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Despite having several dozen images I could post, most of which I like, I've rather neglected the blog of late as there's been rather a lot going on (and there still is). That said, I'm going to make a concerted effort over the next week or so to post the backlog, starting with this one. It was taken in the Nason Moretti glass factory and is a shot of one of the glass blowers taking a quick break before his next vase arrived.

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Another shot from our Venice Carnival Photo Tour back in February of this year.

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12 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #8comments & reactions

This is a shot of the JBR skyline in Dubai, taken from the west frond of the Palm, and was shot with the XT-1 and 14mm using a handheld (and panned) 1/2s exposure.

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4 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #5comments & reactions

This is quite some way from being one of the best portraits I've ever shot - the focus is off, and he's not exactly 100% engaged - but I've posted it because I really like his skin tone. For the last few years I've been shooting quite a lot of portraits when I travel to Dubai, with both Canon and Sony gear, and have ended up converting a lot of them to black and white simply because the skin tones were off. Not by a huge amount, but by enough to be problematic. The XT-1, in comparison, does a much better job, to the point where I've only had to colour correct a few rather than most of them. So, not the best justification for posting an image, but it will do for today.

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1 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #2comments & reactions

This was taken in the fish market in Dubai with the XT-1 and 56mm f/1.2, and there are two things I really like about it. First, the skin tones are accurate, and noticeably better than I would have got with either my Sony A99 or Canon gear if I'd still been using it. I've shot portraits in Dubai since 2007, and often had to correct skin tones (or give up and convert to black and white) but the XT-1 seems to produce OOC images that are a lot closer to reality.

The second thing I like is the sharpness, which is easily comparable to my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 on the Sony.

All in all then, a good result.

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30 March, 2014 // untitled #171comments & reactions

There are days when I think that this kind of job would suit me: shot on the ferry between Masirah island and the mainland of Oman.

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This was taken during our Venice Carnival Photo tour during our natural light workshop and is a shot of the undeniably easy to photograph Lorraine Langon who attended the workshop with her husband.

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26 March, 2014 // untitled #170comments & reactions

A great reminder that it's better to shoot kids before they get bored, not after: shot during my recent trip to Oman with Issa.

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23 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #6comments & reactions

One of the biggest problems I have with street photography in the UK is that people are suspicious - of why I would want to photograph them, what the images might be used for, and so on. In the Fish Market in Dubai I often have the opposite problem: people are so keen to be photographed that they line up, grab their mates, and adopt a variety of more or less silly poses. This one falls into the latter category, but I like it nonetheless :)

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This is a portrait of Emy Danciu Vivan, one of two models we hired during our recent Venice Carnival Photo Tour, and I wanted to try something a bit different with this one. The temptation was to produce a much more natural image - she's a beautiful woman, wearing a fabulous costume - but I decided to go for something a bit more edgy: a stern expression, desaturated colours, and so on.

Let me know if you think it works.

Compositionally speaking: as you can see, I fell into a rather obvious trap ;)

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19 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #4comments & reactions

One of the many interesting characters down at the fish market in Dubai.

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This is a shot of my good friend Issa AlKindy, shot during our recent trip to Oman. Some of you may have seen it already - I posted a version on Facebook back in November - but I've done a bit more work on it since and wanted to post it here too.

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10 February, 2014 // untitled #167comments & reactions

One of the many and varied photogenic folk we stumbled across during my Shoot the Street workshop in Dubai last November. Fingers crossed we find some equally interesting people during the next one.

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8 February, 2014 // Rap Slidecomments & reactions

Here's another shot from my recent trip to Oman with Issa, taken in Al Ashkharah.

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25 January, 2014 // Zack B Ariascomments & reactions

As I'll be heading off to Dubai again soon, for GPP2014, I thought I'd go through my shots from last year and came across this one: a shot Zack taken at Ravi's restaurant in Satwa, Dubai.

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3 January, 2014 // untitled #166comments & reactions

A couple of Bedouin kids that Issa and I photographed during our trip to Oman. I guess that the two fingered gesture has a slightly different meaning there :)

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1 January, 2014 // untitled #165comments & reactions

I still have quite a few shots to post from my recent trips to Dubai and Oman, including quite a lot of people shots: some of which I'll post over the next week or so.

This one was taken during my Shoot the Street workshop in November, one of the workshops I'll be running again at GPP 2014 in March.

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31 December, 2013 // 2013, Favouritescomments & reactions

To round out the year I've posted 12 of my favourite shots from 2013: six from Dubai, two from Oman, two from Jura, one from Venice, and one from Blackpool. I'm not sure which is my personal favourite - I have different reasons for liking most of them - but I would be interested to hear which you like best, so let me know.

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7 December, 2013 // Hilmi's observatorycomments & reactions

On our way back to Dubai Issa and I stopped off in Muscat to visit his family. While we were there Hilmi, Issa's brother, asked us to photograph his rooftop observatory. It was a difficult shot - the light was low, the camera ended up jammed into the corner of the room with barely enough room to shoot, and we needed to add some light to the right side of the image - but I think we nailed in the end.

The real star of the shot though was Hilmi, rather than his observatory or telescope, as he managed to sit absolutely still through some implausibly long exposures :)

27 November, 2013 // the perfect backdropcomments & reactions

If I'd spent the day wheeling this guy around Dubai I don't think I'd have found a better backdrop :-)

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