To capture an image of the crystal octopus, one of the ocean's rarest and most elusive creatures, became the ultimate goal in Ali bin Thalith's obsession with underwater marine photography. It has been an absolute pleasure. My father was a pearl diver and my grandfather also. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos? He also captured an image of a diver being swarmed by Caribbean reef sharks and an image of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, swimming with an Asian elephant in India. Are any more books being planned? Ali bin Thalith was born in Dubai. I wanted to know more.
The other is the camera. I learnt to dive in 1994. However, belonging to and wishing to explore the sea is only one part of my story. In my opinion, underwater photographers should always closely monitor such a creature before setting out to photograph them, because their natural movement is very distinct and must be maintained for a beautiful photograph. Emirati photographer Ali bin Thalith's first underwater photography book titled Truly, Madly, Deeply features 100 colour images of marine life in some of the world's most exotic deep-sea locations. Born in Dubai, Thalith grew up in the emirate in the early 70s when it had a thriving fishing tradition.
Gathered over 10 years, these glorious images explore the colors, patterns, and textures in the ocean, and will inspire the amateur marine biologist inside us all. He has also been a photography enthusiast from an early age. Animals, wildlife and sea creatures are his subjects for photography. This is where we lived, on Jumeirah Beach, within yards of the water. The whole family would gather around the television to view his documentaries. With our easy payment plans, you can take your prints home to enjoy and share with family and friends, and make simple, monthly installments. I am thrilled that there will be an Arabic version of this book, which will bring these stories and these characters to a new audience, winning the oceans many new friends.
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This includes reading as many books and online articles. And every collection includes the high-resolution digital files with print release. My father forbade any of us to speak — and it was mesmerising. Attention to detail and patience. I was brought up beside the sea in Dubai. In 1994, Bin Thalith learned to dive.
The microscopic creatures that camouflage themselves so expertly from their predators, coral gardens of the ocean bed, night dive images and the highly decorative patterns found on so much of marine life, provide a sourcebook not just for marine photography enthusiasts, but for everyone interested in colour, pattern and texture. Ali's wonderful work will do just that, raising awareness of the fragile beauty of life in our seas. Care is taken to explain the practicalities of the dive, the shoot, or the location and the author willingly shares the difficulties and the techniques of striving to achieve that perfect image. These amazing photographs showcase the stunning variety of marine life, from gargantuan sharks to microscopic invertebrates to vast gardens of coral. My mom then asked me to slow down on my spending for developing films. The pictures feature dancing squids and floating flatworms, miniscule sea creatures such as the ladybug amphibug from the Komodo National Park and the skeleton shrimp from Batangas, and polka dotted creatures.
. Your retouched images will be delivered as high-resolution digital files on a custom flash drive. I will study the geography of the place where I plan to shoot. How has your book been faring after the launch? In the Bahamas, I was surrounded by more than 72 Caribbean sharks. Testimonials in the book are from the Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Dr Alexander Mustard, Steve McCurry, Reza Deghati, and Caroline Metcalfe.
In the Seventies, it was made up of a series of villages, and Jumeirah Beach was yards from the house where he grew up. With descriptions of the dives on which Thalith captured the images and details of the marine life, these carefully selected photographs - taken over ten years - make framing the perfect underwater shot look easy. Avaunt invites the reader to escape the urban grind through a series of brilliantly written and stunningly photographed articles, featuring extraordinary people and reports that go well beyond the radar of the mainstream press. By continuously reading books and articles on photography and wildlife. For sure, I hope that Truly, Madly, Deeply can be a good pedestal to start from. Thwalith believes that his next photograph is always going to be his favourite one. Large mammals such as sharks, shoals of tuna, swimming antelope and elephants shot from below are truly exceptional.
The importance that education and knowledge play in capturing the right photograph. Over ten years of searching has produced cornucopia of extraordinary deep sea images, of which 100 are selected here, shot in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. But Bin Thalith said there is more to just immortalising the beauty of marine life. In my opinion, it is essential to have the best possible understanding to get the best possible results. From Swimming with Giants to the God of Small Things, six chapters portray the inspirational qualities of marine life. Bin Thalith also had images of him swimming with giant fish like the yellowfin tuna.