This time, we wanted to explore where macaws are being traded to add more information to our project. At Al-rai area, there are several markets where bird lovers can buy and sell birds, and also purchase their important supplies (food, toys, equipments..etc). So my group and I went there yesterday and had the chance to get to know Osama’s shop, Rare Birds, where he trade his macaws.
When we headed there, many hobbyists were gathered around a small macaw garden, which you can see in the picture below. Again, It was super loud with the noises as there were around 5 shops in the area and each shop contained more than 15 different kinds of macaws inside. (More infos in the final post!)
It was a very lovely atmosphere, people were enjoying and macaws were also enjoying especially cause It’s winter and they love the chilly weather. They were dancing, screaming ..everything! and we FINALLY got to shoot videos of them talking! I realized they literally understand like humans. One of them kept saying my name. Well, It was more like Lalal but yeah… good try. I was so excited that the camera went out of focus. 😀
Also, we had a great time knowing and talking with new bird hobbyists and they all have such great vibes, very energetic and lovable. Speaking of energy, I can’t thank Osama enough for being the most helpful and down to earth man. He was very patient with us and he were such a good guide in video shooting as he has experience in that too. Btw, since his shop has an offer every Wednesday of this January, he sold one bird there yesterday to some guy. I Guess we sent him some lucky charms. 😛
Last week, we learnt to use this really cool mobile application called Google Street Viewwhich lets you take panoramic photos of landscapes. Nothing’s better than viewing a spot or a location in a 360 mode, It makes it more lively and realistic than a still photo.
So what we decided to do is show our lovely university to the whole world using this great application. The whole class was split into groups and each group took a panoramic view of the colleges of Kuwait University.
Just like kids, macaws are social and they love playing around people. Hence, It’s important for them to have outdoor activities. My group and I decided to attend a show for macaws that was held yesterday at the Defense Camp located in Sabhan, and we are so lucky as it was a great chance to capture more photos and videos for our final project. Honestly, this was the only time i felt like i had to literally capture every little detail..(more than 200 files…RIP my camera memory card.) and at the same time I was having a great time, It didn’t feel like it was an assignment requirement at all. I can’t describe how amazing everything was..families..kids..elderly..everyone was extremely happy with the beauty of colorful macaws.
At the camp, It was nice seeing Osama Mandani and his lovely macaws again, and you will see in the upcoming video his great techniques of holding and communicating with them. Also, we had the pleasure meeting the rest of the macaw hobbyists including the creator of the group Hussain Mandani, Osama’s elder brother, who talked with us about his establishment of this idea. We also got to know more about this group which is called Hewaya Tejma3na. We even interviewed some of them, and once they knew our purpose of the interview they got super excited to share their knowledge. They were very supportive and they insisted to see everything after we are done editing! The interesting fact is that some of the members are females which was impressive for me to know that girls can have such unique passion for taking care of macaw birds. Stay tuned for the final result of this assignment.
One of the things I love about my major is the opportunities obtained through it to meet incredible people I never thought I’d ever talk to. I went to the Kuwaiti Disabled Sports Club based in Hawalli and had the pleasure knowing and talking with Ahmed Khaleel Alshatti, a Stoke Mandeville and Rio medal winner in gymnastics and currently a co-coach for the disabled committee in the club. He had been playing different kinds of sports like wheelchair basketball, racing, half marathon and swimming since 1979 but at age 47, he thought It was better to move his direction to coaching basketball as It’s his favorite sport.Continue reading “Kuwaiti Paralympic World Champs”
Last Wednesday, I had the honor to attend a lecture hosted by one of the best documentary photographers in Kuwait, Athoob Alshuaibi. It was wonderful hearing her stories and how she was inspired by her mother who used to document photos of the family before she passed away. Leaving a heavy legacy of family photos was the reason Alshuaibi was passionate about photography which made her take her Master’s degree in Visual Communication from Birmingham City University . “I discovered this one thing during my studies, there is only one purpose to all types of photography which is delivering a message to the audience and then alter their behavior.” She said.Continue reading “Athoob Alshuaibi & documentary photography”
Last week, Dr. Eisa taught us the basics of photography and photoshopping. His first tip for us was to know our camera and to know how and when to use the different camera modes. The following class we learnt how to edit our photos through photoshop using different tools like cropping and selecting certain parts of a picture. Then, using image adjustments like brightness levels, white balance, curves, and vibrance to modify it. I took the chance over the weekend and grabbed my camera with me to capture whatever catches my eyes. I went to a bazaar that was held in Murooj and I found this lovely little business called eternal life shop that is specialized in handmade dreamcatchers. I couldn’t keep my sight away of the beauty of their colors and it was so delightful to look at them. I captured these photos and enhanced the colors and contrast using photoshop. The last photo of the masks was from a different shop but i thought they match with the overall colorful vibes of the other photos.