Monday, January 17, 2011

Sitting. Bricks! - IMRAN™

Sitting. Bricks! - IMRAN™, originally uploaded by ImranAnwar.

This is just being posted for entertainment, not photographic excellence or stunning displays of nature as I love to do.

I was being driven from Sargodha, in Punjab, Pakistan to my home in Lahore. As the car zoomed by the dusty plains and fields, passing through tiny towns and barely visible villages, I was shooting pictures with the Nikon D300 through the car window.

It was too hot to open the window, so I just took the chance of possible window reflections appearing in the photo. You can see some of the motion blur on the bricks and the man's headgear. The unedited photo still ended up looking well structured by the rule of thirds. But, what I enjoyed was the subtle gray sky, the brilliant green leaves, the rich fire orange red bricks lighter colored than the almost red tinged skin tones of the had working laborer, radiated by decades of manual labor beneath a non-sheltering, sweltering sky.

This scene was shot literally at 60mph or more, at 1/1000th of a second, while also slightly turning my body to capture it as the car went by this scene. I laughed thinking about the title that had already popped in my mind as I was taking the picture. I didn't know how well-placed the bricks and the squatting man would be in the resulting photo.

Here in America, even when people don't fully observe posted speed limits in work zones, where sometimes there are more people in hard hats standing holding up signs to SLOW down traffic than are actually doing the work, we are are more considerate than drivers in developing countries like Pakistan.

The speeds with which traffic zooms through work area made me think of what bodily reactions of people here would be.

They would definitely be doing more than... Sitting, Bricks. ;-)

© 2010 IMRAN

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2011 Reflections - IMRAN™

2011 Reflections - IMRAN™, originally uploaded by ImranAnwar.

1/1/11. All ones.

One more opportunity to focus on the number One priorities in life. To be the One you wanted to be. To live to the fullest the one life you've been given.

Mark my words. This year is over.

No, I am not kidding. It was hardly a few days ago when I was wishing you a Happy New Year 2010. Even though it was a difficult, in some ways tortuous, tumultuous and terrible year, it too flew by, like the many years of life.

Despite the challenges, the pain, the sorrows, the shocks, the twists of irony it smashed into life, it was one more blessed year of life, of health, of ambition, of strength, of courage, of resilience, of overcoming. And, it went by far too fast.

Don't let this new year do the same.

2011 is here. It started with 1/1/11 and gives you, me, all of us, every single opportunity to be all that we want to be, to achieve all we want to achieve, to live all we want to live.

Take One moment, to dwell on these reflections, 2011. Make it the brightest new day of the brightest life you can live.

© 2011 IMRAN

Monday, January 03, 2011

Liquid Diamonds And Gold Leaf On Green Velvet

Although it was nearly mid-day on June 15th, 2010, the bright almost-Noon sun above had not yet managed to sizzle off the moisture from early morning's dew drops on these flowers at the entrance near my home.

The Nikon D300 did a great job capturing what caught my eye in the first place... the needle sharp reflections of moisture were shining like tiny crystals and diamonds embedded in petals that looked like pure Gold Leaf, positively glowing above the bokeh background of dark leaves, like a fine jeweler's velvet green display to melt a viewer's heart and turn it to solid resolve of a buyer.

A golden moment, a jewel in time, in every sense of the word. What do you think?

© 2010 IMRAN

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Cat's In The (Rocky) Cradle. Catamaran & Sailboats At Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands - IMRAN™

The Baths location at Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands, is one of my favorite places in the world. I had a most amazing trip there not too long ago, as part of a 7 day Caribbean cruise. But it is definitely one place I would love to go by my own boat.

I have a sailboat (but never learned to sail!) but just enjoy motor yachting and boating far too much. So, God Willing, I hope to visit there one day again.

This was just a spectacular day, with the most magical blue colors captured by the pocket Nikon. The shallow waters surrounding the rocks are full of colorful fish you can walk among. Like the words of the great song, Cat's In The Cradle, your Catamaran, or Cat, can be safely cradled near the rock clusters.

A boating paradise, a lover's delight, a God worshippers place to just be in awe of his bounty.

As 2010 comes to a close today, as you make new year's resolutions, make yourself a promise that you will try to visit this, or places like this, in your lifetime, that make you love spending time with the ones you love, love the planet we are on, love the time we are given here, and the majesty and love of our Creator.

© 2010 IMRAN