Just Throwin Up

22 12 2009

No, not like vomit.  That’s gross.  I take a long time to get enough pictures I want to post these days.  Then, when I get enough pictures, I put off posting them on here because of how much I’d have to write about them and edit them and blah blah.  So, I’m just going to throw these pictures up, make a few comments, and be on my way, thank you.   They’re all unedited and from my 35mm SLR.

Sunshine Vibe

Tyson came to visit in July.  We rode down to Richmond and got some studio time in with Sirraj LK.  This is Tyson writing his verses (on his iPhone!).  Rappers are so tech-savvy, follow him on Twitter!

Ice Cream Float

Sometime towards the end of June we took a trip to Smith Mountain Lake.  The weather was great.  This was around sunset, right when we got there.  First time I’ve ever seen this though, an Ice Cream Boat, playing loud jingles and driving around on the lake.  What an awesome idea.

Rotund Laughter

My brother and his friend are college-shopping.  This was inside the famous Rotunda at UVA in Charlottesville, after the campus tour.  The boys were enjoying a good chuckle afterwards, probably at the expense of some vital, yet awkward, part of American history on display.

Beware of Tourists.

Sigh, Umair.  I don’t even know what to say.  This was also at Smith Mountain Lake.  I think he was upset about us not having started cooking for dinner yet.  Who really cares, this is just hilarious because of all the…foliage.

Huckleberry Finah

Hanif was fishing off the dock at Smith Mountain Lake, during sunset.

VA 2 Cali

Tyson shares what he’s written so far and Bukhari is seriously reconsidering his own verse.  Well…probably.  Follow him on Twitter too!

Feel the Love!

We had a great tri-family dinner at Food Corner to celebrate Father’s Day.  Afterwards, my cousin, who was about to leave home to start college at the end of summer, was getting lots of attention from the adults.  Oh, he loved it.

Yusuf-mania!

Who would’ve thought, walking through the streets of DC during the 4th of July weekend, you would run into Yusuf Islam and Hamza Yusuf, together!  This is why I keep a camera handy 🙂

Fathers

After Father’s Day dinner, the fathers were surrounded by their wives and children in the parking lot.  There they stood, taking it all in, enjoying the time spent, reflecting on their blessings, and expressing their gratitudes.  Then again, this was like 6 months ago.  This could’ve just been where they were tired and ready to go home.  Hard to tell, really.  The former is a bit more poetic, I’ll stick with that.

From Boyz 2 Men

My dad tries to get the boys together for a group shot.  They grow ridiculously fast.  Just after this picture was taken, they each grew an additional 3 inches, and no longer fit in the frame.  This is the last known picture in which all shown individuals could actually fit into one shot.

I RED You

My aunt and uncle.  So cute.  This was also on Father’s Day, though with this color scheme this would also be pretty perfect for Valentine’s Day.  I’ll tell them you said that.

Punjabi Corner

A few last jokes to wrap up the night.  A few more golden rays to wrap up the day.  A few last words to wrap up the post.  Thank you 🙂

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Certified Wetards

21 06 2009

A few weeks ago, we took a road trip upto Jersey to compete in the Islamic Games.  Some genius thought it would be hilarious to name the team the VA Wetards.  Some other genius actually registered with that name, so we got stuck with it.  The entire time there, we regretted the decision and unofficially changed our name to just, “Virginia”.  Nice try.

We had an awesome time though, the tournament was pretty amazing, very well-planned and HUGE.  Lots of different sports.  Our soccer team got crushed, but on the upside, we had more time to visit NYC and Philly after being eliminated.  Alot of these pictures are from Bilal Mannan’s DSLR, which I was messing around with.  He’s got a Digital Rebel XT, pretty nice.  Made my shots come out much nicer than I expected.  I also threw in some film shots I took from that weekend.

Playa Stance

Victory Stance

Dahman and Bilal posing for the camera after we lost all of our games.  I took this laying down, hence the effect on the grass.  I think it looks pretty cool, that full-scale coverage.

Action Shot

Action Shot

We were trying to see if we could capture some action shots after the game.  I really like the way this one turned out, even though the focus is a little off.  This is def something I’d like to mess around with some more, we’ll see if I can improve this technique.

Notta Handme Down

Notta Handme Down

My bro was resting after the first game at Subway.  This lens was pretty crisp, feelin it.

