Monday, November 14, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 45: Following the moon

Most people probably know that the moon plays a large role in Muslim religion. What I didn't know is that the exterior lighting system of the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (UAE), changes color with the phases of the moon. A full moon makes the mosque bath in white color while a new moon gives it a deep dark blue tint. The system even simulates clouds diffusing the light even further.

2011 Pic(k) of the week 45: Following the moon
The image above was made end of October with a waxing crescent moon.

For more info on the light design, checkout the light designers website at Speirs and Major.
The Sheik Zayed Mosque has quickly become an important tourist attraction. More info can be found here.

Image details:
Nikon D700m with Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 1600, f 2.8, 1/8 sec, 70mm
RAW development with LR3
Contrast improvement with Nik software Color Efex 3

As this post goes live, I should be in Miami Florida. Planning to fly a single-engine C172 SP G1000 aircraft, from FL to the Bahamas, there should be plenty of interesting photo opportunities around the corner.

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