Day And Night – IMRAN™

A 15 seconds time lapse captures the magic of Tampa Bay Florida’s breathtaking sunsets.

A 15 seconds time lapse captures the magic of Tampa Bay Florida’s breathtaking sunsets.

Golden Moment In Big Bend Of Modern Times & A Gilded Age – IMRAN™

Definitely something to keep a(n) (London) Eye on!

Golden Moment In Big Bend Of Modern Times & A Gilded Age - IMRAN™

A golden moment in time I captured during my recent visit to London, England, after 22 years.

As the hands of time complete their turns on the Big Ben’s clock face, the face of London continues to evolve.

The changes were so marked in the 22 years between my 2 visits, I can only wonder what someone from an older more gilded age would think, if we could turn back time, or cause a bend in the space and time continuum.

Definitely something to keep a(n) (London) Eye on!

© 2014 IMRAN

Big Bending Stairway To Heaven Against Big Ben London – IMRAN™

When I finally made it back to London after 22 years, I was almost going to miss getting on the London Eye because of a hectic meetings schedule. But at the end of the day of ICANN meetings towards the end of my extremely short stay, I headed to the landmark.

Big Bending Stairway To Heaven Against Big Ben London - IMRAN™

When I finally made it back to London after 22 years, I was almost going to miss getting on the London Eye because of a hectic meetings schedule. But at the end of the day of ICANN meetings towards the end of my extremely short stay, I headed to the landmark.

Of course, right after I paid for it is when the otherwise great London weather I was enjoying turned to rain. But, despite that I was able to enjoy new views and viewpoints of London that I had not seen before, including this unique shot showing a big bending stairway, seemingly to heaven, against the majestic backdrop of Big Ben and the magnificent Parliament building.

This is a one-third crop of a WindowsPhone Lumia 1020 photo straightened and enhanced in Photoshop.

© 2014 IMRAN

I Eye London Eye – IMRAN™

Nearly 22 years ago, I stood at this same spot to take pictures during my first trip to London. I had stopped to visit relatives on my way from Pakistan to continue across the Atlantic Ocean to New York.

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I Eye London Eye.

Nearly 22 years ago, I stood at this same spot to take pictures during my first trip to London. I had stopped to visit relatives on my way from Pakistan to continue across the Atlantic Ocean to New York.

The great old historic city was as interesting and bustling as before. If anything, it was significantly more ‘internationalized’ in terms of the demographics.

But architecturally the biggest change was seeing the London Eye that was nowhere in the pictures I took at the River Thames during my previous visit.

I was also lucky to have amazing weather during my visit. This is a WindowsPhone Lumia 1020 photo.

© 2014 IMRAN

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Cloud Slices Sun As Boat Slices Sea – IMRAN™

This was just another of those stunning sunsets that make me bow my head in gratitude and amazement to God.

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I am thrilled when I see light cloud patterns across the low horizon at sunset time because they make for the most stunning sunset pictures.

Either a narrow dark band that splits the sky into bands of bright yellow, dark red and orange; or these almost paintbrush like light strokes of semi-opaque cloud that the sun’s light is able to pass through and paint over the edges in golden and red tones.

This SOOC (straight out of camera) Nikon D300 image was labeled with my name in Photoshop and straightened 0.4 degrees in iPhoto. I did not tweak any color or shade, not even to make the boat slicing through the water more visible.

This was just another of those stunning sunsets that make me bow my head in gratitude and amazement to God.

© 2014 IMRAN
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Surrendering Self-Control To Submissive Sky

I surrender self control

 

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Another impossibly beautiful variation of colors in the magical dusk sensually revealing its incredibly breathtaking charms to me leaves me breathless as I surrender self control to savor its total submission on the planet sized canvas sheet of the heavenly sky. – Imran Anwar

Bye Bye, Fly By, Perfect Sunset – IMRAN™

Life flies by

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A beautiful bird, shocking pink in real life, but appearing black in silhouette against this absolutely perfect sunset, flies by as another day of our lives flies by.

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The original SOOC (straight out of camera) Nikon D300 image was taken handheld at 450mm eq zoom, converted in FaceBook and cropped square (to fit the darned Instagram format where I do not want to use their filters).

 

Oh, B(u)oy! – IMRAN™

photo, taken at sunset tonight, shows how big these things are even though while boating they can be hard to spot

 

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Oh, B(u)oy! Buoy 36 is actually supposed to mark the marine channel in the Great South Bay about half a mile away South of my beach, midpoint between my home and Davis Park & Watch Hill on Fire Island. It is the buoy that I have used as a reference point hundreds of times while boatingin the last 20 years, to turn from the main channel towards my home and marina.

During a recent windy day it appears to have become dislodged and floated its way to the private beach at my home community. This WindowsPhone Lumia 1020 photo, taken at sunset tonight, shows how big these things are even though while boating they can be hard to spot in the distance. Hopefully no boaters are using it for late night navigation or they will definitely run aground to shouts of “Oh, BoyI Oh, Buoy! Oh, $#!^!”
– Imran Anwar
Great South Bay
April 21, 2014.

Take Sun, Clouds, Bird And Boat. Just Add Water. – IMRAN™

I mutter my eternal thanks to God.

Take Sun, Clouds, Bird And Boat. Just Add Water. - IMRAN™

Take a setting sun even on a cloudy and darkening day which is grudgingly coming to an end.

Add some layers of clouds meandering about their short-lived hours of existence, as a bird flies by to nest for the night.

Mix in a boat with sunset worshippers caught in silhouette, as I watch from my blessed home, and you get another stunning magical moment, another memory, another blessing to lower my head in gratitude for, as I mutter my eternal thanks to God.


Imran Anwar
Apollo Beach, FL
Spring 2014

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Osprey (Tampa) Bay – IMRAN™

Osprey (Tampa) Bay - IMRAN™

A majestic Osprey that nests on my neighbor’s chimney takes off over Tampa Bay to hunt fish several times a day.

This spectacular moment was captured with my Lumia 1020 WindowsPhone as the low tide made the flats expand in front of my eyes.

With the Osprey soaring above Tampa Bay, I was reminded of the place I bought my Kayak, called Osprey Bay.

 

© 2014 IMRAN
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