Antie & Unkle

Antie & Unkle

This was actually from the Mother’s Day dinner at Food Corner, but I had the shot on another roll of film.  That’s one of the cool things about developing film, you see your pictures later and discover all the goodies that you forgot about.  I used to hate that, but now I really look forward to it.  It’s probably b/c I LOVE surprises 🙂

Bash In Defeat

Bash In Defeat

Bashar wasn’t taking the elimination from the tournament so well.  Actually, I don’t think he cared, we were all just really tired after playing.  On the upside, we had alot more time to act like tourists in NYC.  There’s always an upside.

Coach Boy

Coach Boy

Amer put together the whole trip and motivated the whole group to play in the tournament.  Big ups to him for putting in that effort.  This shot is part of a series of pre-game smiles and chuckles, while we were still suiting up.

No Shot

No Shot

Naushad, aka No Shot, was excited about the tournament.  This is in front of Mandarin in Springfield, where we met up before heading up to Jersey.  Great restaurant!  He really does have no shot though.  It’s quite sad.

Father n Son

Father n Son

Ok, so they’re not really father and son, but this pose makes me feel like they could be.

Blamanan

Blamanan!

We had a great time meeting up with Bilal again.  Anytime we go up North, seems like we end up crossing paths.  Very awesome.  Thanks to him for letting me use his camera and for passing along the shots that came from it.





Coolture Shock

19 05 2009

I feel like I start every post with talking about how I’m back after so long.  Maybe we can just assume that I will only post periodically, so I won’t feel the need to start out posts so apologetically.  Truth is, until I can upgrade to another DSLR, I’m using a 35mm SLR again, so I won’t be putting out as many pictures.  It’s funny, when I use film, I barely take any pictures, I get really calculated and precise about which shots I choose to capture – completely opposite from when I’m digital.  It’s cool though, I like how it forces me to be more patient when I’m shooting to wait for the best shot, and not snap until I see something I really want to capture.

So, here are some pictures from some events and outings I’ve been keeping busy with over the past few months.  I re-visited VCU for their Coffeehouse and Year-End Picnic.  I also took a trip to Philly again for the EZ Conference.  More recently, I got a chance to hang out with some friends and family around the area, I’m putting up some of those shots too.  Enjoy 🙂   

Strawberry Sunshine

Strawberry Sunshine

Farhan was conquering his fear of being in a boat by jumping in every canoe he could when we visited Old Town Alexandria’s harbor.  I love the color of the sunset in this picture.  I’m pretty surprised it actually came out with my film camera, didn’t think film was tight like that.  Sure showed me.  

Green Giant

Green Giant

Dahman loves that kafiyeh.  This is from Saad’s in Philly.  

Posh

Posh

Huma was chillin on that cool red couch at TT Lounge in Richmond.  Who else loves bubble tea?

 

Bilal #1

Bilal #1

Bilal was visiting Philly for EZ and we met up.  He knew I was there b/c of a Twitter update, pretty coooool!  

 

Droppin Knowledge

Droppin Knowledge

M.O.T., during a recording session at Dahman’s makeshift studio in Richmond.  He’s 1/3 of Symmetry Of Sound, check em out on myspace!  I manage the group, so please bear with the shameless promotions.

 

Shawarma Monster

Shawarma Monster

He may not look it, but boy can Amer eat!  Then again, who can really resist all that awesome food from Saad’s in Philly?

 

VT In Full Effect

VT In Full Effect

Some of that new classic VT crew, chillin in Philly at EZ.  Good kids.  Thanks for posing.

 

A La Gigglioteca

A La Gigglioteca

I ripped the caption from my brother.  We visited Food Corner for Mother’s Day.  Shawn was having himself a nice, wholesome gigglefest while we all waited for food.

 

Giggle At Me!

Giggle At Me!

More of the gigglefest from Food Corner.  Ali was really lettin those small, controlled chuckles let fly all over the place.

 

Frogger At Sea

Frogger At Sea!

Farrukh whipped out his Canon Rebel XT for some photog action at Old Town Alexandria.  Is town spelled with an ‘e’ at the end in this case?  Old Towne Alexandria?  Maybe.  Faizan was there too.  With his Nikon D90.  I was using a 35mm, and Farhan…well, he opted for the camera phone.  Did him quite well actually.

 

VA Connect

VA Connect

VT kids rolled to VCU for the Coffeehouse.  The group brought some great spirit to the event.  They wanted to take this picture so we’d have something to remember them by.  Good call.

