Marc Marquez; Honda; HRC; MotoGP; Moto2; Qatar; Losail; QMMF; QSBK; March; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStokedme; www.SuperStoked.me; Night; Race Marc Marquez, Honda, HRC, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStokedme, www.SuperStoked.me, Night, Race,

Marc Marquez, MotoGP, HRC, Honda, Losail, Qatar, 2014

Marc Marquez, MotoGP, HRC, Honda, Losail, Qatar, 2014

Well, what can you say about this man that hasn’t already been said?

Marc Marquez, the young spaniard, has just taken the win at both Losail International Circuit in Qatar and Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in the opening two rounds of the MotoGP 2014 season.

He brought his HRC Repsol Honda home a cool 4 seconds ahead of his team-mate Dani Pedrosa at Cota yesterday 13 April 2014, and celebrated in front of his team with stoppie on the straight!

I took the shot above during the warm up session at Losail International Circuit in Qatar a few weeks ago as he was testing out his elbow sliders.

It’s got to be demoralising for the rest of the riders when he seems to be almost untouchable.

When I was watching some of the footage as he was sliding her round sideways with the back wheel on the kerb, front wheel in the air, at full tilt, it was edge of the seat stuff!

The first thing I thought of was…a Casey Stoner come-back!  That would be ace!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Bradley Smith, Yamaha, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, March, 2014

Bradley Smith, Yamaha, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, March, 2014

Bradley Smith, Yamaha, MotoGP, Losail, Qatar, 2014

I thought it was about time I posted an image of Bradley Smith, our current top flying Brit!

This shot was taken as Bradley Smith got her leant over to navigate turn 1 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

I was lucky enough to be there trackside to snap a few shot during the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season which took place in March.

Bradley Smith is absolutely onit this season and was a bit unlucky at Qatar crashing out after 4 laps.  He had an absolutely massive high side and was lucky to walk away relatively unhurt.

Yesterday (13 April 2014) at Circuit of the Americas (“COTA”) in Texas, USA, Bradley Smith rode the wheels off her and secured an awesome 5th place, with Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow bowing out after 2 and 9 laps respectively.

Anyway, nicely done Bradley!  Keep the flag flying…if he keeps riding as impressively and puts in some more strong performances I think a podium is definitely on the cards sooner rather than later.  That would be quality!

I did a ‘Ratcliffian‘ processing technique on the above shot by merging a black and white version with the colour version.  As I’d just been watching Harry Potter with my little boy, I also put a dark green tint across the whole image to give it that moody cinematic feel and then dropped the opacity to 10% so it’s just slightly visible.  I thought it matched quite well! lol

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Valentino Rossi; Yamaha; MotoGP; Moto2; Qatar; Losail; QMMF; QSBK; March; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStokedme; www.SuperStoked.me; Night; Race Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStokedme, www.SuperStoked.me, Night, Race,

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, MotoGP, Qatar, Losail, 2014

I took this shot of Valentino Rossi going away at Turn 1 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, during the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season.

During the practice sessions Valentino Rossi was sporting this cool helmet with little led lights running across the back of it.

As the racing takes place at night it looked amazing; it was super bright even with the powerful track spotlights shining down.

I don’t recall him wearing it for the race but I would have to double check?

Maybe this will set a new trend, it would be awesome if all the riders started wearing crazy illuminated lids! Hmmm…might have to check the rulebook…on second thoughts, that’s way too complicated!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

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MotoGP, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014

MotoGP, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, March, 2014

Here’s a quick shot of the MotoGP bikes as they were lined up across the start-finish straight during the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season, at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

I had initially snapped a few shots and then walked around to where the other photographers were standing to get the bikes on an angle.

At the last minute, and after realising that there was no one in this spot to get in my way, I walked back around and rattled off a sequence of handheld panorama shots.

I turned the camera into portrait mode, and carefully snapped a series of approximately nine overlapping shots, which I then stitched together in Photoshop later.

I’m quite pleased with the end result which gives a kind of unique wide angle perspective of Losail’s famous straight!

The added bonus of doing a massive panorama is that the file size is huge so you can go large when printing without losing much, if any, detail (especially as I was using the 36 MP Nikon D800 at the time with a sharp 70-200 lens attached)!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Losail, Qatar, 2014

Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014

Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Losail, Qatar, 2014

Here’s another shot of Cal Crutchlow on his factory, or sort of factory Ducati coming round turn 16 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, during the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season.

