I really don’t use filters that much. When one shoots hdr, using a filter is not so important usually. But for me, there are two exceptions. Either when I wan to have a longer exposure, when I use a ND filter, or when I shoot during a very sunny day, when I use the polarizer, to darken the sky. Of course one has to take into account where the sun is. For those who are not familiar with this, a polarizing filter works best when the sun is to the side form you. It does not work well when the sun is in front or behind you. Same for this photo, where the sun was to the left of me, at the almost perfect position. And the polarizer gave me a great result :)
A little different shot from the Burj Khalifa I tried a similar shot before in Bratislava and Ljubljana, but looks more stunning with few skyscrapers in the view. This is actually quite interesting way to have railings on high buildings. You have a glass wall, so it’s safe, but you also have openings in it, that you can take photos. I had to wait for a while to be able to take this photo, as I could not get a big enough space free of any people, but after a while I succeed.
The spiral one on the right is the Cayan Towr (also known as the Infinity tower). It looks really cool, just makes it harder to correct perspective in a photo. And I had to do a lot of that in this one. I was actually surprised how thin the tower was. You know, in Europe, most buildings are huge, but low. In Dubai, it’s the opposite. The buildings are tall, but very slim.
So many neon lights in the marina. Not sure how other cameras deal with them, but mine always creates some crazy colors from them. But it also can look quite interesting. That actually quite a theme in Dubai, where a lot of buildings are lighten up by this very strong neon lights. Getting a right color in a photo of them can be really quite difficult.
White and HDR does not go well together that much, but when you have such a great structure like the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, you just do your best. In this photo I tried to keep the brightness and white color of the wall, and give them a nice contrast to the blue hour in the background. And I think it worked out quite nicely :)