at 3am tomorrow morning - and it's been a great trip. GPP, as always, was a huge amount of fun, as was hanging around with Issa and Catalin in Oman, then back in Dubai for a few days with Issa. I'm sad to leave, but am also looking forward to seeing Libby and the kids.

As for this shot: it was taken this morning from Bernard's balcony, overlooking the Dubai Marina.

On an unrelated note, Issa shot for the Art Dubai photography competition yesterday and Arabian Eye are now accepting votes on their Facebook page. It's a great shot, so please head on over and give it your support.

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20 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #5comments & reactions

I had a great day today, photographing Art Dubai with Issa and did take a couple of shots I'll probably post at some point, but in the meanwhile here's one of the images I took during my Landscape Photography workshop at GPP 2015.

And in case you're wondering about the deckchair: I always ask my students to bring along a prop - a pair of sandals, or bottle of water, or anything congruent with a trip to the desert - but didn't expect anyone to bring anything quite as large as a deckchair :-)

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My apologies for the lack of recent posts but at the end of GPP Issa and I headed down to Masirah Island where we met up with Catalin Marin for a few days shooting. There was an internet connection in the hotel, but it was much too slow to post anything.

Anyway, to get back to the point, we had a great few days shooting - landscapes, portraits, and another project that I'll probably post at some point - but of all the shots I took I think this may be my favourite.

As always, let me know what you think.

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6 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #3comments & reactions

Although I have to be up again in around four hours, for the first section of my Shoot the City workshop, I couldn't resist posting this one: a shot of my good friend Issa taken earlier this evening during a desert barbecue. And I would write more, but I really need to get some sleep :)

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2 March, 2015 // GPP 2015comments & reactions

This time tomorrow I'll be sitting on an Emirates flight, winging my way towards Dubai for GPP 2015. The event runs from the 6th-13th and I'll be running four of my favourite workshops.

After GPP I'll be heading to Oman for a few days with Issa AlKindy then back to Dubai for a few more days. Watch this space :)

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