Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 46: It's better in the Bahamas

Those of you who follow Bjorn Moerman Photography on Facebook and Google+, have probably seen quite a bit of recent aerial photography from the Bahamas! Yes, I'm on a 2 week flying trip to South Florida and the Bahamas... flying a single engine Cessna C172 over amazing scenery! As I'm writing this Pic(k) of the week, it is our last evening in the Bahamas. Earlier this afternoon we landed at Bimini, one of the smallest and also the closest Bahamian island to the US mainland. Tomorrow we will be heading back to Florida where our trusted flying machine needs to go back to its owner! A brief three day visit to New York and we will be back in Dubai...

2011 Pic(k) of the week 46: It is better in the Bahamas
The image above was taken today over the Exumas, a district of the Bahamas consisting of 360 mini islands or "cays". The crystal blue waters are just out of this world! Paradise for aerial photography or as they say over here: "It's better in the Bahamas!"

Image details:
Nikon D700 with 70-200 2.8 VR
ISO200, 185mm, f3.5, 1/4000s
RAW development with Lightroom 3

I shot well over 1000 images on the trip and will no doubt allocate a few blogposts to the recent flying-photography adventure, in the near future. Needless to say, processing will take some time.

Till next time,
Fly safe, shoot good,

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 45: Following the moon

Most people probably know that the moon plays a large role in Muslim religion. What I didn't know is that the exterior lighting system of the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (UAE), changes color with the phases of the moon. A full moon makes the mosque bath in white color while a new moon gives it a deep dark blue tint. The system even simulates clouds diffusing the light even further.

2011 Pic(k) of the week 45: Following the moon
The image above was made end of October with a waxing crescent moon.

For more info on the light design, checkout the light designers website at Speirs and Major.
The Sheik Zayed Mosque has quickly become an important tourist attraction. More info can be found here.

Image details:
Nikon D700m with Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 1600, f 2.8, 1/8 sec, 70mm
RAW development with LR3
Contrast improvement with Nik software Color Efex 3

As this post goes live, I should be in Miami Florida. Planning to fly a single-engine C172 SP G1000 aircraft, from FL to the Bahamas, there should be plenty of interesting photo opportunities around the corner.

To follow me during this 2 week adventure, make sure you checkout the Facebook and Google plus links below.

Fly safe, shoot well,

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Birds of Prey - Dubai

A few days ago I went to the Birds of Prey show in Dubai. A German-Hungarian couple, show several graceful Birds of Prey in flight. I've seen several of these shows all over the world and must say that this one is definitively the most personal one. 
Owl taking flight at birds of Prey Dubai
Spectators are very close to the action and with a limited amount of visitors, there is a plenty of opportunity for questions and photographing the birds after the show.

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We went to the 5pm show, which due to a 5.35 sunset time, limited the amount of "good light". On FRI and SAT there is also a 10am show, which I will try to attend next time...

Some of the birds we saw were:

Vulture at Birds of Prey Dubai
this "Griffon Vulture"

Bald Eagle at Birds of Prey Dubai
a "Bald Eagle", the national bird of the US

Eagle owl at Birds of Prey Dubai
Several Owls, including this Eagle Owl

Small Falcon at Birds of Prey Dubai
"Saker Falcons", like this one sitting on the head of one of the spectators

Hawk playing with a toy rabit
And this Harris Hawk playing with a toy rabbit

If you are in Dubai, make sure that you pay Birds of Prey a visit! It is more than worth the money; 50AED for adults, 25AED for kids.

On a different note, tomorrow, I'm flying to Saint Petersburg, Russia, for a brief 24hr visit. Thereafter I'm off to Florida, where we'll start another one of our "Flying adventures"; this time we plan on island hopping around the Bahamas in a light single engine aircraft. With the busy upcoming travel plans, the blog might suffer a bit over the next two weeks...  I do however hope to come back with plenty of new images! 

Remember, don't just take pictures, make pictures!

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 44: Dhow captain

Another great place for environmental portraits beside the Dubai Fish-market, is the Dhow Wharfage. At the North side of the Creek in Dubai, one finds dozens of wooden trading boats, Dhows, used to transport all kinds of goods to Iran, Pakistan and India. It really is like going back in time and is a must see for every visitor to Dubai!

2011 Pic(k) of the week 44: Dhow captain
While strolling around the area, I photographed this Iranian Dhow captain, descending from his vessel.

Image details: 
Nikon D770 with Nikkor 70-200 2.8. VR2 lens
ISO 200, 1/200s, f6.3, 135mm
RAW development in LR3
Black & White conversion with SilverEfex 2

More daily life images of Dubai can be found here.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to click that shutter!


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