No Matter Where You Go…

REVIEW: Mirrors Edge.

Posted in Uncategorized by monomoda on January 26, 2009

You’d be hard pressed to find a game in 2008 created with such precision and finesse.

The aesthetic involves impossibly blue skies, white trees and rooftops

Whereas films such as Blade Runner choose to represent the authoritarian society through a dark, damp opressed rainy environtment, here the ominous qualities are expressed through the apparent sterility reminicent of Gattaca, Equipibrium and most notably One Hour Photo.

Guns are not the focus. Although the game presents you with numerous situations in which gunfights are your only option

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Mitsubishi.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 6, 2009
Mitsubishi, Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates.

Mitsubishi. Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates.

Faith.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 5, 2009
Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sand.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 4, 2009
Sand. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sand. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Hideout.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 4, 2009

Saw this and felt compelled to capture it… I don’t know if its finished or unfinished. I don’t even know what it is. Could be a secret hideout, a dam or both…

Site. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Hideout. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Digger.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 4, 2009
Crane. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Digger. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Two More.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 3, 2009
Rest. Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates.

Rest. Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates.

Dunes. Liwah, United Arab Emirates.

Dunes. Liwah, United Arab Emirates.

Less is More.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 2, 2009
Smoke. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Smoke. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Taken along the highways of the Emirates in the middle of the Arabian desert I have become obsessed with trying to capture and convey the emptiness and sparsity of the landscapes I encounter. Believe me, when you live in a city like London where there is something everwhere you look, the horizontality and simplicity of miles of sand is eye-opening and in some ways, therapeutic.

Lazy. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Lazy. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

I gave myself the challenge of trying to capture that. I’m doing this by reducing irrelevant objects in the scene and simplifying the image by focusing on just the environment and the subject, letting the colour and tone of the photograph dictate the reaction to that subject, resulting in a sparse look.

Mound. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Mound. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

I realised I really needed to refine and rethink the method by which I actually captured my images. The standard rectangular camera ratio is sufficient for capturing the land or the sky, but what I want to do is enhance and intensify this relationship, so I figured I could acheive this by making sure they were all exactly half-ground, half-sky vertically, cropping to a ratio of 2.35:1 horizontally which is a standard cinema anamorphic format.

I’ve always been facinated by images with cinematic qualities. Even though at present I can’t put it into words, I know what a cinematic image feels like as opposed to an image straight from a camera.

I’ll probably come back to this when I can explain this better…

G10.

Posted in Camera Equipment, Photography, Photography Inspiration, Reviews by monomoda on January 2, 2009
Front. Canon PowerShot G10.

Front. Canon PowerShot G10.

I got a Canon PowerShot G10 for Christmas and I have to say it’s hands down the best compact camera I’ve ever used. It starts up quickly, it’s has an extremely solid build and aesthetically I’m growing to quite like it’s retro styling.

Just a couple of weeks before getting the G10 I had bought one of those point-and-shoot Sony CyberShot W130 to take photographs at a Lykke Li Concert. Okay,¬† so the Sony Cybershot and G10 are pitched at a completely different crowd, however the experience of using a near-fully-automatic point and shoot in comparison¬† to having a familiar and fully stocked manual mode can’t compare.

Dials. Canon PowerShot G10.

Dials. Canon PowerShot G10.

First time I charged it up and switched it on I was stunned at how quickly the thing started up, it’s literally less than a second for the lens to extend. The lens retracts a little bit slower when switching off, but still feels extremely cool. The menu is intelligible to anyone who uses other Canon cameras so I kind of hit the ground running.

Back. Canon PowerShot G10.

Back. Canon PowerShot G10.

At 14.9 megapixels one can take some amazingly clear shots with very low noise at 80 and 100 ISO although the noise does creep in quite quickly at anything past 200 ISO. For this sake I’d say it’s perfect during the day, if you want to take night shots though, I would still use an SLR. That is unless you can get a suitably decent exposure at ISO 80 or 100 as the shutter’s slowest time on the G10 is 15 seconds.

The G10 also supports RAW capture which is always useful. At the time of writing I haven’t tried it out but I’ve heard it’s a different CR2 RAW format from the ones used before so Camera RAW and such software other than the bundled Canon software can’t read it yet. However, great to have it there.

In short, if you’re serious about your photography you need to buy this camera. It’s just that simple.

Al Dhafra.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 2, 2009
Al Dhafra near Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Four. Al Dhafra near Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Al Dhafra near Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Camels. Al Dhafra near Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Al Dhafra near Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Two. Al Dhafra near Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Festival. Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates.

Festival. Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates.