Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 47: A wide view on Dubai Marina

When I first arrived in Dubai early 2002, "Dubai Marina" was non-existent. The project of building the Worlds largest man-made marina had been announced and the digging of the vast U-shaped excavation had just started, but the only buildings were a few of the original beachfront hotels. Some of them like the Hilton, Ritz Carlton and Sheraton, can still be seen in the foreground of the image below, while others like the Oasis Beach hotel had to make place for newer buildings.

Over the last 12 years, Dubai Marina has become a city within a city; accommodating more than 100.000 people, this concrete jungle, consists of more than 200 high-rise buildings with a large selection of hotels and hundreds of restaurants. 

The 414m (1358ft) Princess Tower (highest on the left), was the worlds tallest residential building until it has been overtaken by the 426m  (1397ft) "432 Park Avenue" building in New York city last month

The panorama of the Dubai Marina skyline, was made from the Palm Jumeirah; a man-made island in the form of a Palm tree of the Dubai shoreline.

Dubai Marina - panorama

I like to invite the readers to click on the image in order to do it justice and view it at its full size. The amount of detail in this almost 20.000 pixel wide image, is quite astonishing! In order to avoid loosing too much space after stitching, the panorama was shot in a vertical orientation and consists of 11 images.

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF18-55 Fujinon lens
Mounted on a MeFoto tripod using the BH30 from Really Right Stuff 
ISO 200, 55mm (83mm full frame equivalent), f13, 4sec
RAW images stitched using Photoshop CC 2014
Lightroom 5.6 for further image editing

Remember: "Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape" - Janet Fitch

Happy shooting,

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