Shooting Birds In Flight!!

Im not very experienced in shooting birds at flight, however it is my intention to share what i have learned in the past few years.

— Keep the camera in aperture priority mode…

— Set the camera to focus continously

— Set the camera to burst mode

— I mostly set the metering to spot, so that the camera perfectly exposes the bird.

— Try to keep a minimum shutter speed of 1/1250th of a second or faster.

1. Resting

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I took this image at K. Maafushi, Taken with a tamron 70-300mm at 300mm @ f8.

2. Ready To Take Off..

A few seconds later it was ready to take off…!

Kaafu Atoll..Maafushi During....14-16th April 2011

3. Off & Away

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4. Heron In Flight

(C)Mohamed Malik

This image was taken in R. Inguraidhoo..

5. In Flight

(C)Mohamed Malik

This image was taken i R. Inguraidhoo

 

6 . Break Fast

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This image is probably the best image of a Heron that i can taken, it was taken In K. Himmafushi, it was trying to eat the fish…! however i was near the beach and i realised that i was too far away from it. But it was high tide….but i took the risk and went to the sea and tried to move closer and closer to it slowly, in the mean time i kept the camera high, when i reached this distance the water level was near my chest. And it was too risky to take the shot at my eye level, this is went the Nikon D5100 swivel screen came in handy, i switched to live view and took a few shots and it was perfect.

7. Resting In The Tree

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I was as near as 10m from this Heron, which didn’t care or bother about my presence. Taken At K. Gulhi

8. Off

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I really like how this one turned out..! Taken At Inguraidhoo

Various Sunset Images

No sunset is the same, it is different from each other, each sunset is unique and it produces a variety of colours, it gives many opportunities for photographers, and photographing sunset scenes are one of my favourite and since we live in small islands capturing sunsets aren’t that difficult at all, just need to look out and see whether it is going to be good day or not, here are some of the best sunset scenes that i have captured till date..

Reflective Sunset

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This was taken in Inguraidhoo, during low tide, some of the water are still left behind, it created some wonderful reflections, in order to make the colours more vivid i used a graduated density filter.

 

Red Sunset

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This image was captured about 10 minutes are the sunset, i used a graduated density filter to make the colours pop out.! Taken At Inguraidhoo..!!

 

Wake Board Rider & The Sunset

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I was shooting wake boarding shots with my friends during this day, this present the opportunity to keep the wake boarder ( Rafeeu Mohamed) in the foreground..! Taken Somewhere near Inguraidhoo..!!

 

Orange Ball & The Fishermen!

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This was taken during a fishing trip with friends, when it was near the sunset, i saw this small dingy traveling, i knew that it will soon cross the same path as the sun, lucky i my 70-300mm lens was mounted on my camera. I got ready and set my camera in to burst mode and fired about 8 frames and this one was just perfect!! Somewhere near Inguraidhoo

 

After the Sunset

This was about 15 minutes after the sunset, it was a 30 seconds exposure. I kept the camera on a steady place and i am very very pleased with how this image turned out. Taken at Ungoofaaru

(C)Mohamed Malik

 

Blood Red Sunset

I was in Alif Dhaal Mahibadhoo for a MOSS ( Maldives Open Source Society) workshop, when it was near sunset, we went to the beach, it never looked like it was going to be a good sunset, all of a sudden the sky became full of blood red colours, the sea was reflecting the colours aswell, this is one of the favourite sunset images..

(C)Mohamed Malik MOSS Seminar @ Alif Dhaal Mahibadhoo

 

 

Red Clouds

55mm isn’t wide enough, i was testing a friends nikon 55-200mm VR lens, during this time, and it seems liked it was a great sunset, this image actually consists of 5 images which were stitched using Hugin Panorama Creator.! Taken At Inguraidhoo

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Golden Sunset

Sunsets @ Raa Inguraidhoo, 27th October 2011 @ Thundi

It rained heavily a few hours before the sunset, which produced very nice golden tones, the fact that the small boat traveled near my location added more to this image. Taken At Inguraidhoo

 

Fishermen In The Sunset

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This image was taken at R. Rasgetheem, to make the orange colours more i used a graduated density orange filter.

