“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
I hate journeys and especially long trips while sitting in a tiring position and with swollen feet. Sometimes I even get headaches and I’ll sleep the moment I get onto a bus.
On this particular day, no sooner had I closed my eyes than I heard a camera click. That’s how I met Abel, a 28 year-old Kenyan who is an aircraft engineer currently based in Qatar. At the time we met he was working at Kenya Airways.
He is passionate about photography and I couldn’t help but be amazed by his vast knowledge on it. I arranged a one-on-one with him;
So who is Abel?
Abel is a 28 year-old introvert (chuckles).
I make metals fly for a living and I’m passionate about art and I love photography. I am also a sportsman, I play and know the rules of over 20 sports with my main interest being lawn tennis.
I am a big fan of Arsenal too.
The man behind the lens. Abel
Most engineers are viewed as nerds, are you a nerd?
Yeah that’s true. We tend to be curious about everything, and we have a high sense of situational awareness.
So back to photography, did you grow up loving it?
I loved anything beautiful ever since I was toddler. It could be nature, humans, animals, heavenly bodies. My dad had an old 1970’s old film camera and I loved and admired the photos he took back then, I guess I can say it runs deep in the family.
Hell’s Gate National Park, Naivasha.
Nikon vs Canon, take your pick and why?
I am Nikon. Yesterday, today and tomorrow. There aren’t many differences between the two in image quality , though still I prefer the Nikon brand.
Doha, Qatar. Abel Photography
Which Nikon model are you using now?
I am using Nikon D5200 with kit lenses Nikon Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 and Nikon Nikkor 50mmf/1.8.
Over time the way peoples’ view on photography has changed , people are taking it seriously like other careers, does photography pay or do you do it for passion.
I do it solely for passion, and it’s very true most people nowadays do it for living and honestly they are making a huge living out of it, many have resigned from their permanent employment and ventured into this industry
Doha, Qatar at Night.
What kind of photography do you do?
I’m not confined to specific type of photography. I do portraits, nature,wildlife and even astronomy.
How does one become a good photographer? Do you go to school or you just buy a camera read the manual and you good to go
First it is a passion and what you want, why you need to shoot and what you need to shoot. With passion everything else follows, and yeah some go to school and also attend training while others learn online.
Doha Park and ocean view
Having a good camera can be really expensive, what can you tell someone with a passion and talent for photography but can’t afford the gadget?
Honestly photography is a very expensive industry from the camera to the photography gear
Having an expensive camera doesn’t warrant you to be a good photographer. What you obtain out of that lenses is the important part. Buy something that is within your budget as long as it is a DSLR. Then the trick is to shoot, shoot and shoot. You improve with time and keep on checking your work and progress. Read widely, go to YouTube university and try new things and tricks each day
No one has exhausted photography ideas yet. Create your own and work on it.
A motor cycle in a showroom in Doha.
Which photographer do you look up to, locally and internationally?
Do what you like and be happy on what you like doing.
Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center AKA Fanar Mosque
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