Driving back to Beirut from the Saint Charbel Monastery the sun was setting and so we decided to pull over and enjoy the view. The colours are so radiant and ever changing, for a photographer there an infinite number of possibilities when setting up to take a shot under these conditions. Don’t overthink it, keep it simple and take the shot that you love.
Beit ed-Dine is a small town and municipality in the Chouf District of the Mount Lebanon Governorate in Lebanon. It is about 45 kilometres southeast of Beirut. The area is predominantly Christian, and it is most well known for its 18th century Beiteddine Palace. Built by Emir Bashir II in 1788 the site’s control has been interchanged between the Ottoman Empire and later the French Mandate. Today you can enjoy walking around this beautiful palace after a short drive from Beirut. Entry for a nominal fee, you can explore some beautiful gardens and mosaics as well as the lavish lifestyle the inhabitants once had. Today it remains open to the public however it can be enjoyed by the sitting President as a summers residence.
With over 300 sunny days per year, sea water and perfect wind conditions throughout the year, Lebanon, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean, is the ideal location for sailing. Indeed these conditions played an important role in the development of this coastline over thousands of years. For the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Byzantines and the Ottoman Empires trade along these shores connected East to West. Today, you can find a number of sailing clubs to join (although no traditional sailing boats are in sight!) so you can enjoy the Mediterranean in your own way!
Beirut, Zaytouna Bay, Lebanon
I have been in Beirut for the last few days working on a project. Last night, I had an opportunity to explore ‘DT’ or Downtown. We had dinner and no evening is complete without a visit to a cafe. Keeping my camera at my hip at all times, I carried on as per usual and we ended the night with a walk along the marina. A moments inspiration, with the background, technology abound we used out phones as the lightsource to create this image. After a few failed attempts, letter blunders and with the help of two passers-by, we finally got this shot!