 

My Best Landscape Images

I have been practicing nature photography since the year 2010, during this time I have learned a lot and captured some good images. However the lack of transportation has held me back in recent times, working in the field of education has restrained me on several occasions, however these 10 images are my best so far.

Reflection
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This image was captured in Haa Dhaal Kulhudufushi, on 17th Nov 2010. It was an extremely sunny day and it was low tide, which created wonderful reflections in the shallow water.
On shore wreckage

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This was taken in my native island Inguraidhoo, I always wanted to capture a picture with this abandoned boat, however I was waiting for the right time. I work up in the morning and saw the sky and went back into my room took my Nikon D7000 + 18-105mm lens and circular polarizer filter and went out to the beach side, after capturing many nice images, I finally came to this location. To darken the sky and to make the colours more visible I used a polarizer filter. 11th September 2012
Inguraidhoo Beach Side

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This is one of the most favourite images till date, the sky was very beautiful and the sun was shining. I created this image using my Nikon D7000 & 18-105mm lens @ F8. To get better colours saturation and contrast I used a polarizer filter.
Boat in the Beach

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This image was taken In R. Rasgetheem, to capture this image I took the image from a lower angel which created a much better perspective, I love how this image turned out.
Off To Fishing

Visit To Angolitheem & Vaadhoo
This image was captured during a visit to R. Angolhitheem I only stayed for about an hour, however I was able to get this shot, as they were leaving for fishing. In order to make the sky a bit darker I used a polarizer filter.
The Coral Reef

 

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To make the sea and the corals more visible I had to use the polarizer filter at its maximum setting. However I am very pleased with this image.
Kottaru Raa Atoll, Maldives, Northern Province

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This was taken during a picnic to kottafaru, I loved how this image turned out to be, and in the meantime it was a very very beautiful day with extremely sunny skies and beautiful cloud formations.
Blues At Kottafaru

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This image has again been captured at Kottafaru
The Beach, the Lagoon & the Deep Sea & Islands

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This image has again been captured at Kottafaru
The Garden Reef
Mohamed Malik 2012
This image has been captured while traveling from Dhigali to Inguraidhoo, I asked the person who was captioning the small boat to travel as near as the reef as possible, cause I didn’t want to include any deep sea regions in this image, to make the corals more visible I used a polarizer filter.

At the moment I do not have enough web space to upload HQ images, I will upload as soon as a upgrade my server.

Post Card & Stories Behind Them

In October 2011, 5 of my pictures were chosen as post cards by the Maldives Post Services, to this date it is one of the best accomplishments that i have made in the field of photography, and it is my intention to share the pictures and some other details here. I submitted around 10 images and 5 images were chosen. Maldives Post Office only chose a total of 20 images, and to have 5 of them to my name is truly an honour. 10th October 2011

1. Women Work Twice As Hard Has Men

Women Work Twice As Hard As Men

I just got my Tamron 70-300mm that time, and i was in my beach of my own island, saw the women sweeping the image, the coconut palms there produced a great view..!

2. Sunny Side Of Life

Sunny Side Of Life

This image was taken near Shaviyani Atoll, Near An Uninhabbitat island which was know as Kakairidhoo…( Near Sh. Kanditheemu) my self was half in the salt water. This Was On 14th November 2010

3. Jumper Boys  & 4 .  The Jump

Jump

Jumper Boys

These two images were taken in Haadhaal Vaikaradhoo, i asked the boys to jump and they did a very nice job and most of the boys were quite talented and eager to try new moves. 11th November 2010

5. Anchor Man

Anchor Man

This was captured in Baa Atoll Kamadhoo, While I was on the way to Male, the boat was going to board in Kamadhoo, i Waited Until the sailor threw the anchor and was very lucky to capture this image..! June 2011

You can purchase printed copies of these images at the Maldives Post Office In Male.

 

DigiKam 3.2.0 For Windows Has Been Released

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DigiKam is a very feature rich and effective photo management application, after trying the new windows version after more than an year, i have to say that it has changed a lot, in terms of performance and in the meantime it seems to be very very stable.

