TheJoyOfHack

For people who like to make things

The Bean

The Bean

Cloud Gate” - fondly known as The Bean. Millennium Park, Chicago. Looking East, half an hour before a sunrise that was hidden behind clouds. more ...




Cleaning Up After Others

Tethered to the shore, this boat is used to pick up garbage floating in the lagoon by the Sharjah Corniche
Tethered to the shore, this boat is used to pick up garbage floating in the lagoon by the Sharjah Corniche

This boat looked out of place on the Khalid Lagoon by the Al Buhaira Corniche in Sharjah. It was too small to be a water taxi, and too drab to be for tourists.  As I approached it, I realized that its purpose was to pick up all the garbage floating in the lagoon.  It was full of soggy plastic bags and other detritus.  I’m glad I wasn’t close enough to smell it.

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A Lucky Shot

A Lucky Shot
A Lucky Shot

This picture was taken on my walk along the Sharjah Corniche on January 6th 2010, shortly after dawn.  I framed my shot carefully, right in front of the minbar, to exploit the symmetry of the building.  As I clicked, I noticed a blur as a cyclist strayed into my shot.  I had just enough time for one more shot before he left, and this second shot is what you see here.  I think the lucky addition of this man into the frame makes this a better shot than the one I was planning.

1/50 sec at f/4.5 :: 22mm focal length :: ISO 400

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