My name is S. Kamran Safdar and I am from Taxila. I have been into traveling and outdoors since 1999. I have traveled all over Pakistan and particularly all the northern mountain ranges. My main interest is street photography and documenting culture and people's life. I enjoy taking portraits.

I started doing commercial assignments, portfolio and wedding shoots to support my travel and gear needs and currently I am doing portfolios and fashion almost as a full time job. My stream has gone through a change so you will notice mostly studio work. Since I don;t have a pro account at the moment so unfortunately I can not display all my work particularly the travel photography.

I have my own studio space at F6/1 Islamabad.
I can be contacted via email :
or cell 031-25232733

My equipment
Canon 40D
Canon 30D

Canon 24 105 F4L IS
Canon 70 200 2.8
Canon 50 f1.8
Tamron 11-18 (Might sell it)

Lens and camera I have owned,used and sold
canon 18-55 IS
canon 18-55
Tamron 28-200
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Canon 70-200 F4L
Canon 75-300
Canon 350D
Canon S5is
Canon 10mm f2
Canon 55-250 IS
Canon 28 105

Various strobes and flash for indoor and outdoor need.

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    pertiegurlie says:

    "There is a strong love for people, places, and life, in these photographs. The mark of a great artist is, when, after seeing their works, you start to see beauty in normal life around you. As though the world around you has acquired depth, just because that photo revealed it to you.

    The very first time I saw his photostream, a few years ago, I felt compelled to write a testimonial. But I wasn't sure what words I would use to convey the admiration I felt, so i put it off

    Even now I think words cannot do justice, you must see these pictures to understand.
    Because some people do photography as a hobby, some do it as a job, and some do it because they have is a passion for them, & they were born to do it. And I feel this person was born to be a photographer.

    Each photo brings out the best in its subject. Especially with portraits: it is as though the camera has revealed their soul, onto the surface. I feel like each photo is pulling me into it. You know, a painter i was reading about, said that to truly see something is to forget the name of the thing you are seeing. And that is the case with Mr Kami's photos, you look...and then you keep looking, until you become lost in them :)

    May Allah shower His blessings on you & your family in this life and the next, make your hardships easier, and grant u jannah, because i feel so delighted when i see ur photos, i must make dua for you. :) Please compile a book of your work, and find outlets for more people to see it, because it is the kind of gift that must be shared."

    June 23rd, 2010

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    "Kami’s one of my first contacts who became a very dear friend to me. One of the many things that I love most about his photography is the “magnetic draw” effect each one of his work has. Each time I get to his photostream, I would always be mesmerized by each capture. There’s always something that draws the “inner” me inward to the picture and land me in another world, another place and sometimes, another time. Kami’s work has always been MORE than just beautifully capturing a subject because there’s always the existence of a great, positive and peaceful flow of energy it releases.

    He is an exceptional expert in all categories, be it landscape, portraits, editorial or flowers. I have learned so much through his photographs and have always been inspired by his infinite talents. Kami shoots from his heart, and his heart is so beautiful… maybe that’s the reason why all of his captures are beyond superb and so heavenly that they seem to always be out of this world!

    To Kami Bhai: You are one of the best photographers on flickr! Thanks so much for sharing something so beautiful on flickr. Your work has broadened my horizons and shown me a world I had never seen. Keep up the outstanding work… thanks so much for being such a dear friend! YOU’RE THE BEST!"

    May 8th, 2009

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    T A H R E E R says:

    "Kami bhai is one of my favourite photographers and he has inspired me a lot...... he is my teacher also and i try to gain a lot from him..... However i havent met him yet.... But he is the one who i really want to meet.
    As i know him, he is of a solid personality.
    And another thing that Frenchcut doesnt suit him at all.....
    Will meet him Inshallah soon
    This is my first testamonial and i dedicate it to Kami Bhai.
    May Allah bless him....... Thanx a lot Kami Bhai"

    February 7th, 2009

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    Sajid.m says:

    "He has no picture in his photostream.. where you could stay this is not good... he has all of that where you could say "nice pic dude"

    The best thing about him is, he always present the true culture of Pakistan... not like the selected community."

