Dubai Metro Station | Space Station Dubai

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Dubai Metro Station

The architecture of the Dubai Metro station is quite futuristic and very photogenic. This is the metro station at Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, which was busy with passengers at the time I shot this photo. One of the things that I really love about long exposure photography is the ability to remove the crowds from urban scenes and concentrate the view on the beauty of the architecture. This was a long exposure of about three and half minutes using a Formatt Hitech Firecrest 16 stop ND filter. The black and white conversion on this image was done in ON1 Effects.

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Burj Khalifa | At The Top | Burj Eye View

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Burj Khalifa – At The Top

At The Top – the 124th floor observation deck at Burj Khalifa was a must see attraction for us when we visited Dubai. We were expecting to not be allowed to take tripods up there, but on the day we went, they allowed them. Arriving late afternoon, I managed to set up my tripod with the camera aimed at this view and shoot for an hour or so as the sun went down and the city of Dubai slowly lit up. This image is digitally blended from a couple of exposures and processed using Lightroom, Photoshop, ON1 Effects and Topaz Detail.

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Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

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The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the UAE and its construction was initiated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president who is now laid to rest in the grounds. We visited the United Arab Emirates in February this year, staying in Dubai. While there, we were kindly taken to Abu Dhabi by a local photographer friend and spent some time around sunset at this magnificent architectural beauty.

This is a panoramic image created from 3 vertical frames, each of which was manually blended from 2 exposures – one for the foreground and one for the sky. After stitching in Panorama Maker Pro, I cropped the result to the 4×3 format.

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Akranes Boat Wreck

wreck of fishing boat at akranes in iceland

Akranes Boat Wreck

The wreck of the fishing boat Sigurdur AK17 sits on the beach next to a boat yard at Akranes in western Iceland. Sally, John and I spent a couple of hours here shooting this and the pair of nearby lighthouses in May last year. At that time of year in Iceland, you get daylight just about around the clock. Having arrived in Iceland the day before, we weren’t quite used to this and lost track of the time. When we finished shooting this boat, we had to rush to find somewhere to eat dinner as it was after 9pm and the small town of Akranes was beginning to close for the night, although the light made it seem like late afternoon.

Although it appears to be quite dark in this shot, that is just how I saw the image in my minds eye when shooting the long exposure and I have darkened the sky in post processing. The blurred clouds were created in camera with 16 stops of Formatt Hitech ND filters and an exposure time of 4 minutes. The black and white conversion was done with Alien Skin Exposure 7, using the Kodak Technical Pan preset which I modified by adding a vignette.

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