In 2015, I took the ferry to Dublin using SailRail from London. It is one of the cheapest ways to travel to Ireland. This was my first time crossing the Irish Sea and my first time travelling to Dublin. For most of the journey, I was inside the ferry as there isn’t much to see and it can get really windy on the deck. So I waited until we were about to dock and that is when I ventured to the viewing deck of the ferry and took these photographs before we arrived at Dublin Port.
It was still very windy, but at least it was sunny. I am not a fan of windy, cold, rainy weather, but Ireland gets an exception from me. I have to say, the little I saw of the country, I vowed I would be back as I had fallen in love with it. I enjoyed my stay even though it was a short one.
Untitled (2019) – Part of the ‘When We Forget to Look Up’ series.
I got off the bus late at night on my way home from lectures. Looking up I was greeted by this eerie, yet amazing scene above my head. The street lamp shining through the bare tree with branches that made this sweeping circular motion making it look like a nest. I was intrigued. I was left wondering.
London Stadium (formerly Olympic Stadium) and the ArcelorMittal Orbit Sunset, 2012.
Digging through my archives, I even forgot I had these images of one of my favourite sunsets that I got to witness right after the Olympics ceremonies in London and trust me, in London I hardly get to see many. A friend that I volunteered with during the games had an apartment with this epic view of the stadium and I just had to capture the sun as it set on the horizon.
On this day, I had Khai with me, but he was only two years old. Too young to enjoy the awesomeness of this scene. Now, almost 8, I have made a promise to him that we will get to watch at least one sunrise or sunset together and just be in the moment.
There is something about sunrises and sunsets that gets me all emotional. The fact that the day has ended and a new one is beginning. Gently reminding you to give thanks that you get to live to see another day where many won’t. Correct all the mistakes made and a chance to create new memories. I don’t know exactly what it is, but one thing is certain, I am happy to be in a position to document such moments and just revel in it.
What is your favourite sunrise or sunset moment? Or where would you like to be when you witness one?
Last week on Friday, as I made my way home from Uni, I saw the moon and I was enamoured.
I just couldn’t wait to get home and try and capture it in its full glory (pun intended).
After looking and failing to find my tripod release plate (pretty useless without it), I just made due with the window sill, using a very unstable joby tripod, my very heavy 7D with 70-300mm lens at the end of it and an intervalometer I just acquired. Did I mention that it was cold and windy?
Well…after struggling to balance the equipment, I got my final shot. It’s not brilliant, but I am pretty pleased with myself.
The fast moving clouds gives it some oohhmmff! Don’t you think?
I have to admit, as cold as it was, I somehow managed to walk to my pal’s place and took the opportunity of the ‘white stuff’ to photograph her son. Good thing that they only lived 20mins walk from my house (they have since moved).
So, with my camera ready…..snapping the snow covered landscape en-route to her house, I managed to get there with myself and kit in one piece. Walking on ice/snow it not for the weak. One needs special shoes, clothing and walking skills.
Snow covered street near where I live…
Snow covered church on my friend’s street….
All in all, after much convincing for them to leave the house, I set up the location just outside her door. Snow has got to be the best natural reflector ever. You don’t need to do much to get the light under the model’s chin, eyes, etc. Shame about it being cold and dealing with a child……I would have loved to continue to take more pictures.
Here are some of the shots taken on the day…..
All smiles as Aayan steps out in the snow for the first time…
Aayan’s mum takes a picture of us fooling around as he refused to walk in the snow…