The morning is darkening, thick clouds are gradually covering the clear skies. It will rain.
Hurriedly we finished our early morning shoot and started heading to Souq Waqif. My friends and I were eager to have some shoots while raining (rain is really a peculiar thing in Doha, it seldom happens; the most may be 10 times a year). The moment we reached our destination, we positioned ourselves.
The kids were also eager to get wet and play in the rain. We have seen the amazement in their faces. The rain started and then… it stopped abruptly. The amount of rainfall did not even get the pavement wet. But kids are kids they can find ways to enjoy and they started to have fun whatever that day had offered them.
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This man is very elusive. Every time he sees camera pointing at him, he will definitely shift his direction or he will hide his face by any means. Then I was given a chance, after almost 30 minutes of roaming around, I bumped into him again but I pretended I was not interested in taking his photo at all. He stopped at one of the stores and went inside and I took few more steps away. The alley is a bit dark so I stayed in one corner where he can not notice me immediately.
After 3 minutes of waiting he came out of the store and there I started clicking the shutter button until he made a turn. I guess, a better composition came out with his silhouette.
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Fueled with enthusiasm, I drove hurriedly to Souq Waqif after dropping my daughters to school and my wife to office. I checked the time, 7:00a.m. I still have a lot of time to shoot before proceeding to office. It was first day of Ramadan and our office timing is from 9:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Frustration almost ate me up; I roamed around but could not see anything that interests me. There are very few people moving around mostly the sweepers. I sat on a bench in one of the alleys; one sweeper came and started cleaning the area. I was carefully watching the scene trying to compose.
Finally I saw the silhouette of him with the warm sunlight passing through the entrance when this guy reached nearly at the other end. I got up from where I am sitting and virtually slumping on the ground, I focused my camera and started clicking the shutter.
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After more than a decade, I set foot on my hometown’s public market again. I was not able to roam around as my purpose was to purchase food for our 2-day stay. I just took photos of the vendors from whom we bought meat and fish thinking that I can still come back the following day. Unfortunately, time did not permit me. Nevertheless, I am happy with the outcome of these few photos.
We were in Atimonan, Quezon (Philippines) on our way back home from a short visit to my father when I noticed some kids playing in the beach along the way. I requested our driver to stop for a few minutes as I wanted to take some snaps.
I got off the van and approached the kids. When they saw me that I have camera with me, they started to show off by jumping from the old dock on to the water. It was a sight to enjoy but my challenge was, it was a gloomy day and they were positioned facing back where the somber sunlight is coming from. I was supposed to request them to jump on the other side instead but I welcomed the challenge. Well, what I really want to capture is the rawness of the scenes.
It was in 2014 when I regained my momentum in photography. Little by little, I am shifting my focus and attention to street photography – I had a tried it in 2013 with photos in my initial post here. From trying the flowers, portraiture, macros and some other genre, suddenly I am longing to take a plunge into the streets.
It was also in 2014 when we spent our annual holiday in Hong Kong for 8 days, although I was a bit disappointed since I can’t take more photos as my family is always in a hurry but I have to remind myself that we were there to enjoy our vacation and not for the purpose of street photography. We left the place still with a heavy heart. Nevertheless I had convinced my wife that we will be back there soon.
Latest update, hopefully in 2018. 🙂
My first try of street photography back in August, 2013.
How many times I have thought of doing this, but could not find the guts to do it specially when you are in the place where there are prohibitions and restrictions. Part of me is telling to do it and the other part is shutting me off.
But finally, I gave it a try.
Parading to Work