Hello everyone. I just found out that the options for the phone cases include:
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 4
- Galaxy S4
If you choose the photo you like and click on it, there is a drop down menu in the top right for "Model." Click on it and it will show all the above mentioned options.
Here is the link again: http://pixels.com/art/all/ashraf+faden/iphone+cases
Thank you for checking it out, have fun dressing your phones :-)
Thank you for your patience! It is FINALLY here!!!
I am happy to announce that you are now able to decorate your Galaxy or iPhone with a slim-profile, impact-resistent, hardshell protective case with one of my photos printed on it. You can customize the size and orientation of the photo to be printed on the case. You also get a 30-days money-back guarantee.
Check it out at:
For iPhone 5/5s cases visit: http://pixels.com/art/all/ashraf+faden/iphone+cases
For Galaxy S4 cases visit: http://pixels.com/art/all/ashraf+faden/galaxy+s4+cases
In addition, you can still order prints of my photos when you visit my online store. For each photo, you have many options for prints. For example, you can order prints in:
- Standard Print
- Metal Print
Please visit the site and check all the different possibilities for yourself. The prints are in a very high quality that there is a 30-days money-back guarantee if you are not pleased with them. So you have an art piece to gain and not much to lose!
Thank you for visiting. Happy shopping!
This is an old building in the Historic District in Jeddah. The architecture is absolutely amazing. I would like to see it in its restored state!
To see more photos from Old Jeddah, please visit this page Albalad District.
I took this shot years back. The moment I processed the shot, it immediately reminded me of Superman and the effects of the fictional element, Kryptonite, on him. So I called it "Kryptonite Drinks." This is a good art piece for a hotel, a restaurant, a kitchen or a diner decor.
Hello everyone. It has been a slow couple of weeks for photos. But I have been working on bringing you something exciting. I will post more about it when it's ready. Please keep your eyes open for the new announcement!
Thank you :-)
Have a great day!
I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I am excited to inform you that I am now selling my photos online. Your order will be fulfilled by Fine Art America. They offer so many options for your prints and more important, they give you a 30-days money back guarantee in case there is anything wrong with your order or even if you did not like how it is printed.
Ordering is easy. Just look at the navigation bar on my website, and click on "ORDER PHOTOS." It will open my gallery of photos that are available for order. I will be continuously adding more photos, so please check back often.
If there is a particular photo that you like and it's not on the gallery, please let me know so I can add it for you.
Please visit and give me your feedback. I would like to know your thoughts, and how to make this a great experience for you!
Here is an exciting little piece for me. I have actually made it on a newspaper called Saudi Gazette. Thanks to Laura Bashraheel (https://mobile.twitter.com/LauraBash), a journalist for the newspaper, for contacting me and posting this little info material about me.
Even though it's just a little piece in a huge section, I do have to admit, it does feel good. Alhamdulillah!
Check it out at Ashraf Faden photography in Saudi Gazette: http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131214189479
(Posting this from my phone.. So I'm not able to add hyperlinks)
As I was browsing my photos yesterday, I came across old photos I took during some of my many street photography shots. I totally forgot about them. I guess I was busy those days to actually edit them and share.
These photos are random. Some are from Annapolis, MD, some from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. , and two from Fairfax, VA.
Enjoy, give me your thoughts, and share :-)
For the complete collection of photos, please visit my album Street Photography.
It's a slow weekend sitting and relaxing at home. I started going through my photos and realized that I haven't posted any photos from my summer trip to the United Arab Emirates. It was a really short visit, 2 days to be exact. But it was enough to visit some major attractions. Besides, the heat was unbearable. It made it so miserable to go outdoors. My girls were exhausted as soon as we got out from an indoor place.
So my next visit to Dubai and Abu Dhabi will be during winter. I would really like to tour the area in comfortable weather. There is much left desired to see because of the heat.
Despite the heat, I was able to capture some beautiful photos. One of my favorite places in Abu Dhabi was Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The architectural and artistic details in this mosque are amazing. If you're ever there, this place is a must to visit.
I leave you with some photos to enjoy!
Halloween is a great day for some interesting street photography. Each year I head to M St. in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. where many people go there in their customs and walk around. Here are photos for this year.
