Dubai Marina in 2018 vs. 2014

As I said yesterday, Dubai and Dubai marina change a lot. And today’s photo will shot this change. I took a very similar panorama from the Palm Jumeirah, as I did 4 years ago, when I was in Dubai. This is a huge panorama. To be clear, the reflection is fake, created in Photoshop. You can’t get a clear reflection in a sea, it just moves to much.

You can nicely see how the spaces between the skyscrapers fill up with other skyscrapers and the new wheel is just crazy bit :) Actually you can also see how my editing style change in the last 4 years here. This new photo is a 4 exposure panorama stitched in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

You can see a bigger version of the 2018 photo here and the 2014 photo here (please right click the links a choose open in a new tab to see the photo full size). You can also see a zoomable version of the 2014 one here.

Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE

And here are few details:

Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE

And here is the image I took in 2014:

Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE

Updates to the Top photography spots in Dubai

Dubai changes so much. While all other Top photography pages on this blog are still relevant, the Dubai one is out of date. And since I visited most of the spots during my last trip, I started with an update. It is already partially done, but I need to edit few more photos from other spots, to finish it. Still, its more factual right now, than it was yesterday :) Check it out here: Top photography spots Dubai.

Looking down in the JLT

I don’t usually carry the fish eye lens with me. It’s great when I need to do a 360 degree photo, but not for much else. But since I had it with me the evening I was in the JLT area in Dubai. So of course I took few photos with it :)

This is a two shot blend done in Photoshop.

Looking down in the JLT, Dubai, UAE

Palm Jumeirah at night

Today’t photo includes the whole Palm Jumeirah. I wanted it whole, but I did not plan for it to be this wide, but it’s to late to retake it :). So I’m stuck with this view.

Palm Jumeirah is a huge structure, so it’s quite hard to get it all, and still get a nice detail. So for this one, I did a 5 shot panorama, each shot from 3 exposures. The result is so big, that Photoshop refused to save it as a JPG at full size :) I ended up with a 5.5GB PSB file and a final resolution of 130Mpix (25500×5000 pixels)

But this also makes it hard to display it properly here. So since the standard size is just too small, here you can see a much bigger resolution (please right click the link and choose open in new tab to see it full size) and I’m also including some detail shots here. Probably, later on I will make a zoomable panorama from it, as the ones that are available here.

Palm Jumeirah at night, Dubai, UAE

And here are few details:

Palm Jumeirah at night, Dubai, UAE

Island builders at night

There is so much construction in Dubai. You can see cranes everywhere you look. But they are not only building skyscrapers, they are also building more islands. And while I was taking photo from one of the skyscrapers in the Dubai marina, I noticed this ship. I’m not 100% sure what they were doing there, but it do looked like they were moving rocks from one area to other, so building new islands in the marina.

This is a blend from three exposures. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Island builders at night, Dubai, 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
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