You can’t mistake the roar of the big Ducati at it accelerates out of turn 15!

Without even looking up you know to just assume the position and get ready to click away.

I think the matt finish and colour scheme generally looks sorted!

I did notice when I was flicking through a few other images that at one point there was loads of holes drilled through the front fairing either side of the screen (and in fact in the earlier image I posted), but they’re absent in the shot above?

I wonder if it was some sort of aerodynamic attempt to get it to turn in better with less air resistance pushing against the fairing etc?

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Dani Pedrosa, HRC, MotoGP, Qatar, Losail, 2014

Dani Pedrosa, Honda, HRC, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014

Dani Pedrosa, HRC, MotoGP, Qatar, Losail, 2014

Seeing as I mentioned witnessing Dani Pedrosa coming round turn 16 almost getting his shoulder down in an earlier post, I thought I would back up the chitty chat with a quick shot of the action.

I took this image during the recent opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season, under the amazing floodlights of Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

I quite like the new HRC Repsol Honda, the colours really stand out, especially under the lights, and they also sound pretty raucous…like just the sort of handful that Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez will like to throw about.

Dani Pedrosa clearly meant business and came out fighting from the off! This was taken during the first handful of laps during FP 1…

Having regard to the fact that this was the first time I had ever been trackside to take some happy snaps of MotoGP, to see the chaps getting up to this kind of thing in person, only a few metres away, was pretty special!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

WRC, Polo, Volkswagon, VW, Doha, Qatar, 2014

WRC, Polo, VW, Volkswagon, Rally, Qatar Motor Show, Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar, 2014

WRC, Polo, Volkswagon, VW, Doha, Qatar, 2014

Here’s a quick shot of a 2014 WRC Rally specification Volkswagon Polo I took a few weeks ago at the annual Qatar Motor Show at the Doha Convention Centre.

It seemed to be drawing a heap of attention so I quickly whipped out the tripod and rattled off a 7 shot HDR bracket.

Is it just me, or is the new VW Polo growing?  It seems to get bigger and bigger until it’s almost the same size as a VW Golf used to be.

I always think of Polo’s as tiny little cars, but no longer.  Obviously this one has crazy flared wheel arches and massive body kit, but just generally it seems to be expanding in stature!

I’m not too sure if you follow Trey Ratcliff at Stuck in Customs (if you don’t you should!).  His latest daily blog post revealed a new technique where once in Photoshop, you run a final layer through Silver Efex Pro or similar Black & White image conversion software, send the conversion back into Photoshop and then turn the blend mode to Overlay or similar contrasty setting.

If you drop the opacity and play around with masking, it gives quite a cool effect which I tried out on the shot above!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014

Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Moto2, Qatar, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, March, 2014

Cal Crutchlow, Ducati, MotoGP, Losail, Qatar, 2014

I’m supposed to be maintaining radio silence until the first couple of days in May when I will have finished the three year university course I’ve been doing after work each night.

However…I recently had the privilege of obtaining a Media Pass for the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

If that wasn’t a good enough excuse to skip the studies for three days then I don’t know what is!

I fired off about 10k shots, of which I reckon about 7k of them are quite sharp, say 3k are definite keepers, and probably 1000 are just awesome (in my humble, inexperienced and usually over-exuberant opinion!).

Seriously, I was clicking away, true to fashion, like a maniac on a once in a lifetime opportunity!  To say I was SuperStoked does’t even come close…I was “SuperCadjaFradjaListicallyStoked” when I first walked down to the inside of Turn 16 with the camera and witnessed Dani Pedrosa come through with his shoulder pretty much on the rumble strip.

Bearing in mind this was lap 3 of FP 1 and it was already shoulders down….I actually froze up for a couple of laps and watched in sheer amazement…the lines, the speed, noise and violence of these bikes is literally on another level to anything I’ve personally ever witnessed going round a race track!  I’m not too sure what, if anything, could trump seeing MotoGP bikes come through a corner at full tilt only a few metres away?

I ended up snapping a few at turn 16 because the track is close, there’s good light and they get leant over quite a bit.  Once I felt like I’d sort of got my bike photography mojo back I jumped into an Alfardan Automobiles BMW 7 series media shuttle (hehehe, check me out cruising in style!), and went all the way round to the outside of the circuit to Turn 11 to catch a few of the guys ripping and gripping through there.

