Snapshots of Afghanistan - August 2009

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. I've just returned from a trip around Afghanistan and have put some
    of the more decent photos online here using a Flash-based engine:

    http://www.ninjatrek.com/

    You will need to select "Album" from the menu and then click on
    "Afghanistan". From the "View" option you can adjust the
    functionality of the presentation.

    I took the following equipment:

    1. Nikon D700 camera + 2 x 32GB CF cards + four batteries
    2. Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF ED
    3. Nikon AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G IF ED Micro
    4. Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED

    However, I soon dropped my 70-300mm lens into the bottom of a lake so
    was left with the 17-35mm lens and the 105mm lens for most of my
    shoots which was a bit of a challenge; I just had to re-adjust my
    photographic mind set and use my feet a bit more!

    The dust was incredible. It was constant and it was everywhere. Had
    to be very careful with keeping the sensor clean, but I guess the
    only real problem suffered was getting some dust into the lenses but
    that was easily dusted off. I just need to clean the camera and
    lenses now as they're looking in a bit of a state.

    The camera performed well and I had no reliability issues with the
    camera, lenses, batteries or CF cards. It was only the stupidity on
    my part which resulted in the loss of the 70-300mm lens...I should
    really use a proper lightweight camera jacket that can securely carry
    these lenses. Any suggestions?
    --
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Website : www.metalvortex.com
    Contact : www.metalvortex.com/contact/

    "Brain" and "brain"! What is "brain"?!
     
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 26, 2009
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  2. On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:02:55 -0400, Alan Browne

    [snip]
    That's one of my favourites too.
    I know. But it's really hard taking candid shots when you become the
    centre of attraction and everyone starts ogling the large camera
    around my neck...there is much to be said for having a small P&S
    camera. The new Canon G11 sounds good...!
    --
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Website : www.metalvortex.com
    Contact : www.metalvortex.com/contact/

    "Brain" and "brain"! What is "brain"?!
     
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 26, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    The trick I use in that sort of situation is to take the boring posed
    shots, then snapshot the people when they've relaxed afterwards.
     
    Bob Larter, Aug 27, 2009
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  4. On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:37:36 -0700 (PDT), Pinaki

    [snip]
    The lakes are at Band-e-Amir and are a really rich blue colour. I've
    got other shots of the lake which contrast very well against the red
    of the rocks...I may put one of those online at some point.

    http://wikimapia.org/836051/Band-e-Amir
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band-e_Amir

    The building in No 42 (I think you mean 43)...this is in the "Old
    City" area of the town of Herat...there aren't too many covered
    bazaars in Afghanistan. Herat has a handful of medieval covered
    bazaars and some are being demolished to make way for modern
    buildings (weak building regulations). Luckily, this covered bazaar
    had recently been renovated.
    --
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Website : www.metalvortex.com
    Contact : www.metalvortex.com/contact/

    "Brain" and "brain"! What is "brain"?!
     
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 27, 2009
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    Walter Banks Guest

    What took you to Afghanistan? You have done some interesting trips
    Sorry about the lens.

    Walter..
     
    Walter Banks, Aug 27, 2009
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  6. On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 12:37:36 -0700 (PDT), Pinaki

    [snip]
    I've added some new photos (so the numbering is all changed) but I
    have also managed to put some brief descriptions against each of the
    photos so hopefully that should help to answer any further questions!

    Regards,
    --
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Website : www.metalvortex.com
    Contact : www.metalvortex.com/contact/

    "Brain" and "brain"! What is "brain"?!
     
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 27, 2009
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  7. I'm not sure, really. I'd been to Syria and Lebanon and was very
    interested in Greek, Roman and Persian histories. So that made
    Afghanistan a candidate for visiting...and I guess I took the phrase
    "off the beaten path" to heart!
    --
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Website : www.metalvortex.com
    Contact : www.metalvortex.com/contact/

    "Brain" and "brain"! What is "brain"?!
     
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 27, 2009
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    B. Colton Guest

    The images of how much artillery is an important part of their lives says
    much about the ignorance of their culture and childish chosen religion(s).
    This could be why the rest of the world has advanced into the 21st century
    and they're still a 3rd-world country with nothing but rocks and sand to
    show for their beliefs and values for the last 2000 years.

