The doctors told me to take a short trip to see if I can take a longer one later on!
Ayesha suggested the UAE. How could I refuse.
So with the XE-1 and Sony RX-100, here we are. First stop Dubai.
A bit of the new..
and a bit of the old..
and waiting for the world's most advanced musical synchronised fountain show..
and a bit of ...let's wait for the next post.
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Glad to see you are out and about, my friend. My best to you and yours.
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The XE-1 had an accident today. It fell on hard marble floor, on ahot and humid day.
Picked it up. It wnet on shooting without missing a beat.
It's lugs did not come off either.
Rented a car. Got ourselves some cold drinks and sandwiches. Off to Abu Dhabi we went. Superb 6-lane motorway. clocked about 300 kms to and fro today.
Went to take some pics of the truly magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Superlatives would not do justice to the architecture and the attentention to detail that has gone into its construction. I shall reserve mentioning the details for a later date; but as an example..the mosque's carpet was handwoven in Iran by 32,000 women. Its colors are organic. It is one piece covering the central hall. The quality..stand on an original Persian carpet..this is even better!!
The Fuji XE-1 at dusk ( I happened to be there at sunset ).
The walls of the mosque are made of stone imported from Tibet..
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Hi there Jorgen. Thanks for looking in.
The only restrictions are with respect to dress code and behaviour. If one is comfortable in visiting the Vatican with their dress, then it should be fine here. Women do need to cover their head. Shoes must be removed.
Photography is permitted. There are two small halls reserved for prayers, where non-muslims cannot enter and where photography is prohibited.
The main hall of the mosque is open to all. It is the grandest one too. It is closed for Friday prayers.
Take a guided tour. It is free and well worth it.
Two months from now would be a better time too..less heat and humidity.
Thank you for all the information, Rayyan. I will absolutely try to find time for this.
Things I sell: Stock photography by Jorgen Udvang at Alamy
Inside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
The chandeliers are imported from Germany. Millions of crystals, made to order by guess who?
I shall mention later about the calligraphy.
I went to have coffee in a mall in Dubai.
And ran into an old friend ...small world!!
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Looks like a good trip, Rayyan. Wonderful photography too.
Shee-sha..nothing more pleasant for me than to have a bubbly with Arabic coffee, sitting on the seafront in the evening and listen to good music..
Let me say this...I would take the Fuji over that other one, if I was limited to one cam.
I have left the exif data intact for all posts in this series.
These are wonderful, Rayyan. Which lenses do you use here?
Rayyan: Very happy to find out, that you are doing well after all (you know what I mean)! And very thankworthy that you keep on posting such beautiful and great photography, without any question worth being quoted again and again (those are my favorites), also inspiring and motivating again and again.
Thanks a lot!
Best wishes for you and Ayesha for the remaining days of your journey
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Some knew about chronometers and precision celestial calculators more than a thousand years ago...
They had to know the prayer times. They had to cross the deserts.
And they had to cross the seas.
Streetshooter, Lloyd..many thanks for stopping by.
some more studio work ...... X-Pro ...
a few over in the artful images forum as well
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Friends, thanks for the ' likes '.
My wife was tired of me photographing. ' What more is there to shoot? '.
' the dustbin ? ', I said quietly and clicked.
or the note paper..
But shhh!, she would be furious if she saw these.
Our hotel, this time around, has an Egyptian theme.
Giving the 55-200 a workout...rusty metal headless hobbyhorse
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Take some of the most precious stones.
Bring in the most famous designers.
Give them the time to complete their designs.
Great images, Rayyan. Stunning place, Wow.
Permit me to narrate a commentary and post some photographs. You could say that I started this narration some time ago.
This is a photograph from a set posted on this forum from my Morocco image collection.
What has that got to do in this thread?. Good question!
Not far from those mountains, as seen above, lived a young man. He would leave his home town of Tangiers, Morocco, at a very early age.
He would travel from Morocco to China. He would travel by foot, mule, horseback, on elephants, camels and ships. His journey, history tells us, was the greatest till the steam engine was invented. Further than Columbus or Magellan, or Marco Polo.
When he would return home, his family would be dead, his friends would have long gone and Europe was in the throes of the biggest disaster mankind had witnessed till that time..The Black Plague was rampant.
This Arab Traveler from Morocco was Ibn Batutta.
I meet with him again in Dubai!! Small world indeed.