    February 5th, 2009

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    Awais Yaqub says:

    "A great guy from Taxila. I love his exotic travels around Pakistan. Know very well how to document his travels.

    Keep it up"

    February 5th, 2009

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    ksbukhari says:

    ""I met Kami Bhai on Flickr. Kami Bhai is a seriously talented photographer. He has managed to capture the beauty of Pakistan and its people with some incredible work....
    I am not a photographer as according to my stream, so i don't know very much about that. but, very literally, Kami's photos are unmatchable at many postures. Photography is his passion...... His work is a reflection of his pure heart and thoughts...
    I wish him all the best for his venture and may he get the best of everything in Life....God Bless""

    December 30th, 2008

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    M Ayaz says:

    "There are a few accounts here on Flickr that I visit every time I log in and this is one of them. Kami Syed is a perfect "master" of his camera and you can see it easily in his photography: impecable, with a plus, an artistic and subtle touch"

    November 15th, 2008

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    ۩۞۩ Ehsaan Aly ۩۞۩ says:

    what should i say about kami...his each and every shot introduce something new and creative...he knows how to remove diamond from coal..his work is n instant favourite..and i must say he is one of the best photographers on flickr..really love his work...and in person he has very beautiful nature and a kind heart...
    God bless you kami bhai...
    regards ehsi..."

    October 12th, 2008

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    Waheed Khalid says:

    "KAMI is a brother, from the first day i came on flickr, i have been a big fan of kami and kami's work ... i have seen kami evolve ...from a simple point-and-shoot camera .. to big machines ..and serious stuff..experimenting in everything... portraits or architecture, landscapes and documentation... when kami clicks , everything becomes so beautiful ... especially what i love about this guy is, that he is rooted in our culture, his photos speak for him , that he is honest and true , and proud of what he is ,who he is ..
    kami's work is neat and crisp, compositions are careful yet spontaneous ... the people he photographs are always relaxed which tells me he does not treat them like subjects , and talks to them ... a truly gifted guy ... i've had the pleasure of meeting kami ,found him as cool as his work , i'm very happy and honored that im going to see him again in a few days .. it'll give me a chance to learn from this master...kami has so many fans and so many friends and im sure this will grow infinitely as the fragrance and magic of his photography spreads across the world... after his marrige ,kami's work has improved tremendously , so my bhabi must also be thanked here...for sinan ofcourse :) ...for letting him carry on with his other love ( photography) and for keeping our artist brother happy,content and inspired. best of luck and prayers for you kamran .we Love you ..keep clicking"

    October 8th, 2008

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    Ameer Hamza says:

    "Kamran is a class act. And that may well be an understatement. He has his own loyal following, a seriously rare thing among millions of shooters & photographers present at Flickr. Needless to say that I enjoy his work like many others. And I make it a point, whenever I have ample time, to visit his folio. It is arguably one of the best from Pakistan."

    October 7th, 2008

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    Ash Habib says:

    "I don't really do Testimonials so I'll keep this short.

    Kami needs to be made head of Pakistan's tourism board. Lets get a petition started ;)

    Seriously though, his photos of Pakistan are beautiful and anybody who views them is bound to be hypnotized, even in these dark times."

    October 2nd, 2008

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    ahsan.amin (Work Work And Work) says:

    "I join flicker and kami bhai joined me.. such a nice critique around new learners, inspiring , motivating (hehe feels great when you add my work to your favorite bucket ;) ), He was the one who gave me a very first lecture on light. Loves his scapes and love to call him the Clouds specialist :) Kami bhai you are the one who inspired me to work with cloudy landscapes ;) a secret exposed now :P, wish you good luck for your upcoming art :)"

    September 16th, 2008

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    `hammy [away] says:

    "last week i visited nathia gali n murree hills with my frens n took my latest addiction *camera* with me.. kept telling them abt flickr n abt these great paki photographers namely Kami, Aamir, v1nz..etc n out of no where sitting right in the middle of Mall Road i see a person resembling Kami-at first *being a very shy person* i dint approached him plus i wasnt sure if it was him but in the end a canon 400D was out in his hands.. taking pics! I smiled n went to him with my fren.. told my fren he's the one who does wonders with his clicks! We had a lil chit chat.. was fun!
    Keep up the great work.. u sure inspire me dude! (="

    September 6th, 2008

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    Muhammad Shahid Akram says:

    "write a testimonial is difficult specially when you go to write first time, n in case of a person you never meet before its harder, but kami work and passion to explore the beauty of nature insist me to write for him,because he deserve to appraise.
    Kami Syed is a man with a beautiful nature, a mind who know how to see and represent this beautiful world, he is making differences in photography standards, My friend GOOD LUCK."

