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Fishing Dhow

Photographer: Supratik Mukherjee

“I took this picture while on a cruise in Istanbul, Turkey in the year 2005. Our ship was speeding away in the opposite direction as I noticed this fishing dhow with the mountains in the background. Without really thinking about it, I took out my camera (a Nikon Coolpix 7600) and began snapping away. The cruise took a scenic route with many breathtaking views to behold, but this was by far my favorite.”

You can find more of Supratik’s photography and other art HERE.

Supratik was previously mentioned in the post A Bay in Oman.


A Desert Morning

Photographer: Jim Mangum (from texas)

“Taken at Arches National Park in Southern Utah. Arches is probably my favorite place ever for photography. The rock formations are literally like something from another world. This particular photo was probably the one I found most boring (and just a little out of focus), until I ran it through Photoshop “oil paint”. Then I got this wonderful movement from the sagebrush and grasses. I then “saturated” it and it brought out these beautiful colors.”

Camera: Nikon 7000

Lens: Nikon 18-55mm

You can find more of Jim’s photography and art HERE and HERE.

Jim was also featured previously on the blog, in the posts In a Desert Dream 41 and In a Desert Dream 13.

A Bay in Oman

Photographer: Supratik Mukherjee

“While visiting some close friends in Muscat, Oman we came upon this small bay en toure to our hotel in 2007. Muscat has several mountainous regions overlapping the busy city which makes for views like this to be quite common. As one can see from the picture, there are several cars near the shoreline. I took this picture with a Sony Cybershot DSC-H55 to commemorate what would end up being one of my favorite visits to the city.”

You can find more of Supratik’s photography and other art HERE.

Fragrant Florals

Photographer: Brett Nelson (from Seattle, Wa.)

“These florals were in a courtyard at my hotel in Honolulu. I had made a few photos of them, but I was not impressed with the outcome as they, the flowers themselves, looked sparse. Upon returning home and uploading them in Adobe Lightroom, I then had no intention of developing them. But, instead of deleting the photo, I just kept it in the program. About a week later, I experimented with their development process. I then found the floral arrangement looked better in black and white with rich blacks from contrast, exposure, and lighting adjustments. The end result gave birth to the most remarkable photo. The original sparseness in the image was now perfect “negative space” around the flowers, which provided great contrast against the flowers, enhancing their focal point. It’s a great lesson to learn from as to never delete any of your photos, no matter how bad or unflattering they are in their underdeveloped form. I have always discovered that when I underestimate certain photos, they turn out to be some of my best work.”

Camera: Leica D-Lux 4

You can find more of Brett’s photography HERE and HERE.

Brett was also previously featured on the blog in the post Kite in Tree.

Trio of Roses

Photographer: Nancy Soares (from Mumbai, India)

“I took this photograph last year on a visit to the Botanical Gardens in New York.

My father passed away in August last year. He always loved roses. I spent a lot of time in the rose garden at the Botanical Gardens taking pictures. It was kind of a bittersweet moment for me, I knew my dad would have enjoyed the flowers.”
Camera: Olympus FE-20
Editing: “The only thing I did to the photograph was convert it to black and white using Windows Photo Gallery.”
You can view more of Nancy’s photography HERE.