Photo Story: Business Bay Morning Fog

Business Bay Morning Fog   Nikon D810 - Nikkor 85mm f/1.4

Business Bay Morning Fog
Nikon D810 - Nikkor 85mm f/1.4

One of the key elements to capture an image in a semi-controlled situation (a.k.a., NOT street photography) is planning: this has to do with identifying a general (or particular) subject and research its context in regards to the environment. This has to do with atmospheric conditions and direction of light at a given time (there is an app called (LightTrac which I'll cover in a future post), how populated the area will it be, how traffic will impact on it, time for sunrise and sunset, peak light hours, etc. Every single thing you might think it could affect the outcome of a capture must be thought before taking the final shot. This will give you mental readiness to take the shot, as well as it'll give you time to adapt to unexpected circumstances that might arise.

This image was taken at around 6 a.m. in Dubai during Summer. Dubai is known to be a foggy city during mornings (specially during peak winter and peak summer), which gives place to some climatic scenery. I have been seeing fog during early morning hours for a couple of weeks before taking the shot, so I got my camera batteries charged, mentally selected the lens that I'd be using, got the timings for sunrise and waited for the events to unfold: I had to wait for a complex combination of the fog being not so thick and me getting ridiculously early (or completely avoiding the bed at all). While I'm pleased with the results, I'd wish I was even faster on shooting, as this was one of the final shots: fog had started to dissipate at that moment rendering the scene not so appealing as before.

I do believe that inconformity is what pushes our limits and makes us improve in order to exceed our own proficiency.


Photo Story: End Of Days

End of Days Nikon D810 - Nikkor PC-E 24 f/3.5D ED

End of Days
Nikon D810 - Nikkor PC-E 24 f/3.5D ED

This image was taken during my last afternoon out solo during Ming's last workshop in Lisbon. I was growing increasingly frustrated that week: I could not get an image which would satisfy me; I felt I was being really short of my own capabilities. That added to the lessons learned during that week (which I tried to apply in every case) made me be short on valuable results. This was the last image of the last day I went out solo; it was taken just around the corner where the hotel is. I have seen the facade of that building but every time I passed by I failed to have appropiate lightning conditions. That afternoon wasn't the case, so I got the right angle, right exposure and made some test shots. Everything turned better when coming from my right, I saw a random person running up the street so I waited until he was in the right moment and I triggered the shutter.
The random nature of the last event, that added to "the rule of the added unusual feature" represented by the standing facade with no building, gave a whole new meaning and interpretation to the final image, as well giving me the hint that we can plan a photograph as much as we can, but we have to welcome the invaluable role that the unexpected can have in our final product.