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This one was taken from the same vantage point as this one; i.e. 82 floors up the part-finished Nasa Multiplex, and is a shot of buildings that flank either side of the Sheikh Zayed road, the main drag from the airport to the centre of the city. Unlike my shot of the Burj Dubai this one is an HDR: a seven shot sequence constructed with FDRTools.

On a totally different matter, and with apologies to those of you who already read the following when I posted it on twitter, I wanted to let you know about a couple of new services I've introduced on chromasia. If you take a look at most of the (larger) images on chromasia you will see a 'Buy Print' and 'Send as E-card' beneath them, both of which are provided by Fotomoto. I'm currently beta-testing both services and have been very impressed so far, especially with the 'Buy Print' option. In the past our method of providing prints was a bit cumbersome; i.e. people needed to email me, then send a manual payment through PayPal, after which I'd upload the image to the printing company we use, get it back, mail it out, and so on. Fotomoto, on the other hand, provide an automated service; i.e. you can order prints in a variety of sizes and all I need to do is upload the high-res' file when a particular image is ordered.

If you're interested, just click either of the links to see how they work or take a look at this New York Times article which summarises the aims of the company and what they hope to provide to the photographic communit. Personally, I'm really excited by this as it will allow us to provide high-quality prints, to a world-wide audience, in a much simpler way than previously.

And finally, if you are interested in ordering any of my images as a print, Fotomoto are offering free worldwide delivery for the next week or so, so now would be a great time to try out the service :)

2x1 + HDR + travel [Dubai, UAE]
comment by Catalin at 09:00 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Hmmm... I've got some mixed feelings about this one. I like the point of view, but I think it's a bit "harsh". I know that the light was not great, but I almost feel that the buildings are too sharp. Just an opinion...

comment by Kjetil at 09:02 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Great shot! I really like the composition on this. And it looks very futuristic with the bright colors. I really want to visit Dubai after seeing your photos :)

comment by djn1 at 09:05 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Catalin: I would have preferred a slightly more natural look, but couldn't produce a less "harsh" version that I liked.

comment by Ilan at 09:23 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Crazy photo. Just to imagine that this place was a "desert" just about 10 years ago.
I think I saw it on some NG show that said that 75% of all cranes in the world are currently in Dubai (or something close to this insane number)

Thanks again for Fotomoto link. Never heard about them and from the way it looks on Chromasia they sounds great :)

comment by djn1 at 09:27 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Ilan: thanks. As for Fotomoto: so far, I've been very impressed. They're in closed-beta at the moment, but as soon as their service becomes more widely available I suspect a lot of people will use them.

comment by Craig Ferguson at 09:32 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

I like this. It has a very futuristic, high-key type look to it.

comment by steve deer at 09:37 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

I like it! How's the book coming along?

comment by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus at 11:25 AM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Wauw. Talk about being up in the air. Awesomw shot

comment by Dave Wilson at 02:12 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Another gorgeous example of HDR done really well. The tonality of this image is beautiful!

comment by Carlos Garcia at 03:19 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Looks like the city was bleached... so many of these city photographs look like the beginning of a sci-fi movie... hard to believe that this is a real place. Fascinating architecture. Beautiful shot.


comment by Mark at 04:25 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Nice, has a very Star Wars prequel look to it - Corusent I believe the planet was called.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 04:39 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

this is the kind of look I really like about HDR, the fine grain micro contrast. I agree with Carlos Garcia's comment about the "bleached" look of the photo. fine work.

comment by Trish at 04:44 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

David- I used the "Send as E-Card" the other day and it was simple and easy, and my friend got the card with no complaints. So, a thumbs-up there. :)

comment by Zack Arias at 04:53 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Man... I miss that place! Can't wait to go back next year!

I'm constantly in awe of your work!


comment by Tom at 11:49 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

Lovely shot. I'm rediscovering HDR and trying very hard to learn not to put too much colour in them and I think it works a lot better for most shots - something I had yet to learn.

comment by ODILIA LIUZZI at 11:56 PM (GMT) on 20 April, 2009

a green sky like my sky!! that's incredible!!
great david.. i love your shot!!!

comment by J Kehrli at 03:45 AM (GMT) on 21 April, 2009

Wow, it's crazy how much is being built there! So tall! I like the desaturated metallic-y look to this photo. Goes well with the new buildings.

comment by dartiste at 04:17 AM (GMT) on 21 April, 2009

Nice Aerial shot and perspective

comment by Mario Naves at 08:12 AM (GMT) on 21 April, 2009

good shoot and good edition !

comment by Thatch at 07:37 PM (GMT) on 21 April, 2009

Wonderful shot and great HDR.

comment by djn1 at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 21 April, 2009

Thanks everyone.

Ilan: the building has slowed down a lot since I was there last year, but there are still a lot of cranes :)

Zack: thanks, and I'm looking forward to going back too :)

comment by Briony at 12:39 AM (GMT) on 22 April, 2009

this is stinkin awesome! where did you shoot this from?

comment by Sam Brill at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 22 April, 2009


comment by Chee Siang at 03:02 PM (GMT) on 27 April, 2009

awesome! how did you get the colors to turn out this way! very very nice framing as well!