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Epilogue

Published December 30th, 2011

I don't know about you, Ladies and Gents, but for me, 2011 was great. Beyond great.
I -finally- figured it all out. Well, at least a big part of it. Now I know where my true passion and gifts lay.
I've completely surrendered to photography, time-lapse photography in particular. Jumped in with both feet. I thoroughly enjoyed producing short films, commercials and corporate films for Timesand Studios (www.timesand.ae).
I met lots of new, fascinating people. Some of them inspired me, helped me, encouraged me to try new things, to push even harder and to NEVER give up.
So I worked hard and then even harder...I read every book and article there was to read about the arts of photography, filmmaking, editing...then I compulsively practiced and practiced. On weekends. At nights. I took more than 100,000 photos this year and all this while, I never stopped having fun.
Success followed; I half dozen awards and two major photographic competitions this year. I received numerous accolades and massive media exposure for my first time-lapse film ABU DHABI 2011 (www.vimeo.com/23522211) which lead to some extremely interesting clients, contacts and exciting film projects I can't talk about...yet. ;) I will announce them soon...can't wait.
So here's what I learned this year: if you have a dream, chase like a demon. Life's too precious and short to waste it on a couch with a remote control in your right hand. No more regrets and 'i could've, I should've' excuses.
If there's something you want to do in your life; do it. Right there and right then.If it doesn't pan out, at least you will have tried. You'll never regret that.



Have a great New Year!



Below are some of the moments that defined my 2011.



with love



Beno





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Abu Dhabi Week cover

My first photograph on the cover of the major UAE magazine

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Certificate

1st prize for Earth Hour photo contest sponsored by WWF and ADGAS

  • June 7th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 36mm / f/10 / 1/60 sec
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The National interview

my first major interview at The National newspaper

  • April 28th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 39mm / f/5.6 / 1/160 sec
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featured Yahoo! home page

my time lapse film ABU DHABI 2011 went viral after Yahoo! Maktoob featured it on the home page...for 3 straight days!

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Interview

ABU DHABI 2011 time lapse was a massive success which got me a huge media exposure

  • May 31st, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 55mm / f/5.6 / 1/10 sec
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MSN features ABU DHABI 2011

ABU DHABI 2011 time lapse was a massive success which got me a huge media exposure

  • June 1st, 2011
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Dubai One interview

ABU DHABI 2011 time lapse was a massive success which got me a huge media exposure. Here I was featured on a Live TV, DUBAI ONE

  • May 31st, 2011
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City 7 feature

ABU DHABI 2011 and me were featured on the news of CITY 7 TV

  • August 7th, 2011
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ABU DHABI TV

ABU DHABI 2011 and me featured on AD TV during the news

  • May 31st, 2011
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Gulf News Photograph of the Month

I won the 1st prize for the photograph of the month on Gulf News

  • May 31st, 2011
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • 33mm / f/5.6 / 1/10 sec

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Luis Fernández Ordóñez  about 3 years ago
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Congratulations!