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"Listening to the Stars"

Hammad Iqbal

Resident photographer Hammad Iqbal spent one long night in the Qatari desert last week to capture the Milky Way galaxy.

On his Facebook page, Iqbal explains that his photos are compiled from multiple shots of the sky taken that night. He writes:

“On the midnight of Wednesday (April 2, 2014) at 12am, I just went out to see the sky and it looked good, although there were some clouds but overall it was a clear sky with decent visibility despite some moisture in the air. A dear friend of mine who happens to be a hobbyist astronomer was coming to Doha from Al Dafna and called me the same night to ask if we could go out hunting for Milky Way…

Two hours later and about 100km away from Doha city beyond a small valley of Al-Aamiriyah, me and my friend found a promising spot for capturing the Milky Way.”

He added in response to a comment that his precise location was some 10 km past a valley by the name of Al Aamiriah, on the way to the Saudi border.

"Exploring the heavens"

Hammad Iqbal

Speaking to Doha News, Iqbal offered these tips to others who wish to see the galaxy for themselves:

  • The best times for star gazing and capturing the Milky Way would be May and June;
  • The night should ideally be dry and clear;
  • There should be no moon above the horizon;
  • The best time is mostly after midnight; and
  • The angle of the Milky Way cycles with the time of the year. A free software called Stellarium (for PCs and Macs) can be used to see the angle of the Milky Way based on the time, day and location. Some mobile apps such as Star Chart on Android can also help in determining the angle of the Milky Way at the user’s geographical location.

Have you seen the Milky Way in Qatar? Thoughts?

"Winter Nights"

Through photography and the art of post-processing, Qatar resident Hammad Iqbal has produced some breathtaking images of the nation.

Speaking to Doha News, Iqbal explains his motivations for taking his shots:

“Having lived all my life in Qatar, I owe so much to this country and this is probably just one way of saying thank you. I also firmly believe in giving back something valuable to the community and to this country. That is why I have started to add some extra details about my images for people to learn from and elevate their own photography skills.

I always welcome comments and questions and am looking forward to a creative discussion. In the end, I hope to see people benefit from this knowledge and make their lives more beautiful and colorful the next time they pick up their cameras.”

Here are some of his most powerful images, with some of his explanations:

"City Hues"

A dramatic take on Doha city at blue hour. Taken from the rooftop of a 24-storey tower in Westbay area. It was 17 Celsius and windy. With no safety whatsoever on the rooftop and being afraid of heights, it was an uneasy situation.

"The floating skyline"

There are not many places where to get an unobstructed view of the Doha skyline. A very dear friend of mine showed me this spot while we were just driving around town. So for this image, I decided to visit the spot to try my luck.

"Armageddon Skies"

I had come to Al-Khor town to see the regional drag race event “Qatar Mile” and as usual I had all my gear with me. By the time, the event was over, it was evening and the sky had gradually become a phenomenon that had to be witnessed to be appreciated. The color and formation was just breath-taking and somewhat scary almost as if a meteor is about to hit the Earth.

Taken at blue hour, the sky was simply on fire. I used the canopies (which were basically temporary tents installed for the 2-day drag race event at this location) in the frame to anchor the composition and add contrast with a rather graphic shape of the canopies.

"Recent rains"

Recent rains have made Qatar alive in a beautiful way. I have been roaming around Qatar with my camera to capture the beauty of this season.

"The Torch"

See more of Iqbal’s shots here. Thoughts?