Flowers & Olive trees

Flowers & Olive trees by (id) Xposed Photography

Still have a month to go before spring arrives but spring is already here and way ahead of it's time. The weather has been great for almost the entire winter, it looks as if it's spring and not the typical winter we're used to.

Flowers are growing everywhere and the temperature feels more like it's summer. For me, spring is the best season of them all, it's not too hot and also not too cold, the perfect weather, that's how I call it.

Back to the photo, I would like you to please leave your comment about what it tells you and if you see a good or bad photo.

A door made of gold

A door made of gold by (id) Xposed Photography

This photo was taken at sunset and the door is the entrance to a new building in my neighborhood.

Haris once a little village has become a big and beautiful town, with very expensive buildings, some millions of dollars worth. There's a new building coming up every month and life is also changing rapidly.

Any way, I saw this door, liked it and took this shot of it.

My little niece!

My little niece! by (id) Xposed Photography

It was my niece's engagement and I was the photographer for that special day. There are a lot of photos but due to our religion, this is the only one I can share with you.

Muslim religion forbids showing certain parts of a woman body including the hair, so doing that is against our religion.

I really wanted to share my work with you but I had to choose carefully and I hope you would take your time to comment on this particular shot.

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“A photograph: lets you live the moment as if you were part of it” 

M. Hassan
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Red street light

Red street light by (id) Xposed Photography

I was still working at my store and it was getting really late, there was a job that should be done before the next day. I had no other options but to keep on working till it was done.

I was so tired so I stepped out to refresh my mind and have some air. The weather was misty and the light on the other side of the road was disappearing as the mist grew thicker. I went back to the shop, grabbed my camera to get a quick shot of that moment.

The first three shots were shaky, so I went back, took a chair and took two more shots, this is the result. Hope you like it.

It's misty, it's beautiful!

It's misty, it's beautiful! by (id) Xposed Photography

This is the view outside my uncles house in Haris, Lebanon. The only difference with the daily view is that this time it was misty and it was amazing to watch the faded house at the far end of the hills.

Normally, the normal view that I was used to seeing never attracted my photography eyes ;), but this one was gorgeous. I had to go through a lot to get the right composition I was aiming for. There was no room to get that much scene into a 35mm lens. Also, the wall is not as straight as it looks in the photo, it's a wall that's goes down-hill.

I tried every thing and ended right to the top of the road slanting my camera 45 degrees to align the wall and creating that straight line, there was also very little room to get more of the wall in the scene. I would have preferred it to take 1/3 of the bottom.

I did all I could to portray what I was seeing and hope you get the picture too.

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“Photograph: You capture precious moments in life, you don't photograph them” 

M. Hassan
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Lime and flowers

Lime and flowers by (id) Xposed Photography

Sometimes a photo appears from nowhere and sometimes we have to work harder or make changes to a situation to get the photo.

This setup was there waiting for someone to take the shot. The lime was on the wall and the yellow flowers on the other side of it. All I had to do was compose and shoot and that was exactly what I did, aim and shot.

Please leave your comment!

Orange & White daisy flower

Orange & White daisy flower by (id) Xposed Photography

This was not planned...

I was going hope to take some photos of my niece's engagement, suddenly my shoe lace got loose, I bent down to tie it, and from that low perspective, the flower in-front of me became much more exciting to watch.

I finished what I was doing and composed for this shot, by the way, the flowers are yellow but I processed it this way.

Crossing at intersected lines

Crossing at intersected lines by (id) Xposed Photography

The lines intersect at one point and my object is at the intersecting point, that was my theme for January 7.

I asked a friend to walk towards me as I sat down on the other side of the road I had already composed my shot putting the lines in the viewer as I wanted them to be, my friend wanted me to focus on him instead, but I had this view in mind, he's not my focus point, I wanted the lines to lead the eye and end up with their imagination of how my subject looks if he was in focus.

Have a nice day!

Hiding from the police

Hiding from the police by (id) Xposed Photography

I participated 3 years ago on a TV show called the best idea of the Netherlands. This shot was taken on the same day of my TV shooting.

There were a lot of people and so I had to wait and be patient till my turn came. I went outside got some food and sat close to this fountain. Suddenly this bird flew down to drink and then started cleaning itself.

I got as close as I could and captured a few photos, this was the one that I liked most, because it says a lot. The police car, the head under the wing, the waste on the ground. One can make a story if one wants to ;)

I'll leave you with the photo to come up with the story you want to. My story title goes like this; Hiding from the police!

Stopped to refuel

Stopped to refuel by (id) Xposed Photography

This  photo was taken on my first trip to Angola, I was on my way from the airport to my final destination, where my friend was waiting for me.

I had no job and I had just spent all my savings to get a visa just to go and find a good job. Angola is the land of fortune as many believe it to be, but it turned out to be the land of disaster for me. Anyway, that doesn't have anything to do with this photo.

The driver had just spotted some bags of coal and needed some for personal use, he tried to explain in Portuguese but I couldn't understand a word, so he just stopped and stepped out quickly to grab a bag. I was tired from the 7 hours journey, so stepped out of the car to stretch my legs, suddenly this truck pulled over and that's when I saw a picture.

I grabbed my camera as fast as I could, composed the shot and took it. Hope you like the landscape as much as I did.

Shine on my wings

Shine on my wings by (id) Xposed Photography

On the runway towards Frankfurt's airport, I spotted this beautiful opening in the sky, it was something mean't to be. Everything was perfect and the plane was moving slowly and it suddenly paused, waiting for the "go ahead" from the airport tower. I had my camera with me, so I grabbed it and took this shot.