If you are ever in the Washington D.C. area and looking for a nice spot to visit, I suggest you visit the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Georgetown. It is a nice little gem hidden in the Nation's busy capital. Once you enter, you feel like you are on a vacation somewhere in Europe. It is a nice place to go and enjoy a quiet time or read a book. There is, however, a fee to enter that is waived during winter time. You can find all the details about how to visit when you go to the Visiting page.
Unfortunately, they have limitations and regulations for photography. Commercial and event photography are not permitted. You can find more information when you visit the Photographic Guidelines' page. They do allow photography for personal use though, and that's great!
So here is a peak at what you could see when you visit..
Hello everyone. It has been a while since I posted anything. I do apologize. But the last couple of months has been a little busy.
I posted some photos from my last visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The photos were taken in the historic area called, Albalad District. It's a nice spot to check for old architecture. Unfortunately, the buildings haven't been properly preserved and many are falling apart. There are, however, some efforts to renovate and preserve some buildings, but much more needs to be done. To check the album, please click here or visit the album under my Galleries' tab.
Here is a sneak peak :-)
(Note: To see photos and skip the information, just scroll down the page!)
Last night, June 23, 2013, was the timing for the bright full SUPERMOON! Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to photograph it as it was rising. But, I still managed to get some shots of it while high in the sky... and it still looked AMAZING!
If you're not familiar with the term Supermoon, Wikipedia gives the following definition:
A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term "supermoon" is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing. 
The most recent occurrence was on June 23, 2013, as the closest and largest full moon of the year and the Moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. It will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.
Supermoons occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle.
Also, a representative from NASA explains it in this short video:
Below, are the photos I took of the supermoon... Click on each photo to enlarge it. Enjoy!
- ISO 100
- Shutter speed 1/320 and 1/400
- Lens: 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS with shots taken at 200mm
- Increased contrast
- Increased sharpening
Salmon is one of the amazingly tasty fishes I LOVE to eat. It is also one of the easiest fish to cook. You literally can never go wrong cooking it. I tried it pan seared, baked in an oven, grilled, and smoked. It tastes delicious in all ways. My favorite is having it grilled and smoked at the same time on a piece of cedar wood.
Here is what I do with it:
- Buy a piece of cedar wood from any place or even online.
- Get mesquite wood chips.
- Soak the cedar wood and the chips in water overnight.
- Get a fresh filleted salmon and cut it into desired pieces.
- Take the wood out of water, and spread your spices on it.
- Lay the salmon pieces on top of it and coat the top with the spices.
- Light your fire, preferably charcoal for a much better taste.
- Sprinkle your mesquite wood chips on the lit charcoal.
- Take the wood with the salmon and place it on top of the grids over the fire.
- Cover the grill and let it slowly cook and get smoked at the same time.
- Then enjoy the best tasting salmon you'll ever have :-)
I leave you with some shots of a grilled salmon and a smoked one. Enjoy!
I'm not really a big fan of hotdogs, but they can fill your hunger when nothing else is around. Also, I prefer them grilled. Toppings make a big difference too. A simple one would be hotdog in a bun with onions, relish, and melted cheddar cheese! Yumm!
In this photoshoot, I have the hotdog in a bun with caramelized onions and a special sauce. Using a one light setting, I shot the following photos.
Does it look appealing?
It has been for so long people in the Middle East wore clothes designed by non-Arabic speakers. As a result, in many cases, people were wearing clothes with foreign writings and graphics, which many times they had no idea what they meant. Not to mention, some of those were not suitable with the Islamic teachings nor the culture.
Therefore, young entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to fill a void in the fashion industry in that region. One of these talented minds is Ahmad Konash, a young Saudi graphic designer and film producer. I had the pleasure of connecting with Ahmad a while back on facebook only. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting him in Washington, D.C. at the Bisht Comedy Tour performance. (You can read my post Bisht Comedy Tour in DC - Exclusive Photos!)
Ahmad, a very polite, friendly, and energetic person came down from a taxi cab strolling with two suitcases and his wife along his side into the Lincoln Theatre. As soon as he saw me, with no introductions, he greeted me with a big smile. I can't remember if he recognized my face or not, but somehow he seemed to know I was the photographer. He probably recognized my face from facebook. We introduced ourselves and he went straight to work, opening his suitcases and laying all the nicely designed t-shirts on a table already set for him.
