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This is my final shot from my recent trip to Dubai and was taken facing away from the DIFC towards one of the countless new buildings that are springing up all over Dubai. As with a lot of the architectural shots I've posted recently, this one is also an HDR. In this case it's a seven shot sequence, with a one and a third EV interval between each exposure; i.e. the original scene had a dynamic range of around 15 stops. The sequence was shot at f/16 and theshortest exposure was 1/4000 while the longest was 1/15.

What I especially like about this one is that it would be totally impossible by any other means other than HDR, i.e. there would be no way to capture detail in the face of the building without blowing out the sky. That said, it would probably have been better if I had used a larger interval between the exposures, as I only just managed to capture the detail is the shadows at the bottom of the building, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

As always, let me know what you think.

1x1 + HDR + travel [Dubai, UAE]
comment by DedicatedRR at 08:44 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

I love the detail on the building, usually I love HDRs for the colour, but this one is very crisp and clear, well done.

comment by E y e V i s i o n at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

Stunning shot David. The tinting works well here.

comment by mjaseattle at 09:25 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

Now THAT is a sunflare. Well done :)

comment by Ben Brooks at 10:07 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

This is a great shot, I really love it. Very well done, it seems to capture the heat of the sun that I imagine was present at the time.

comment by Tayab at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

V good

comment by Jamey at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2008

What do you mean impossible by any other method? You just need a couple of billion-watt strobes either side and bob's yer uncle. Piece of piss.

comment by The Obvious at 12:19 AM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

I don't know about the post processing, David. My first impression is that this is a work in progress (literally). It seems the transition between dark and light building is too sudden.

comment by jelb at 12:23 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

well done hdr....bravo!

comment by Jay at 02:01 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Awesome perspective and unusual light and tones.

comment by Kittutza at 04:00 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

You are very good.You are now in my blogroll.:) Keep up the good work!

comment by crash at 05:23 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

awesome shot ... i like the gradient sky and the effects on the sun .... nice details on this building .... very sharp!

comment by Jennifer at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Listening to the test match on 5 live and one of the guys randomly commented that 30% of the worlds cranes were in Dubai - after seeing your shots I can believe it ;-)

comment by djn1 at 07:47 PM (GMT) on 15 May, 2008

Thanks all.

Jamey: :-)

Jennifer: it wouldn't surprise me in the least.

comment by Chris/Aperture Image at 10:13 AM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

Wonderful use of HDR as always David.

comment by dillonpic at 06:47 PM (GMT) on 16 May, 2008

Excellent tones and the sky looks amazing. did you use an ND filter on this?

comment by t i n o at 09:55 PM (GMT) on 18 May, 2008

Man, the composition, these tones, the sun's rays are simply great!

Did you listen? GREAT!