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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

VERO

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

Sunrise at the top

I’m trying a bit to relax these few days, as I’m still quite tired from running around for a whole week. And the 30 degree temperature difference between Dubai and Bratislava is also not so easy to get used to. I don’t want to get sick, as another trip is not far away.

But I did already edited quite a few photos, so the updates here will keep on coming :) For today, here is sunrise shot, taken from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the At the top visit. Regrettably, the slits in the walls there, are no longer big enough to get the lens through. But I was prepared, and had the Lenskirt with me. With it, I managed to get a nice, reflection free photo through the glass wall. Had to only remove the few glass scratches that were still visible :)

Btw. I you plan a visit, they still allow tripods there, and even my, bigger camera bag was not a problem. Also, the sunrise visit has much fewer people than sunset, they just stay there longer.

This is a two shot blend, one shot for the city, second one for the sunrise.

Back from Dubai

And I’m back from Dubai. The week really passed quickly as always. It was mostly a great trip, with a lot of photos and experiences. Not everything worked though, and especially the airline losing my luggage was horrible. I have to say big thanks to Sebastian from sebimagery.com for helping me out and borrowing me a tripod. Mine was lost with the luggage, but at least it was insured, so hopefully I get the cost back.

So from today, I will share with you images I taken in Dubai and also some in Abu Dabi during last week. Here goes :)

Palms under the Burj Khalifa

I used the Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D lens quite a lot in Dubai. With a city with so many huge buildings you can always use a ultra wide angle lens, and the wider the better. Same here, right under the Burj Khalifa. I really like the palms at the sidewalk, but I wanted also to have the whole Burj Khalifa in the shot. I wanted to get a nice framing, and also to keep the feeling on how massive the tower is. That’s why I like the perspective distortion here.

It was quite windy the evening I took this, and you may see that on the leafs of the palms. I did do a second shot at a high ISO, planing to mask it in and get rid of the blur. But as it was already quite late in the evening, I had to use ISO over 6400 to stop the movement at all, the results were quite noisy to be useful. So I left it as it was. But somehow it works fine in this shot :)

This is a two exposure blend. The second exposure was only used to darken few highlights in the shot. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Palms under the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

Packing for a trip

And I’m off to Dubai tomorrow, so just finished packing. I do hope I have everything I need. So there will be no real updates here for the next week, as I’m not taking my Surface with me. I have quite a lot planed anyway, so I don’t expect any time to edit. But you are welcome to follow me on my FB page and Instagram, where I will try and post some behind the camera stuff.

What’s in the bag

So while punting this together, I thought I show you what I plan to use. Just the main stuff, not all the little things, as that would make for a very long list :)

As you can see, I’m using three cameras. My main camera will be the Canon 5D mark IV. Then there is the Sony a7R with Metabones III adapter, which I use as a backup. And in the corner you can see the Sony RX100 that I like to use for the behind the camera stuff and some quick snaps. I prefer it to a mobile phone, as the quality is better and it has a F1.8 aperture.

On the lens side, going from widest to telephoto, there are the following: Canon 8-15 F4 Fisheye, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8, Canon 17mm TSE, Canon 24-70mm F2.8 and Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS II. Yes, that’s a lot of lenses, but I like to vary them, as they give different views. And of course I don’t carry everything at all times :) I would take fewer lenses, like for instance leaving the 16-35 behind as I have a 17 and 24-70, but, I cant put filters on the 17, so I can’t. And so on :)

The last thing visible here in that small Vanguard pouch is the Nisi V5 pro filter holder, with a reduction for the Laowa 12mm lens, standard lenses and a polarizer filter. Yes, the filter holder has a very nice leather case from Nisi, but I find it’s needlessly big.

Btw. This bag is the Lowepro Vertex 200 AW.

Packing for a trip.
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