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It's now Sunday, and I'm back in the UK for a week before heading back to Bulgaria. As always, Gulf Photo Plus was a lot of fun, not least because I got to meet up with some old friends from previous years, including: Bobbi Lane, Chris Hurtt, Robin Nichols, Joe McNally, Zack Arias, David Hobby, Mohamed Somji, and Hala Salhi. It was also a real pleasure to meet the new instructors at this year's event: Joey Lawrence, Vincent LaForet, Matt Kloskowski, Melissa Rodwell and Steve Simon.

If you're not familiar with the event, it's organised around a series of workshops. For example, Zack does a one-light workshop (amongst other things), I do a range of shooting and post-production sessions, Vincent did a week long session on using the 5D II to shoot video, and so on. There's also quite a lot of socialising, most notably at the Vista Bar on the roof of our hotel, and a range of other events, sessions, exhibitions, and so on.

One of the highlights of this year's event was a live shoot-out between Zack Arias, David Hobby and Joey Lawrence that took place during the closing ceremony. Each of them had 25 minutes to shoot and post-process a shot of two models, in front of an audience of several hundred photographers and students. David went first, and used about six "voice activated" light-stands (aka people with cameras and flash guns that were slaved to David's camera) to create a great, paparazzi style shot of the models. I don't think he's posted it online yet, but I'll link through when he does. Zack used three lights, and created an equally stunning shot. Joey, on the other hand, went for a slightly less sophisticated approach and shot a polaroid.

Update: David's take on the shoot-out is here:


Anyway, I'll tell you more about the event and everything else that went on later this week, but for now, here's another shot of the Jumeirah beach taken while I was out with Catalin Marin and Robin Nichols. The content is fairly similar to the previous one I posted, but I decided to process this one in a slightly different way. As always, let me know what you think.

Oh, and if you've been following my Facebook updates you'll know that ended up in the Emirates hospital on Friday evening, suffering from disturbingly painful stomach cramps. I'm still not quite sure what the problem was, but after taking a variety of tablets for a couple of days I now feel a whole lot better. At which point I should definitely thank Khaled for driving me to the hospital and Miriam for driving out there too to look after me.

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comment by Carlos Garcia at 04:16 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2010

Glad you are feeling better. Love this one as much as the previous post. This one seems to "sparkle" a little more. I like the balance of sky and buildings... I think this is Oz, isn't it?


comment by Tayab at 04:33 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2010

This is, again, a beauty

comment by Benjamin Chait at 05:09 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2010

Gorgeous exposure of the lights, especially with the open sky background.

comment by Garry at 06:45 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2010

Love it... the colours make it pop more than the blue version and it just feels a lot warmer

comment by simonGman at 11:47 PM (GMT) on 7 March, 2010

As always a great final image Dave. Glad to here the Gulf Photo Plus went well.

comment by chris at 04:44 AM (GMT) on 8 March, 2010

Hi Dave, I really liked the first version with the blue color cast. I lean toward this version more for the mixed colors from the twilight. Fantastic cityscape. Glad your feeling better, and glad to hear the workshop went very well. Hope to see some of these in future tutorials or as mini-psds.

comment by Andy at 12:08 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2010

Excellent photograph. NIcely done.

comment by mooch at 01:08 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2010

I really love this shot. I don't know quite why but beyond the magnificent colours I think the moon really makes this shot. Amazing colouration to the sky too.

comment by fotograf lublin at 01:59 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2010

I love night shots but this one is uniq, color and all light make this image special

comment by jelb at 11:41 PM (GMT) on 8 March, 2010

An amazing processing..Beautiful night light..bravo!

comment by djn1 at 05:08 PM (GMT) on 9 March, 2010

Thanks everyone :)

comment by minimodi at 09:52 PM (GMT) on 10 March, 2010

thats a cool shot! reminds me of a big wallposter from the 80's (in a good way)