- Aperture: ƒ/1.8
- Credit: ALI DARWEESH
- Camera: ILCE-7RM2
- Copyright: Ali Darweesh
- Flash fired: no
- Focal length: 55mm
- ISO: 400
- Shutter speed: 1/50s
Dubai Mall, which is taken as the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area. Wikipedia states that “over 12 million sq ft (equivalent in size to more than 50 football pitches), the Dubai Mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet (55 ha) and leasable space of 3.77 million square feet (35 ha). It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes. The Mall has over 14,000 parking spaces across 3 car parks, with valet services and a car locator ticketing system.”
Dammam Seafront is known as a recreational destination for the people at the weekend. There are a couple of restaurants there with very good seafood. best time to visit is between November and March or April when the weather is at its best; remember, this is the Arabian peninsula, not Europe!
I know, I know. This photo was taken with a fisheye lens with the extraordinary perspective. for more info about the lens I used, check Sony NEX VCL-ECF1 fisheye converter 0.62x.
For a full res photo, click here.
I have always had that feeling of affinity with my home city; Aleppo. I started to realise how much history this city had when I read about it and went to visit the places I had read about. The layers of history Aleppo has makes it a mixture of present, past and past of the past. Things have changes recently because of the war and the destruction of a big part of the old city.
Trees have played and still a crucial part in our lives. I still remember how often I was asked to write essays about tress when I was at school, probably up to the tenth grade. Luckily enough, I managed to find the English version of a poem that I used in one of the essays that I had read in an Arabic Magazine;
I’ve always dreamt of visiting Petra. The photos I’d seen of in my history books, postcards and, at a later stage, online made me yearn to go there. However, it wasn’t as I’d expected it. The trip was exhausting and breathtaking, metaphorically and literally. Now, there will be a post about the trip in details, but for now here is a selection of them. BTW, my Sony RX1 was awesome there. I never regretted any of the $$$ I spent on it. Love you, RX1.
I’ve chosen some of my favourite photos of Aleppo that I took over my several holidays there. I’ve decided not to include date and place info as the purpose of this gallery is not to document but to publicise art and the beauty of an old city that has endured quite a lot recently.