The Lebanese Spring


“Spring is beautiful everywhere, but it is more than beautiful in Lebanon. Spring is the spirit of an unknown God speeding through the world, which, as it reaches Lebanon, pauses, because now it is as at home with the souls of the Prophets and Kings hovering over the land, chanting with the brooks of Judea, the eternal Psalms of Solomon, renewing with the Cedars of Lebanon memories of an ancient glory.” –  Khalil Gibran

People may think that I take too many pictures. I feel no reason to justify myself, but perhaps a slight need to explain it. Each picture is full of meaning and has a spiritual imposition. It takes more than a 3 second glance to understand and appreciate the details, many hidden and others obvious. Take a few more moments to appreciate the magic behind Nature, the Emotions you feel, and reward the power of Life.

These pictures were taken using a Nikon D40, with a variety of different lenses, including a zoom and fish eye lens. Photoshop has not been used on any of these photographs.

Please note that I retain the copyright to all of the images on this blog.

Playing With Light


PMW

Photography is personal. The beauty behind the craft of photography is that it is as delicate as your state of mind. If in a good place, beautiful work is produced. Thought, vibes, and messages have the potential to naturally flow through from the image to the viewer.

Photoshop was not used on any of these photographs. Colours and contrast have been play around with.

From the wise words of a friend, “A photo should never be edited.”

I Live Here


Project Brief:
For this project, you should produce a single image that expresses your relationship with your living environment. It can be an image of the town or city in which you live, an image of your immediate living space, or an image of your choice that sums up the title. This project runs over the Christmas vacation so you will have ample opportunity to produce an original image (don’t submit an existing picture that you alter to fit the brief). – Sounds like quite the warning!

Lucky for me, I have just returned from Lebanon. I took a  few beautiful shots of the country’s landscape during its Winter days. Like the nature of this nation’s politicians, the country’s weather, this season, was quite schizophrenic. It simply could not decide on rain or sunshine. Addtionally, for the first time in a very long time, it had not snowed by New Year’s. Worrying.

Nevertheless, this image is about where I live, and I still have a home there.

Home is where the heart is, and my heart is in Lebanon.

A Few Hours Later…
In an attempt at overcoming my dislike and anxieties over Photoshop, I bought the book The Photoshop Darkroom by Harold and Phyllis Davis. Amazon.co.uk offer a pretty good save on the paperback, so it’s definitely worth the buy! Since I was incapable of moving the gradients after adding a masked layer (Wow I sound technical!) , I nevertheless thought it would be a good idea to compare the two images.
Before Photoshop:

I Live Here

After Photoshop:

I Live Here

That’s one point to Photoshop! And I know I have so much more to learn!!
22/01/10
The Review.

Ian Macaulay critiqued my picture this time round. The picture, along with morning hopes and delights, went straight to the curb. He said it was “flat, had a dull composition, the building is dead, [and that I] should have made it more about the sky.” Nevertheless, it is “nicely exposed and has a lot of detail.”  Despite his comments, the class spoke out and showed some disagreement. Thanks guys!! Adrian Mott also provided a tip for landscape shots: “Never put the horizon in the middle.” Consequently, I came home and went straight to Photoshop, and worked on the image. This is what I have so far…

I Live Here (Post-Review!)

I’m still not satisfied…

Aperture:

I Live Here (Aperture)