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First and most, I want to thank Scott who gave me this chance to show up here today.
Hi, I am Ali Rajabi, 29 From Tehran, Iran. Photographer and Photoshop Instructor.

Before I go to the main story of my blog, I’d like to mention that Photoshop World Conference and Expo 2010 was not just simply a memorable experience for me but basically that was the first step to realize my dream. Something I’d been waiting for for a long time. I ultimately happened to meet those who I used to see just on the internet. In the next step, it was a new start point to fly high in the Photoshop and Photography world. I’m always Thirsty about learning and trying hard, I hope one day I will instruct in this huge event. I’m sure I won’t sleep well till then. I STRONGLY BELIEVE this is not the CHANCE that KNOCKS on our door, this is RATHER US who BUILD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OURSELVES.

So let’s hope to see that day…

Well, I wondered what to prepare for today’s blog, something brief, fruitful and pragmatic. Finally , I decided to project some of my photos here. I thought they must be useful for all who love Photography or somehow are interested in Art. So, I’ve chosen some of my pictures I took from different parts of IRAN. The Nature, People, Colors… all can be exciting for you ( Hopefully :D ).

Let’s start with Gheshm Island in southern IRAN. The Island is so eye catching and almost very hot in all 4 seasons of the year.

Here is STARS VALLEY , One of the most popular Tourist attractions of the Island with Huge ROCKS.

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Another beautiful area of Gheshm is a Village called LAFT. What makes it appealing is that village has 365 wells and people have enough water during the year because at least one well is automatically full in a day.

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Children of LAFT are very interested in fishing.

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Both Pictures were taken in an unbelievable afternoon. The sunset and the clouds in Gheshm are incredible.

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Another attractive natural landscape in Iran is the desert. Iran’s deserts appeal a large number of photographers each year. SHAHDAD Sahara  is a picturesque sample which is located near Kerman. An interesting thing about Shahdad desert is that it has one of the warmest climates of the Earth. The temprature there, is 100 degree (C) and above. So even bacteria can not survive here. This picture is a part of Shahdad Desert.

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This one is one of my favorites. When you stand alone here you feel so close to GOD. Hey by the way this part also reminds me of the Grand Canyon.

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One thing that always attracts in a desert path is traditional inns. You can rest and relax there. Here is a view from the inside.

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The following photo is one of the most perfect attraction of Shahdad Desert for photographers.

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And here I am and my dear friend Mehdi who is a Photoshop instructor, too. I remember it was really cold that morning.

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There are also unique views in north part of Iran. Such as Kordestan and other tonic landscapes that attract tourists from around the world. There is a village called Ouramanat  in which locals have farmers and do agriculture.

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You should not miss Kordestan during the spring (April and May). It’s all colorful and seductive in this time of the year, and the climate Is so pleasing by then.

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Horse riding and instruction are both traditional but common professions of the region.

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I told you a lot about the nature in Iran. Let’s have a picture here of Tehran, the Capital city of the Country. It feeds a population of 11 or 12 million. Tehran is really crowded and polluted. Where I have grew up. As you see here the right side of the Photo is Milad Tower. It’s almost 430 Meters and is considered as one of the highest buildings in the world.

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Also, There are many historical places in Iran that I can’t show here. For Example, TAKHTE JAMSHID (PERSEPOLIS) is one of them. The Palaces of the Kings in PERSEPOLIS goes back to 2500 years ago.

I hope you enjoyed the photos. I want to thank all great masters of Photoshop and photography from whom I have learned. I owe them for the great job they have done;

Scott Kelby, Katrin Eismann, Dave Cross ,Matt Kloskowski, Deke Mclelland, Moose Peterson, Joe Mcnally, Bert Monroy, John Paul Caponigro, Ben Willmore, RC , Corey Barker and ……

All who I forgot to remember here, but after all I should to appreciate and say THANK YOU to Amir Eyvazzadeh, who first taught me Photoshop. GOD bless you all. I have no one more reliable and powerful than him. And I wish you all health and happiness. By the way here is my website address, ali-rajabi.com. If you like don’t hesitate to contact me there.

Hope to see you soon.

Ali Rajabi