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

Dubai marina nights

I really like when I can post different photos after each other. First landscape, then cityscape, first daytime, then nighttime, small town, the big city. Does not work out always, but sometimes. Makes for a better-looking site. So today, let’s do another photo from the Dubai Marina. Dubai works like a contrast to almost any other photos I have. Especially to landscape ones :)

This is a blend of 5 exposures, done in Photoshop. I used the darker expsures mostly to recover the bright lights. I also blended in multiple version of the passing ships from all the exposures. I just wanted the water to look a bit more busy.

Dubai marina nights

Neon lights in the Dubai Marina

I will be away for most of the next week, so there will no updates on the blog. But if I go and take some photos, there will probably be some behind the camera shots on my Twitter account here. But before that, here is a new photo from the Dubai Marina.

While editing this photo, I really liked the neon color on one of the skyscrapers, so I pushed the whole white ballance into more magentas and purple colors. It’s a bit different to the tipical blue tone I tent to use most of the time.

This is a blend of two exposures, create in Photoshop. One thing when I edit night photos, is to try and keep them dark. It looks too fake when you have a night photo, and there is no black, no shadows and nothing dark in it.

Neon lights in the Dubai Marina

And just for fun, I also created a version with reflection. Just to see how it looks like.

Neon lights in the Dubai Marina

Late night Dubai Marina

I posted quite a lot of new photos of landscapes in a row, so it’s time for a cityscape shot. This one is one of the many I still have not edited from my trip to Dubai last year. I took this one late in the night while returning to the rented apartment in one of the skyscrapers nearby.

Btw. what do you prefer to book when you travel? Hotel or something like Airbnb? I tend to go mostly for Airbnb, as in some locations the price difference is huge and having a full apartment is better for longer trips.

This photo is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop. This is not a panorama, but it was taken with the Laowa 12mm lens and then cropped to get rid of too much foreground.

Late night Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE

And here is also a comparison to the original RAW file. As you can see, mostly here I worked on the brightness to get detail in the background. I also used parts of the brighter/darker exposures to have the moving ship in a better location and to get rid of the ghosts of moving people on the walkway.

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