how I use categories on chromasia

All the entries on chromasia are placed into one of seven primary categories: six to reflect the aspect ratio of the image, and the seventh to indicate that an image isn’t available as a print. Additionally, each photograph may be assigned to one of more additional categories or subcategories, e.g. my travel category, children category, and so on.

about the ‘travel [Dubai, UAE]’ category

The photographs in this category were taken in Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates).

I was trawling through some of my processed images today and came across this one, shot in Dubai in 2014. I have no idea why I didn't post it at the time, so thought I'd share it now.

As always, let me know what you think.

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23 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #18comments & reactions

This is a follow-up to the shot I posted yesterday, and while I like the abstract quality of that one I much prefer the almost surreal feel to this one.

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22 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #17comments & reactions

This is the first of two related images that were taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at this years GPP event. Both were shot at the same spot - the plastic curtains that divide the fish market from the meat section - and of the two I prefer the one I'll be posting tomorrow: it's less abstract, but has a surreal quality that I like.

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21 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #16comments & reactions

This is a follow-up to a shot I posted last month, taken during my Landscape Photography at this year's GPP event.

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20 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #15comments & reactions

Here's another shot of the Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi (the previous one is here). And in case you're wondering, shooting at ISO 1600 was intentional as I wanted the water to be sharp and the movement of the woman to be relatively frozen.

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19 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #14comments & reactions

One of the things I like most about photographing at the fish market in Dubai is also one of the things that makes it most difficult - the vast majority of people there want to be photographed. For example, every time I've been there in recent years I've run into the guy on the right, and every time I've photographed him with much the same serious expression. As best I can tell, he's a humorous guy, who laughs and smiles while talking to you, but he has a serious face for the camera :-)

On this occasion he complicated things by grabbing the guy on the left. They may know each other, but the impression I got at the time was that he was just standing there minding his own business - hence the rather puzzled expression.

So, not exactly a candid shot, nor much of an environmental portrait, but I like it nonetheless.

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Here's my second and final shot from Art Dubai 2015. If you're interested you can see a less confusing view of this piece here.

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17 April, 2015 // Dubai Marina #2comments & reactions

While this is quite similar to one I posted a few weeks ago, though taken a bit later during the day, I thought it was worth sharing too.

But my main reason for posting this one today is that PhotoWhoa have just launched a promotion on my black and white processing course, The Art of Black and White Photography, and this image is being used as part of the course description.

I know that a lot of you have already signed up for the course, but if not, head on over to PhotoWhoa and check out the deal.

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Towards the end of my visit to Dubai I spent a couple of days at Art Dubai 2015 assisting Issa while he was shooting for their 2015 Authentic Expressions Award. He won, but I can't really take any of the credit as I was just wandering around shooting fairly abstract shots of some of the art. I didn't get a great deal of images I liked - just one more after this one - but I liked how this turned out. If you're interested you can see both pieces on this page: they're both included in the first image in the 'Photo Gallery from Art Dubai 2015' section a short way down the page.

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15 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #13comments & reactions

One of the things I like most about the Middle East is that the people, for the most part, are genuinely friendly and open to being photographed: stick a camera in their face, even when they're busy or distracted, and they'll smile. Some of the time I think this is down to the inherent politeness of the region, but most of the time they're interested and open because you're interested in them.

As for this shot: it was taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at the recent Gulf Photo Plus.​ training event in March.

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14 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #12comments & reactions

I still have a dozen or so shots to post from my recent trip to Oman but I thought I'd post some more shots from Dubai first. This one was taken during my Landscape Photography workshop during GPP2105 at the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre): a reflection in the revolving doors of one of the entrances.

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8 April, 2015 // Let me in #2comments & reactions

I'd love to be able to tell you a great story about this image, but as I asked Catalin to pose against the fence, I can't :-)

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7 April, 2015 // Let me in #1comments & reactions

I still have quite a few shots from Oman to put up but thought I'd share two from Dubai first, taken minutes apart, both presenting a slightly less welcoming sense of this city than the stuff I usually post.

As always, let me know what you think.

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1 April, 2015 // GPP 2015 #11comments & reactions

This shot was taken on the same evening I photographed Issa, shot using a Nissin i40 flash with the Wescott Rapid Box 20" Beauty Dish.

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31 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #10comments & reactions

This was taken on our way out to the desert for my Landscape Photography workshop, utilising a handy ND windscreen grad that I happened to have in front of me :-)

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29 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #9comments & reactions

Our trip out to the desert, for my Landscape Photography workshop at this year's GPP event, was an interesting one as it was extremely windy. Normally I don't mind the wind - you can't live on the north west coast of England if you can't cope with a bit of wind - but it's a real hazard is the desert: the sand howls around, filling every available crevice it comes into contact with. Which is OK for ears, eyes, pockets and so on, but not so good for cameras and lenses. Anyway, we survived the ordeal, all got some great shots, and our gear survived the trip.

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28 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #8comments & reactions

A slightly unusual view of Dubai creek today, shot through the viewfinder of Craig Marshall's Hasselblad 500 during my Gulf Photo Plus Shoot the Street workshop.

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27 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #7comments & reactions

I've been down to the mosque at Abu Dhabi quite a few times in the last few years but have never come away with any shots that I felt like sharing until this trip. Of the few I'll be posting I think this is probably my favourite, a shot of the internal courtyard at sunset, constructed from 5 stitched images.

25 March, 2015 // GPP 2015 #6comments & reactions

A shot of my good friend Craig Marshall, taken during my Shoot the Street workshop at this year's GPP event.

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I can't remember exactly where this was taken, but we were about an hour from Masirah on our way back to Dubai when we spotted these elegantly arranged trees not far from the side of the road.

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