    August 27th, 2008

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    Xploiтєя ™ says:

    ""Where do I start? I'm guessing if you're reading this you're already familiar with Kami Syed work, if not - what are you waiting for?

    Technically awesome compositions displaying an amazing command of light, form, color and textures that will make you marvel, but the real magic, for me, is in the way his images make you "feel".

    In a wander through his photostream you will lose yourself and find yourself. You'll be moved to smile and laugh, feel sadness, freedom, inspiration and wonder. That's the key - his pictures make you truly "feel". They suck you right in and absorb your thoughts.

    Hey Kami , I'd love to pull up a bean bag and settle for an hour or so in a wee corner of your head while you're feeling at your most inspired... it would be a powerful, intensely inspiring experience for sure.

    It's a privilege to have met you through flickr. =)"

    August 11th, 2008

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    Suh@il says:

    "I don't know why it took me so long to write about my very good friend KamiSyed ........ but i'm glad that its my 1st testimonial and its for you Kami.

    I 1st met Kamran Syed about a year ago during Flickr Meetup in Islamabad. He is gem of a person, a very soft spoken and kind hearted. His photographic work speaks louder than the words, I have no doubt that he is one of the best and finest Pakistani young photographer who has aclaimed The Position in no time which one dreams for years. I like his cultural and street photography very much, specially the Street & Cultural Portraits are par excellence. He has the qualities to lead and guide people, I wish him all the best for his future and wish to see him sucessfull in every field of life."

    May 6th, 2008

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    From Cams Eye says:

    "HES is a superb photographer with a magnificent gallery of images. He captures it all well, . All of them receive the "magic touch" through the lens of His camera and transform into works of art. Hes not only a great photographer, but also one of the kindest, most generous people I have met on Flickr. Thank you, for the joy of your photos!"

    April 23rd, 2008

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    i.rashid007 says:

    "Kamran is a great Pakistani Photographer who does absolutely superb work .......!!! His stream contains stunning images which show emotions, diverse scenes, people, culture, customs, places, action, traditions, what and what not.............cannot explain in words. I always look forward to see his work, his work reminds me of my country while sitting far far away...............!!! Well Done and Keep it up !!!!"

    April 12th, 2008

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    babasteve says:

    "I love the work of KamiSyed. Both the photographer and the images he produces are inspiring. Thank you."

    April 12th, 2008

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    Rhina... says:

    "Kami is one of the best photographers that I know. He have a great eye to catch precious moments in the live of his awesome and beautiful subjects, he is a broadminded Gentleman and a kind friend. For me is a honor to have him in my contact list and to know, that such a wonderful person could exist. I'm always waiting for his new shots, they're great!.

    Thanks Kami for all the great feelings that you can give us with each of your masterpieces! :-)"

    November 29th, 2007

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    Faisal~ says:

    "I have never met him in person or talked to him. What I can say about him by looking at his photo stream is that he is an amazing artist! The way he uses light and shadows is truly amazing!

    Just scroll through his portraits and you will know what I am talking about :)

    Very friendly when making comments and always on the move!

    Well, some day I wish to meet him in person when I am in Pakistan ;)

    Thank you Kamran for giving me the inspiration to frame and shoot better!"

    November 25th, 2007

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    amma_maw says:

    "Kamran Syed is simply a wonderful photographer. He captures his land and people with such passion and depth that he brings us into his world with him, and shares the love he obviously has for it.
    You can tell a lot about the character of a photographer in the reaction of his models and subjects. Kami's respond to him with openness and delight, and it is in turn offered to us. A true gift.
    He also gives of humor, in comments to fellow photographers, and information freely shared. This also is a gift...rare in this hurried world... and so appreciated.
    He is a true emissary of friendship and connection., in a world that is greatly in need of both.

