Friday, February 24, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 8: Desert power

Just next to where I fly my remote control aircraft at Nad al Sheeba RCM airfield in Dubai, there is a large electricity distribution center with a few dozen large pylons.
2012 Pic(k) of the week 8: Desert power
I've been wanting to photograph these steel monsters for a while and finally got around it!  Even though they are not really the most photogenic models, they make for some interesting architectural photography! The image above was shot vertically from below the center of the pylon. 

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200 VR2
ISO 200, 70mm, f5.0
5 shot HDR developed with Photomatix 4
Nik SilverEfex 2 for Black and White conversion

Two more images with a different perspective of the same shoot can be found here.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, have a great weekend!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 7: Hungry birds

Today I wanted to use my Friday off (Friday equals Sunday in the Gulf region), to go out and shoot for this weeks "Pic(k) of the week". I did have a few creative ideas in mind, but unfortunately a Shamal is blowing over the UAE today with widespread dust and a limited visibility. Outsiders call this a sandstorm. Anyway, no outside shooting for the time being. 

2012 Pic(k) of the week 7: Hungry Birds
Browsing through my un-edited images of the last few months, I bumped into this shot of gulls being fed by somebody at Dubai Creek. The caption "Hungry Birds" came to mind in similarity to the famous iPhone/Android game "Angry Birds".

Image details:
Nikon D700 with 70-200 2.8. VR2
ISO1600, 130mm, f5, 1/640s
Raw development in Lightroom 3
Nik ColorEfex 4 for contrast adjustment
Nik SilferEfex 2 for Black & White development

Whatever you do, wherever you are, have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 6: Greetings from Tyrol

A weeklong ski-trip to Austria or Switzerland has become a yearly February tradition. This year the fun in the snow is taking place in Zillertal, an amazing ski-area in Tyrol (Austria) with over 600 km (yes!) ski runs all covered with a single ski-pass.

While last year's was abnormally warm, this year's is very cold. So much for global warming! Under a clear sky, morning temperatures frequently dipped below -25C, with maximum temperatures not exceeding -15C for most of the week.
As is normally the case during these winter breaks, the DSLR stayed home. The small compact Nikon P7000 did travel, but stayed in its bag... Wanting to go commando, I decided to shoot the entire holiday on the iPhone 4S. And boy I had a blast!
2011 Pic(k) of the week 6: Greetings from Tirol
The image above of clouds drifting in from the left, is a 7 shot panorama completly edited, including the stitching, on the iPhone 4S. I kind of had forgotten how easy it is to shoot a panorama on the iPhone. Zooming in on the image, one will see a lot of detail like the individual skiers on the slope. Quite a challenge for a tiny sensor like on this camera phone. As promised I will dedicate an entire post on iPhoneography, in the near future.

Image details:
iPhone 4S
ISO 64, f 2.4, 1/3200s, 35mm
AutoStitch to edit the panorama
Nik Software Snapseed for basic editing 

Freezing cold or steaming hot; go out there and shoot!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 5: Pineapple building

One of the things Western visitors to the UAE are always amazed with is that official street and building names are rarely used here. People give directions like; " take a left at the pink building, then second street after the green mosque". Another typical example is the Dubai Silicon Oasis Head Quarters (DSO HQ), which people familiar with the area call "the Pineapple building"...

I live in a villa compound in the DSO area and while running in the neighbourhood, I had noticed a potential photograph of the DSO HQ in post sunset light.

2012 Pic(k) of the week 5: Pineapple building
The image above was made about 15 min after the sun went down. I purposely selected a small aperture of f 20 to get a nice "star effect" of the lights. 

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70 2.8
ISO 200, 40mm, f 20, 8 sec
RAW development in LR3
Nik SilverEfex Pro 2

As I'm writing this, I'm getting ready for a weeklong ski-trip to Austria. The big camera bag will stay home but I do plan to make loads of iPhone images. Some of these will probably find their way on my Facebook and Google Plus pages!

Whatever you do, where ever you are, have a great week!