Abu Dhabi’s Qasr al Hosn Fort during the festival held in Feb 2015. It’s an amazing cultural event which you absolutley must experience if you’re in town. It’s fantastic.
Photographed with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon TS-E 17mm lens
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, photographed at the end of the gloomy day which was dominated by sandstorms and rain. It’s very rare that my aerial photography missions take place on day with such dramatic skies. This was one such case. It’s amazing how the snowy white marble of this magnificent structure manages to maintain its luminosity, even on a somber day like this.
Photographed through the open door of the Eurocopter AS350. I used Canon 5DMk3 and Canon 8-15mm fisheye f/4L lens.
Spherical distortion produced by the fisheye lens was corrected with Photoshop CC 2015 and graded in NIK Collection suite.
Garhoud Bridge in Dubai on a particularly gloomy day, right after the sandstorm. Not the best day to be flying in a helicopter but who am I to say no to this view?
Photographed with Canon 5DMk3 and Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L lens
There have been many photos of Dubai captured from this vantage point, but never like this.
What you’re looking at is a mixture of 3 photos, captured at 3 different times; 3am, 6am and 8am. Unlike the usual time-lapse blended stills where mixing is done with simple gradients, this one is blended with layered masks on a facade-per-facade level. The result is surreal, somewhat disorienting and…pretty neat. I think I’m going to do a few more of these and name the style as ‘time-dilation image blending’.
Captured in Jan 2015 with Canon 5Dmk3 and Canon 50mm f1.2L lens. Processed with Lightroom CC 2015, Photoshop CC 2015 and NIK Software.
‘Fire and Ice’
Burj Khalifa, captured from Bell 412 helicopter through the open door. I used Canon 5Dmk3 and Canon TS-E 24mm lens in fully shifted and partially tilted position. I usually position my focal plane along the horizontal line but in this case, I decided to rotate it 90 degree so it cuts vertically through the middle of the frame. The illusion of miniature is somewhat reduced this way but the cool effect remains nevertheless.
EXIF: ISO 4000, f/3.5, 1/60s, 24mm
‘In The Middle’
Featured is one of the six bridges connecting both sides of Dubai Marina development. Flowing lines, flashy architecture, vibrant and colourful lights, crazy urban design…what’s not to like in such a cityscape?
This shot was taken in near darkness from a moving helicopter. I used Canon 5Dmk3 and Canon TS-E 24mm lens. I was going for a miniature effect so I set the lens to capture the image at the widest aperture in a fully tilted position.
EXIF: f/3.5, 1/160s, ISO 3,200
I love getting lost in the little alleys of The Old Town at Downtown Dubai but it wasn’t until I flew over this development which really made me appreciate its incredibly inspired architecture and in particular, its lighting design. What an impression it made on me! Those glowing warm lights are incredibly inviting and the whole project feels like Arabian Nights magic, straight out of the Disney cartoon. It was incredibly rewarding to take my camera over there!
Technotes: I knew I wouldn’t have another chance to take this shot so I had to be absolutely sure to get it right the first time. It was night and chopper was heading back to the airport, pretty much in a straight line. We were going fast and I knew motion blur was going to be a a real challenge. I guessed that shutter speed of 1/60s would be just about fast enough to freeze the action. Barely just. Once I set the shutter speed, I opened the aperture of my Canon TS-E 24mm lens all the way to f3.5 and then I kept raising ISO until the exposure was right. It read 4,000! I didn’t know how good the picture would be at such high sensitivity. I was worried about excessive grain and highlight/shadow clipping which occurs with cranked-up ISO. There was nothing to be worried about though. Canon 5dmk3 pulled it off without any issues. Picture is sharp and exhibits very little noise even at 100% magnification. Very happy with the result!
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