    Thank you Kamran, for your art and your generosity."

    November 19th, 2007

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    Salman(Quit Photography) says:

    "Well, it's been so long i wanted to write a testimonial for my Kami Bhai .. but i considered myself a no good photographer yet so thought i would not be able to describe his photogrpahy technically, but he wrote a testimonial for me and it is something Precious , so i decided NOW's the time to say what i think about Kami Bhai !
    Kami Bhai is the One Finest photographer for me , i loved his shots for the very first time i looked them, they'r all adoreable. but the Best thing i saw in Kami Bhai is he's so simple and humble unlike other good photographers. He treats everyone with so loving and caring bahviour, encourages beginners, give out time for all and their pics. thats what he is in General. With Me, it's More than that :) he loves me a lot , treats me just like his little brother :) very frank with me , advise me , ENCOURAGES me, always help me, jokes around , share ideas. I think if i would be of his age, he would be my Best Friend :) but it's an honour to be his little brother :) and He's so Cute :) totally photogenic :) I respect him from the core of my heart. I know i'm going more into Personality than Photography but i think Everyone know he is a Great Photographer. so i am mentioning things that some people might not know about him.
    Kami Bhai ! You Rock :)"

    November 3rd, 2007

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    Jorge Alberto Mendoza Mariscal says:

    "One of my favorite photographers Indeed, his works and his life inspire to me"

    October 22nd, 2007

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    Samar AlBader says:

    "You are portraying a culture and that what makes your photostream special."

    October 9th, 2007

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    Sohail Khan 909 says:

    "I was thinking for a long time to write a testimonial for this great brother of mine :-) but i didn`t tell him .. i just wanted to give him a surprise.

    Since i join the community of Pakistani Photographers i come to know many people most of them are very fine gent, but this person gives me a the feeling of a true brother.. i didn`t met him personally.. but i like the way he mix up with the people... if u don't know this chap Kami then u just need to write him a scrap n he will come back to u just like an long lost friend.. i am sure whoever knows Kami surely loves him..

    There are many great photographers on flickr.. they take great pictures, but i guess there are very few people here who`s comments n pictures can make u laugh.. this chap has capability to make people laugh, at least in Pakistani Photographers community there is no one like him.. his work is fabulous.. whether its a Portrait, action, land scape photography this chap is always ahead of everyone (excluding some seniors)

    a very talented photographer who hardly rest, if u closely watch his photos u will realize his passion for photography.. he is the kind of a guy who can spend whole day taking pictures n still feel fresh

    I am so proud to call him my brother.. he is a true gem n darling of our community.. May ALL MIGHTY GOD give him a long life n health.

    *Keep clicking Kami bro :-) everybody loves your pictures.

    Jazak`ALLAH khair"

    October 6th, 2007

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    waqar bukhari says:

    "Kami Syed is one of the most talented photographers that I know. He is also the sweetest. His comments on my pictures absolutely make my day. One of the Nicest people on flickr, and I consider myself very, very lucky to have met his here. I am happy he is my friend . he is my wonderful friend , He is my brother.
    I wish him all the best . God bless him""

    September 12th, 2007

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    enigmatic.baluch says:

    "It is very difficult to write something about Kamran without looking at all aspects of the man. However this is a site devoted to photography and the visual arts, so there is an element of ease in describing the man as an artist… until his photographic art spills over into the poetic, the descriptive, the narrative.

    Primarily, one would have look a very long way, and with some diligence to find somebody of the same calibre of Kamran. His portraits, for me, are exceptional to the point of being magnificent. Obviously his subjects are there for all to see, but he has the capacity to pluck those subjects out of the ordinary and drive them into the extraordinary.

