Friday, August 31, 2012

Congratulations - Melbit & Lijomol

Last night it was a good friendly get together and a ummilicious dinner with lovely couple Melbit & Lijomol - it was their first visit to Fujairah since their marriage on 9-June-2012. 

It was not only the newly married couple who were smiling and enjoying the evening, we all were having fun :) 

In the mean time Lijo made herself comfortable with our youngest companion 

Now it is dinner time, it was the best (in Fujairah :P )

No no, we did not forget the couple after getting involved with food; they were always the center point of main attraction

It was a good evening, the time to greet "good night" was knocking - good night my dear friends

Melbit & Lijomol - wish you a very happy married life - more smiling memories are waiting for you.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Only few days back there was Eid - the holy month of Ramadan ended with blessings and messages of love, peace and harmony.

Last February (2012) I visited Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi with my friends - it is an architectural marvel, a jewel situated in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates; a must see for visitors. 

I thought, the snaps captured there could be shared considering the time.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has many special feats like:

  • The beautiful carpet in the main prayer hall is world's largest single piece carpet - weighs approximately 35 ton. If I remember properly, the guide said that around 1200 Iranian ladies knotted this woolen carpet in 2 years - they worked 24x7. They transported it into 9 pieces and then stitched together. You may found continuous ribs on the carpet and may consider them as joints - but they are not! These continuous ribs are made on purpose - it helps to stand the devotees in alignment while offering prayer. The actual stitches are on underneath and completely invisible.
  • The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven chandeliers and are the second largest known chandelier inside a mosque, the third largest in the world and each has a 10 m diameter and a 15 m height. These chandeliers are showing off millions of colorful Swarovski crystals.

There are many more special things about the mosque but I remember only above mentioned facts - my poor memory :( (who cares about the numbers!!!) The mosque is there in my memory and the snaps are there in my collection :P

The above images are captured inside the main prayer hall. If you are planning a visit, make sure to be dressed in a decent way. Women have to cover their head completely, showing bared skin is strictly not allowed inside the premises. Burqa is available for women visitors - free of cost, changing room is there. All visitors have to be bare foot irrespective of gender and age.

The mosque is equally beautiful from outside. We were bit unlucky on the day - weather was not at all ideal for shooting outside, it was one of the worst sand storm I have seen here. I could manage only few snaps outside. It was day time - so the colors of nights I missed as well.

I wish to visit the mosque atleast one more time and during evening in particular. These images are also there in Flickr for you.

Click here to see Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque in night.

Please feel free to comment. All comments (critiques & appraisals) are welcome. Please do not reproduce the images for commercial purposes without prior permission.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My photo stream on Flickr

I named my page as Lens StOp - so one must look for some snaps instead of mere introduction and motivational facts! And here it comes... 

Capturing photo (I do not want to use the single word term Photography as I'm far behind than that) is my hobby, I must admit that am an amateur, but surely it fascinates me very much. 

I started capturing (in 2007) with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S650 (before that in childhood days, few occasional I was lucky to handle dad's Pentax - a film camera, but frankly speaking - I could not make it my cup!); frequently borrowed Sony DSC-H9 & Sony DSC-H50 from my friends to fulfill my desires to capture better. I shared my experience with Sony here: My Picasa

My first camera - Sony DSC-S650
After few years of borrowing from here and there I wanted to buy a good camera (mean time I already lost my Sony) and I seek my friend's suggestion to help me choose. This friend of mine is a real artist, he is an Architect by profession and a genius in sketching and photography (one can see his work here); he suggested me to go for a D-SLR. 

As I said before, am just an amateur so I did not took his suggestion seriously and kept on looking for a super-zoom digital camera. After lot of bla bla n quack quack finally I managed to convince myself for a D-SLR and bought my Nikon D5100 (in July 2011). 

I started sharing my Nikon experience (obviously to attract reviews to improve myself) here: My Flickr and 500px.

I think this is better introduction of Lens StOp.