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Website Launched

Journal Entry: Sun May 24, 2015, 3:49 AM
So I finally completed my website! and my book is on track to be launched later this summer. I spent a month and a half going over my favourite pictures of the last ten years and re-editing them with my current knowledge of Photoshop, what you see in the site is my result! 

please take a look through it and tell me what you think

Www.mapandlens.com

An Update and Hello

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 28, 2014, 4:24 AM
Hello friends old and new, please drop a quick comment so I know your still alive and what you've been up to!

So My Book is finally complete, I submitted all the content to a UK based publisher by the name of Gilgamesh Publishing  and the Launch date is set for next May! 

The book is going to be a large 250 page full colour journey through Ten thousand years of history via Text, graphics and most importantly Photography.

I'm now finally free to spend time both here and on the little Facebook page that I set-up (and ignored) last year.

A Map and a Lens

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 10, 2014, 4:16 AM
Hello Friends and Visitors.

Over the last year I have been working on a major personal project; To photograph and research all of Jordan's Archaeological and Religious Locations. 

The intention is to create a well rounded body of work, for use with a Photo exhibition and Coffee table book.

At the end of 2013 I had visited and documented over 160 locations around the kingdom, and exhibited 69 of the locations in a gallery in Amman.

Now after all that time I'm ready to share my work with you, starting today I will be sharing everything I photographed and researched, DA will get the best of the best shots while the Facebook group will be getting more info and additional photographs. 

So please follow chat and enjoy.
BT

Jordan Photography Project by Mgsblade


What I've been up to

Journal Entry: Sun May 12, 2013, 4:43 AM
Since my subscription finishes today, and I don't intend to renew it any time soon, I think Ill post a new journal and tell you what I've been up to over the last few months

On the 25th of january 2013 I decided to start a new project to pass the crappy winter months. as you all know (and some dont) I live in Jordan and currently the options for regional travel is severely limited, So I decided to re-shoot Jordan's entire cultural and religious heritage. of course I wasn't alone, a close friend decided to participate and encourage the project!

I started researching with one very well written guide book(but old) and quickly expanded to 6 books, and also received support from a royal think tank and an international archaeologist.

So far I have around 130 historical and religious locations mapped out and over the last 16 weeks we have finished 98 locations (that's 75%).
We have taken tens of thousands of pictures crossed thousands of kilometres in distance(on and off road),  met all kinds of interesting people, and gotten one speeding ticket.

I don't really know what I want to do with all this work, perhaps nothing at all  perhaps a gallery website or book, it all depends on how its received by people.

Im not really sure how I'm going to share all the shots with DA since I've already accumulated around 600 presentable pictures and it will probably take me a year or two to upload them completely!

My Photography Tips

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 12, 2012, 2:59 AM
Hello! after last weeks posting I though I'd write up my own version, tell me what you think and ask any questions! if you want to share some of your own tips tell me and ill add them too!


•Better camera doesn't always mean better photos, it comes down to you and how much effort you are willing to put into perfecting your interest. some famous photographers still use non SLR's

•Understand framing, look up the rule of thirds and practice it, but don't follow it blindly(possibly add a picture to show what the rule of thirds is)

•Don't be afraid of P mode or auto, but do be aware of automatic flash.

•Experiment with  settings, keep trying out your settings spend hours and days playing with them. You don't need to use manual to be an expert but you should know what settings to use when you want a certain effect.

•Understand ISO, ISO is possibly the easiest concept to understand when it comes to photography, learning to use it in the right conditions could change everything.

•Take lots and lots and lots of shots, when your starting out there is a general rule that you will inevitably get a good shot so take lots of them so that number will increase, the better you become the less shots you will need to get that "perfect shot"

•Zoom! Sometimes you're just not close enough, if your unhappy with a shot then get as close as you can.

•Create concepts, this doesn't mean just plan out a shot before hand(even though it does) but it also means that you should challenge yourself with different styles of photography, pick a day where you only shoot buildings, another day shoot in black and white, another people, another animals.
It also means that you should challenge yourself with projects, two that come to mind are take a picture everyday for a year, another is the alphabet challenge; take each letter of the alphabet and  find an object or concept that starts with that letter.

•The Golden Hour, is the first and last sunlight of the day are absolutely perfect for photography.

•Keep the sun to your back, if you're out in the midday sun always try to keep it behind you, your subject will be well lit and also the skies will be bluer and better defined.

•Tripods at night! Shooting at night can be an awesome adventure but always remember to take a tripod and shoot with a low ISO without a flash! For those who have a small camera, a platform will do or even carry a small bean bag around with you.

•Save and organise all your shots on your computer, the good and the bad, you never know when you might learn something new and you might want to go back and try it out, also a bad shot might not be so bad on a less critical day.---->It also makes for a beautiful visual diary of your life as time passes on.

