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24. Aug, 2011

Get Inspired

Get Inspired
inspiration Get Inspired

The shot was taken right after sunset at the Clifton Beach, Karachi - Pakistan

Inspiration. Normally our life revolve around things we are inspired with. Everything we do and tend to do is a result of getting inspiration from our surroundings. I started Photography and Traveling similarly. Inspiration to travel came from my Father who is always on the go while photography came from appreciation of nature. But that is not the end, i get inspired everyday from my daily life. From my dreams, from my travelings, from the sunset, from the sunrise, a horse ride at the beach, a trek up to the mountain, reading a nice book, a pigeon flying next to my window, a child on other side of road with a smile full of hope etc etc.

How do you get inspired? Where do you get your inspiration from? Is there anything that you look forward to get inspired? Mentors? Nature? Books? Movies? Do Share!

-Danial

30. Jul, 2011

10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Traveling and taking photos all across Pakistan, its really difficult to conclude which places are my favorite or which place actually took my breath away. However, I have selected few photographs out of my archive that i can say actually are overwhelming not because of the popularity of the place or the tourism it receives yearly, but because of the moment that made me feel astonished. Here is the list of 10 breathtaking spots around Pakistan.

1. Sheikh Badin Hill Station – Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Sheikh Badin Hill Station – Khyber Pakthunkhwa. 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Sheikh Badin Hill Station-Khyber-Pakthunkhwa, Pakistan

 

Nothing can beat the feeling of being at an entirely isolated place, on top of a mountain having a bird eye view of magnificent mountain range and surrounded by cool breezes sitting at this Charpai. For me such a place offer a sense of tranquility, an opportunity to indulge yourself in a deep thought and think about this mighty creation. It is more than 100 year old long forgotten hill station made during the British era in mid 19th century.

 

2. Islamabad Cityscape from Daman-e-Koh View Point.

Islamabad Cityscape from Daman e Koh View Point 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Islamabad Cityscape from Daman-e-Koh View Point, Pakistan


For me viewing the Islamabad cityscape from Daman-e-Koh was not really striking unless you wait for the perfect light, wait for the sun to set and observe how magically the clouds get mix with the orange and bluish tone of sky. Sunsets and twilights are one of the most appealing light conditions that sparks me to take photos.

3. Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi – Sindh

Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi Sindh 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Twilight at Clifton Beach Karachi – Sindh, Pakistan


Clifton beach is one of the most favorite places of mine in Karachi, especially for shooting the sunset. You get to have every kind of human subjects from every walk of life at the beach. Being a nature enthusiast, I always look for how nature can change the landscape and make it delightful for us. Have you ever experienced twilight at Clifton beach? It’s rare but I am fortunate enough to experience this sundown at the beach quite often. The world around you totally changes from a real world to a Magical fantasy of blues, oranges and silhouetted living creatures.

 

4. Lion’s Face, Hanna Urak – Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan

Loins Face Hanna Urak Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Loins Face, Hanna Urak – Wali Tangi Valley – Balochistan, Pakistan

I have spent my childhood in the middle of dry mountains of Quetta city.Hanna Urak & Wali Tangi Valley used to be the only nearby picnic. However I started trekking in Balochistan quite late and discovered this Loin’s face naturally encarved on a huge mountain in Wali Tangi. I wonder how no one talked about it, never mentioned it anywhere or at least no one has yet marked the place. A part from that,  you can observe an enormous mountain far behind in the background that actually reminds me of old Malbaro TV ads that made me fanaticized climbing that mountain. I still wish to do so.

 

5. Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan

Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Rain at Astore Valley – Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan


Rain has always been a part of my inspirations. To read, to write, to travel and to photograph. It makes me feel to the fullest of my creativity, especially when it rains in tranquil morning. I love the fragrance when a tiny droplet falls on the soil making it semi-muddy, the freshness all around.  One breath taking moment that made me awestruck was when a flock passed by my jeep, I felt the rain drops on my car’s wind screen and the rushed shepherd was a cherry on top in that whole scene, especially when you experience it in the middle of green mountains with snow top in summers.