Here are some of the newest features that the release contains..

version include a new album interface display mode named list-view. Icon view can be switched to a flat item list, where items can be sorted by properties columns as in a simple file manager. Columns can be customized to show file, image, metadata, or digiKam properties.

plus…

reverse geocoding
multiple versions of images
face detecttion ( version 3.3 due soon will include support for face recognition aswell)

http://download.kde.org/stable/digikam/digiKam-installer-3.2.0-win32.exe

 

 

Use Of Cognitive Development Theory In The Classroom

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The cognitive development theory takes the students cognitive ability into account, this is a rather useful approach when dealing with students in the classroom environment, since most of the students in the classroom have different ability. In the classroom there are very weak students, average and above average students.

This approach helps the teacher to classify students into various domains within the cognitive development theory and uses it to cater the needs of all the students in the classroom.

A vast majority of teachers within the Maldives believe that exam papers should be difficult, however it it never be. Exam papers should be arranged in a way that all the students in the classroom be able to attend the exam. In this regard when we consider the CIE exams, we can see very clearly how the questions are structured, there are areas within the question paper that all most all the students in the classroom can attempt and score more, some parts within the question papers are specifically designed for the high achievers to check their knowledge and understanding and how they can apply what they have learned into real-life scenarios.

With my personal experience as a teacher who as been teaching since 2007, I have found this approach to be the one that best suits my needs. In the meantime motivating the students are also an important aspect of teaching that teachers should always remember and should take into account. Even a student that is not performing very well can be motivated that he/she will participate as the rest of the students in the class. In the meantime, sadly there are some schools within are community that divided students into there ability. In these schools all the high achievers are in the same class. However this is something that wrong and something that should never be practiced. Classrooms should consist of mixed ability students, so that one students learn from each other. Things such as ZPD can only be applied in these classes where, high achievers can teach the average students and bring them to the Zone Of Proximal Development.

Zone of Proximal Development & Its Uses & Application…!

indexThe first time i went into a classroom to teach was during my first teaching practice in the year 2006 in Male English School, the class was full of students of mixed ability, however my secound teaching practice in the same year was at Aminiya school and it was a totally different thing, all the cream was in the same class. When i became a full time teacher in my own island in the year 2007 it was almost the same as the class as MES, students with mixed ability.

ZPD, mentions that higher level students can be used to cater the need of the other students and bring the rest of the students to the same standard as the rest. This method has many positive outcomes in the classroom. A social relationship can be formed among the students and this relationship tends to grow stronger in bonds as time passes , one student learns from the other while the teacher acts as a guide and a facilitator. The teachers role is to guide the students to the correct path by finding the N th that are made by them.

In the tradition method and classroom, the teachers role is to dictake the students and show them who is the boss, in this regard the teacher become the bull himself. However in recent times it has shown  that the teacher doesnt have to be as angry as a bull inorder to teach and take control of the classroom. It is the sole responsibility of the teacher to engage the students and make the students work with one other and ZPD is a extremely useful technique which can be used in the classroom. It promotes learning, helping peers and also make an effective bonds of friendship within the classroom, the lower achieving students no longer feel neglected in the classroom.

Macro Photography with Extension Tubes

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For those of us who can’t afford to spend a few hundred dollars on a dedicated 1:1 macro lens, then one of the best solution is the use of macro extention tubes. I paid a relatively low price for an Auto – Focus capable macro extention tube which can be used in any Nikon camera, and for the time being I’m very happy about the results, that I have been able to get.

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Here is my current setup

—- Nikon D7000

—- Nikon 50mm F1.8D

—- macro extention tubes 12mm, 20mm & 36mm ( $40, from ebay)

—- a built in flash diffuser ( $5)

 

This combination give the magnification that I have calculated below

12+20+36 = 68mm

50mm * 1.5 ( cause D7000 has a cropped sensor ) = 75mm

It Gives Me Magnification Of 1.99 when all three tubes are used

 

However there are few things that you need to be aware of when using such a setup like this…

—- the view finder is very dark

—- when using all three tubes the camera hunts for AF

 

Here are a few tips

— set metering to spot

—- use single point AF

— use the centre AF point for precision

— switch OFF auto focus & focus manually.

Here are some sample images that I have captured…! Most of the images are 16mp, uncropped images….!

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