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I have many photography apps on my iPad and iPhone.  Eyewitness stands out from the crowd for me with its daily image, caption and 'Pro Tip'.  The latter is not too technical but more a feeling of what the photographer was trying to achieve and how.  It's a nice way to learn how to compose an interesting shot, what to consider when doing so, and perhaps most importantly what to exclude/isolate in order to emphasise a particular aspect or angle.  If nothing else, it's a nice way of receiving a daily dose from good photographers.  The app is a collaboration of Canon and The Guardian newspaper.  You can browse, add favourites and share via email, Facebook and Twitter.

The image above is from earlier this month.  The framing is superb.  If you download it today, you will see an image of a hupback whale beautifully captured as it splashes the ocean.

App: guardian.eyewitness.app

Reader Comments (7)

interesting header! figures on the road, people?

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

The header represents what I do and where, hence the landmarks. The figures on the road are loading arms connected to an oil tanker. I work for FMC and am responsible for sales and service across the Middle East. Here is the relevant Wikipedia entry to give you an idea:


April 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

Ok! They are the arms! real interesting.
The MLA's in our place stand for Member of Legislative Assembly! ;)

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Hey Mohammad, I've been following your blog ever since the Buyousef times and firstly I wanted to let you know that you've got readers from Norway. Secondly I'd like to come with a suggestion concerning your pictures. You might be one of the best in the world (photographer) or it might just be your camera, hehe just kidding, but I often use some of your new, fresh and outstanding photos as a desktop background. Until now I've been doing well, but recently somehow I stumbled upon one of your posts that I had not read before, featuring the great building of Burj Dubai in the UAE.

The photo you took of the whole building just blew my mind at first sight, I thought I'd have make it my desktop background for all eternity, but the pic was shaped like a square so it didn't really fit with my laptop screen. Oh this is getting long, straight to the point, could you make "laptop-backround-friendly-ish" versions of your original photos so that people like me (who aren't good with photo editing) can see them every day, perfectly stretched across the screen? Right now the measurements on my screen are 1366 x 768 by the way.

Hope you take it into consideration, see you on the next post I suppose.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorway

*Burj Khalifa

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorway

Interesting app! U know sometimes I just like to wander around flicker, some times you find a gem inbetween everything else!

I need to get me a lightbox for the photos I take of the models and toys I have!

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq


Thank you for your comment and indeed for following the blog for some time. It's always nice to hear from readers. I take your point and fully understand it. In fact it's the reason you don't see so many vertical (portrait orientation) photos. Try to 'stretch' the image to fit on the screen where possible. This will not work for a square image like the one of the tower.

Sometimes I can't resist removing a distracting element and/or cropping an image to create a more interesting photo. In any case I will of course keep your request in mind.

Nice to hear from Norway :) I lived in Copenhagen for three years and my wife and I visited Oslo on the overnight cruise. The fjords were amazing in first light and a perfect welcome into a beautiful city. It was back in 1999. I had a film camera then, and all (ALL) the films from my years in Denmark including this trip were lost at the photo developing shop... I still dream of shooting him :)

April 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

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