I thought this one of Cal Crutchlow murdering his rear tyre on his new Ducati would make for a decent first MotoGP action post.  The new livery looks amazing when it pops under the Losail floodlights.  I’m not too sure if Cal is going to be able to tame this thing and develop it enough to be properly competitive this season, but regardless, I reckon there’s a few million of us Brits rooting for him to stick her on the podium!

Can you imagine just tootling home in the car on a dark night, minding your own business, and then suddenly Cal Crutchlow popped into your rear view mirror on his snarling Duke, before taking off past you on the back wheel…hehehe…you’d probably stick it into a lamp-post through sheer panic! lol

Anyway, enough of my mindless waffling…must stop looking at MotoGP photo’s, re-focus and get back to putting this dissertation to bed…

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

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MotoGP, 2014, Rider’s Group Photo, Losail, Qatar

The shot above was taken on the start / finish line at Losail International Circuit in Qatar to mark the start of the opening round of the MotoGP 2014 season.

Check out the drone buzzing around in the top right of the screen!

I had to escape from work as early as I could in the afternoon and race up to the circuit to get this shot.  As usual I arrived slightly late and missed the Moto2 rider group shot, and I couldn’t get a decent spot right in the centre of the track.

As I was squeezing my way into the gaggle of excited pro-photographers, I could already hear them humming and hah’ing about getting this drone out of the way so they could get a clear shot of just the riders.

I was pretty happy just to have made it on time for the MotoGP rider group photo, then when I saw the drone I was superstoked and immediately got a few shots with it just hovering beside the riders for added drama!

If you’re into photography you’ll almost certainly have seen or heard of the DJI Phantom Vision 2 drone and imminent version 3.  I don’t actually need one, but you know…cue ‘Little Britain’ voice…I want that one!

The drone in the pic looks like a trick expensive one to me, but nevertheless the possibilities for these things are limitless, especially for motocross and other similar sports. I’d better start saving…

It was just announced earlier today at COTA in Austin, Texas, that Colin Edwards (middle row, your right) a.k.a. the Texas Tornado was retiring at the end of the season…GUTTED! MotoGP just lost a limb.  Hearing that almost felt like the announcement last year that Nicky Hayden was leaving Ducati and might be going to World Superbikes…it just felt…totally wrong! Anyway, good luck to Colin and all that, I’ve always enjoyed following the Tornado and his immense contribution to the sport…you never know he might change his mind and sneak in another cheeky season…hehehe fingers crossed!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Saeed Al Sulaiti; MV Augusta; Nasser Bin Khaled; NBK; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Saeed Al Sulaiti, MV Augusta, Nasser Bin Khaled, NBK, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Saeed Al Sulaiti, MV Augusta, Nasser Bin Khaled, NBK, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Saeed Al Sulaiti, Nasser Bin Khaled, QMMF, QSBK, Qatar, 2014

The shot above shows Saeed Al Sulaiti on his Kawasaki ZX10R coming round turn 16 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

Saeed’s new Nasser Bin Khaled “NBK” bike and leather design is looking awesome don’t you think?!

I also saw Saeed’s bike on display at the Qatar Motor Show recently and got a few shots of it looking cool whilst perched atop its pedestal, which I will post shortly.

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Fahid Al Sowaidi; Ooredoo Racing Team; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Fahid Al Sowaidi, Ooredoo Racing Team, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Fahid Al Sowaidi, Ooredoo Racing Team, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Fahid Al Sowaidi, Ooredoo Racing Team, QMMF, QSBK, Qatar, Losail, 2014

Fahid Al Sowaidi, #6, gives it a handful through turn 11 at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

I took this shot during Round 3 of the QMMF Qatar Superbike Championship recently.

Fahid Al Sowaidi rides for the Qatari run Ooredoo Racing Team.  You can show some support for the Ooredoo Racing Team in a few weeks time when it takes to the track for Round 4 of the QSBK, which also happens to coincide with the MotoGP opening round of 2014!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Ian Maund; 52; West Bay Racing; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Ian Maund, #52, West Bay Racing, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Ian Maund, #52, West Bay Racing, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Ian Maund, West Bay Racing, QMMF, QSBK, Qatar, Losail, 2014

Here’s a shot of Ian Maund, #52, of West Bay Racing team (a.k.a. Maximus Maundius) on a tear round turn 11.

The riders get it pinned and drift wide at the exit to the turn 10 hairpin and then sweep past the inner apex and kerbs of turn 11 while giving it a handful.

This corner is awesome and one of my favourites, as it sorts the men from the boys and you see the violence of the bikes moving around under the riders as they knock it up through the gears whilst leant over!

