Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pic(k) of the week 43: DUBAI CONTRAST

The contrast between the rich and poor in Dubai, is something that might not be obvious for a tourist that stays only a week in a luxury beach front hotel, but it does however become clear when one delves a bit deeper in the society of the city and the Emirates as a country. 

To me this is what makes Dubai such an interesting and diverse place to live in; a city where people from more than 100 different countries, live together in relative peace and harmony.

In my Street Photography in Dubai, I often try and capture the contrast between the rich and poor. This was the case when I saw a Pakistani construction worker pass next to a mural in Dubai Marina; one of the more trendy areas of the city. The markup balloon, "Look" next to a painting of lady that comes back from a big shopping trip, gives the image even more interest!

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 10-24mm f4 lens
  • ISO 1250, 1/100s, f8, 18mm (27mm full frame)
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC, using Classic Chrome Camera profile
  • Black and White conversion in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
While my preferred two lenses for Street Photography are the brand-new 23mm f2 and the 35mm f2, I was shooting some Architectural work at the time with my XF10-24 lens, when I was confronted with the scene above.

I personally find that Dubai is very much a "Colour" Street Photography city; but I did find that the image above works better in Black and White as it accentuates the whole "contrast" theme ever better.

Those of you interested in Street Photography in Dubai, have a  listen to my appearance in Valerie Jardin's Street Focus podcast (link here).

Over the years my Street Photography has grown into a more substantial body of work. Please check out the following two galleries for my best Colour and Black and White Street Photography. 

Remember: "The whole point of taking pictures, is that you don't have to explain things in words" - Elliott Erwitt


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