Ahmad Konash, is the owner and designer of Fanayil Konash. T-shirts designed with Arabic slogans and culturally related graphics. Designed so people in the Arab world, especially Saudi, would know what they were wearing. Slogans from the past and the present, that might represent your current situation or feelings when wearing them. Most importantly, when the new generations in Saudi wear the t-shirts, they actually mean something to them. It might even represent them. It's very clever, it's like wearing a cultural identity.
The neat thing is, people are buying the t-shirts like crazy masha'Allah. Many designs are out of stock! Speaking of that, unfortunately, I didn't have cash with me when I was at the venue and his credit card reader was not working! hmmm.... I better go and place my order fast before the ones I want become out of stock!!!!!! You should go too!
(If you prefer not to read my thoughts, just scroll down to see the photos)
When you think about photography, what matters is usually the end product, the photograph. To me, however, in addition to the end product, I think the whole experience is just as important. This is especially important when your subjects are people.
When I was chosen to photograph the Bisht Comedy show in Washington, DC I was a bit nervous, well may be a lot! I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know any of the performers nor the organizers. My mind was spinning with thoughts and ideas... but my main issue was how to break the ice. Will I be able to make the connection that will allow me to capture the right moments? Sometimes it's hard to connect with one client, let alone 6 or 7! In addition, these guys, in a relatively very short time, became very popular in the
Middle East. So I was wondering whether they would have their guards up
or not. It would make a whole difference between an easy relaxed photoshoot or a nerve wrecking one. My mind was going aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.....
Well, guess what, if you've seen the photos of the Bisht Comedy Tour in DC you could bet it was all buttery smooth. The guys were AMAZING. Starting with Hisham Khalifa, the energetic and dynamic tour manager, gave me a warm welcome and introduced me to everyone. The right guy for the job, made sure everyone was taken care of and everything running smoothly. Mazru' Almazru', the managing director of Time Agency, the BOSS! Well, the kind of boss you really want to work for. Someone who really cared for his people. I really sensed a protective quality in his personality. He's also really funny!
The comedians. When you're around them, you get the urge to act funny and throw some jokes. I decided to save my face and stay behind the camera... no need to add more pressure on myself, I think it was a wise decision. Great people. Nice and easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to be around them. I was happy to have met them in their real persona. I really enjoyed talking to each one of them. They're the kind whom I don't really mind hanging out with, and would actually have a great time! I can see that I could even have some good meaningful conversations with some of them if not all.
So yes, these humanly interpersonal connections I had with each member of this group made the whole experience an AWESOME one. It was a smooth relaxed photoshoot with amazing results.
Aside from the business aspect, I think the real value lies within these connections we make with each other. It's a feeling similar to the one I get when I interact with patients as they smile to me and say "thank you" as they leave the room. It's that human touch that makes it a memorable experience. It's that mutual respect, when present, things fall in place.
Our paths might not cross again, but I shall forever remember this experience! So THANK YOU to all of them.
I leave you with some of the behind the scenes photos... enjoy :-)
Well, this is it folks. Please let me know your thoughts and impressions. I really hope you enjoyed the reading and photos.
Thank you again to Time Agency and its members for this amazing experience. I hope we meet again whether for business or pleasure.
(Note: To see the photos without reading the blog post, click here The Bisht Comedy Tour Photos)
As a photographer, it's a nice feeling when you get to photograph a big event. Last Sunday, May 26, I had the pleasure of being the photographer for the Bisht Comedy Tour in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Theatre, which was built in 1922. The place was amazing, and here is a photo of the venue.
I didn't really know what to expect from the show. I've seen some of the performers on youtube before, but not all. The comedy was a BLAST!! I laughed so hard that at many times I found myself shooting hysterically so I don't miss a shot. And speaking of photos, I am pleased to present to you an EXCLUSIVE photoshoot of the performance. Please click the link in the middle below.. enjoy!
I highly recommend this show for you if you want to laugh your heart out! I do however caution all of you to reconsider taking minors. Some of the jokes were rater R (or for people 18+). Other than that, take a break and enjoy the show. The guys were so FUNNY!
They will also perform in the following cities:
- Houston, TX on May 31st.
- Denver, CO on June 1st.
- Las Vegas, NV on June 3rd.
- Los Angeles, CA on June 4th.
Don't miss the show... you won't regret it!
- Note: Stay tuned for exclusive behind the scenes shots coming soon!!