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Recent Visit to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by hamadiscool, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Recently I went to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan with my family. We wanted to perform a min-pilgrimage in Mecca and visit our relatives in Karachi. It was difficult to get "street" shots because of the strict government laws in Saudi and the lack of government in Pakistan. This lead to me photographing mostly my relatives and family.

    Gadgets used: GF2 along with 20mm, 45mm f/1.8, & 7.5mm. Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them!

    EDIT: Told by family to remove photos...sorry1

    DMC-GF2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/400s    ISO 100

    DMC-GF2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/320s    ISO 100

    DMC-GF2    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/1300s    ISO 100

    DMC-GF2    ---    45mm    f/2.5    1/30s    ISO 100

    DMC-GF2    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/3200s    ISO 100

    DMC-GF2    ---    20mm    f/1.7    1/800s    ISO 400

    DMC-GF2    ---    0mm    f/1.0    1/1000s    ISO 100
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  2. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Very nice portraits. Looks like indoors even the fast 20mm lens struggles a little, but the outside portraits are superb. nice use of the wide angle fisheye!
  3. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Thanks for sharing, some very unique perspectives, especially of the Holy Site in Mecca. Also like the portraits of your relatives in more reflective poses.
  4. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Thank you for the wonderful intimate portraits.
  5. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks for the comments guys!
  6. Christilou

    Christilou Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 25, 2010
    Camberley, Surrey
    You've taken some very good pictures here. I particularly like the contrast between the older, more traditional people and the youngsters :) 
  7. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    very good pictures, I know what you mean about taking photos in Saudi Arabia, I was there about 30 years ago and had some brushes with the religious police about taking pictures, then I was using an Olympus 35sp and had to physicaly take a film out of the camera and expose it to the light to avoid being arrested
  8. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    Some nice portraits, but I really liked the fisheye shots at the Ka'aba.
  9. ryanlogic

    ryanlogic Mu-43 Veteran

    May 23, 2012
    Antakya, Turkey

    Great pictures.
  10. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks, it was great to see my younger cousins.

    No kidding! But I feel like the laws and regulations have laxed recently. Meaning they would tell me to put my camera away and thats it.

    I love the results from the 7.5mm! Pics come out quite sharp.

    Salam bro!
  11. hamadiscool

    hamadiscool Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 23, 2011
    EDIT: Told by family to remove photos...sorry!
  12. Al.

    Al. Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hull, East Yorkshire, UK
    well we are talking about Saudi Arabia, were in 2012, women are not allowed to drive, not allowed to be seen in the company of a man in public unless a relative and still stone women to death for adulltry.

    So can see why your family want the pictures removed
  13. mr_botak

    mr_botak Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 4, 2011
    Reading, UK
    Thanks for a great set. Boarding an A380 by stairs!
  14. Uwharrie

    Uwharrie Mu-43 Veteran

    May 10, 2012
    North Carolina
    Lynne Ezzell
    I am glad I got to see your family photos before you had to remove them. They were wonderful shots. Sorry your family was not comfortable with you sharing them.
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