No Matter Where You Go…

Sand.

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

Sand. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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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…

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.

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