WHEN AN ESTUARINE CROCODILE VISITS (Oct 1 & Sept 27 2008 sighting)
After careful consideration, I decided that the words “Easter Eggs” are more appropriate to use for this title than any other substitute that comes to mind. Used in the singular sense here and by definition, Easter Eggs are hidden messages or surprises that are intentionally created by the author, widely practiced in the software industry as much as Disney practices it in the form of “Hidden Mickeys” that can be found throughout Disneyland such as this Mickey ice cream.
However, what you see here wasn’t created intentionally nor was the photo used knowingly. Nonetheless, it was a surprising discovery after the fact and I thought it’s appropriate to post given the ambience and festivity of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations are very much in the air!
So this year, I am responsible for the photography and design of the mosque silhouette and full moon composite used in Microsoft Brunei’s 2008 Hari Raya Aidilfitri cards. So where is this hidden surprise? It should be fairly obvious by now …
© Jan Shim Photography
I took this photograph one evening from the vantage point of the park across from the mosque where skateboarding was the main attraction. It never occurred to me nor had I noticed the detail that someone was praying at the time. Take a look at the photography below and pay attention to the lower left corner and you shall be enlightened. I discovered this a week after I had finalised the art work with Microsoft and what I originally thought was an artifact turned out to be ART!
NOTE: I expect that some discerning readers may notice the mirror image of the an identical dome (minaret) that I have replicated off the left minaret to place on the far right column. This was done purely from an aesthetics point of view and as a professional photographer, the creative freedom to do so. Adding an extra dome, in my opinion, gave it architectural symmetry that I would have gotten had I shot it from a different vantage point (such as the long exposure shot). In case the thought crossed your mind, the “praying” figure on the left is not doctored.
“Easter Eggs” picture © Jan Shim Photography
BONUS PIC. Below is a long exposure shot of the same mosque from a slightly different vantage point so I could capture the water reflection and street lights. This picture has made its debut in The Rat Race Comes Full Circle post.
© Jan Shim Photography
SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI TO ALL MY MUSLIM READERS,
FRIENDS, ASSOCIATES, FAMILY MEMBERS AND FORMER COLLEAGUES!
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