I looked on the camera screen and knew I didn't need another shot, it was exactly as I wanted it to be, so I laid my head on the seat and enjoyed the gap fill up again covering the space where that beautiful ray of heavenly light was coming.

It was a unique moment that will never happen again, but that's the moment this photo will preserve for as long as I can keep it. Have a wonderful day!

Photography Quotes (5)

“It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it takes you to places you never been before, it attracts your eyes, it warms up your heart, it plays with your emotions as it was mean't to be.

It's a good photo!”

M. Hassan
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X-Shoes by (id) Xposed Photography

This photo has no story to tell, its just an idea of neatly aligned lines and a center point.

My shoes added the depth I needed and also a point of view. Without it, the photo would have been flat and less interesting. This is not only a photo, but also a quick tutorial to help others see things my way, and add their creativity to their photos.

Have a seat

Have a seat by (id) Xposed Photography

You saw the photo of the marble yesterday, it was placed on this particular bench, so now you know how the bench looks like.

Meet Paulien my ex, this was taken during our last week together, we had a lot of fun going through the streets of Rotterdam. The weather was great and for both of us, Rotterdam was a new place, so everything was new and exciting, I'm sure you know that feeling.

I'll leave the rest on you to comment and I'm sure this photo speaks all languages, so let me know what it tells you.

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“A good photo tells the story behind it's being and leaves the rest to your imagination”

M. Hassan
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Marble on chrome

Marble on chrome by (id) Xposed Photography

I came across a marble on the street and grabbed it, played with it for a while and then walked along towards the city mall. On my way I saw this beautiful bench, and then a photo idea struck my mind. It was like those pop-up imaginations you see in strips.

Every detail was picture clear, I placed the marble as seen and got on my knees to create the inward lines seen on the picture. DOF was also needed to add some perspective to the photo leaving the eyes focusing mostly on the marble.

Your comments are highly appreciated!

Entrance of heaven

Entrance of heaven by (id) Xposed Photography

Some photos present themselves to the photographer. To clarify that, this church has all the elements it needs to make a good photo, but I had the sky against me ;(

There are lines, color, depth of field every thing needed to draw you to it. All I needed to do was think how to portray it as my eyes saw it. It's less amazing for sure, but I hope I gave it a little of the respect it deserved.

Welcome to the entrance of Heaven!

Amazing Volvo

Amazing Volvo by (id) Xposed Photography

At a side road leading to a beautiful line of houses next to a lovely trench, was this amazing Volvo.

I was so happy I had my camera with me, because it would have hurt so much not having it on picture. I got down on my knees to get this view. I would rather have had it in a dump yard amongst broken cars or in an open view with a lovely landscape behind it, but this was not the case.

There was little room around it and I have to make sure I avoided cropping it, so this is all I could get.

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“A photo is a moment in time you want to remember and was captured through your lens the way you want to remember it.”

M. Hassan
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Massey Ferguson on the road

Massey Ferguson on the road by (id) Xposed Photography

Practice makes perfect and this is something that needs a lot of practice and those with experience will realize that I did a very bad job and need to practice a lot more.

I've taken only 4 shots using the panning technique and to be sincere, I never practiced it, read it once, 2 years ago and tried it out twice back then and once after six months and this one was taken in June last year.

Panning is a great photography technique and if done perfectly delivers amazing photos. I advice those who have never tried it before to give it a try. Read about it on the net and put the technique into practice, who know's you might end up being a panning photographer.

Have some coffee

Have some coffee by (id) Xposed Photography

When one finds himself in a position where they feel boring or lack the energy to go out, a cup of coffee might be the the best solution.

Under the cozy sun in a cafe terrain or at one's backyard, a coffee in hand and a nice book will surely take your mind off your busy schedule. For me this is how I escape the stress that comes with life, but to be sincere, I don't drink coffee, so replace it with a nicely prepared cup of tea.

Now that you've heard me talk about coffee and tea, why not grab a cup of hot tea, coffee or chocolate and surf around, there are millions of photos that will help you relax.

Worries never end, so end it, at least for a little while whenever you can.

Photography Quotes (2)

“It takes a moment to capture a good photo and takes eternity to forget about it.”

M. Hassan
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Photography Qoutes (1)

“You don't admire a photo, you admire the photographer & appreciate his work.”

M. Hassan
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Tinted flower

Tinted flower by (id) Xposed Photography

I have to be sincere that this photo attracts you to this kind of flower more than the flower itself, but what made me take this shot was the pattern in which the flowers crop together.

The environment added more details and color to the shot and also the processing in Lightroom was icing on the cake.

One keeps learning and nothing is impossible and I've noticed in my short time as a photographer, that everything can be beautiful on a photo, one has to be patient and try to get the best out of their subject.

A flower a day

A flower a day by (id) Xposed Photography

I'll be delighted if anyone knows the names of the flowers on my blog. I hate placing them without a name.

This one was taken outside our home, as you can see, it's colorful and really beautiful but unfortunately, it's nameless to me and I hate that ;)

I'd love to hear your comments about the photos I take. Critic is also appreciated because I'm ready to learn.

Golden hour

Golden hour by (id) Xposed Photography

My sister called me over for a cup of hot tea, it was cold and I really needed something to keep me warm. On my way out, I remembered that I needed a photo for today, so I grabbed my camera and rushed over the street.

As I crossed over, I was struck by this awesome golden light coming from a lovely sunset across the street, I knew that scene was going to make it to my shot of the day blog, and here we are, it did.