Ian Maund knocked in some stellar laps whilst clearing the throat of his former Bruce Anstey TT bike! I’ve got to say it looked and sounded pretty sweet!

And another image below of Ian Maund as he exits turn 6…

Ian Maund; 52; West Bay Racing; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Ian Maund, #52, West Bay Racing, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Ian Maund, #52, West Bay Racing, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

In case you were wondering Ian Maund’s lid is designed by Rich Stevens of Rich Art Concepts!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Mashel Al Naimi; Ooredoo Racing Team; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Mashel Al Naimi, Ooredoo Racing Team, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Mashel Al Naimi, Ooredoo Racing Team, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Mashel Al Naimi, #95, Ooredoo Racing Team, QMMF, QSBK, Qatar, Losail, 2014

Mashel Al Naimi, #95, put on a good show whilst representing Ooredoo Racing Team during Round 3 of the QMMF Qatar Superbike Championship at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

After two solid rides Mashel Al Naimi made the second top step of the podium twice to secure some much needed championship points to keep his title challenge alive!

There are four more rounds and 8 more races to go.  Round 4 of the QSBK is coming up at the end of March and is also the MotoGP opening round of 2014!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Martin Bexon; 2; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Martin Bexon, #2, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Martin Bexon, #2, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Martin Bexon, #2, QMMF, QSBK, Qatar, Losail, 2014

Here’s a quick shot of Martin Bexon, #2, getting her lit and doing a bit of power drifting coming out of turn 16 before getting tucked in down the long Losail straight!

This was taken during Round 3 of the QMMF Qatar International Superbike Championship ‘QSBK’ in Qatar recently.

Unfortunately, and as awesome as it sounded, Martin wasn’t actually ‘rippin and grippin’ here, I believe some kind of little suspension part fell off and got jammed in-between the swing-arm and tyre which created this awesome smoke.  It eventually destroyed the tyre and Martin had to pull into the pits without finishing the race.  Every black cloud has a silver lining; at least I got this shot hehe!  It might be one of the only times I’m glad he DNF’d!

I’ve got to say that Rich Art Concepts helmet designed by Rich Stevens looks kinda awesome aswell!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

India, Kerala, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Periyar, Kochi, Fort Kochi, Aleppey, Houseboat, Backwaters, Taj Mahal, 2013 India, Kerala, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Periyar, Kochi, Fort Kochi, Aleppey, Houseboat, Backwaters, Taj Mahal, 2013

India, Kerala, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Periyar, Kochi, Fort Kochi, Aleppey, Houseboat, Backwaters, Taj Mahal, 2013

Jaipur, Pink City, Rajasthan, India, 2013

Here’s a kinda crazy photo I stumbled upon last week when I was sifted through my relatively unviewed India gallery after an insane family adventure / road trip in 2013.

I took this single shot out of the tour guide’s car window as we were navigating a roundabout in Jaipur city centre.

At the time I could remember seeing this this guy lying on the floor and thinking that he was probably dead, you can also see the profile of a dead cow further up the footpath! lol

I was so shocked and convinced he had probably snuffed it as we sped past in the car, that I can even recall bringing the subject up in random and sensational passing conversation since.

Well, now that the evidence has surfaced, and after closer inspection, after all that I think he had just stopped for forty winks!  I think it’s relatively normal to have a bit of a kip on the roadside in Jaipur city centre, as no-one seemed to bat an eyelid! hehe

The hustle and bustle and sights and sounds of Jaipur are awesome by the way, as is the food!  I would recommend a visit if you get the chance!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Alex Cudlin; 1; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Alex Cudlin, #1, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Alex Cudlin, #1, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Alex Cudlin, #1, Losail, QMMF, QSBK, Qatar, February, 2014

The King returned once again from Taree, near Syndey in Australia to dominate Round 3 of the QMMF Qatar Superbike Championship “QSBK” at Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

Alex Cudlin convincingly secured pole position and the win in both Race’s 1 and 2.

There’s still four rounds / eight races to go and anything can happen, after all this is racing, but a brace of wins equals a back pocket full of valuable championship points.

Could this indicate a fourth consecutive championship for the reigning champion?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see! ;-)

The shot above shows Alex Cudlin and his QMMF Kawasaki ZX10R smoothly sweeping past the kerbs on his way around turn 6 at full tilt.

