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This is a shot of one of the Emirates Towers, which is apparently "one of the top three most luxurious hotels in the world". The building on the left is the DIFC, of which I'll be posting quite a few more easily recognisable shots over the next week or so.

As for the blurring – before somebody starts complaining about Photoshop – it's entirely natural, honest :-)

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comment by Tibs at 08:31 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

I like it.

When I saw this pic, I instantly remembered a tower very close to this, it looks like their is a super-sized golf ball on top of it.

Do you plan on doing any work with the Burj a Arab hotel - namely the Interior..I know you don't do much Interior work, but I think it would look cool

comment by Jeff T at 08:46 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

Interesting reflection ... nice image.

comment by djn1 at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

Tibs: I doubt I'll have time this trip, but it would be cool. As for the 'golf ball' building: it's behind the tower in this shot.

Jeff: it's not a reflection ;-)

comment by alexandru savu at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

You're last couple of photos are plain great.
Very fresh and different from your usual style.

comment by Cavan at 10:09 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

I'd say reflection but theres no perspective distortion. So it must be shot through something such as glass?

comment by cy at 10:18 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

very inspiring. i love this shot. everything is just well done. composition, focal pt, dof, esp. color saturation. just wow!

comment by Jennifer at 10:24 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

Looks like it's shot from behind a curtain of water!

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 11:51 PM (GMT) on 26 April, 2008

It's an interesting picture. But it drives me nuts because I keep trying to focus on it. So I am not sure if it gets extra points for that or not. Still, an interesting image. : )

comment by Ash at 01:00 AM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

You know... I think it may be a heat shimmer. Although 35mm is... a little wide. I dunno. Weird. Cool though.

comment by 360 Pixels at 02:04 AM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

Very cool, at first I thought through some kind of glass as well but a curtain of water seems more possible now. Like it a lot.

comment by rhys at 07:42 AM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

looks like some kind of mirrored wall with water running down it -?
Its a great shot, looks like heat haze, probably quite apt for where you are, the irony being that it's water.
Must say that I've really enjoyed the shots from your trip so far.

comment by Justin at 10:05 AM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

Interesting. Keeps the viewer interested for awhile trying to figure it out.

comment by jkm at 10:37 AM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

Not quite certain what to make of it... glass water fountain, messing around with your filters.., either way, a cool effect. Sure looks like you are blessed with some nice weather and relatively little haze/humidity.

comment by Werner at 04:01 PM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

I have been visiting you’re photoblog more than two years ago; this is the first time I’m posting a comment.
1) I really want to thank you because you introduced me to the marvelous word of the artistic photo editing, also you inspiring me to start doing semi-professional photography by myself (I’m getting a semi-professional digital camera in a couple of months (Panasonic LZ-18)).
3) I really love you’re photos, but sometimes it gets boring seen a lot of photos of piers.
4) How did you get the blurring effect??
Have a nice week at Dubai!!

comment by Jarrard at 05:31 PM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

Brilliant refraction. This photo strikes a beautiful balance between reality and abstraction. True art.

comment by moonhead at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 27 April, 2008

its one of those modern stainless steel water fountains?

comment by laanba at 02:30 AM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

I love architectural photography so I know I'm going to enjoy this Dubai series. I love the distortion in this one created by the water.

comment by Josef Renklint at 11:24 AM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Amazing shot. Great distortion.

comment by Jason Wall at 05:15 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

i'm going to hazard it has something to do with heat blurring, possibly you were shooting past an exceptionally hot surface of some sort??

comment by Stephon at 05:20 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

Shot behind a wall of water like this photo?

comment by thomas mueller at 09:16 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

really nice done. i like the summercolours here and the abstract feeling because of the water reflection.

comment by RichS at 02:00 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

Very cool. Love the glossy feel to this. Similar to some of DeceptiveMedia's work, which I also love.

comment by Ryan R. at 04:58 AM (GMT) on 30 April, 2008

Great colors. Also, great abstract quality to the image!

comment by Ryan R. at 05:00 AM (GMT) on 30 April, 2008

PS, for some reason you're site isn't remembering my info. Just thought I'd let you know.

comment by midlandmigrant at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 30 April, 2008

shot through a waterfall!? genius. beautiful.

comment by Georg T. at 01:59 PM (GMT) on 19 May, 2008

I do not know quite sure, what you have shot through. Maybe an artifical waterfall or something like this, but I really like the idea of this shot.
And really nice colors