 

Yogurt Inspector

Yogurt Inspector

For those adventurous enough to try, you know how some of those yogurt drinks are really good, but others are really horrible?  I can never remember which brand is which, so I always hesitate before buying any at a restaurant.  Amer was facing a similar crisis I presume, at Saad’s in Philly.  By the way, the one he’s holding is the good kind (just look out for a bottle shaped the same way).

 

Good Ol Days

Good Ol Days

Farhan and I went to college together for a few years.  This reminds me of him back at VCU.  Apparently, it also reminds some people of the mass immigration of Europeans to America in the early 1900’s.  I can see that too.

 

Hey, Boy

Hey, Boy!

Amer was hanging out outside the Penn Museum after EZ, in Philly.  Those cherry blossoms made for such tempting picture opportunities.  

 

Let The Fun Begin

Let The Fun Begin

Saad just graduated from college.  Congrats!  Now, you get to join the real world.  Sorry, dude, un-congrats.  Him and his family also came out to Food Corner for some Mother’s Day/Gigglefest celebrations though.  Giggle on, m’brotha!

 

The Beast

The Beast(s)

Look at that camera!  Actually, you’d prolly have a better view if it wasn’t covered in that plastic bag Faizan used to protect it from the rain.  Meanwhile, Farhan was dominating his *free* scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  It was free scoop day at Ben & Jerry’s, and we happened to be near one in Old Town(e) Alexandria, so we hopped into the line and grabbed us some.

 

S Effect in Effect

The S Effect in Effect

Sami a.k.a. The S Effect, was the official photographer for our trip to Philly for EZ.  We actually have the same camera (the one he’s holding).  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and chill instead of trying to constantly take pictures.  Having that film camera forces me to be more picky with my shots, so I get to spend more time and energy straight chillin.





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.





2 Eids

18 12 2008

After Ramadan, there were some Eid festivities at Dar Al-Noor and at Six Flags.  There are also pictures from the more recent Eid that just passed, or rather from the DC Green Muslims Dinner #6, which was 2 days before Eid.   I also got a roll of film developed that had pictures in it from the summer, I threw in some of those shots as well 🙂

 

Flash

Flash

We were at the mosque for an Eid BBQ.  Tayeeb was chilling after waiting in line for half an hour to get food.

 

House

House

 

 

Ali was hanging out at a Halloween bash down in Richmond.  Guess who he’s dressed as?  (Hint: read the caption)

 

The Mufti

The Mufti

Mufti came down to visit for the Eid BBQ.  The smoke behind her is from the grills, this isn’t a protest or anything.  Just burgers and hot dogs.

 

Around The Bend

Around The Bend

This was at the Butler Center in DC, during the DC Green Muslims Dinner #6.  The room got so packed that some of us had to sit on the stairs in the hallway to eat dinner.  Sarwar was chillin on the steps afterwards.

 

Stairstory

Stairstory

Later on in the evening, everyone was mingling and networking.  I should mention, I took these pictures using NJ‘s camera.  She edited them and added the color effect, so she should def get credit.

 

Radiant

Radiant

This was from a program at the Islamic Study Center in Charlottesville.  Sheikh Ninowy was visiting and delivered an excellent presentation to a packed house.  

 

All Eyes On

All Eyes On

Ibrahim stood up to give a presentation towards the end of the program and captured the full attention of the entire audience.

 

Pardon Me

Pardon Me

Arafat was dressed up as a prisoner, next to Shakeeb who came dressed as Obama.  Here, they’re both teamed up in a game of foosball against two others.

 

Scholarly Advice

Scholarly Advice

Sheikh Ninowy receives some guidance about the program from Shaykh Nooruddeen during the lunch break.  This program at the Islamic Study Center was focused on learning from The Book Of Wisdom by Ibn Ata Illah.

 

On My Coaster

On My Coaster

Six Flags hosted the Muslim Family Day, in celebration of Eid.  The park opened early and had a special section set aside with Halal food vendors and prayer areas.  All in all, it was a fun day.  I went with my cousins and had a great time, would def recommend something like this in the future.

 

Life Coaching?

Life Coaching?

Tariq (right) speaks with Esa after the Green Dinner.  Tariq is a Life Coach by profession, but Esa is a teacher.  Hmm, I wonder who is schooling whom?

 

Semi-Accessible

Semi-Accessible

The grass around Dar Al-Noor was strictly taped off during the masjid’s Eid BBQ.  I guess they really wanted to protect the lawn…with caution tape.





