another old travel pics post

February 26, 2009 | Filed Under family photos, travel | Leave a Comment 

i’m in NC right now, visiting my parents! actually i am here to second shoot a wedding on saturday evening… but came down early to give my parents some more time with my son.
i’m VERY excited about this second shooting opportunity, but i will share all that in my next post! for now, i thought i would keep the momentum up with another post sharing some images from our last trip to england, back in april 2008. these are, of course, taken with the rebel xt and my old sigma 28-70 lens, and occasionally the 70-200 as well. but anyway. my husband and i have made three trips to the UK in the five-plus years of our marriage; this was musa’s first trip. i’m a tiny bit anglophilic and obsessively celtophilic (basically england is cool because it’s so close to scotland), but we also have family and friends who take lavish care of us when we go – it’s always, always a wonderful time. without further ado, my favorite shots from the trip…

flying into europe – over the west coast of ireland! even from this high up, it’s one of the most beautiful countries i’ve ever seen. a home for my heart.

an asian sunday market in – i want to say – oh, i can’t say, i can’t remember. one of the many mid-england cities filled with desis – indians and pakistanis, etc., etc. the guy in the foreground looking a little conscious is my husband’s cousin’s husband trying not to be in the picture… :)

at castle hill… a local landmark of sorts in huddersfield.

sunset viewed from castle hill:

at my husband’s cousin’s house, my son eating crisps – not chips – with a distant relation of similar size :)

said cousin’s eldest daughter got married in pakistan this past summer. but i persuaded her to let me take some shots of her in her dress, which she already had with her. she did her own makeup – very talented young woman!

they took us for a bit of sightseeing… we ended up here, at skipton castle (i had to google for a while before i found the name that sparked my memory!), and in castles i always take too many window shots…


musa in a castle window, for a little variety? oh, what i wouldn’t give to do a bridal shoot in a place like this…

alright, so after a few days in the midlands, we traveled to bristol to stay a few days with my own cousin, and they took us on a trip into wales – to oakwood theme park, in pembrokeshire. here on the bus is musa with relatives he was meeting for the first time:

just some trees i liked:

my cousin’s older daughter and my son:

playing with my 70-200 – not always as sharp as i like, but it did the trick here!

how they still keep warm in england! (we traveled back to huddersfield for the final days of our trip)

and finally, something from the flight home: somewhere over very far northern north america, but i couldn’t tell you where for the life of me…

portraits, and more of my son

February 24, 2009 | Filed Under family photos, portraits | 1 Comment 

here are some studio portraits taken of my colleague and friend, farhana shah of exquisia wedding and event planning service – a remarkable and hardworking woman! and, of course, some more experimentation with the 5D on my favorite, everpresent subject… in the afternoon, at home, we have sunlight pouring into our family room and i can never resist trying to take some shots of him playing in this abundant, warm light. with his Cars, of course :)

event and portrait shots

February 21, 2009 | Filed Under events, family photos, friends | 4 Comments 

okay so this wasn’t really assignment per se… but it was a chance to take some shots that some people need, while practicing with the new camera as well as a speedlight with a sto-fen cap on it – one of the diffusers i am thinking about using, basically just a plastic white “cap” that slides on to the top of your flash head – so it was VERY helpful to try it out in the lobby of my brother’s office building – an open atrium-style lobby, at night. basically, it took me a while, but i finally ended up putting the flash on manual and dialing down the power and pointing it up and behind me, to get the least shadows and the most even lighting. taking portraits of my brother and his law firm partner up in the office (as well as pictures of raheela!) i found it better to take the cap off entirely and just bounce the flash off the low ceiling instead.
hope that made some sense to somebody :) here are the pictures from thursday evening! the event was a fundraiser for dr. esam omeish, who is running for a seat in the virginia house of delegates – that’s in the last two shots.

i have to also note: i ended up cropping a lot of these pictures, just slightly. maybe it’s taking me some time to get used to the full frame of the 5D, because i almost never ever crop… but it sure is nice to have the freedom to decide! alhamdulillah.

my brother, hassan ahmad:

his partner, ashraf nubani:

my brother in his office, by a desk that had just been mauled by two almost-three-year-olds…

just a couple of shots from the actual fundraiser:

it’s finally here! my new canon 5D!

February 19, 2009 | Filed Under family photos, photography | 6 Comments 

picked it up wednesday morning. practiced on musa. took it to Lost dinner at friend’s house wednesday evening. wanted to share! oh and these are also with my new standard lens: tamron 28-70 f/2.8.

put musa up on the counter and started snapping.

at my friend’s house… okay so it’s hard to compose when you’re not looking through the viewfinder.

my friend raheela is an AMAZING cook! this dinner spread: angel hair pasta with fresh spinach, tomatoes and cream; seared salmon fillets; green bean casserole; tossed salad with homemade garlicky dressing; simple boiled sweet corn. oh yum.
also, noticing with these pictures the natural vignetting that occurs on the full-frame – i love it, but was able to remove it for this picture…

took this one because imran wants a new facebook profile picture… added vignette to this one.

raheela took these pictures, not me! she is also thinking about getting a dslr and getting into all this…

baba feeding buddy grapes – this vignette is natural.

couldn’t resist trying this out at night, on the way home. intersection of 29 and 193, just north of the beltway…

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