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


Do wee need another social network? Not really. Would it be nice if someone was a real competition to Facebook? Definitively. So when I seen VERO, I thought I give it a try. And while I have to say, I really like the interface and how the app behaves, I’m still not convinced that I will be using it. Depends on what traction they get with the users. But I’m always open to trying new stuff :)

For now, you can find me there, just by searching for my name.

Framed view of the Grand Mosque

I revisited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, while in Dubai, and got quite a lot of photos. Now, with many more lenses available than I had before, I can also get quite different views there. Especially the tilt shift came in handy. But as the Grand Mosque was quite full of people the day I was there, I also took few more zoomed in shots. And here is one of the main entrance. This is quite a popular composition here, as you can really nicely frame the main tower of the Grand Mosque, with the arch of the entrance. You just have to step away a bit and zoom in your lens :)

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

Framed view of the Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Destination Budapest

I have been home for a week or two, so it’s time to travel again. For the next week I will be running around Budapet and then later Austira. And looking how hot it was last weeks, this will be a sweaty week :)

Growing white pillars

How about another Plotagraph :) This one is of the white pillars in the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. As there are this flowers on every pillar, I thougth, it would be cool to have them look like they were growing. So I animated it that way.

It took a bit of masking, as I wanted also animate the reflections to fit the overall look. But I think it came out quite nicely. What do you think? I’m also including a screenshot to the side, so you can see how it was done in Plotagraph Pro.

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Back from Budapest

And I’m back from Budapest after the short trip. And not that I got that many photos, as when it started raining yesterday, it just rained all the time. But what can you do :)

The pillars reflection in the Grand Mosque

For todays daily photo I went back to my photos from UAE, and chosen one from the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. If you ever are in the area, you just must visit it. And their great approach to photography (tripods are allowed !!!) should be an example to many other places :)

This is a blend of two exposures for the base, and then I used another two to remove few of the people present. I still had to brush out few in the end.

The pillars reflection in the Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

I just could not decide what to post today. After going from more than 10 photos, and just not being able to choose one, I ended up with this one. Just one of those days probably :)

This is one of the chandeliers in the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. This is mostly a single exposure, with a second one used to darken few bright spots.

In the red sky

Technique: Photoshop edit, Number of exposures: 2, Camera Model: Canon 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 8, Middle exposure time: 3.2s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 24.412292, 54.474336
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