Sunday, September 30, 2007

Feeling black...

I don't know what's wrong with me, I've been sad almost all day :\
Still can't sleep, it's 5:34 A.M. and I have to work in 4 hours...
I feel like a mountain of rocks on my chest (I always feel that way during sunset time but this time it's extended)...Don't get me wrong, I am the most optimistc person you probably knew and will know, everything changes every now and then...
Hmmmm...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

LATIFA "Ammnli Bait" (Secure me a house)

OK, I didn't like this song that much when I listened to it...But when I watched the music video I loved it.
I really wished to be behind the scenes to make a photo session of Latifa, the lighting was amazing (under lit and that's that way I like it).

I like the part when she take off her earings and throw them away :+

You can watch it here

Monday, September 24, 2007

What I really miss during Ramadhan :\


A hot cup of tea with milk at work :\

Anyway I was trying to sleep but I couldn't so I worked a little bit on a secret project then begun to edit this photo to upload it flickr and some other profiles.

I will go straight to work no bed time for tonight :(

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I went out for shopping and I bought this!

My new toy :>

It's true I already bought many stuff I always wanted but there are a lot of stuff still in my wish list (you can see it below).

My most recent WISH LIST

Friday, September 21, 2007

Photo session with my father's friend


Geometry
Originally uploaded by radiant guy
Today I had an outdoor photo session with my father's friend...
It begun around 12:20 am and ended around 3:00 am...Time was flying and we didn't even reach the location yet!
It was fun :+
And I had more fun when I ate, refueled my car and went back for a solo photo session by Jaber Stadium.

Jaber Stadium [cutout]

Friday, September 14, 2007

Happy Ramadhan [Year 1428] مبارك عليكم الشهر

Ramadhan (Ramadan) is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It's when Muslims all over the world spend 30 days fasting and bettering themselves in principles of faith.

Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam by refraining from sexual intercourse (during fasting), violence, anger, envy, greed, lust, angry and sarcastic retorts, and gossip. People are meant to try to get along with each other better than they normally might. All obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided. Purity of both thought and action is important. The fast is an exacting act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to God. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm.

Fasting during Ramadan is not obligatory for several groups for whom it would be excessively problematic. Children before the onset of puberty are not required to fast, though some do. However, if puberty is delayed, fasting becomes obligatory for males and females after a certain age. According to the Qur'an, if fasting would be dangerous to someone's health, such as a person with an illness or medical condition (this can include the elderly), that person is excused.

The reason Muslims fast is to discipline their body and mind. The absence of food and drink and other pleasures provides a perfect opportunity to concentrate on prayer and worship. Not having the luxuries of life to hand makes it easier to reflect on life and be grateful for what we do have. Muslims use this month to start afresh and give their life a new direction.


Read more at Wikipedia
Here is an idiotic Q&A about Ramadhan LOL

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The scariest night of my life [READ]

ATTENTION: This could be the longest blog I ever posted and probably the longest I will ever post...It could be real, spooky (to me) and funny.

On the last weekend, the moon was a crescent; so I thought to take a drive away of the city for Astrophotography...I drove away for so long until I reached an area crowded with huge houses and very dark, I thought it's great since that area is located away of the city lights and close to the sea, I wanted to take some photos of the moon's reflection on the black dark sea with the stars all around.

Anyway I reached that place and kept my car's lights on because it was very dark and I wanted to see all the text around the buttons on my camera; then I begun taking some shots for lighting test; when I am done I turned my car's lights off and begun to take some light testing photos of the moon, stars and the sea....Suddenly...

A 4X4 black car was driving toward me really fast and I was like :O
The car's lights wear very bright and it caused me a tiny headache so I turned my face to the other way, then it stopped like 5 meters away of me...
And that's when I noticed the blue and red lights above the car LOL
Remember, I have a middle eastern look and that means I am a terrorist according to many people in the world (F.Y.I. That's me being sarcastic).
Anyway....