    Composition does not come easily, but this man is a master of his craft. He has an eye; he sees through and past the detritus of life to the beauty. Shape; colour; texture; softness of light; shadow, juxtaposition of mass against mass; mass against what may appear at first to be vacant areas, are all managed with consummate skill. His works can contain depths of vision that are stunning; pastel colours and blurred backgrounds which accentuate the drama of the subject to the point that the viewer is transfixed with love of that subject, or has difficulty drawing away from a pair of eyes that mesmerise; that hypnotise with their intensity… and all the way through, his subjects are caught in a time frame and the legend that should be writ large on ever one of his works is. “Look at me. I am mankind. I am life. I am man. I am noble. I am woman. I am beauty. I am a child. I am your future. I may be vulnerable now, I may be in this situation now, but I will survive.”

    He has the skill and capability to show the nobility, the beauty of man; to such an extent that it takes one’s breath away. People, snatched out of their environment for the briefest of moments become icons from the past, the future, the present whilst there is perhaps turmoil surrounding them; pathos; fear; anger; despair; all the frailties of human life are caught by this genius; through his eyes and his lens. He holds up his art to us, the viewers, saying, “This is the way it is. Look at this and this and this. This is life as it really is. This is man at his finest; his most noble; his most vulnerable”.

    And through it all he has the knack of humour, compassion, love of his subjects and a rapport which supersedes simple photography. And gently, and with humour, he narrates in a non preaching manner, the sociological backgrounds, he unfurls concepts, dispels confusion, He leads the mind and soul into a clearer understanding and compassion for the subjects; the situations; the ethos of his works.

    Composition is magnificent. He manages to fill the frame with the subject in a manner which sometimes invites the viewer to step into that photograph and become part of the action; at other times he fills the picture in a way that demands that we look, admire, understand, love or feel enormous compassion… but always on the terms of the subject.

    I don’t know how long he works with his subjects… I have never seen him at work. I don’t understand the mechanics of photography as opposed to snap shots… any more than the average man. But what I do know is that by using the talents which he obviously has, he can catch an image in time which can transcend reality. He can capture emotions in his subjects so that arrogance becomes a virtue; fear becomes strength; vulnerability becomes a thing of beauty; softness becomes a rock on which all waves break with no destructive power.

    Without delving into hyperbole, and avoiding clichés, I really believe the man is a genius; a maestro in the fullest sense, possibly the true Renaissance Man,"

    September 8th, 2007

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    Daneli says:

    "just want to say, I love your photos, They depict beautiful people with gentle spirits.
    Anyone who does not mark you as a contact is crazy.
    Keep up the beautiful work as you bring out such feeling in your photos."

    June 29th, 2007

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    Imran Khan - Always Pakistan First says:

    ""Every time I see a photograph uploaded by Kami Syed I think that that's the best. Kami is a brilliant person. Nearly each picture is an artist's delight. To me Kami is incomparable because of his great & amazing pictures.
    I know him since one year & I am very very happy that flickr has given me a sweet friend who is so caring & sensitive. He is my idle coz my photography skills are grown up by seeing his work & of course I calls him “Father of Ideas”.
    His pictures are full of life & his work describes you the hardness, softness & innocence in human’s life. He is truly an artist who is admirable & I always praise his work to my friends when they ask me about my favorite photographer. His nature photography forced me to start blogging for Pakistani Pictures & he was the first person who really helped me & supported me to start blogging & I am proud to have him in my good books. I have talked to him on telephone many times & I love to talk to him. His voice is so sweet & his smile is precious to me. He is friendly & he has an intelligent head over his shoulders. His writing skills are even not bad & one day I will ask him to write something for my site too.
    I am willing to go back soon to Pakistan to meet him. He is truly a great addition to my friends list. May Allah bless you dear.”"

    June 26th, 2007

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    marcopolovoyager_2001 says:

    "In the words of Aawara...He's balm for my soul, beauty for my eyes and colour for my mind" That totally sums up Kami... !"

    June 22nd, 2007

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    zdc _ 70+30 !!! says:

    ""Shoot for the moon... 'cause even if you miss, you'll end up in the stars."

