park regis pool #1 / 21 March, 2011 [click for previous image: you said it would last forever]
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Title • park regis pool #1

I'm now back in the UK after a fabulous couple of weeks in Dubai and Oman. I was at the GPP 2011 training event (March 12th-17th) then down in Oman with my great friend Bobbi Lane running a three day Faces and Places workshop. I'll write more about both events over the next week or so but in the meanwhile I'm posing this shot.

It was taken between GPP and the Oman trip, while shooting with Gerald Donovan (who produced the 45 gigapixel image of Dubai). I'd spent the day providing some one-to-one postproduction training for Gerald, after which we went out shooting. We spent the late afternoon at the rooftop bar at the Park Regis hotel, from where this one was taken, after which we switched to the Four Points Sheraton to shoot the sunset and Sheik Zayed Road after dark.

I did shoot quite a few shots of the skyline from this location, but also wanted to produce something a bit different, so switched to shooting through the glass wall at the side of the pool. I knew that the buildings would be a bit soft, but also knew that it would be relatively straightforward job to emphasise these during postproduction (using masks, curves and Topaz Detail). If you're interested in the specifics I've used this one for our latest Mini-PSD.

As always, let me know what you think.

focal length
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2.30pm on 14/3/11
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
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Photoshop CS5
Topaz Detail
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