Monochrom man on the MIA


Monochrom man on the MIA, Doha, September 2012

The Museum of Islamic Arts is one of my favorite photographic subjects in Qatar. My other favorite is Katara. The MIA is one amazing building, you can spend hours contemplating the angles and the tiny details. I saw a family of three similar Dhows moored to the old harbor on the Doha Corniche a few days ago and wanted to shoot them with the MIA in the background. I went yesterday for the shoot and for a change I took my old LC1!! It is my favorite camera and it is a pity that Panasonic refuses to upgrade the body with a 12 Megapixel sensor. It is probably the best Panasonic body out there in terms of ergonomics. It has just five glorious megapixels. It is so slow you are forced to shoot  JPEGs. In a way it makes you contemplate your photography.

I shot this man on top of one side of the the MIA. In fact I didn’t see him. When I came home and saw the potential of the shot, I also realized that the frame had to be cropped to a tiny portion for the impact. I just kept the red channel and converted everything else to grayscale to get the monochromatic image with a man in red. My Olympus OMD-EM5 would have salvaged the shot to an enlargeable proportion. But maybe, I would have missed the shot completely. I would have made the earlier few shots so soon that I would have moved on from the place much earlier (the EM5 is so fast you finish the shoot before you even start). The EM5 sensor on an LC1 would be a match made in heaven.


Three in a row, Doha, September 2012

The three Dhows with their sails down, moored to the old harbor on the Doha corniche. They look majestic on the sea line. I tried a shot from the other side with the MIA in the background. When I came back and looked at the pictures on the PC, I liked this image better.


The Greens, Doha, September 2012

I found it interesting that the MIA has let a larger portion of the lawns go dry. Is it indicative of something being planned for that space?

The LC1 is an incredible camera with a very temperamental sensor and a fabulous lens bolted to the front. It never fails to bring a smile to my face whenever I take it for a spin. Many of the photos turn out blurry (you have to shoot ISO 100 and nothing else) but the ones that turn out all right turn out fabulous. Maybe the story behind this camera is that Leica pulled the plug on a great collaboration.

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