    So far Syed Kamran Safdar is ending up in stars each day ………………….. on a whole-sale basis …………… on budget :)

    Meet the leading contributor of Pakistan’s biggest flickr mob ! He refuses to step-down with his endless array of candid and street shots. The near extinct Oly is blessed with a demanding owner, in turn he brings respect to OLYMPUS ! Testified: It isn’t the gun alone, it is the man behind the gun that matters.

    To date I don’t know the nature of his profession. I am fascinated by his Irani back-ground the details of which are also un-known to me. I won’t be surprised if he makes to the title of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY with Amal ! You can trust him as a guide to northern areas of Pakistan, an area where he seems to have considerable additional command. There is another BIG reason why he is so special to me ……. :)

    The best is yet to come, when he gets hands on the DSLR of his choice he ll sure hit the moon !

    EDIT: He has just acquired Canon REBEL XT ........ Kami Cany !"

    June 2nd, 2007

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    Aawara says:

    "If i have to choose ONE single photographer, it would be kami... He's balm for my soul, beauty for my eyes and colour for my mind.
    kami, you are one of the kindest, warmest and most genuine people I have met on flickr.
    kami has been very generous to so many people by taking the time to comment on our photographs and when you see the quality of his photos and the amount of flickr traffic you will appreciate what I mean.
    I absolutely love visiting his photostream not just for the photographs but for the thoughful cultural commentary with many of them and the photography tips. Thanks kami for making flickr such a great place to be."

    May 4th, 2007

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    SaffyH says:

    "I started getting to know Kami from Yahoo Groups related to trekking and nature. I cant remember exactly how we met but I remember that in my first chat with him he made me laugh a lot. I do like being with people who have a sense of humourand that was the first thin that struck out about Kami and thats just online. I did find I had alot to talk to him abot online. When I met him sadly I did nt have enough time to spend with him and then it was back to online contact untul June 2006. I met Kami again and this time we arranged a day trip to a Wildlife Park and on the way I did notice Kami had an eye for a good photo. That day was a great adventure. We met again at his house in Taxila where he invited us for dinner and we had a great evening of conversation.

    How would I describe Kami as a person? I noticed his sense of humour and that he has the ability to make people feel comfortable. He is calm ansd relaxed. Kami has the great ability of being able to listen to others and absorbing what they say. He is patient and polite.

    I did enjoy my time with Kami and I do hope I get to meet him and explore him on a more personal level. I hope we get to explore some more areas again sometime soon!"

    April 29th, 2007

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    Arlo Photography says:

    "KamiSyed is a wonderful photographer - and one quick look through his photostream will confirm that fact. He uses composition, light and color to produce stunning images week after week.

    But what you might not know is that this talented man is also a generous member of the Flickr community who takes the time - and makes the effort - to praise other's works here on a regular basis.

    Flickr is a better place because KamiSyed is a leader here, and I'm proud to call him a friend.."

    April 3rd, 2007

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    Fiaz Tariq says:

    "Sayed Kamran Safdar a.k.a Kami
    Such a nice person. One of my mentor in Flickr. 1st comment o got from him is abt DOF. I am new in photography and after his comments I m going through all definiation regariding it. Very humble and down to earth person . sound like a brother. Always inspired with less resource and great outcomes. Thank a lot being my frnd Kami
    Stay Happy Always"

    March 22nd, 2007

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    W@F@ ¤ÐëZëRt ~ RøYä£z¤ says:

    "" A sweet person with nice smile & lovely wordz.... InshAllah we'll be meeting some day in your historicle Buddha land... we'll make a lot of shots & hunting with my falconz..... and U're not my friend coz' U sound me like a brother, love U... Allah ya7fdek ""

    February 10th, 2007

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    mina_artist says:

    "I would like to say that Kami you are really great photographer you have a spectacular are a master of capturing people's expression and surrounding happenings............We all love amal so much for her beauty.....and the credit goes to her too...
    I think you have tons of talent and you are a great guy.....I really appreciate your comments and encouragements on my photostream........Courage is the strength to stand up
    When it's easier to fall down and lose hold..................................
    I enjoy every single your photos..........Keep the good work
    Friends are those rare people who ask how you are
    and then wait to hear the answer."

    February 12th, 2007

July 2006
Taxila, Pakistan
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