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).

21 July, 2014 // atlas triptychcomments & reactions

Here's another triptych: a shot of an old Atlas bicycle that I came across in Dubai last November.

I recently got hold of the latest version of Nik's Analog Efex Pro 2 and was looking through the various effects. One that I came across, that inspired this image, is the Multi-Lens camera. This allows you to split an image (horizontally or vertically) creating a range of different effects. I couldn't quite get the filter to line everything up, so ended up creating the effect myself, but do like how it's turned out. I also have another four images that I'll post over the next few days that take a similar approach.

As always, let me know what you think.

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11 July, 2014 // untitled #173comments & reactions

I'm not quite sure I can tell you quite what this one is about beyond the fact that it's a composite of two images: a silhouette of my good friend Issa, shot in the desert near Dubai, overlaid with a broken window near to our office in Blackpool. It doesn't have a great deal of meaning, but it was fun to create :)

19 April, 2014 // waves of hopecomments & reactions

The Dubai skyline, shot from the public beach at Jumeirah. Graffiti courtesy of Arcadia Blank.

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6.47am on 11/3/13
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14 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #9comments & reactions

I already posted a smaller version of this image as part of my XT-1 review but I thought I'd add it here too: a shot of my good friend Issa, reflected in the window of one of the metro stations on Sheik Zayed road in Dubai.

This is a shot of the JBR skyline in Dubai, taken from the west frond of the Palm, and was shot with the XT-1 and 14mm using a handheld (and panned) 1/2s exposure.

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9.48am on 11/3/13
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12 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #8comments & reactions

This is a shot of the JBR skyline in Dubai, taken from the west frond of the Palm, and was shot with the XT-1 and 14mm using a handheld (and panned) 1/2s exposure.

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5.30pm on 11/3/13
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9 April, 2014 // GPP 2014 #7comments & reactions

This was taken on my two day Landscape Photography workshop to the east coast of the UAE, during the recent Gulf Photo Plus training event, and features Gerald Donovan's collection of components that could loosely be called a camera :)

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5.49pm on 12/3/14
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8 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #9comments & reactions

Another XT-1 + 14mm image, taken from the roof of the Shangri La hotel in Dubai, a location that I hadn't shot from before.

And if you missed the various announcements I posted yesterday, here's my initial review of the XT-1. As you'll see, it's very positive.

http://www.chromasia.com/blog/archive/1404071828.php

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1.10pm on 11/3/13
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7 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #8comments & reactions

I know I've posted quite a few shots from this location, and I still have a few more to post that were shot with my Sony, but here's another XT-1 image taken with the 14mm. As you'll see if you take a look at the original, this one is more heavily processed than the rest, but I thought it would be interesting to see how far I could push one of the XT-1 files. I'm happy to report that I didn't run into any problems, i.e. no visible noise or other artefacts.

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5.55am on 11/3/13
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6 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #7comments & reactions

Here's another XT-1 image, and while I don't think there's any doubt about what this is, it might give you pause for thought.

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10.22am on 13/3/13
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4 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #5comments & reactions

This is quite some way from being one of the best portraits I've ever shot - the focus is off, and he's not exactly 100% engaged - but I've posted it because I really like his skin tone. For the last few years I've been shooting quite a lot of portraits when I travel to Dubai, with both Canon and Sony gear, and have ended up converting a lot of them to black and white simply because the skin tones were off. Not by a huge amount, but by enough to be problematic. The XT-1, in comparison, does a much better job, to the point where I've only had to colour correct a few rather than most of them. So, not the best justification for posting an image, but it will do for today.

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9.42am on 9/3/13
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3 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #4comments & reactions

Here's another image shot with the XT-1 and 14mm f/2.8. It was taken down at the Jumeirah public beach and was stitched in Photoshop from six landscape format images. With the benefit of hindsight I'm now wishing I'd shot in portrait format instead - this version ended up a bit thinner that I would have liked - but I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out.

If you're interested in taking a look at a higher res' version (3000px x 750px) I've uploaded one here:

http://chromasia.com/images/xt-1_4_3000_wm.jpg

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6.43am on 11/3/13
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2 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #3comments & reactions

Here's another XT-1 image, shot in one of Dubai's metro stations with the 14mm f/2.8 lens. As you'll see if you take a look at the original it's a combination of two shots: one that had very few people by the doors (i.e. one where it was relatively easy to clone them out) and one for the local guy on the escalator.

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9.22am on 11/3/13
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1 April, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #2comments & reactions

This was taken in the fish market in Dubai with the XT-1 and 56mm f/1.2, and there are two things I really like about it. First, the skin tones are accurate, and noticeably better than I would have got with either my Sony A99 or Canon gear if I'd still been using it. I've shot portraits in Dubai since 2007, and often had to correct skin tones (or give up and convert to black and white) but the XT-1 seems to produce OOC images that are a lot closer to reality.

The second thing I like is the sharpness, which is easily comparable to my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 on the Sony.

All in all then, a good result.

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10.20am on 8/3/13
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31 March, 2014 // Fujifilm XT-1 #1comments & reactions

Towards the end of this week I'll be publishing a new blog post on my very positive experience of shooting with Fujifilm's latest camera, the XT-1. In the meanwhile, I'll post some of the shots I've taken with it so far: shot with the 14mm f/2.8, 18-55 kit lens, and the 56mm f/1.2.

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10.40am on 11/3/13
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23 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #6comments & reactions

One of the biggest problems I have with street photography in the UK is that people are suspicious - of why I would want to photograph them, what the images might be used for, and so on. In the Fish Market in Dubai I often have the opposite problem: people are so keen to be photographed that they line up, grab their mates, and adopt a variety of more or less silly poses. This one falls into the latter category, but I like it nonetheless :)

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4.47pm on 4/3/13
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20 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #5comments & reactions

Shot at the textile souk in Dubai.

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1.16pm on 5/3/13
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19 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #4comments & reactions

One of the many interesting characters down at the fish market in Dubai.

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10.27am on 5/3/13
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18 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #3comments & reactions

While Bobbi, Eric and Issa were busy shooting a camel herder we came across in the desert near Dubai (see the second image in Issa's blog post) I was wandering around photographing some of the smaller details: strange desert fruits, dried leaves, patterns in the sand, and this small section of rusted barbed wire. They all got some good shots of the guy but, for me, finding this small piece geometry in the sand was one of the highlights of our trip.

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5.07pm on 5/3/12
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17 March, 2014 // GPP 2014 #2comments & reactions

Although I ended up cropping this one a bit more than I would like - it's now closer to 12MP than 24MP - it's probably one of my favourite shots of my trip to GPP 2014. It was taken a couple of days before the event started and is a shot of Eric Kim shooting the sunset on his phone.

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