In Yo Face!

25 02 2009

I’ve been trying to kick up my portrait game, take it to the next level nah’mean.  Anyways, here are some portraits of people I’ve been collecting over the past few weeks.

P.S. Please pray for my camera.  I dropped it and it broke.  It is in need of repair, pray for its speedy recovery.  Thanks.

 

Late Christmas

Under the Lights

Sarwar stands on a sidewalk, waiting to cross the street in Fairfax Corner.

 

Fresh To Death

Fresh To Death

I got this shot of Wali while we were waiting with our Youth Group to leave from a standup comedy performance by Dean Obeidallah, at American University.

 

Rouge

Rouge

Chillin at Fairfax Corner, with some green tea.

 

Daddio Coolio

Daddio

At my uncle’s house.  My dad was sippin on some chai.

 

Elegeance

Elegance

It was extremely cold that night, and my mom was very layered.  Here she is, enjoying the comedy show at AU.

 

Study Buddy

Study Buddy

My brother was supposed to be studying.  I’m pretty positive he was really just using Facebook…or Wikipedia.

 

Warm Reflections

Warm Reflections

Sami was over at our house, getting pwnd in Madden.  I managed to get a picture of him while beating him simultaneously.  Skillz.

 

Cold sarWAR

Cold sarWAR

At Borders, chillin wit Zightai.

 

The Dean

The Dean

Standup comedian, Dean Obeidallah, visits AU in DC for a show, following a screening of a film about Muslims Standup Comics.  

 

Iris Divine

Iris Divine

Farhaad and I hit up a local metal concert, organized by Iris Divine.  Check out their music, it’s great stuff.

 

Test

Test

I was trying to demonstrate to Mufti how the aperture works on the camera.  Looks like it worked out aright.

 

Antipatico(cake)

Antipatico(cake)

A little girl refusing to play patty cake…unheard of.  Seeing is believing my friends.

 

Happy Bday Pops

Happy Bday Pops

We celebrated my dad’s birthday at home a few weeks ago.  That cake rocked.

 

Jughead

Jughead

Kani was trying to shield himself from having his picture taken.  This only made the shot more entertaining.  Nice try.

 

Ohhh, Dwight.

Ohhh, Dwight.

Best show ever.





The Return of Sawa

25 02 2009

The Night of Sawa event had it’s second installment in January.  This was a night full of poetry, spoken word, singing, and “hip-hop” performances from Muslims in the Northern VA area.  This is probably the first event I was able to use my DSLR to shoot.  I came up with some shots I really like, holler.

 

Capture That Moment!

Capture That Moment!

Everyone was desperately trying to record someone…doing something…I don’t quite remember what it was anymore.  

Latte or Frappucino?

Latte or Frappucino?

As deeply contemplative as this seems, my cousin was really just trying to figure out what to order off the menu at the Daily Grind Cafe, where the event was held.

Cafe Style

Cafe Style

Rockstar, Raef, orders some hot chocolate.  He’s got a new comic blog up too, check it out.

 

The Debut

The Debut

Ayyaz makes his Sawa debut with some poems he read off of his iPod.  This was before the Jim Jones’, “Ballin”, parody.

 

Peekaboo

Peekaboo

I think this girl’s name was Fatima.  She was my favorite performer from the entire event.  I really enjoyed her poetry.  Rock on 🙂





A New Approach

7 02 2009

I was finally able to upgrade to a DSLR.  One of the reasons I haven’t been posting up too many new pictures is because I’ve mostly just been trying to get better with it.  Alot of the shots that I have so far are like…whatever, but there are some that I liked alot.  I’ve been collecting them over the past few weeks, and I think I have enough to start making some more posts.  So, check it out, these are with the Pentax K10D.

 

 

Ba Ba Shop

Ba Ba Shop

My cousin came over, and my brother gave him a haircut.  

 

 

Stand Tall

Stand Tall

My brother and I went to visit my cousins.  Here we are in their basement, before gettin into some Madden.

 

 

Daddio

Daddio

Me and my parents went to Newport News to visit a family friend at his new restaurant.  I don’t really know what my dad was doing here…but I’m told he looks very Italian in this picture.

 

 

Supa Cru

Supa Cru

My cousin was representing, either his favorite dance crew, or his favorite gang sign.  

 

 

Line It Up

Line It Up

More haircuttin’ action.

 

 

Backstage Inspection

Backstage Inspection

My mother was in the kitchen at the restaurant we visited, checking out all of their equipment and watching closely how they were running things behind the scenes.

 

 

1, 2, 3...

1, 2, 3...

I was just messing around one day and took a picture of my hand.  I guess I had the number 4 in mind, no clue as to why.  I like the way the picture turned out though.





Obama Nation!

7 02 2009

Ok, so this is old news now, I’ve been delayed in putting up some pictures that I’ve been collecting over the past few weeks.  I had the opportunity of going to the Inauguration of President Obama in D.C., with some friends and family.  It was quite the experience.  Here are some pictures from that morning.

 

 

Representin'

Representin'

At the metro station, waiting for the train to get into D.C., Amer and Z were getting hyped up.  They were giving away free papers commemorating the inauguration, and Amer was happy to show his off.

 

 

The Long Run

The Long Run

I’ve never seen so many people in D.C., it was unreal.  The amazing thing was that, even though it was so cold and people were packed so tight together, we never saw anyone losing their cool.  Everyone was just happy to be there and was excited to see the man himself.  Here we are walking along Independence Ave I think, trying to find an opening into the Mall, so we can hop in front of  a Jumbotron.  We ended up getting stuck right after this, and everyone stopped moving for like 15 mins.  Eventually, we spotted people hopping over the barrier and getting through on one side, so we made our way over and got out into the Mall.  Finally 🙂

 

 

Welcome To The Capitol

Welcome To The Capitol

As you can see, we were pretty far back.  We were maybe like a mile away from the Capitol, and the entire space in front of us was jam-packed with people, huddled closely togther, waiting for the event to begin.

 

 

That's Him!

That's Him!

Whenever Obama came on screen, people went nuts!  You could hear the whole area erupt into cheers.  Similarly, whenever Bush would come on screen, everyone would start booing and yelling out insults.  Being able to publicly boo Bush, with a few million other people, at his last official appearance as President was so utterly satisfying.  As soon as Obama finished speaking, we had to dart our way out of the Mall to find a faster way out of the city.  It took us about 4 hours to get into the city, when it normally takes only 40 mins.  On the way out, we decided to just walk along the freeway, since they had closed it down, to the next nearest metro stop, outside of the city.





Take 2

7 02 2009

I just recently learned how to edit pictures, so I wanted to see what I could do to some of my older shots.  I went back and messed around with a few of them, and actually ended up with some pictures I thought were pretty nice.  Here’s  a look at some re-done older pictures.  See if you can figure out which post they’re from 😉

 

 

Superstar

Superstar

Nikki Jean and Bishop G on stage at a Lupe Fiasco concert in Richmond.  I find that turning up the contrast on pictures makes them look much more dramatic, as is the case with this one.  

 

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

My uncle at Maymont Park in Richmond.  I think this looks like something freaky is about to happen…like the leaves are about to attack…

 

 

Strikeout

Strikeout

My brother, bowling.  This definitely looks way more dramatic.  I like it.

 

 

Winterfresh

Winterfresh

Tayeeb at a BBQ.  This looks like something that could be in a gum commercial.

 

 

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

Z, being contemplative in a gathering.  I basically just turned up the contrast, it makes Z’s head pop out much more.  I really like this one too.

 

Spot On

Spot On

Sarwar playing pool in Richmond.  I really like this picture as well.