Night view of the Burj Al Arab

You may have noticed that most of my recent Dubai shot are night one. The reasons here are multiple, but mostly two. During the day, the weather was crazy sunny, with a lot of haze, which did not really work well for photos. On the other hand, the sunrise and especially blue hours were crazy short, in the range of 15 minutes only. Really hard to get many shots, if you do around 30s exposures. But since Dubai is so lit up, you can take photos during the whole night anyway :)

For today’s photo I zoomed in all the way while taking photos of Palm Jumeirah (the panorama I posted few days ago) while looking to the right. I wanted to include more of the city here, but was not able to extent the camera out enough from the balcony, to not see the wall of the skyscraper I was taking photos from.

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Night view of the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE

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 While all other Top photography pages on this blog are still relevant, the Dubai one is out of date.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
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