The Ibn Batutta Mall. One of its kind. Dedicated to the man. Sections devoted to the various countries he visited. Take a ride from India to China for less than one $. Hop on the train in the Mall!!
I shall take you through the various sections; and thus through the journey of Ibn Batutta. Along the way introduce you to a 1000 years of knowledge rediscovered.
Lonely, harsh, desolate. Hardly anyone stops here. A boy lives there. Counts numbers. Looks up to the sky, counts the stars.
Looks at the ground, the sky, the sun and the moon. Numbers..he reduces everything in his life to numbers.
Later, much much later, he shall write one of the most famous of his books..Al-Jabr wa al-Muqabala.
He shall have taken mathematics from the physical to the abstract. He shall have placed numbers on both sides of zero. He shall define rules to use the abstract in mathematics.
He shall have given the world Algebra and Algorithms. This boy from modern day Uzbekistan; from the city of Khiva. More than a thousand years ago.
Ron, Hermann, ceh..thanks guys for the likes.
The man of mathematics..of Algebra and Algorithms is dead. Some say he was the greatest and shall not be equalled.
The river Tiger and Euphrates. A marshy delta. The city of Basra. Forgotten till very recently. Basra, Iraq. Iraq. The cradle of civilization. Languages. Science.
The year 900 C.E...100 years after the death of the Al-Khwarizmi, a young man roams the streets of Basra. In time he shall rival the greatest of mathematicians, engineers and astronomers. He shall pen 200 scientific books.
Basra is desert, and water. lines of light angling down at various times. Through haze it is different, thru clouds and through the clear desert day and night.
The young man is fascinated by Light. What is light?, he asks.
Were the Greeks correct, he asks. Like the scientists of a thousand years later , he shall write that all scientific assumptions must be questioned until proven by testing.
Light, lenses, pin-holes, refraction, reflection..these consume his time. He questions the very nature of light? What it is made of.
Kamra..camera. Kamra is an Arabic word ( also Turkish )..means a dark room.
The young man begins to experiment with light in a Kamra!!
What is darkness, shadows, shapes, light?
Sometime ago, in this forum, I asked a question of an image I had taken and posted...Is it mathematics or is it Art?
The young man shall spend years understanding the role of mirrors, the changes in levels at dusk and dawn. He shall investigate the impact of curved mirrors on the play of light.
Come out of the dark, so that I can see you said the god priest to the slave..
Brilliant in mathematics, astronomy, philosophy; this young man details the equations that govern the behavior of light. He illustrates the principle of vision. He describes in minute details the functioning of the various parts of the human eye.
He describes the camera-obscura!! He proves that light travels in a straight line!!
He has had to leave his beloved Basra to follow his search for knowledge.
He travels to a land deep in mystery. From one cradle of civilization, he travels to another.
He travels to Egypt. To Cairo.
This young man, for those interested, is Ibn al-Haytham.
Science shall have taken a giant leap forward.
Good stuff, and very interesting, Rayyan. Thank you for sharing.
Egypt..The Land of the Pharaohs. Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Tutankhamun, Osiris, Ra.
The land of Sirus. The land of the Nile Delta.
The Land of the Al-Azher University. The architectural Jewel of the Fatimid Dynasty. The prime example of Abbasid arches.The seat of learning. It is here that our
friend from my previous post makes home.
The place where Musa ibn Maymun sought refuge from the Spanish persecution
of the Jews. Musa ibn Maymun, one of the most important if not the most important, philosopher of Jewish thought and philosophy.
Most know him as Maimonides.
I shall just pass through the Egyptian section quickly. Most of you are well aware of Egypt..
Ibn Batutta shall travel from Egypt to perform the Sacred Pilgrimage to Makkah
in Saudi Arabia. My home. He shall stay there for a time before hitting the Silk Route towards China.
Ibn Batutta has already visited Spain, Tunisia and Libya.
Rayyan: Thanks a lot for your interesting and enriching "lessons" about a few facets of what could be called the roots of oriental culture, all the more you're such a diverting narrator. Likewise for me thought-provoking about the transition of those truly stunning cultural achievements in the course of centuries up to the present cultural status and social reality in orient and occident, respectively across the globe. But that's for sure "Too Far Afield" to quote Theodor Fontane (Effie Briest) or in succession Guenther Grass ...
As for the pictures: All of them are beautiful and my personal favorite of the last posts is the B&W that may well follow a mathematical logic but, for me it's art.
All The best to you and yours!
