The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Today I chose an interior shot from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It really is an impressive structure. Outside and inside. And you can take photos, which is just great.

But it’s also quite difficult for me to edit photos from here. Never sure how they should look. There is a mix of natural, yellow, and white (a bit bluish) lights all over the place. And on top of it, most of it is white or shades of grey. I never know if I should leave it more yellow-colored or push it more white. But in the end, usually, I wouldn’t say I like both. So this is somewhere in the middle.

For those curious, this is a three-shot vertorama, taken with a 17mm Tilt-Shift lens. Each shot from 3 exposures, blended in Photoshop. I also used the Generative Fill to remove a few people. Yes, it’s not really that empty.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dubai marina in the distance

While this photo looks like a panorama, it is not. In reality, it’s a shot from the 12mm Laowa lens, that I cropped down. I was not standing directly on the rocks, and I wanted to include them in the shot, while having the whole Dubai marina behind it. So I used the 12mm to get the rocks in the shot and kept it leveled to avoid perspective distortion. But that resulted in a lot of empty sky, that I did not like. And after I cropped it off, I got this panoramic view from it.

This shot is taken from Palm Jumeirah and the rocks in the front are of course part of the palm. This is a blend from two exposures, done in Photoshop.

Dubai marina in the distance, Dubai, UAE

Bright spot in the Business Bay

Back to Dubai with today’s photo. Most of my photos from Dubai are of the skyscrapers, but this one has a bit less of those. You can only see them a bit in the background. I found this spot in the middle of the Business Bay, and I think it was something like an exercise area. I think I remember seeing a poster for that nearby. Not completely sure anymore.

I really like how it stood out compared to the rest of the area, and how the middle was much brighter than the rest. So I also enhanced it in my editing, keeping the borders quite dark. This is also a shot done with the 12mm Laowa lens, so while I was standing really close to the palms, I still got a big part of them in the shot.

This is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop. I probably used the Night Light filter from NISI with this photos, but can’t really tell.

Bright spot in the Business Bay

Burj Khalifa lights

Today’s photo is one from under the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. It was taken right during the light show, that is there every evening. Actually, the reason the whole tower was red that day, is because it was the Chinese new year. They really like to change up the lights based on different occasions. I really liked these dandelions so I have them as the foreground element in many of my Burj Khalifa shots. I even wanted to go close to the tower to get a shot even more from under it, but the security guards were not happy with the tripod. Strangely, they have no problem with them in the tower, just outside. Photo rules are strange all over the place.

This is a single exposure, split into two and blended together in Photoshop.

Burj Khalifa lights

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Late evening at the Business Bay in Dubai

Today’s photo is another one from last year’s trip to Dubai. This one was taken one late evening in the Business bay. I really like to include the railing in this area, as it creates a nice curved line that guides your eyes into the photo. It especially looks good with a nice wide angle lens, like the 12mm one I used here.

If you need some tips for spots to take photos in Dubai, check out my Top photography spots in Dubai list.

This is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop.

Late evening at the Business bay in Dubai
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