 

6. Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit-Baltistan

Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Hunza Valley from Baltit Fort – Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan


Hunza, one can only enjoy the spectacular view of the valley once you climb up to the top of the valley where lies Baltit Fort. Being a photographer, I was looking for a view to actually capture a photo that can show the valley as well as a glimpse of the fort in one picture. Framing the valley in these arches from inside the fort helped me to communicate what I wanted.

 

7. Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan

Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Shingrilla – Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan


How comforting it is when you actually experience and see the place that you’ve always been seeing printed on calendars, watching it on TV or going through a post card in a book shop. Shangrila it was for me. I even didn’t remember the name when I first showed a post card picture to my taxi driver and asked him to take me there. Being a student, I didn’t have or can say I never wanted to spend that much money to actually stay there. However I enjoyed its view from a hotel on the other side of the lake.

 

8. Ziarat Valley – Balochistan

Ziarat Valley – Balochistan 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Ziarat Valley – Balochistan, Pakistan


The famous view point of Ziarat has an astonishing view of the 2nd largest juniper forest in the world that is more than 4500 years old. Have you ever imagined a Juniper forest and a Hill station in Balochistan? I never thought about it unless I discovered while doing excursion photo trips in Balochistan. One could only feel the smell of these juniper trees all around if you are there.

 

9. Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Chitral Valley from my hotel room of Hindukush Heights – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan


Yes, it’s real. In reality there are hotels and resorts having rooms with such a magnificent view. Even I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first entered this room at Hotel Hindukush Heights located in north of Chitral Valley. I have spent almost 3 full days in this room with that spectacular view. All I did was reading travelogues and having lots & lots of teas. The best thing about this view was that it gave different feelings and moods at different time of the day. I loved it at sunrise and sunset every day.

 

10. Multan Clock Tower – Punjab

Multan Clock Tower – Punjab 10 Breathtaking Spots Around Pakistan

Multan Clock Tower – Punjab, Pakistan


While wandering in the city of heat and shrines and searching for historical places, I came through this wonderfully built clock tower built during the British Empire. The tower itself will not give you an awestruck moment unless you wait for the perfect light right after the sunset and let the heavy traffic of Multan move around the tower. The contrast between an old British architect and the current hustle bustle of the city is a must watch.

(The article was originally published in the June 2011 edition of Xpoze Monthly Magazine Pakistan)

08. Jul, 2011

The beauty of Silence

The beauty of Silence
isloated at clifton beach The beauty of Silence

Taken right after the sunset at Clifton Beach Karachi while i observed a faraway isolated man enjoying the beauty of silence.

Have you ever had a moment of silence? With no thinking, no communication and no listening. Just silence? All of our lives we have been doing things or sitting idle but still thinking. Have you ever tried listening to the silence? The perfect moment that takes you to an isolated world of yours? where all you can hear is your own inner self? Have you ever noticed the sounds in your surroundings? Sound of waves along the sea shore, birds chirping in the morning, sound of the wind etc.

I understand its difficult to do or takes time but do give it a try. You’ll not only find answer to your problems but also self discovery.

My biggest inspiration in photography comes from the moment in beauty of silence. What are you inspired of?

18. Jun, 2011

Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Traveling all across Pakistan, i still feel how less i have traveled this country. Is this life enough to cover all places of Pakistan? Have been missing lots of historical sights of Sindh, the beautiful Swat, lots of treks in Baltistan, hidden mountains of Balochistan, Kashmir beyond just Muzafarabad, hundreds of lakes and a lot more. However, i still feel good that atleast i keep on going. Life goes on and lets see how much will i explore more of Pakistan in future.

Just sharing a single photograph from each province of Pakistan that i feel is truly breathtaking for me.  Its not the photograph that i am sharing, but a feeling that i had while taking these photograph.

I just have one question for you? Have you traveled to all provinces of Pakistan? if yes, how? and if not, then tell me which one are you missing? Post in your answers in the comments below.

arabian sea sunset karachi pakistan Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Arabian Sea, Karachi, Sindh - Pakistan

shahi masjid chitral pakistan Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Shahi Masjid, Chitral - Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

dhulli bagh azad kashmir pakistan Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Dhulli, Azad Kashmir - Pakistan

rakaposhi landscape pakistan Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Rakaposhi Peak, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

road to ziarat balochistan Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Road to Ziarat, Balochistan - Pakistan

clock tower multan pakistan Photographing all provinces of Pakistan

Clock Tower, Multan, Punjab - Pakistan

 

01. Mar, 2011

Destiny – What it is for me?

