Mohammed Al Sultan has taken some amazing photos throughout his career, many of whom can be seen on his account [here]. This photo was taken when we faced heavy rain and thunder last weekend, and this isn’t his first time taking a photo of thunder in Kuwait, he has more on his account.
I’m use to a regular email from Nigeria or somewhere in Africa telling me someone wants to share their millions worth of wealth with me, some of the scam emails are pretty funny and I actually read them for entertainment. This however has become old school, the scams I encountered are a lot more intelligent now.
I got an add request on LinkedIn the other day by someone who goes by the name bertrand scotts, I checked his profile and he looked like a UK photographer with a lot of connections, I accepted thinking maybe we could collaborate one day. The first thing that appeared fishy was the fact that he was using a photo of Scott Kelby as his photo, a famous American photographer.
Few days later I get a message from bertrand telling me about a family relative that has died in Paris with his entire family. What he didn’t know was as Muslims we’re normally close to all our relatives and meet up regularly so it was really easy for me to spot the scam. What sealed the deal was when he mentioned the guy’s wealth was in millions and he wanted to have a 50/50 cut with me.
I reported the guy to LinkedIn and to me it’s just another scam but what’s interesting is how scams and bots have progressed to target someone in a personal scale and make the scam look a lot more realistic by mentioning family relatives in the scenario.
I wrote about a talented Kuwaiti phographer earlier that has been trending on instagram. Many want to know how he goes about from start to end from photographing himself to using photoshop. In an interview posted yesterday by Majedphotos they give Bonmr an insanely large lens to work with.
Walkthrough starts at [9 minutes 57 seconds]
If you’re into photography I recommend you watch the whole thing because they also talk about general tips to aspiring photographers and what tools to get at least have a good beginners set. Bonmr emphasized that it’s not all about photoshop as the photoshoot itself plays a big role in making a fake image look real.
I’ve been passing by Lumen Store almost every week for some insightful seminars. They have one every Wednesday at 7pm in their store in Dar Alawadhi. This month was about portrait photography, one seminar was about how it’s done properly, another one about photoshop enhancement and then one showing portrait photos and pointing out their weaknesses.
Next month (February) will be all about city landscape photography. They have a theme every month which is something I like. The place gets packed quick and many end up standing. Their mental chairs are really uncomfortable so I recommend sitting on the plastic ones. Each seminar should be an hour long but at times they last double that duration.
I’ve been following AbdulAziz Al-Duwisan for a while now and he’s starting to get really popular, almost all his new images hit the popular page and rightfully so. He’s very skilled in both photography and photoshop but above all he’s creative which is something many lack. There’s a sea of Kuwaiti photographers on instagram but most of their work feels plain or saturated.
Bonmr likes to tackles local issues we face, like friends who love to see what you’re doing on your phone or who you’re writing to, he does it in a comical way that appeals to everyone. There’s also the other type of friend who’s always listening to conversations around him when they have nothing to do with him.
Here’s some of his worked that I liked:
A photowalk is more like a social photography event where photographers gather in a spot, take photos for an hour or two then maybe meet up at a restaurant after that. Scott Kelby’s worldwide photowalk never took place in Kuwait until now. It’s going to be on October 5th at Souk Al Mubarkeya.
There are some pretty cool prizes to be won like a Canon 70D and Adobe Creative Cloud Membership. So far there are 700 registered photowalks with 8700+ photographers. Keep in mind the prizes are for the worldwide event, not just Kuwait. I’ll try to participate, to register in Kuwait’s photowalk click [here].
- Date: October 5th, 2013 (Saturday)
- Time: 10a.m – 12p.m
- Location: Souk Al Mubarkiya, Kuwait City
In collaboration with Wataniya Telecom and Biodiversity East I was taken on a trip to some of Kuwait’s islands. What I saw was an environment underwater that was so lively and beautiful you’d think only a trip to the Maldives would give you that experience. Sadly, the beauty of coral reefs will die if we don’t start preserving the environment and raise awareness on the issues that damage the coral reef.
Tom Cruise had the guts to sit at the top of Burj Khalifa but looks like photographer Joe McNally took the challenge up a notch by standing at the very edge of the world’s tallest building (820 meters). I’m sure someone was holding him back else the situation would have been a lot more dreadful but I would never attempt something like this myself. I have no idea how these guys get permission to access the very top