The Dubai Metro gathers speed as it leaves the Deira City Centre Station heading for Union. Holding my camera still even for the short exposure of 2seconds was pretty hard considering I had no monopod and the jerk it gives you when accelerating can send you tumbling. Nevertheless, with the little shaking, I somehow managed to get straight lines in the foreground. I think I’m going to get a print of this just to see how it would do as a cover for a kinetic motion series, I’m working on.
Parallel lines meet at infinity is a basic theory, I learned back in High School. I captured this from within the train. After a while the passing multitude of skyscrapers seems boring and you look to amuse yourself in other manners. Since no fun can be had inside the train (there are cameras that fine you on the spot), finding cool things outside is the only reprieve. The reflection of this parallel train running along the in the buildings lining the tracks was a cool sight. They will meet one day, but only at infinity.
A homage to a similar crane that probably first began work on the Burj Dubai itself. The building, now the tallest in the world, stands behind it like a shadow bowing to the might of the crane itself. The Burj has been captured from almost every angle, but this one I hope serves a fresh reminder that before the building itself, there was the crane. These are the true source of Dubai’s real estate growth (now in the slumps).
I have mixed opinions about the Dubai Metro. Its definitely a massive undertaking to implement the Metro in a country which has not seen any railways for decades.
The Dubai Metro is technologically beautiful – its unmanned and the algorithm running it must be a work of art. The stations are ultramodern with excellent features such as metal stubs on the floor that provide tactile feedback for the visually impaired. The RFID ticketing system also works unanimously allowing travel across all means – the buses, the metro and the water taxis. But there are some key design flaws too. For example, the display screens at the platforms don’t display the estimated time of arrival (ETA) but instead a large analog clock and a digital current time readout. Why would that be significant, is beyond me? The coach cabins (yes, there is a Gold Class for people with better seats) have more space-consuming and few bars to hang on to. Perhaps, they don’t expect it to be filled to capacity. On my first trip on a Friday evening, the joyride takers were tumbling over each other with each acceleration point. The space in the cabins have been wasted in that respect. The screen announcing the next station is in the centre on a pole. In a heavy crowd, seeing it from a distance is visually impossible. Also, considering they were going all out on this one, perhaps a lighted display of the route map showing the link the train is on and the next station highlighted would have been awesome. Alas, its lacking an interface designer – Care to hire me?
During the summer months, the metropolis Delhi abounds with corncob (called bhutta) sellers. Like ice-cream sellers you can find them at every corner. Its a street delight that many partake in and why wouldn’t you? The cob is first roasted on a charcoal like a barbeque, then spices are added on top and finally its rubbed down with lemon that brings the zing to its flavour. Its not only tasty but a rather filling snack at five rupees. A walk through the Dwarka sectors brought me to this seller. I requested him for a shot and he complied easily. I would have asked him to smile but then this isn’t a Kodak moment – the hardships of trying to earn your way by selling cobs are written all over his face.
I have an over-imaginative mind. Perhaps it steps into my photographs too. Now you see it, now you don’t. I captured this cloud formation a while ago seeing the imagery then, but never posted it. Sifting through old shots, I found this. Maybe you see the granny in the photo or maybe you don’t. Anyway, it was a cool vision for me nonetheless. Clouds are truly the artistry of air as is erosion that shapes the many features around the world.
I captured this on my trip to India in the Summer. The immensely lined face shows the years of age and time gone by. A three-shot HDR and they popped out. Also the 300mm lens helped flatten the image and give great depth of field even on a handheld shot as this.