•Gain a basic understanding of post processing, there are many programs(some are free some are not) out there that help you make basic fixes to your pictures, saturation, cropping, clarity contrast.

• Join an artistic social network.  this is so important if you are serious about improving your skills, social networks connect you with people who can help and critique your work and help you improve, it also helps you see others at varied levels of skill, you will start to see clichéd images and start to know when to avoid them.

•Understand clichéd images, sunsets, flowers clouds pets children, learn when to use them and when to avoid them.

•Learn from the masters,  find out who your favourite photographers are and study their methods, try to copy some of their work as well, no one starts out completely original and once you learn how to do what they did you can go beyond.

•Shoot for yourself and no one else. Take pictures as if no one will ever seen them except for you, think of yourself as an audience of one. Sometimes people will react to shots that you hated and ignore the ones you loved you can only make yourself happy.

•Don't hate, share. If you are confident in your own abilities then you should never hate other people and share as much as possible!



Enjoy and please share your tips! below!

50 Quick Photography Tips- a video

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 2, 2012, 2:46 AM


Wanted to share this you tube clip with you, the guys are idiots but the tips are sound and very helpful




Make Good Art

Journal Entry: Thu May 31, 2012, 12:43 AM
I found this speech online recently and decided to share it with everyone! its a  Beautiful speech by Legendary Neil Gaiman. truly inspiring stuff!




Refreshing my Journal

Journal Entry: Sat May 12, 2012, 7:00 AM
Decided to refresh this horrid looking corner, how is everyone? please drop a message! I'd love to hear how everyone is!

What's been going on with me? well everything I planned for this year has fallen apart... again :) I had planned to go to Japan and also Work on a book project but both fell through :( but no worries, I have faith in the year and I hope things will turn around! I have already been able to upgrade my camera and lens! hopefully I will get an opportunity to fully use the lens on an extended trip soon! so wish me better luck!


I've been asking the forums if and how I can upload a Google map to my journal, I have an Idea that will give a nice twist to my old  journal entries! I want to tie the map to the journal and edit things from there & when i can :) I think it will make for an interesting presentation for everybody!

Questions Questions Questions

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 17, 2011, 1:39 AM
15. What do you value most in a friendship?

16. What is your most treasured memory?

17. What is your most terrible memory?

18. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

Questions Round Three!

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 30, 2011, 3:26 AM
11. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

12. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?

13. Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?

14. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

Questions Questions Questions

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2011, 2:35 AM
We continue with more questions, if you are just joining feel free to go back and answer them : mgsblade.deviantart.com/journa…

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

Fun Questions

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 10, 2011, 4:41 AM
For those of you who are still around :) here are five fun questions for you to answer!

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a "perfect" day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?


Try to answer the questions yourself before reading my answers!

Massive Massive Journal Fav. Feature!

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 27, 2011, 5:28 AM
So I'm in the mood to fill my page with loads of wonderful images of places and things, and since I've not bothered doing this for almost two years there are going to be a whole lot!
Here we go!

Landscape
Sea of Mosque by padraig13 The World is Mine by canbayram   Planet of the Apes by nmajali Porta Nigra by ximocampo :thumb95012487: 024 by Hergezgin Kale Camii by Hergezgin A castle full of arches by StamatisGR The Cape by dannyp5000 Tatev01 by deviantik end of the journey by photo-earth :thumb110191778: Doorminant by JonnyGoodboy A warm afternoon in Athens by StamatisGR 193 by Melidesidero mesopotamia by oscarsnapshotter Estonia 365 2008 04 05 by world365 Neretva River by villewilson Taktshang by druks prince on a white horse by oscarsnapshotter Dome of the Rock Panorama by al-Munir Parisian by Yousry-Aref :thumb128588299: Vaticanus Maximus by JonnyGoodboy August Burns Red by CainPascoe Tunnel Pyromaniac by CainPascoe Symmetry by porbital Al Aqsa 05 by Green-Des San Marino by anathin my favourite cafe in the Rif by noborders Minaret in Black and White by EnigmaticEntity Yihe Yuan from a paddle boat by Blazko The Great Wall Mist by Blazko :thumb71785799: lelah by nooreva Just made to be crossed... by Michel-Lag-Chavarria St.Micheal by Yousry-Aref 7735 by celil Ostromecko Winter 09 by cinnabarr Aguas Calientes by Krycke Break Point by museby Holy Land VI by emrerende University by YuppiDu Temple by Al-Baum postcard no.2 by gazdapavo :thumb139738333: f r o z e n . by me-inside515 :thumb165983496: kirawan in  FES Morocco by naimovech :thumb183860124: -Ahalambra- by frescendine Edinburgh Winter by gdphotography The Urban Ant Farm by JonnyGoodboy Heaven's Light by thesaintdevil

