Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 14: Pointing to the skies

Beside the famous 7-star Burj al Arab hotel, the worlds highest skyscraper Burj Khalifa, must be one of the most photographed subjects in Dubai. With its height of 829m (2723ft), framing this architectural wonder, is often a bit of a challenge. While a wide angle lens is a must, distortion becomes an unwanted side effect.

Earlier this month, I had a friend staying at the Palace Hotel - Old Town. This 5 star hotel is a great blend of the Middle Eastern heritage and contemporary Dubai. No surprise the hotel won several awards among others; Best Hotel of Arabia, Best Hotel design of the year.


2012 Pic(k) of the week 14: Pointing to the skies





The image above is made from the driveway to the hotel. I particularly like the reflections in the pool and the fact how the Burj (Tower) seems to be pointing to the skies!

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 14-24 2.8 lens
ISO 200, f5, 15mm, HDR shutter-speed bracketing between 1.6sec & 25sec
RAW development in Lightroom 4
Photomatix 4 for HDR 
Photoshop CS5 for perspective correction
Nik ColorEfex 4 for detail/contrast enhancement


More Burj Khalifa images can be found here


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