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It's now day three of Gulf Photo Plus 2010 and I'm about to start my landscape photography workshop. We're heading out to the desert this afternoon, and then back to the DIFC for an urban landscape shoot tomorrow morning. After that it's back to the lab for some post-production training. I'm really looking forward to it.

As for this shot: it was taken down at the Gate Village down at the DIFC and is an HDR, constructed from three exposures (-2 EV to + 2 EV) using Photomatix Pro.

If you're interested, the metered exposure for this sequence is here:


focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
1.54pm on 1/3/10
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
1/125, 1/500, and 1/2000
aperture priority
Photomatix Pro
3x2 + HDR + travel [Dubai, UAE]
comment by Jason at 08:08 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

Stunning transformation! Really wonderful shot in an abstract type of way and the detail you managed to pull from the original amazing I'm not if its my monitor but I am getting black squares to the bottom right of the image that appear on both versions you posted..?

comment by djib at 08:16 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

Wow, amazing picture full of details with virtually infinite DOF.

comment by Alexis at 09:04 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

Absolutely astonishing!

comment by jesse at 09:06 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

this doesn't look like your average "HDR" and for that, i give you kudos for a more natural look.

comment by frankdejol at 09:31 AM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

Magnificent composition and tint.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 04:40 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

Your B/W conversion and toning is exquisite. It changes to whole mood of the buildings, gives it a very 'noire' feel.

comment by Chris at 08:19 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

The master of color toning does it again! Excellent piece of work! The subject, the toning, the way it was captured, greatly well done. This has been an excellent set so far, and cannot wait to see what you capture from the desert.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 08:44 PM (GMT) on 3 March, 2010

It's the question, Neo. What is the Matrix?

Thanks for posting the original. Love the geometry and perspective of this capture and, of course, your "painting" is beautiful.


comment by Alex Stoltze at 06:51 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2010

Oh wow, this is an amazing photograph! It reminds me of impending doom


comment by ROB at 11:18 AM (GMT) on 4 March, 2010

It looks almost artificial, but I like it. It really feels like you are being drawn into the scene with those leading lines.

comment by Charles Dastodd at 03:39 PM (GMT) on 5 March, 2010

This is a really terrific photo! I love the light and shadows. well done :)

comment by Cerstin at 03:46 PM (GMT) on 5 March, 2010

A great and beautiful architectural composition. The view pulls directly into the center.

comment by Brian H. at 06:44 PM (GMT) on 5 March, 2010

I'm getting photographic claustrophobia just by looking at this image. Great shot.

comment by Nicolas B. at 11:05 PM (GMT) on 6 March, 2010

Excellent shot, I like the symmetry and the clean texture.

comment by djn1 at 03:59 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2010

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Michael Buntag at 07:13 AM (GMT) on 9 March, 2010

Wonderful textures and tones

comment by Aurore at 05:10 PM (GMT) on 24 March, 2010

un petit tour chez toi, toujours autant de talent, et des photos que j'apprécie énormément. merci!