Portrait
:thumb116951537: Chichen Itza by tomcouture An Alley of Sorts by kitsuneko-xenon Colors of Mexico XII by azizamaheen :thumb91239676: Tail End by 0149 mosque by augenwild Spy by heeeeman Vietnam 110 by francescotosi Reaching for the Stars by enunez Tree in lake by GDALLIS :thumb124474544: :thumb124474544: Morning Sweeping by didumdidum A Million Stories by KhalllodY AFTER RAIN by ISMAILEREN Light - Arabic calligraphy by Kaalam fairy tales by oscarsnapshotter MX1 GP Mallory Park ix by monosolo :thumb37190048: girls of the Hosap Castle by oscarsnapshotter Chambord III by unknown-dark Burg Eltz by CiLiNDr0 :thumb54670970: Nge-Dalang by yuanyuanyuan Eid Lights by Ibrahim-K .le.eternal.salvation.4. by omrx Debod Temple II by alexj700 Life of castle ... by julie-rc the old guard - detail by noborders :thumb147555301: Morning At Cinulang by e3w Lost in thoughts.. by MustafaDedeogLu Rainy Day by WSmieszek Enter in the Light by BenHeine Montblanc - Hospital by manuamador borobudur temple by adit21 Streets of Havana III by somebody3121 Imperial by Ashale Kaaba by raeid Midnight Blues... by Michel-Lag-Chavarria :thumb144185776: :thumb185563073: The Golden Rock by CitizenFresh Christmas ride by abuethe

Disheartened.

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 10, 2011, 2:50 AM
Hello friends,

I have been growing more and more disheartened with Deviant art, not for anything with administration or culture. but I feel more and more out of place here, the number of photographers who are in the same "genre" as I'am can be counted by hand.

I don't get any sort of critique or advice, it takes me hours of shifting through loads of uninteresting work to find anything worth fav'ing, the most popular gallery is dominated by naked women, "demotivational" pictures and fan art, while the recent gallery is dominated by naked men, myspace pictures and fan art.

I'm still taking pictures, but see no reason to upload anymore.

is anybody else feeling this way?

A story to tell

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 13, 2010, 4:30 AM
Hello everybody, I’m about to divert from my usual style of photography in order try something new.

At the end of last year I set out on a small project, which was the exploration of a single object in order to try to create a story for it (don’t I sound artsy :) ) to be more specific I took a 60 year old textile machine(in its factory) and photographed it as close as I could using my 1/3rd cropped sensor camera and a 50mm prime 1.4f lens.

Now I intend to upload a shot a day but I would like everyone interested to see the pictures as a whole and not individually (I will add them to this journal as I go along) and tell me, what do you feel while looking at these shots? do they tell you a story?

A little bit of confidence

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 29, 2010, 12:56 AM
I have always had a love for photojournalism, particularly in human interest scenes that reflect local culture and tradition, much like my architecture shots, I love capturing scenes that are “timeless” - scenes that cross time and fuels our imagination of how the past was like.

Although I lacked the confidence to share little of what I shoot on my trips abroad, I have decided to change this by uploading more shots of people and places I have been to! This is also a plan to keep active until my next trip abroad in September.

A Question 9: Where would you like to wake up?

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 25, 2010, 8:39 AM
I want everybody to watch this madebyon.com/fifty-londoners-o… , to think and to tell me where they would like to wake up tomorrow morning, I give Lama's for interesting answers :)

I have thought about it long and hard and I would like to wake up on a train far far away from where I currently am (emotionally and geographically) it could be in the mountains of Peru heading up to Machu Picchu, it could be in China, or southern Africa or heading across Canada!

:thumb89668057: Aguas Calientes by Krycke

Update time

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 1, 2010, 3:17 AM
Just wanted to inform everyone that I'm still alive and kicking :)

The last two months have passed so quickly and I today's date took me completely by surprise!!

I suppose I'll cut to the chase, there Two topics I'd like opinions on:

Firstly Im thinking about starting a group to bring all things Jordanian together including photographers & artists. hopefully it will encourage more people to join and share and support each other.

but before I begin, I'd like to see if anybody is interested in helping me administrate the group? I only ask for some enthusiastic character who is usually on-line and is willing to cover me when im not around!

secondly I have decided to start uploading an entire series of "people/street shots" so please be patient with me and like usual any suggestions and support are gladly welcomed.

  • Listening to: BBC's Rob Da Bank
  • Reading: Formers: Japan

The Moroccan Campaign

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 3, 2009, 4:26 AM
Well I Have grown very tired of uploading shots from morocco(nine months D: ) and have decided to finish up even though I have a dozen or so shots worthy of uploading. Newer work is more important(Plus I'm going to Istanbul next week).

And so I present my travel log! Complete with pictures :dance:

1st Wed. Casablanca
            Visited Port
            Walked to Sultan Hassan II mosque (dragging luggage in tow, lesson learned: travel light)
The Grand Fountain by Mgsblade King Hassan Mosque II by Mgsblade