Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

woman walking at sheikh zayed grand mosque in aub dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The ornately decorated columns and polished marble floor in the cloisters of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offer plenty of scope for interesting images on their own, but I wanted to add some human interest to this scene. The walkway leads to the female prayer hall and I had seen a few groups of women walking towards it while I was taking photos there. The shot I envisioned was of a single figure walking between the columns, so I waited for a few minutes and this lady kindly obliged and provided the perfect focal point.

The photo was taken with my Canon 5D mk3 camera and the 135 f/2L, one of my favourite lenses. Very little post processing was required. Colour correction, straighten and slight crop were done in Lightroom. I then added some contrast, saturation and vignette, using the ON1 Effects 10 Photoshop plugin.

In all, there are more than 1000 columns in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. They are covered in white marble plate and inlaid with coloured marble and various gem stones, including amethyst and mother of pearl. All women entering the mosque must wear an abaya, like the lady in the photo, or long loose fitting clothes and a head scarf. Men must wear long trousers and at least a t-shirt. If you visit without suitable attire, then it can be borrowed from the attendants at the mosque.

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Dubai Metro Station | Space Station Dubai

dubai metro station black and white long exposure photograph

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

the grand mosque in Abu Dhabi

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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