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Jul272010

Wait Wait Wait

I bought a smaller camera for those work trips when I head straight from the airport to a meeting.  I don't like the 'tourist' look that a big camera would convey.  I'm also very often visiting the same cities: Dubai, Doha, Paris, Sens, London, Muscat, Khobar and Jeddah.  During most trips, I only get an hour or so of photography time, which is mostly during bright daylight and outdoors; perfect conditions and very manageable with a small camera.  The Nikon is therefore now reserved for proper holidays, and for business trips to off-the-beaten-track locations.

Spending a lot of time at airports, I watch people and observe very diverse waiting habits.  There are, like everything in life, categories: those who just sit there (I don't get it!), others who sleep (I so get that!), parents chasing children, business travellers working (or mostly pretending), friends chatting, anxious people, frustrated, angry, happy, relaxing, confused... you get the picture (not intended).

With a smaller, less obvious and less intrusive camera, I have more courage to shoot people.  In fact, if I tilt the screen a little, I can appear as though I'm checking settings or viewing saved photos.  I know it's cheating, but it works so well.  It allows me to get very close to the subject and in the same time achieve a very natural shot.  It's been an interesting experiment for me over the past few weeks.  Here are some more images taken in a few airports over May, June and July.

Reader Comments (13)

very creative !! :)

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaitham

Oh, I thought all Kuwaitis Kuwait (could wait). :)

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

Wow, nice to see you enjoy using a disguised small camera and taking authentic journaling photos around! People give me extra smiles when they see me as an alien/tourist with a point-and-shoot camera. BTW, you’ve got great angles for your photos. I guess it is how we see things (soft attributes) attract audience, although skills and hardware do play an important role.

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

Lovely pictures, niice angles and great colors.i love the pic of the couples waiting and a big funny hat on his head!

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoe'sbox

woow great shots there .. how small is this camera :P

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ8OBOY

i like my canon but i hate the attention i get .. its too big and makes it hard to take such shots without being noticed ... liked the photo with the guy and his gal leaning on him ...

July 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterq8travelbud

like always bu yosef, great shots great colors & great talent :)

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaZmaNiA

Amazing shots!

I do EXACTLY the same thing! I tilt my camera a little to take pictures of people!

I have the Canon G11 and been loving it!

I love my DSLR but sometimes you don't have the time to use it, or the right lens or its abit out of place! Thats where the G11 comes in and its perfect at time!

Your right, taking pictures of people is freaky, you don't know what they are going to do! In Europe its fine but people especially in the middle east might react badly! lol

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Hehe you're a sneaky little fellow aren't you? :P

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Amazing candid shots! Loved the colors in the photos which brought so much life to such dull moments.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterelwehbi@brakebanzeen

I'd like to buy a small professional camera..my budget isn't that high..I wouldn't go higher than 150 KD. Would you recommend this one? and how much did it cost you?

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrut

Oh and im also looking for HD vid feature!
Since you seem to know much about cams, I'd appreciate ur input!

September 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrut

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