Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 40: Best friends

Falconry is an integral part of desert life, which has been practiced for centuries. Originally, falcons were used for hunting and supplemented the Bedouin diet with some meat, such as hare or houbara

Today the Falcon in the Middle East, is not seen as a tool but rather as an extension of the family. The leaders of the UAE, have shown great concern and support for this important part of the UAE's cultural heritage. As an airline pilot, I've seen Falcons traveling in their own first class seats on multiple occasions. They have their own hospitals and some of them are worth over $25000. 

2011 Pic(k) of the week 40: Best friends
While on a quick two day getaway to the Bab al Shams desert resort last week, I photographed this UAE national showing off his bird of prey. Their friendship really shows!

Image details:
Nikon D700 with 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 1600, 180mm, f5.6, 1/250s
RAW development in Lightroom 3
Nik ColorEfex 4 (yes brand new!) for image optimazation 

Some more images of the sunset shoot can be found here

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