I got lucky for this photograph. First, there were low clouds flying around Dubai skyscrapers, which is far from a common thing in Dubai. And then a ship entered into my long exposure and lit the bridge from below. Really enjoyed this place!
One of those rare cloudy nights in Dubai. I was also lucky with the reflections, just after I took this shot, the wind kicked in and the reflections were gone. I waited for 30 minutes for the wind to go down and take more shots but then I gave up.
Special thanks to my new photog buddy Sebastian who had the great idea of bringing me to this place that cloudy night.
Leaving temporarily my modeling shots, back to some Dubai cityscapes :)
Here is another view of Dubai's skyline, this time from a huge residential complex called Jumeirah Islands. It consists of 50 small islands, each comprising 16 villas. They all sit in a huge artificial lake.
Digital Blending + Panorama, original size: 17 Mpix
Taken during a photo outing last evening with my flickr buddy Abdul Rahman from Qatar (arfromqatar).
This is a kind of 'rescued' shot, since we were caught by a security guard after I only shot 2 exposures of my usual 5. I had to manage with those only 2 exposures, hence I produced a more darker shot than my usual ones, but I am still happy with the result.
I had the chance to get access to the 101th floor of a building under construction in Dubai Marina. Amazing 360 views from there. I will start with a non blue hour shot for a change :)
You can clearly see the fully illuminated Palm Jumeirah Island on the background. The tower on the left is the Princess Tower (95 floors), from which I took the fog shots. The cool shaped tower on the right is Ocean Heights (83 floors), from which I also have a series of shots. And the tower in the middle is the Elite Residence (91 floors).
The world's tallest residential building ("Pentominium") is currently under construction in Dubai Marina and will have 122 floors.
Nikon D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm
Vertorama / Digital Blending
"The Force of Nature is a series of sculptures by artist Lorenzo Quinn that depict a woman pivoting the world around with a piece of cloth. The woman, presumably Mother Nature, is swept with a gust of wind, forcefully draping her attire and hair behind her. There is a vigorous sense of motion radiating from each installation that also performs a remarkable balancing act between the Earthly sphere and its navigator.
Having displayed slightly different versions of this piece all over the world, from England and the United States to Monaco and Singapore, each sculpture provides its own sense of twirling motion without the slightest bit of physical movement. The ripples in her garment and the strain of the cloth wrapped around the globe offer enough visual clues to allow one to surmise the structure’s intended action. Ultimately, the illustrative piece offers a surreal presentation of the Earth’s rotation through a personified force of nature." (from My Modern Met)
D800 & Nikkor 14-24mm
9 exposures Digital Blending (out of 77 I took during 30 minutes)
4 exposures for the whole landscape f/8 ISO 100
2 exposures for the light trails f/22 ISO 100
2 exposures for the trains f/2.8 ISO 2000
1 exposure for the arriving plane f/2.8 ISO 2000
There is a little story behind this shot. As usual, a buddy and I were trying to make our way (illegally) to the roof top of a building. Usual strategy, enter the building, go to the elevator, (I use the 'phone call' trick, i.e. walking with my phone, pretending to be on a call with the friend I am visiting upstairs).
Well, we managed to get to 48th floor on the roof top (which also had an accessible helipad). Unfortunately the view was not great, all the downward view obstructed by a huge ledge. But we still decided to setup the tripods and start shooting.
After 10 minutes, we heard some noise, and saw light coming off the staircase, a security guard was coming up! Little adrenaline rush, we tried to run and avoid the guy, but he managed to catch us... Well, I offered him a financial compensation for the trouble, which he accepted.
But then, he started telling us that there was a place on the 21st floor near the machines room with a great view, so we went there, and indeed the view was awesome, never shot before as far as I know. So here it is! It was definitely worth to pay a bribe!
D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm
Vertical Panorama, Digital Blending.
After my few dark hours, and B&W experiment, back to the Blue Hour! The temperatures are now a bit cooler, 33 degrees at the time I took this shot today. Humidity has gone down too (40% today) which is great! And you can also notice some shy clouds, they should become more present as we move towards 'winter'.
Another view of the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. This is a 'small' conventional panorama, made from two landscape shots. Digital Blending, total of 7 exposures used for the whole panorama.
An unusual harsh light shot on my photo stream! I thought I could get away with it by creating a tone-mapped HDR, use a very long exposure for the water, and convert it to B&W. And as a bonus you get some clouds, another rarity in Dubai!
Technical stuff: 7 exposures tone-mapped HDR with Oloneo Photo Engine, water replaced with a single exposure shot with ND400+ND8 stacked (f/22, 4 minutes), final composite image converted to B&W with Nik SilverEfex Pro.
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STOLEN PHOTOS - FINAL UPDATE: I just received a mail from Yahoo saying that my request is not processed because they claim I did not put a valid phone number (which is totally nonsense, I did put my number in Dubai - are they expecting a US number???). So the thief removed the photos not because of Yahoo but only because of you, my dear "Internet Mob Friends"! ;-)
LARGE View (Contacts only - sorry). I sincerely apologize to the flickr members who regularly visit my stream but are not in my contacts list. I will gradually add them to my contacts list.
Was in a panoramic mood today, so here it is! This panorama is composed of 6 exposures, each pano exposure is a digital blending of 5 exposures (shot in portrait mode with my Tokina 11-16mm). Total number of exposures processed: 30, each of the RAW shots processed with Adobe Camera Raw for the White Balance and also the Vibrance setting. About 2 hours of total processing. Original size of the panorama: 38 Megapixels.
Ideally, I would have shot the boats and the flag at high ISO and high shutter speed (to freeze the movement), but I felt I was a bit pushing too much! ;-)
Yesterday I drove to the Northen Emirates and crossed the border to Oman to drive up to the town of Khasab. Beautiful coastline, superb beaches, emerald sea, white sand, rocks, cliffs and even fjords with dolphins swimming around! It was an awesome refreshing trip, far from the skyscrapers of Dubai. At last I found some really nice landscapes in this region, even though it was quite challenging to photograph the fjords from a boat.
And as a big bonus, this beautiful boat wreck was just lying on the side of the road! The sun was setting hence the lighting on the mountains.
In the next days, I'll be posting some shots from Istanbul again, and more shots from Oman.
This is a 7 exposures tone-mapped HDR with Dynamic Photo HDR (it gave me much better results than Photomatix). The sky is from one original exposure (tweaked in ACR because it was a bit hazy). The tone-mapped sky was a bit over cooked for my taste.