5 Day Photo Challenge: Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

1st day of 5 days photo challenge in B+W

I accepted a photo challenge from Indah Susanti (check out her blog here),  where she combined two challenges into one:
  • One is Five Photos – Five stories. These rules make the next 5 posts and will be different posts, instead of throwing several pictures for a story, I will only post one picture for a blog post.
  • The second challenge is about Black and White Photos 5 Day Challenge.
Normally don’t like a blogging commitment due to my day job. but Indah’s idea to combine it together works for me. So over the next 5 days I will only post 1 Black and White photo per day, together with it’s original colour photograph.
By the end of each post I will invite bloggers to participate in the challenge. Bloggers can decide whether to do both challenges or just one  challenge or not do any of the challenges at all. The rules for the 5 Day Challenge are:
  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W only for Black and White Challenge OR in color for Five photos – Five stories Challenge.
  2. Each day invite another blogger friend to join in the fun.

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha

Today’s photograph is about the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, Qatar. the city where I currently live. An iconic building set at one end of the Doha Corniche and on the waterfront, and that makes the building stand out in the area, separate from other buildings on the other side of the water. As Qatar works very hard to put this tiny country on the map, in all sorts of ways, which includes building beautiful looking cityscapes and architecture, This MIA was designed by a renown Chinese born American architect, I.M. Pei who also designed the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France.


This photogenic buildings has a unique shape that looks different from every angle.  As a long term resident of Doha, I witnessed the construction of this building through to its operational period which was in November 2008, unfortunately I was not lucky enough to be involved with the construction of this building.  One thing that I have yet to do before leaving Doha is to visit the museum, not only the park, where I’ve taken dozens of pictures.  More of my pictures of the building can be seen on my portfolio here.



MIA In full colour

MIA In full colour


The Challenge Invitation

As explained above, on this post, I am inviting another blogger: Curt Mekemson to join the challenge. He writes about his past travels where he has worked as a Peace Corp Volunteer, as well as his present wanderings, which also include beautiful pictures. I am sure Curt prefers to be recognised as a writer rather than a photographer as he has just published his first book: “The Bush Devil Ate Sam”, but it doesn’t mean that he can’t take photographs, as his post about his present travel/wanderings always includes fabulous pictures. Take a look at his blog: Wandering through Time and Place.



My Interpretation of Black & White Photography

My understanding of B+W photography and what I think about it.

As much as I like photography, and taking photographs, I don’t discuss photography very much. The truth is I don’t really know much about photography and I am on a learning curve all the time. A few weeks ago a blogger friend asked me to do a blog post on a photo series of Black & White (B+W) photography together with its original coloured photo, which I will do in a few days time. However, regardless of this photo challenge, it’s the B+W photography that made me think.

I love colourful images, I love the vivid colour of landscape or expression of animals and even the vibrancy of a city, I love golden hour as well as blue hour in photography; I look at the formation of the clouds as well as the blueness of the sky. Not that I like HDR, but in short, I don’t enjoy looking at B+W photography, which also made me question my self of why would anyone like to do B+W photography? it’s so old-fashioned and anti technology?

The truth is a lot of people still like to have B+W photography, even some of my architect friends, most of them turned out to be passionate photographers, and are specializing in  B+W.

Why did I write this? Actually this is my self-defense in not making a good B+W pictures, and correct me if I am wrong:

1. Not all images can make into a B+W images; some are better as colour images, here is an example:

Vibrant colour of the treads turn bland... why do we want it???

Vibrant colour of the treads turn bland… why do we want it???

2. Should I convert my colour images to B+W or should I not? Will the result be as vivid as the colour version? this another example:

Difficult to distinguish where is the skyline; the tone between sky-blue and turquoise colour of the water are the same

Difficult to distinguish where is the skyline; the tone between sky-blue and turquoise colour of the water are the same

I think sunset images make a bad B+W image. Check this out as well:

The vibrant and gradation colour of orange looks dull in B+W... or is it supposed to be dull??

The vibrant and gradation colour of orange looks dull in B+W… or is it supposed to be dull??

A lot of landscape pictures would not make it to B+W images due to the busy detail all over the frame as well as the tonal issue of the colour.

On the other hand architecture photography could make a good B+W images, as it tends to have a plain texture/surface with a contrast curve/angle that creates a good shadow and creates the depth of the space without the requirement of using an open wide aperture.

