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When I was younger I used to enjoy climbing – not in a north face of the Eiger sort of way, but I did enjoy it. The older I've got though, the more I really don't like heights, so struggled a bit with this one. It was taken from the helipad of the building I shot the Burj Dubai from, and what made it especially unnerving was that there were absolutely no safety measures: no guard rails, no netting, just a long drop down.

Anyway, I was perfectly safe, and didn't get within five feet of the edge, but my knees were feeling decidedly rubbery by the time I'd composed the shot and taken the three images I used for the HDR. And if you're interested, the building on the right of this image is the one that was on the left of my shot of the Burj Dubai; i.e. this one was taken about 90° to the left.

The shot I'm going to put up tomorrow, while nowhere near as dramatic, is probably one of my favourite HDRs in recent months. It was also taken from much nearer the ground :-)

HDR + travel [Dubai, UAE] + night shots [long exposures] + no print + photo friday
comment by Jeff T at 06:57 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Very courageous! And well worth it! Fantastic photo.

comment by Ling at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

this is beautiful! I love it!

comment by mikeb at 07:08 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

nice shot david. this is a favorite for me for sure. the high dynamic range feels just right...tasteful and appropriate. the composition is well done. and the use of black and white is great.

glad you made it back down safe. :)

comment by JVL at 07:52 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

I'm curious as to how many (I know, not all) of your HDR's have been B&W or toned. Do you find this gives a more natural feel to the HDR's? Whereas a coloured one might be a bit grainy, and the colours unrealistic?

Or am I going to have to get this tutorial too to find out ;)

Still, great stuff.

comment by Tom at 07:53 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Wow, excellent shot! The sense of scale is very nice to see here. And I don't think a lot of people wouldn't be a bit scared on that ledge!

comment by Jennifer at 08:12 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Fab shot - but you're a nutter going up there - shudder....

comment by j.martinez at 08:25 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

this is amazing - nice shot!

comment by marcus at 08:54 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

night shots and hdr - i find it tricky how do you do it. spread the word man - spread the word.

comment by Kevin H. Stecyk at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Fabulous photograph David!

I really like this photograph. You've got a great vantage point, even if it is a scary place.

comment by LJR69 at 09:14 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Wonderful shot! Great use of HDR too!!

comment by paflechien at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

This is an incredible shot ! full of details,

great processing

comment by Sharla at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

What a great shot! All recently have been outstanding but this one has an unusual quality: the balance between the symetrical and the asymetrical. The asymetrical background would be an interesting subject but not so much for the composition (although the sweeping highway does tie it together well). The symetrical helipad edge is strongly presented but again wouldn't necessarily be overly interesting by itself. Yet together they compose an incredibly strong shot. Your eye for composition is always amazing.

comment by mp at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

I can imagine. I never had a problem with heights as a kid but really can't handle them now - to the point that even standing at the top of stepladders makes me feel a little dizzy. Hence this shot also makes my heart flutter a bit!

comment by padraig at 10:50 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

I'm feeling dizzy looking at it....think I'll lower my chair!

comment by hixster at 10:53 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Loving the Dubai series, fantastic lights and wonderful details in the building being constructed.
Are you using any filters in these shots, the lights all seem to have a really cool starburst quality to them??


comment by Ian Paterson at 11:48 PM (GMT) on 28 April, 2008

Cool! But why are there no cars going the other way? It looks like the 5 lanes running 'down' the image are packed, but not a soul going 'up'? What time of day was it?

comment by Alice at 12:09 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

No way would you get me up there, but it does make for a great photo!

comment by DedicatedRR at 12:15 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

Wow...you need to get out to Dubai more often! ;) I love these high building, bright lights shot, very admirable of what you go through to get them.

comment by laanba at 01:45 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

My breathing quickened just thinking about walking to this position. It is a little freaky just looking at it. I could never do it. Cheers for you though!

comment by lawrence at 03:39 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

WoW! Very dramatic, interesting subjects, and nicely composed too.

comment by Rob at 04:10 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

It's a great shot. Looks like a fun assignment.

comment by Dilip at 11:30 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

Black and white HDRs have a totally unique charm to them ... brilliant shot ... !!! ... :) ...

comment by jkm at 11:41 AM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

Great to see you are practicing your climbing skills ;-). Great sense of scale and detail. Love it!

comment by djn1 at 12:52 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

Thanks all.

Jeff: I wasn't all that courageous the camera and tripod got a lot closer to the edge than I did :-)

JVL: quite a few of my HDRs are in black and white, and you're right, it does give them a more natural feel.

hixter: the starburst effect is a consequence of shooting with a small aperture. f/16 works well.

Ian P: it was taken at about 10pm.

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

Awesome night photo... the tonal range is great.

comment by mehdi torabi at 07:13 PM (GMT) on 29 April, 2008

this shot is so great, with some beer in head me and my friend believe its like a special design ! you said eiger, i wounder how great the mount could look in your pics and edits.

comment by Erik at 09:11 AM (GMT) on 30 April, 2008

Quite nice! HDR in b/w is not seen so often.

comment by Olivier at 12:45 PM (GMT) on 30 April, 2008

Vertigineux !

comment by Saito at 03:29 PM (GMT) on 1 May, 2008

WOW! THIS IS INCREDIBLE! the brightness, the softness, the composition. I love everything about this one

comment by cako at 01:37 AM (GMT) on 6 May, 2008

Another fantastic photo. Wow !

comment by alexandru savu at 09:45 AM (GMT) on 6 May, 2008

I like the architectural feel of the photo if there is such a thing :)

comment by Claus at 03:33 PM (GMT) on 6 May, 2008

Now this looks just amazing! fantastic black and whites to!

comment by paflechien at 12:55 PM (GMT) on 12 March, 2010

Another incredible shot !,

as soon as my house search ends, i take your lifetime pack, and dive into photoshop circonvolution....