- He asked If there is anybody else with me, my ID, where do I work, my work's ID and If they (my work) knows that I am a photographer and what will I do with the photos I take...Etc
- I said well, It's my hobby and I was trying to take moon shots away of the city lights because it's ruins it, and I am alone and kinda afraid that a group of dogs might pop up anytime and then I have to run really fast like hell (at the time I wasn't in the running mood)...
- He laughed then told me you shouldn't be here and asked me about the camera's film...
- I replied it's digital...
- He asked me to follow him so he could take a look on what I was shooting...
- So I did...
He took me to a room full of monitors LOL
I was like OH MY GOD, what did I get my self into LOL
- He said that he saw me when I got here but he wanted to wait for a while before following me, just to catch me doing what I wanted to do...
- He also said that he zoomed on me and took some snap shots...
- I replied why didn't you tell me? I would smile...
He laughed again then he left to get some water and came back...
-I told him about the last time when I've been into similar thing while I was trying to photograph the national assembly (locally known as "Majlis Al Omma", but obviously this time I've got my self in way bigger troubles...I never blogged that story before but it was kinda funny when you know the details I told him about :D
- He laughed...Then he asked me to see the photos and I showed him...
- Then he told me that I could take some photos in other place and that he'll guide me to it...You could leave now if you want, so I left back to my car (as fast as I could LOL) then he followed me to lead me to a different photography spot, and that's when his phone begun to ring; he went away to answer and he was laughing almost all the time (I could see that) but I had no idea what he was saying because he was far away...
Then he came back and told me that other people saw me on the security camera when I came here and they were checking out...
Then he asked me for my ID again and went back in, probably to xerox it :+
He came back...
Then I told him, did I get my self in some kind of most wanted black lists? LOL
He laughed and said don't worry :D
He begun to tell me about the other place where I could take some photos...
Then told me be safe..
I replied thanks and sorry for the mess and left...
I drove to the place he told me about and I found a sign says: "ATTENTION: STRICTED AREA, NO PHOTOGRAPHY"...

So I had a you turn and went back to Kuwait city :(

I had a photo in my mind that I want to visualize it but I didn't have the chance :(

Anyway I went to a different location, somewhere by Kuwait towers to take a photo of the crescent...I was trying to experiment my lens's maximum vocal length (200 mm) and I actually could see the unlit part of the moon!
The camera shakes when I press the shutter release button and I have no idea where did I lost my remote control (my room is a mess, I probably throw it in the trash LOL)...So I used the timer...Because I didn't want any blurr in the photo...
And that's when a car stopped LOL
- He told me what are you shooting?
- I replied why?
- He said that he is a "Mabahith" (Similar to FBI agent)...
- I asked him for his ID...
- He showed it to me...
- Then I replied shooting the moon...
- He talked for a while then he left...

I moved by the beach to take some photos of the dawn, when I am done I went back to my car and drove to a different spot...

When I was just about to exit to the main road, I noticed a guy shooting Kuwait towers and I was happy and not sure whether I should stop or not because sometimes it makes me nerves when someone do that to me or when people gather around me...
But I did anyway...I was kinda excited about it and I never did it before :D

We talked for awhile about our cameras, I asked him if he knows flickr and about photography spots, I didn't want to stay long although I was excited but I didn't want to bother...
I left to other different spots to have different sessions, then went back home...We were going to meet in another spot but we didn't.
I went back home and I was online...I got a message from someone I have no idea who was it, when I read the email...It was that guy, I was totally surprised because he knew nothing about me...I asked him how did you find me, he said through flickr :D
I guess, I just found a new photography pal :Pp~

Monday, September 03, 2007

My first Night portrait


My first Night portrait
Originally uploaded by radiant guy
This photo combines two of my favorite photography themes...
Night photography and fashion/portraits.

OK....I don't like to use flash at all, so I decided to do it using available light and I spent like three minutes setting and testing the lights...The model (who was really patient) was posing at that time, he thought that the photo session already begun LOL

This is the best I could do with a forced off flash, only using my camera, lens, a tripod and available street light.

I set the Shutter priority mode, ISO speed 320, F 4.5, exposure time 1/2 Sec. using Tungsten w/b

Any suggestions to make it better?

Sunday, September 02, 2007

1 & 2

1. Why would I buy exfoliating lotion?

To make the woman who sales it SHUT UP!
My God she just can't stop it, blah blah blah huge pores, blah blah blah acne, blah blah blah oily skin, blah blah blah lazy guy, blah blah blah blah...
So I bought it and it cost me around 22 USD, since I already bought it I should use it and it really cleans LOL

2. Sometimes when I am driving my car, I notice some people in mt rear view mirror singing...They looks really silly LOL

I wanted to say one more thing but I can't recall it :+