I think the image does make it to be a B+W photo as you can see the texture of the Lulu's hair...

I think the image does make it to be a B+W photo as you can see the texture of the Lulu’s hair…

I have to accept that B+W makes better decoration for your room/ home compared to colourful landscape images

With that statement, its good to think in B+W and the contrast of the picture prior to shooting the image as you want the result to be B+W. Digital Photography School explains why you can’t just convert any picture to B+W here.  which I never do this as I never aim to have B+W as the result.

Having said all that, I have to accept as well that B+W make better decoration for your room/home compared to colourfull landscape images, it’s more neutral, or at least according to me, it makes the whole house decoration look more elegant, but again, don’t mind me, this is only a rant of a soon to be retired architect. There is no definitive correct answer – it’s the one which looks best; it all depends of each of our tastes which one is more beautiful than the other. and its all in the eyes of the beholder….

What about sepia colour?

What about sepia colour?

Any body doesn’t agree with me? then please enlighten me, I would love to hear your opinion….



Fort Zubarah, Qatar’s Own Historical Place

For most of the last 10 years I have lived in Qatar, I never had a relative visiting me in the Middle East, until last month when I invited my brother for a weeks visit to Doha. Honestly, as Qatar is such a small country I didn’t know how he would spend his week in Doha, let alone Qatar. Read More


A New Face

Do I need a new face for my blog? or it’s me who’s bored with the old design… or…?

I’ve been wanting to change the theme of my blog for sometime now, which really distracts me from blogging itself.  Nothing wrong with the current theme, as a matter of fact I’ve been using this Photography theme for over 2 years now, and I am very happy so far.  It gave me the opportunity to publish hundreds of good and not so good photographs I took whenever I traveled.  What made this theme different from the others is Read More


The Souvenir Shop at Mena House Hotel, Cairo

As soon as we checked in to the Mena House Hotel, and saw our room, we were impressed. Yes, it was only a standard room in the outer wing of the hotel, but as promised by our tour agency we got a Pyramid view room, ‘a room with a view’.   Well, almost all of the rooms had a pyramid view. This hotel had good reviews, not only for its location, but also its facilities, the restaurants, the spa as well as the golf course. However, Read More


Steam Ship Sudan and Death on the Nile

Inside Steam Ship Sudan, where Agatha Christie wrote here “Death on the Nile” novel and where the movie sets.

Our Cruise on the Nile started mid morning after we had a ‘memorable’ city tour of Luxor and checked out from our Luxor hotel. We were joining the ‘Steam Ship Sudan’ cruise to take us from Luxor to Aswan. It was low season and because of the political turmoil in Egypt the journey was cut down to half of the trip, otherwise the Steamship would have taken us all the way from Cairo to Aswan and would have taken as long as 8 days.

Death on the Nile

Cover of Agatha Christie’ book Death on the Nile, taken from HarperCollins Publishers

SS Sudan, so it was called, was not as big as the other boats that sail upstream on the Nile, but as we stepped on board, the ship’s staff welcomed us with a warm hand towel and a small glass of refreshment, a cold ‘karkadeh’ –  hibiscus tea – a popular drink in the region, and everything else was so different from any other ship on the Nile.  As soon as we entered the library/lounge which reminded me of a colonial style just before WW II.  We were to proceed to Read More


The Lion’s Fight

I wrote about a Pride of Lions a few years ago, as a blog post after my safari holiday in 2013 and a photo gallery about the Lions. We know that when we go on a photography safari, sometimes we are waiting and waiting for action, and yet nothing happens. But when the action happens, it should not be missed; and it can happen without warning. Yes, we end up taking few pictures in only a split seconds as each seconds can give different frames and in a couple of minutes and a couple of dozens’ frames later, the action’s over.  By the end of the day, we will end up taking hundreds of pictures.

The occasion above was one of those  examples. Read More


Cruising the Nile

When we decided to go to Egypt, I had no idea how we would ‘cover’ Egypt as such a big and vast country; as a person who I think I understand geography and love traveling, I should be embarrassed, because apart from Cairo and vaguely Alexandria, I don’t have a clue about the names of other cities in Egypt.  So when my husband asked me  “Do you want to take the Nile Cruise?”

” Yeah OK” I said, and carried on doing other things, without thinking.  I didn’t know then that for some people this is the ultimate travel destination and why!!!….

Basically I don’t like cruising holidays; Read More


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