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It’s A Good Thing I’m Not Born Today

Back to the days of kites
The wind
brought freedom and might
The higher I flew,
the farther my sight
Wider horizon
made my future bright.

It’s A Good Thing I’m Not Born Today

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Back to the days of streets
Where real friends
I truly met.
Didn’t care
of the sun’s heat,
As long as I played
using both my hands and feet.

It’s A Good Thing I’m Not Born Today

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Men and Boats


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Al Wahba Crater Escapade (Part 3)

Part 1: Read here.
Part 2: Read here.

Al Wahba Crater is great for nature photography, especially using wide-angle lens. I don’t have any wide conversion lens with me for my Fuji X100s so I was not able to capture the whole crater in one photograph, except in panorama mode. Here’s a photo of the crater on a clear sky.

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Actually it was enough for us, but when clouds suddenly appeared on the skies few minutes while we were preparing to leave, everyone grabbed the opportunity to make better photos of this amazing place on Earth.

The shadow effect made by the clouds created good tone variations on the ground too.

shadow and highlight layered tones al wahba crater

Here are other random photos of the place.

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I just have one proposal for a great photography experience on this place. Al Wahba Crater is one of the best place to do star trail photography.

But because we did not afford to stay there overnight, let me have the privilege to show two  time-lapse photography of two Pinoy Tambayan photographers,

Time-lapse photography by Jon Soriano.

and by Wayne Cruz

Before I end this post about our adventure, it will not be complete without having a selfie. 😀
selfie on al wahba crater

There are a lot of great places here in the Kingdom waiting to be developed, and I believe many are not yet discovered. Wherever it may be, Pinoy photographers will conquer them. Maybe not in our time but it will come.


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Colors #02

photo fruits and vegies


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Al Wahba Crater Escapade (Part 2)

Part 1 here. 

The group assembled at Al Reihaily gas station in Obhur and left passed 3:30 in the morning. It was a more or less 430-kilometer land travel from Jeddah to Al Wahba crater, but since its discovery by Saudi Tourism, highways and signs had been constructed to lessen travelling time.

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We traveled via Thuwal due to availability of gas stations along the way. It was a 6-cars convoy travel.  A friend offered a sit for me in his car with his family and since I was used to long travels, a 4-5 hour trip is just a piece-of-cake.

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As soon as the sun came out, we took shots. The photo above was taken during one of the many stop-overs that we had.

What is good about this adventure was the road ends exactly at the crater’s edge. Upon reaching it, every one took their weapons, and Filipino photographers conquered the place.

Al Wahba crater is found in Saudi Arabian desert n the western edge of the Hafer Kishb basalt plateau, which has many volcanic cones. It is recorded to be 820 feet deep and 2 kilometer in diameter. The bottom is covered with white sodium phosphate crystals which makes the crater attractive to photographers.

panorama shot

Geologists believed that the crater was formed by volcanic activity in the form of an underground phreatic eruption – a massive steam explosion generated by molten basaltic magma coming into contact with subterranean water. – Source: Wikipedia

Since it is dangerous to climb down the crater (but not to experienced and prepared mountain climbers), we preferred to stay on top and maximized the use of what is available.

The wall of the crater is made of different kinds of rocks. Well, this is not a time to go back to science class, so let me just show you some photos.

Most of the grass, palms and other plants can be found at the northern part of the crater. We are near the southern part so no one dared to go near. According to some bloggers who came first before us, there is only one safe way to climb down, and it will pass through the place where most of the vegetation are located. It is also where visitors who plan to stay overnight build their camp.

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In the part 3 of this series, we will go on to some wider shots on what to expect at Al Wahba crater including  magical time-lapse photography by our very own Filipino photographers.

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Street in Color #02

street Old Balad, Jeddah, KSA


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A Walk to Historical Jeddah

Today I had the time to visit one of the historical places in Jeddah, KSA, the old Balad. Modernized designs of homes are now  noticeable in the Kingdom so it was a  wonderful experience to see the old yet unique structures they have before.

old Jeddah

old balad 7 old balad 4 old balad 3 old balad 1 mosque sign

This part of Jeddah had been considered as one of the Kingdom’s historical sites. Expats and tourists are very welcome to visit and take photos. I believe there are a lot of great  places inside the Kingdom for me to visit and I hope I could have the time.

The people living in the area have been good to me and I never had the feeling of fear getting apprehended by authorities.

It was a great day. More photos to come on my next posts.


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Time to Warm Up

A week after my return to work here in Jeddah, I began to explore my newly acquired fuji x100s for street photography.

I sold my Canon gear last year to be able to buy this very famous mirrorless camera from fuji. There are two major reasons why I change gear. First, my Canon DSLR’s shutter count is almost done. Secondly, I want a small and more discrete camera to use for my photography genre aside from landscape and still life which is street photography..

feet eikons street photography black and white
Photography here in Saudi Arabia doesn’t have that full freedom yet. There are places where photography is not allowed. Some people, especially Saudis are not that much open yet to be photographed by a stranger. (Note: women here are not allowed to be photographed). As a photographer, I respect there rules and regulations regarding photography.

To start my journey of documenting the streets and people’s lives here in Jeddah, I had a simple photowalk near my place. Later, I found out that most of the people living in that area are Pakistanis (I can recognize them through their clothes.) My purpose is not to fully focus on making photographs but to observe first how people will react on a person walking with a camera and how will they respond if they saw me shooting some things within the area. I also tried to observe if they will be that friendly if I greet them while I pass by. To make it short, I am just warming up. An introduction to my journey which I would like to take while I’m here in a foreign land.

As they say, street photography is very hard. One will be happy if he comes back with at least one successful good shot. Here are some shots from the photowalk.

carpet eikons street photography black and white

sofa eikons street photography black and white

quarter eikons street photography black and whiteThis simple photowalk gave me an idea to document the different front doors and windows where expats lived (excluding those who lived in hotels and grandeur accomodations)  here in Jeddah, KSA.


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A Walk in a Market

 


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Who Love Butts?

This series of photos is a part of my first day of trying my Fuji X100s on street photography. I’ve done it in my hometown’s market area.  Generally, I love it a lot. The X100s gave me all kinds of comfort as street photographer.

But this post is not about my experience or a review about my camera. It’s not my kind of thing. This is about a usual scene in a market that sometimes we also do unconsciously. It’s all about butts.

So, next time you go to market be aware of bending forward your body, a crazy bored photographer might be taking a photo behind you. 😀

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