Alex Cudlin; Nasser Al Malki; Mashel Al Naimi; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Alex Cudlin, Nasser Al Malki, Mashel Al Naimi, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Alex Cudlin, Nasser Al Malki, Mashel Al Naimi, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

You can see Alex Cudlin celebrating on the top step, Mashel Al Naimi of Ooredoo Racing Team in second position and Nasser Al Malki in third place during the podium celebrations!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Chris Bell; 24; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, February, 2014

The shot above shows one of the fast boys, Chris Bell, #24, unintentionally indulging in a bit of toe dragging around Losail International Circuit.

This shot was taken at turn 16 during Round 3 of the QMMF Qatar Superbike Championship “QSBK” a few days ago.

I think the track conditions must have been pretty decent that day as a few of the lads were knocking on the 2:10 door which isn’t too shabby! lol

If they want free rear tyres between races tyres they’ve still got a bit more to find to get down to 2:08′s!

Here’s another as Chris Bell comes around turn 16.

Chris Bell; 24; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

And last but not least, a quick one as he gets his Kawasaki ZX10R pinned through turn 11!

Chris Bell; 24; QSBK; Losail; Qatar; Round 3; 2014; SuperStoked; SuperStoked.me Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Chris Bell, #24, QSBK, Losail, Qatar, Round 3, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

That Rich Art Concepts lid design by Rich Stevens is looking awesome as it gleams in the sunshine! ;-)

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Sun burns through the Mist, West Bay, Doha, Qatar, February, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me Sun burns through the Mist, West Bay, Doha, Qatar, February, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Sun burns through the Mist, West Bay, Doha, Qatar, February, 2014, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Misty Morning, West Bay, Doha, Qatar, February, 2013

There was some crazy fog a few days ago in Doha’s West Bay in Qatar and I mist it! hehe

Well, I didn’t actually.  I went up top to scope it out and it was literally so thick that I couldn’t see anything at all.

I was hoping it would be like a mystical blanket with just the tops of the building poking through the soup.

By the time I went down to grab the camera and return to the scene, approximately three minutes later, the sun had already burnt through the mist!

I ended up bagging this shot which was just a single image handheld.

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

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Lamborghini Aventador, Qatar Motor Show, Doha, February, 2014

Here’s a quick shot of a Lamborgini Aventador I saw at the Qatar Motor Show in Doha a few days ago.

I’m not too sure what was more impressive, the cars, bikes, and other insane vehicles, or the Qatar National Convention Centre itself, within which the Qatar Motor Show was held!

I snapped as many of the vehicles as quickly as I could and then walked around to the main entrance of the Convention Centre which looks kind of like an enormous tree trunk and branches growing out of the ground, either side of a glazed curtain wall, which finally disappear into the underside of an cantilevered roof!

Just inside the central atrium area which also happened to be lit in cool blue lights, there lurked a piece of art resembling a 30 ft tall bronze spider named Maman.  It was created by American artist Louise Bourgeois; hopefully I’ll get time to post a couple of images soon!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

Taj Mahal, Agra, India, Sunrise, Valentines Day, 2013 Taj Mahal, Agra, India, Sunrise, Valentines Day, 2013

Taj Mahal, Agra, India, Sunrise, Valentines Day, 2013

Taj Mahal, Sunrise, Agra, India, Valentines Day, 2013

Here’s quick shot of the Taj Mahal at sunrise on Valentines Day in early 2013.

It was quite a cool and misty morning, but the sun was doing its best to burst through the early morning mist and warm the place up!

The guide advised us that it can be really misty a lot of the time at the Taj Mahal, and that we should consider ourselves lucky to have visited in such favourable conditions!

Unfortunately a lot of the mist and smog that swirls around the Taj Mahal is from traffic pollution.  A kind of no-go zone for petrol / diesel powered vehicles has been created around it, but it doesn’t seem to be quite enough.  The fumes create a weird rainbow coloured hue in the air!

Still, the Taj Mahal is totally awesome, I can’t recommend visiting the place enough!  It is quite a magical feeling place; I’m not sure if thats because of the Taj Mahal itself, or the story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal, or the epic adventure that you have to go on to get there, or more than likely just a combination of everything!  When the sun comes up, and reveals the Taj Mahal before your eyes for the very first time, it’s pretty special!

You gotta get over there and check it out for yourself and you will definitely see what I mean!  When I visit places like this, I always assume that it has been totally over-hyped and that it will just be an average experience…well the Taj Mahal totally blew us away, big time!  It deserves its status a one of the wonders of the world.

