Monday, August 28, 2006

I finally found one.

For the past couple of weeks i have been looking for a range finder camera, i have gone into tens of small and old photo studios in downtown amman and other locations and i believed that it is going to be a lost cause. But...i found one today. A beautiful 1978 Minolta Hi-Matic 7s II, with a 40mm 1.7 Rokkor lens.
Range finders are great for street photography, they are compact, very quiet and allow you to see things a bit differently.
I am shooting a test roll right now, and soon, i'll post some results. Its going to take some time to get used to it, but its going to be tested very soon.

Here are pictures i took of the camera.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Street Photography in Yemen

Candid street photos taken at Souk Al Milh, during my trip to San'a, Yemen.






2 pictures from london

Two pictures I took while i was in london in the begining of the year.



Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tounge out

A frame I made of a young girl in Petra teasing her brother.


I stood close by, and tried to be as discreet as possible when i took this picture, and it payed off. I don't think i would have gotten such a nautural shot if i was in their face.

Recently i have been trying to be closer to the action and do more street photography and limit my usage of the long lens, but with an SLR it is quite difficult to do that.

I have my eye on a rangefinder camera now, and it's the #1 item on my wishlist.

Check out Chris Weeks website , blog and deviant art page. This photographer is one of the top in L.A and I have been addicted to his work the past couple of weeks.

Photo was shot on Ilford HP5 + 400 film.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Downtown at night: a friend's Flickr

Watermelon Store
Originally uploaded by Fadi Sarraf.

Just wanted to share this picture from my friend Fadi's Flickr site.
He has some interesting B&W pictures of life in downtown amman at night. Check them out when you get a chance.
Amman at night captured on film has such a special feel to it.


An unidentified human object falls from the sky.

Thinking about Samz

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Football, Kids and the Victory Bridge

The sun was close to setting, i had about 15 minutes of "Magic Hour" light to shoot some frames. For the past 2 weeks i have abandoned my digital camera and have delved back into shooting film, grounding myself once again in the basics of photography. Today i was in the mood to try something new, experiment a bit, and not care much about the results. Yet its always a great feeling when you get unexpected positive surprises.
The pictures in this post were shot on Kodak Elite Chrome 400 Slide film, but they were processed in C-41 chemicals rather than in E6, which is called cross processing. This creates weird color shifts, high contrast and noticiable grain. The pictures are not color corrected in any way.


Click on the pics to see larger versions.