I spend one evening in Dubai on the beach by the Burj Al Arab. Somehow the sunset was quite nice, but the photos look horrible. Not sure why. That actually the reason I haven’t yet posted any photos from there. But of course, here is a fist one. It’s not the best photo I ever taken, but not that bad either :)

This is a manual blend from 4 exposures, done in Photoshop.
Shining Burj Al Arab

Not that I really like going to the beach, but as I was staying close to it in the Dubai Marina, I went there for a moment. And it was hot as hell, so exactly like I thought. And as you can see from the photo, also not the best time for photography. So after taking few photos, I returned to doing what I do mostly during the day when traveling. Sleeping. That’s actually quite normal for me. I go out for the sunrise, then go to bed and then go out again in the evening to take more photos. Especially in such hot places as Dubai, I just don’t have the will to go out during the day.

This is a single photo, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. I used a polarizing filter when taking this photo, but it didn’t help that much.
A hot day at the beach

This photo is not as colorful as my other photos from Dubai, but it nicely shows why almost all of them are blue hour/night time shots. Even such a stunning city as Dubai, can look just boring with the wrong light. And during the week I was there, the sunsets looked mostly like this. Still it’s an interesting view, so I decided to edit the photo anyway :)

This is a blend from 3 exposures, edited in Photoshop.
Down the road

Funny thing, that immediately after one returns from any city, one gets great ideas on composition. I know I missed so many views in Dubai, even on the spots I visited. Strange that I coul never think about them when I was there. Could be because of the heat :)

This is another view of the Dubai Marina, taken from the Palm Jumeirah. This is a HDR from 3 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.
The tallest block

I think I mentioned it before, but there are many neon lights in Dubai. They really use them a lot to decorate their buildings. They look nice, but make the capturing and editing of photos a little more difficult.

Same with this photo fo the Dubai Festival city. It actually should not be as purple as it is, but my white balance was set for a nearby bridge (completely lit up by neon lights) and it created this color. And as I really like it, as it’s something different from the blue shots, I let it be.

This is a manual blend from 4 exposures, taken around 1am at night :)
Moon and neon lights

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