Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 21: Sunset over Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm, is a five star hotel on the Palm Jumeirah; an artificial island of reclaimed land in Dubai. The hotel which opened in September 2008, has quickly become another landmark in Dubai beside the Burj al Arab and the +800 meter high Burj Khalifa. Inspired by its sister hotel in Nassau (Bahamas), its is Dubai's largest hotel, having  total of 1500 rooms.

Until recently I had not been able to photograph this enormous 46ha (100 acres) resort from a good viewpoint. 

End of last week, I managed to talk myself into a construction area, where I finally managed to shoot this Architectural giant. I used a 10 stop Neutral density filter to soften the water. Editing was done by converting to a 32 bit HDR file and also doing some classic digital blending.

Sunset over Atlantis Dubai

On the right, one can see the Palm Jumeirah monorail, connecting the trunk of the Palm with the Atlantis hotel. Eventually the mono-rail should connect with the Dubai Metro and new Tram system.

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the new XF 10-24 f4 lens
ISO 200, 16mm (24mm full frame equivalent), f11, 
6 exposures with shutter speeds varying between 1/750s and 20s
Tiffen 10 stop ND filter for the longest exposure
RAW development in Lightroom 5.4
Photoshop CC for 32 bit HDR Tone mapping and digital blending

More images of the Atlantis hotel can be found here.


Remember: " It's almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream" - Bern Williams

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