Destiny – What it is for me?
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Sunset at Clifton beach, Karachi - Pakistan

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” – Anonymous

I love sharing this quotation specially when talking about what our destiny is?  How do certain events in our life lead us to our destination? Do we always look forward to success? Or is it our failure that shape into a good destiny?

I have always felt graceful and satisfied by living my life in present. I know that by making my present good, I will definitely lead to a good destiny and every next day i get closer to it.


So now if we give it a deep thought, living in present means whatever comes towards you, its for good. Be it a failure, a success or a multiple time failure. I have always learnt that failure or success does not matter as long as you are happy today. If you get succeeded, you will be get the fruit of your handwork and if you get failed, you’ll get to learn a lot which is essential for self development.

I have always loved taking photos during sunset specially at the Clifton Beach Karachi. This picture where a camel rider is making his livelihood while we observe a beautiful sunset in the background actually persuaded me to write a post on destiny and to ask you what Destiny is for you? How do you take life?

 


16. Feb, 2011

Vision and your dreams

Vision and your dreams
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
-Gail Devers

twilight at clifton beach 450x301 Vision and your dreams

Took this photo at Clifton Beach, Karachi right after the sunset, my most favorite light hour.

To me, this picture shows hardwork, tranquality, honesty and dedication.

What does it show you?

18. Jan, 2011

Wallpaper January 2011 – Sunrise in Karachi

Wallpaper January 2011 – Sunrise in Karachi
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Sunrise in Karachi - New year wallpaper

I was wondering what could be the new year wallpaper from my photography and then i realized why not to upload a sunrise picture over the sea since I am in love with the sunrises and sunsets in Pakistan.

Although I am a bit late in uploading the new year’s wallpaper but I am sure this would look really good on your desktop.

I always love waiting for sun to rise, love the changes in sky’s color, first beam of the sun removing all darkness. Sunrise shows sign of life to me. I really love this picture because I can truly relate life to it, way the fishermen are working early morning to find livlihood for them.

Download your Wallpapers here:
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01. Oct, 2010

The Gol Gappa Seller & Twilight at the Clifton Beach Karachi

The Gol Gappa Seller & Twilight at the Clifton Beach Karachi
DSC02548w 450x301 The Gol Gappa Seller & Twilight at the Clifton Beach Karachi

Gol Gappa Seller at Clifton Beach Karachi

Its been a long time since I had not been to Clifton beach to shoot sunset but a clear sky and beautiful weather attracted me towards the beach today. Although I could not get a clear twilight that i had expected but got some good shots that I’ll be sharing soon.

This Gol Gappa seller actually attracted my attention because of the lights used on his stall that not only made him unique at the beach but also made the scene beautiful.

I try to find beauty in daily life of normal people, try to capture moments that actually make them unique which is not visible to an ordinary eye.

Happy October icon smile The Gol Gappa Seller & Twilight at the Clifton Beach Karachi

14. Aug, 2010

Capturing Independence

Capturing Independence

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I was randomly shooting at the Clifton beach for the independence day while this young fellow requested me to take his photo. I never say No to anyone while shooting, and the flag on his right cheek caught my attention.
We had a nice photo session, and i got one good photo that truly depicts independence. His smile and childhood shows that no matter this life has a lot of  hurdles, still  he is happily independent.

Happy Independence day icon smile Capturing Independence


09. Aug, 2010

Month of Independence – United Pakistan

Month of Independence – United Pakistan

independence1 450x301 Month of Independence   United Pakistan

This is the month of Independence for Pakistanis and Pakistan is going to be 63 within no more then 2 weeks. I can see the white and green everywhere. People have not yet lost their hopes despite of many things going around in the country.

I had a photo session with these two kids in the town of Bhit Shah, Sindh – Pakistan. I went there for a normal shoot in sindh while they caught me for their photo, and we tried different poses to get a good one.

To me, this photo shows unity, independence, friendship and brother hood.