No Matter Where You Go…

Nothing.

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

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Western Region, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

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Twin Peaks.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 2, 2009
San Francisco

San Francisco, California

I recently reconnected my old hard drive, on which I found a host of old photographs I had nearly forgotten about, taken in San Francisco in 2007 when I first started photography on my 350D . What is interesting is, at the time I took those photographs, I thought they were the best photographs ever taken. Period. Then I looked at them after learning some techniques and realised maybe they werent so good after all… the exposure was off some of them were blurry, the contrast was off…

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

Well. What a difference a year and a half makes… I loaded those old photos into Lightroom, did a bit of Photoshop jiggery-pokery and voila! Not half bad. Hardly earth-shattering shots, for even I can see that technically they could have been shot better if I actually had known what I was doing at the time. However when I look at them I get that feeling I felt when standing on top of Twin Peaks in San Fran. And to me to be able replicate that feeling through colour, tone and content, brings me closer to what I feel photography is about, which is capturing the moment.

A Quantum of Isolation.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 2, 2009

For some reason I just love going out into the middle of the desert and taking photographs of things in the middle of nowhere. There is something quite calming about the isolation and expanse of the desert in conjunction with little things that show human activity; a car parked at the side of the highway with nothing around it for miles, a roadside shack, tiny footprints juxtaposed against an immense sand dune or just the ground and the sky…

Western Region, United Arab Emirates

Western Region, United Arab Emirates

Western Region, United Arab Emirates

Western Region, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Selected Colours.

Posted in Photography by monomoda on January 1, 2009

Firstly Happy New Year to all!

How great it feels to be starting a new blog on the first day of the year…

My New Years Resolution!

Well, I just started learning to use Adobe Lightroom 2.2 yesterday.
I actually installed it last year, but thought Photoshop was actually way better. I didn’t realize at the time that Lightroom and Photoshop were meant to be used together…

I’ve been working on getting that muted, retro colour toning and found out how to get a very rich yet subdued range of colours by using the ‘split toning‘ function, which works similarly to ‘selective colour’ in Photoshop.

Anyway enough with the words. These are my favourite images of the day…

Burj.

Burj. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Boat.

Boat. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Truck.

Truck. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates