Sunsets & Birds

When I got my first camera around five years ago, I asked my husband to bring me to the sea to take photos. I totally had no idea that time on how to use the camera. I just wanted to capture moments and add them to my collection of visual memories. I knew nothing about ISO, DOF, and other technical terms. I just really wanted to test the camera.

I wanted to capture the sunset here.

Jeddah isn’t really that photographer-friendly. Street photography is almost forbidden here. It isn’t allowed to take photos of people, especially women, without permission. So the only place to be where I could freely shoot was the seaside.

I love this shot. I remember the Mighty Ducks. Flying V!

I really love these photos of birds below. I remember, I was havig difficulty holding the camera with the long lens I used. (long lens?! haha and I was just beginning?!) Anyway, I had two goals that time: to capture the sunset’s beauty and to at least take a picture of a flying bird. =)
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I think there’s a perfect verse that could go with these photos:

Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:30-31

Camera used in these photos: Nikon D3000

How about you? What were your first subjects for photography? =)

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10 thoughts on “Sunsets & Birds

    1. True. One has to be very discreet in taking pictures. Although, now, due to the rise of dslr, many people can be seen shooting in parks and public places, but still being very careful not to capture women’s faces. 🙂

      1. I know that’s also the case with Iran with how the women should be treated. It fascinates me in a way I wanted to be in that area observing how the people behave with such restrictions.

  1. My first subject was clouds. That was during the influx of camera phones in the early 2000. Then I fall in love with the sunset, the sea, the mountains. I am currently into landscape photography.

    I am so looking forward to reading more blog posts, Gilian. Glad to know we are part of the Expats Blog.

  2. My first photographs were street signs and the London Underground, I was obsessed with people’s faces but so afraid to ask. I relate to your journey.

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