It’s a popular weekend pastime in Saudi – jump in your four wheel drive and head out of town to the tallest sand dune you can find (and there’s a lot to choose from).

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Post script: I’ve just heard about Saudi’s Empty Quarter – a largely inaccessible part of the desert where the dunes rise to an incredible 300 metres and can unexpectedly swallow cars as the shifting sands are so unpredictable. And they take tours. Now that would be an exceptional experience and photo opportunity (he writes, hoping his client is reading this).

Otherwise, it’s time to pack up my camera gear and head back to Riyadh to address the Colour of Saudi Photography convention…..now where did I leave those notes.

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I had an enjoyable experience yesterday photographing a falconer on the sand dunes of the Eastern Province of  Saudi Arabia (despite the fact I was up at 3am for the shoot, he adds).

Again, no time to chat as we’re racing off to a world heritage listed site but here’s one of the images that’s likely to make the cut (above) and a black n white version I quite like (below).

Two more days of what is proving to be a whirlwind tour of the Kingdom and I’m back to Riyadh to present two workshops on tourism photography at the national photography conference – Colours of Saudi Arabia. I’m looking forward to it.

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I’m starting to enjoy my shoot in Saudi Arabia (and, clearly, so are they) having finally rid myself of this wretched jet lag (that said, I’m still bursting out of bed at 2am before I realise I’m not six hours ahead of myself which is making for a bit of a long day).

We finish two days in the Kingdom’s most southerly province of Jizan, on the Yemen border tomorrow, then it’s off to Jeddah (a stone’s throw from Mecca), where I believe there’s an ultra-light aircraft with my name on it waiting to carry me away.

This is my third assignment to Saudi. I’m told I’m the only foreign photographer to be repeatedly commissioned by its tourism authority so I feel privileged as western tourism is largely non-existant (the Kingdom is yet to introduce a tourist visa). For that reason alone, it’s a pretty amazing country to travel and a great opportunity for some photography.

Anyway, I’ll post a few pictures later …  though these two pics made me chuckle (the hovering egal in particular) and they pretty well sum up the friendliness of the guys I’m travelling with.

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I head off to Saudi Arabia on assignment at the end of next week but, before I leave, I’ve launched my usual Pre-Season Photography Package for tourism authorities and resorts who might be looking to upgrade their promotional photo libraries in 2017.

The package – which gives clients the opportunity to choose dates that suit them in terms of weather, budget and publishing deadlines etc, while helping me better plan for the year ahead – offers a 25% discount on my standard fee and charges – provided the booking is made before December 1.

This year has been particularly busy and, with six commissions awaiting scheduling, I’m happy to say 2017 looks like it will be more of the same.

So, if you’re reading this and you’re interested in capturing some serious promotional images of your destination or your resort property, drop me a line and let’s see if we can work something out.

Otherwise, I’m off diving in the Red Sea, presenting to two photography workshops at a national conference in Riyadh,  judging in the Kingdom’s photography competition and, hopefully, returning with some appealing images of Saudi Arabia to end the year…..Inshallah.

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Click the pic above for details of David’s Pre-Season Photography package for 2017.

You know how everyone goes on about the beauty of the Tahitian islands? Well, the fact is, it’s true – at least in this humble photographer’s opinion.

Only the weather (or blindness) could prevent you from seeing it. The sensuality of the Tahitian people, the incredible colour of the water and the luxury of those overwater bungalows that define the destination, left me thinking this really is as good as it gets for an island holiday (….though, you’re right, it aint cheap).

I’ve just returned from a 10 day assignment of French Polynesia, shooting for its tourism authority. We started on the main island of Tahiti, before heading off to Moorea Island for a couple of days, then finishing up on Taha’a Resort near Bora Bora.

As you can see (below) it was a productive shoot (well done Marie), with the conditions lending themselves more to capturing scenery on the large format camera (a departure from my usual fare of people and culture, he adds).

While four nights in the overwater bungalows on Taha’a was undoubtedly a highlight, spending three hours in the water swimming with the stingrays at Moorea was an exceptional experience highly recommended to anyone looking to cross Tahiti off their bucket list.

Next Stop: Saudi Arabia (how’s that for contrast).

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