    "The size of your weapons doesn't show the heights of your strengths, it
    only reveals the depths of your fears and insecurities." -- caMel
     
    B. Colton, Aug 27, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    I believe that that "artillery" says more about having been invaded by two
    different superpowers in the past 30 years than it does about "the ignorance
    of their culture and childish chosen religion(s)".

    As for their having nothing but rocks and sand, see above.
     
    J. Clarke, Aug 28, 2009
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  10. It says that for the last hundred or so years they've been fighting a
    civil war and been fighting off invading foreign armies who were
    taking sides at the same time.
    I think it's very impressive that they beat off the Russian army and
    are now giving the US army a very hard time.
     
    Chris Malcolm, Aug 28, 2009
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  11. While doing nothing effective to stop the distortion of their economy
    and the financing of their criminal warlords by the free world's
    insatiable demand for black market heroin.
     
    Chris Malcolm, Aug 28, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    Interestingly both the Afghans and Pakistanis would lump the US and the
    USSR together. They can see little between the US and USSR except the
    USA has done more damage.
    Much the same as the USSR did... however the USSR did not kill as many
    Afghan civilians as the USA did..... and is still doing.

    The US has given aid but has still not put enough in to repair the
    damage it has done over the last 8 years.

    As for advanced.... there is a lot more to life than the measures used
    by the relatively new USA. Afghanistan was civilised a millennium
    before the USA came into being.
     
    Chris H, Aug 28, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    In message <[email protected]
    I have seen interviews recently in both Pakistan and Afghanistan that
    say the Taliban and the USA are as bad as each other. Though the USA
    forces have killed more civilians of late.
     
    Chris H, Aug 28, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    Then you are WRONG... the terrorists who took out the twin tower were
    Saudis. (Saudi has a far more oppressive regime than Afghanistan
    Not at all. This was discussed at length on uk-current-events,terrorisum
    NG for the last 8 years and not only was it NOT common sense, the US hit
    the WRONG target and has made a complete mess of it.
    That is written by some one with their head in the sand.
    Very true which is why Al-Qeada launched three *RETALIATION* attacks.
    The WTC being the third one. The WCT attack was by Saudis. The first
    two was by Africans and Arabs. None were Afghans.
     
    Chris H, Aug 28, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    What is your occupation that you can travel so much? (Not that I am
    insanely jealous :) You have some fantastic photos.

    I have wanted to travel a lot more but family and work precludes that.
    And "when I retire" seems to be more of a dream than an actuality.
     
    Chris H, Aug 28, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Who is "giving the US army a very hard time"? So far the US loses about as
    many soldiers in Afghanistan every year as it loses cops at home. The
    Soviet Union lost almost 15,000 soldiers in 10 years in Afghanistan. So far
    the US has lost about 800. The US casualty rates for both Afghanistan and
    Iraq are _tiny_ compared to any previous war.
     
    J. Clarke, Aug 28, 2009
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    Walter Banks Guest

    That is like saying you are guilty of murder for the slaying of a gang
    member in the east end of Toronto by a Jamaican whose mother
    lived for a time as an illegal in the US.
     
    Walter Banks, Aug 28, 2009
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  18. [snip]
    I'm a telecoms engineer (Engineering & Assurance Manager)...although
    people say that I'm actually a photographer who just happens to do
    telecoms ;)

    I've always been interested in photography (helping dad in dark
    room!) and I always wanted to travel. I guess I only started
    traveling after I graduated and earned enough cash to feed my
    increasing expensive hobbies! These were the days before the phrase
    "gap year" existed!

    I try to fit in at least one major holiday every year.
    Work is pretty flexible and understanding with regards to time. As
    for family...I'm holding off on that for the time being ;)
    --
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu

    Website : www.metalvortex.com
    Contact : www.metalvortex.com/contact/

    "Brain" and "brain"! What is "brain"?!
     
    Kulvinder Singh Matharu, Aug 28, 2009
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  19. Excellent photos, despite the lens loss. Well done;-)
     
    Tzortzakakis Dimitrios, Aug 28, 2009
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    Han Schutten Guest

    You're too modest when you call your album "Snapshots". Beautiful
    collection.
    Those who like the atmosphere or the landscapes might be interested in my
    images of Pakistan - taken in the era of slides and slide scanning ....
    www.hsphotography.nl, go to the english section.
     
    Han Schutten, Aug 28, 2009
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