Best regards - Hermann
I stared at the ceiling. ' Come on…else you shall miss the train ', I heard Ayesha say. ' Go on', I said..I shall meet you in Beijing!! She boarded the train. I was left alone. I could not have been happier!!
I sat down on a nearby bench. Continued to stare at the ceiling. I had been here before. I have visited these places many times in the past.
Qourtoba, Gharnata, Andulus…names from history.
Spain! Cordoba, Granada, Andulusia..
Strange feeling. I had undergone heart surgery recently, and somehow I kept thinking of a woman. A woman from history.
Spain. The seat of science, knowledge and culture in that period. The richest cities are to be found here.
A woman is giving birth to her child. She has traveled throughout Spain to find someone that can help her. Her pregnancy is difficult. If a boy, he might one day be a royal.
No doctor wants to handle her case.
On the advice of some physicians, she travels to the Andulusian city of Madinat al-Zahara. They have told her a doctor there might help. It is her last gamble.
The year is 1005 C.E. The doctor tells the nurse to prepare the patient. he scrubs his hands ( later to be known as disinfection ) with a strange liquid.
The patient has come from Cordoba. Will she survive? Will her child survive? She is afraid. Very very afraid.
The doctor brings forth an instrument ( which he had invented years ago…we shall know it as the forceps ). The woman prays. Will she ever see Cordoba again?
The doctor gets to work. Years and years of experience. The knowledge of Galan and those that followed him. The doctor's own painstaking research. All these are brought to bear; as the doctor works on his patient.
Hours pass. Will she live? Will her child be born alive?
The woman should not have worried. She was being looked after by a surgeon. The best. This Arab doctor would be the father of modern surgery. A Master of plastic surgery, dentistry, pharmacology. It shall take 300 years for his works to be translated in Latin and European tongues. From heart disease to mastectomy. He shall design 200 instruments. It shall take a 1000 years to see them as common items in surgery.
' we knew that if anyone could save me, it would be you ', would say a noble traveling down from Germany.
Al-Andulusia. The year 1005 C.E. The doctor's name is Al-Zahrawi. Known in the west as Albucasis. His massive book on medicine is Al-Tasrif, translated as ' The Method of Medicine '. Spain..Cities of a thousand fountains..
Hermann, ceh..thank you guys.
Quickly now thru Spain...
Man and the first flight...
Place: Qurthoba, Spain. The Man, Ibn Firnas.
To be more precise: 600 years before the birth of Leonardo Da Vinci.
I have hurried through the journey ( you might disagree ). I have missed the trains to Baghdad, Syria, Mali, Palestine, Sinai. The trains thru the Silk route.
And I know I shall miss the train to China.
I shall hop on this train. My last stop. Persia.
Difficult to say something about thousands of years of history in one lifetime or a hundred.
The achievements and the people behind them is a whose who of mankind's progress in all fields...I mean every single field.
There was the Door to which I found no Key;
There was the Veil through which I might not see:
Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee
There was--and then no more of Thee and Me.
The sciences and the arts...
With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow;
And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd--
"I came like Water, and like Wind I go."
I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;
That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
Dropt in her Lap from some once lovely Head.
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and--sans End!
The length of a year is calculated as 365.24219858156 days.
In the 21st century using the Hubble telescope and atomic clocks the year is known to be 365.242190 days.
An error in the 6th decimal place. The year 1079 C.E.
Working in Samarkand, Nishapur and Balkh ( all in Iran of today ) a man shall provide formulae for solving the cubic equation. He shall also determine the formulae for binominal expansion. He shall critique Euclid's theories. His work shall later find its way into Europe and form the basis of non-Euclidean geometry.
Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same door where in I went.
The man is known more as a poet than as one of the greatest mathematician and astronomer of his times.
The verses I have been quoting were written by the same man.
He is known in the West as Omar Khayyam. He is just one of the hundreds of names that showed the way in science and the arts. From the land of Persia.
Let's close with another verse from Omar Khayyam..
When You and I behind the Veil are past,
Oh, but the long, long while the World shall last,
Which of our Coming and Departure heeds
As the Sea's self should heed a pebble-cast.
benroy, Hermann..thank you.
That is end of my short journey through a shopping Mall. Next time if someone asks you what there is in a shopping mall; you know what to say!!
I shall leave you with one last image from Sheikh Zayed Mosque...
Thank you all for being with me on the train.
Ayesha...well she took the train to strange places like Chanel, Tiffanys, Cartier, Dior..places I have never been to. Strange places, foreign names.