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

West Bay, Cityscape, Skyline, Doha, Qatar, Night, Reflections, QP District, HDR, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me, www.SuperStoked.me, December, 2013 West Bay, Cityscape, Skyline, Doha, Qatar, Night, Reflections, QP District, HDR, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me, www.SuperStoked.me, December, 2013

West Bay, Cityscape, Skyline, Doha, Qatar, Night, Reflections, QP District, HDR, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me, www.SuperStoked.me, December, 2013

Corniche, West Bay, Doha, Qatar, 2013

Don’t ask me what I was thinking when I edited this picture! hehe, I have no idea myself!

It shows the Doha Corniche from up high, using a 16mm fisheye funkbuster!

I’m still in the long process of trying to figure out how to use Adobe Photoshop!  It’s definitely the way forward for editing photos.

Learning how to edit photo’s has been described as a child like process, whereby you just have to indiscriminately try out loads of things to see what all of the buttons and sliders actually do.

It’s kind of like sticking your fingers in a plug socket as a kid, you’ll immediately know not to do that again!  Creating weird / wonderful / horrible images is similar, and seems to be part of the necessary process to eventually starting to create some cool images!

Ahh well, onward and upward…at least creating strange images isn’t life threatening! :-)

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

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Mother Africa, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, October, 2013, SuperStoked, www.SuperStoked.me

Mother Africa, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, 2013

Here’s a handful of shots taken at Souq Waqif, in Doha, Qatar in October 2013.

To celebrate Eid, there were some amazing free performances held in Souq Waqif each night.

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Mother Africa, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, October, 2013, SuperStoked, www.SuperStoked.me

We were down there through the day and saw the artists practising and warming up whilst the stage and lighting was getting prepared.

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Mother Africa, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, October, 2013, SuperStoked, www.SuperStoked.me

You could already tell it was going to be a pretty special performance just by watching them messing around and having a laugh, so we made a point of returning that evening to get a few shots.

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Mother Africa, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, October, 2013, SuperStoked, www.SuperStoked.me

I have no idea how this guy managed to contort himself into such weird and wonderful positions but under the crazy light, and with the crowd feedback adding to the drama it was awesome!

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Mother Africa, Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar, October, 2013, SuperStoked, www.SuperStoked.me

There are lots more photos of all of the other performers and artists in the main gallery if you click on the images above.  I’ll get round to posting a few more of them soon!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

 

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Qatari Arabian Desert, Dunes, Inland Sea, 4×4, Dune Bashing, Overnight, Camping, 07/08/2013, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me

Arabian Desert, 4×4, Doha, Qatar, Sealine, 2013

Here’s a quick picture of a 4×4 we found stranded in the desert not so long back!

It was kinda crazy just driving round a big dune, and then randomly happening to bump into this guy in the middle of nowhere and come to his rescue!  I not too sure what he was doing towing a massive trailer full of stuff across the middle of the Arabian desert, but I’m sure he had his reasons!

I think it’s an unwritten rule that if you find someone in need of assistance in the harsh hot desert you give em a hand!  It would be rude not to!  We were up to our knees trying to dig this thing out, there were wheels spinning, and sand flying everywhere, we snapped every towing rope available because the trailer was so heavy, and ultimately had to drive back the way we came to a nearby camp to get an industrial tow rope!

Anyway, thankfully after all the excitement we got him out in the end!

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

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West Bay, Cityscape, Skyline, Doha, Qatar, Night, Reflections, HDR, SuperStoked, SuperStoked.me, www.SuperStoked.me, December, 2013

West Bay, Skyline, Doha, Qatar, 2013

The shot above shows the West Bay Skyline in Doha, Qatar as viewed from the Intercontinental Hotel beach at night.

The view you would normally see in photographs is from the other side of the outcrop, on or around the Corniche.

Enjoy,

SuperStoked

West Bay Skyline and Corniche, Doha, Qatar, 2013

West Bay Skyline and Corniche, Doha, Qatar, 2013

West Bay Skyline and Corniche, Doha, Qatar, 2013

Here’s quick shot from the opposite side of Doha’s Corniche (near the Museum of Islamic Art) taken not so long back, when I just happened to notice the interesting sunset.

At the very far left you can see the Qatar State Mosque, and to the far right way in the distance you can see the St. Regis and Intercon Hotel peninsula, and the Pearl and Viva Bahriya offshore residential islands.

Enjoy,

SuperStoked