I was interviewed for IT Conversations’ Technometria by hosts Phil Windley and Scott Lemon about our experiences in Cairo during the early days of what now appears to be a revolution throughout the Middle East. Download or stream the audio.
Here’s some of the video I shot of Tahrir Square in Cairo on the first night of the Egyptian demonstrations.
It was shot using a Nikon D7000 with an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at ISO 3200 from my 25th floor balcony of the Semiramis InterContinental Hotel, which is about a block away. If you watch the High Definition version you can see a lot more detail even through the digital noise.
Thanks to The Conversations Network’s Paul Figgiani for editing and titles.
I agonized over equipment for weeks before heading to the Middle East: Zoom or primes? High-end big/fast glass or a kit lens? Tripod? Strobe? Here’s what I ended up taking on the trip:
- Nikon D7000 (ie, cropped sensor)
- 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom
- 12-24 f/4 wide-angle zoom
- 35mm f/1.8 prime
- Slik Sprint Mini tripod w/ball head
On January 19th I tweeted “Getting ready for a trip to the Middle East. Decided to register with the State Department. You just never know.” Six days later I stepped out of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to find a scene reminiscent of Berkeley in the 1960s: a stream of demonstrators running past the museum towards Tahrir Square.
My wife and I just returned prematurely from a trip to Egypt. We arrived in Cairo on Monday, January 24, the day before the protests began. We were in the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel just off of of Tahrir Square with a 25th-floor view of the action. On Tuesday, February 1, we finally evacuated on a charter flight to Amman, Jordan. Two days later we were able to get a flight to JFK and finally to SFO on Friday, February 4. So much to blog about. Once I get some sleep, I’ll post my thoughts and experiences here. Stay tuned!