Fresh Developments

22 10 2008

Earlier, I posted pictures from my manual camera of a road trip to Philly that I took with my family.  On that trip, I used a roll of professional B&W film at Penn’s Landing, but I couldn’t find anyone that would develop it afterwards.  So…7 months later, I finally found somebody that would develop it, and I just saw the pictures yesterday for the first time.  I’m putting them up now, since I’m actually fairly close to the time when the trip occurred chronologically with the blog at the moment.  I really like how alot of them turned out, especially how they look in full-size, click on em to check em out in more detail.

 

Chill Freeze

Chill Freeze

Mar 2008

Seeing these pictures reminds me of how insanely cold it was that day, by the riverside.  My cousin was takin a second to zip up his jacket to keep the cool out.

 

 

Cruiseline

Cruiseline

 They have this huge boat that was converted into a restaurant.  My mom wanted me to take her picture in front of it, but for some reason wouldnt smile, or look at the camera…yay.

 

Over Here, Ma

Over Here, Ma

I rest my case.

 

 

So Rich

So Rich

 I love the textures in this picture.

 

 

Hellooo

Hellooo

I think the only reason she actually looked at it this time is b/c i was like 4 inches from her face.  This is one of the rare occasions on which my fisheye lens gave me something useful.

 

 

Walkin It Out

DC Swag

Ayyaz showin off that swag from the original DC. 

 

 

Great Freezing Fun

Great Freezing Fun

Something hilarious was going on, everyone was having a nice laugh while trying to stay warm.

 

 

Caught With A Smile

Touchdown

 

The kids were throwing around a football and it came to my mom.  I think she had just kicked it, and was surprised at how far it went…

 

 

Gallery Seats

Gallery Seats

The football stars chill up on the deck and throw passes out to everyone else.

 

 

Gladly!

Gladly!

I had no problem getting people to huddle together for pictures in this temperature.





Zu’s DnA

21 10 2008

A good friend, Zuhair, came back to visit us from Michigan after having graduated.  It was a week full of great fun and surprisingly deep conversations.  It was awesome hanging out again.  The guys got together to do the usual, play bball, smoke shisha, play pool, and go to the river.  With this post, I’m mixing pictures from my digital camera and my manual camera from that week.  You’ll probably be able to tell the difference.  

 

 

Abort!

Abort!

Mar 2008

Zuhair goin in for a layup.  I have no recollection of how this turned out, but for his benefit, let’s just say he made it.  Congratulations Zuhair.  This is at the bball court outside of the Cary St. Gym at VCU, across the St. from 123 Cherry (White house on the right).  This court no longer exists, VCU demolished it as part of their plans to expand the whole gym.

 

 

Infinite Air

Infinite Air

Mar 2008

Jumpshot by Zu.  My boy’s got perpetual hangtime in this picture.  Stay fly son.  He made this one too 🙂

 

 

Ballin

Strugglin

Mar 2008

Jamal is pushin for some more air on his layup, while Ausim, Naveed and Kamil are basically just watching to see what happens…

 

 

Lonesome

Lonesome

Mar 2008

It was nearing sunset, both teams were going at it near the hoop.  Waiss was all by himself, hoping someone would see him so he could go for a 3-pointer.  Kosar decided to take it in himself, but Zuhair plays some iron defense on him.  The brick building on the right is the Cary St. Gym.  Because of its status as a historic building, the school was not allowed to tamper with the outer look of the structure.  Now, if you see the building, you’ll see that they gutted the entire structure and the only thing still standing is the brick facade on all 4 sides.  

 

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

 

Mar 2008

Zeeshawn was not posing, he had no clue I was taking this.  A large group was hanging out in Dahman’s room and I snuck up behind Z to get this shot of him gettin some deep reflection on in the middle of the gathering while Sanna and Huma were talking in the background.  

 

 

Sunset Towers

Sunset Towers

Mar 2008

We took Zuhair to the river, close to sunset.  We finally decided not to go all the way down, so we just hung out near the entrance for a while.  Dahman was trying to multitask and study and chill at the same time…you can see how well that’s working out.  Behind Sarwar, the buildings are bathed in the orange light from the sun.

 

 

L is for Loser

L is for Loser

Mar 2008

A bit of foreshadowing by the 7 ball in this game of pool in the basement of the VCU Student Commons.  I don’t actually remember who won or lost this game, but let’s just go along with it and say Dahman, pictured in the background, lost miserably.  Sorry, buddy.

 

 

The Gun Show

The Gun Show

Mar 2008

Sarwar is involuntarily showing off all of his arm muscles while he makes this very simple shot.  Actually, Dahman probably did lose this game for real, he wasn’t even paying attention.