Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Over the years, the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, has become "the main" landmark of the nations capital! It was therefore normal that I went there while test shooting the new medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S camera.

I've praised how good the Fujifilm GFX 50S is for Architectural photography in previous Pic(k) of the weeks; if you missed it, make sure to check out "Looking up at Business Bay Bridge"and "Roof topping with the GFX 50S". 

While I've been photographing the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque on multiple occasions but had never really shot it from a distance. As one of the largest mosques in the world, it is a magnificent piece of architecture which really shines just before sunrise or after sunset; what photographers call "the blue hour". 

The image below was made from the relatively new Wahat al Karama monument; a tribute to UAE soldiers and other brave nationals that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. While the pool often provides a nice reflection of the Mosque, I wasn't that lucky as there was a very strong wind the evening I was there. A good reason to return and shoot some more images one day! 

Image details:
  • Fujifilm GFX 50S with the GF 32-64mm f4 R LM WR lens
  • ISO 100, 43mm (full frame equivalent 34mm), f16
  • 3 different exposures: 3sec, 10sec and 30sec 
  • Lightroom CC for RAW development
  • Merge to 32bit HDR file in Photoshop CC
  • Nik Software for optimal contrast and colour
  • Photoshop CC to clean up some disturbing light posts, etc...

I can't wait to test out the new wide-angle GF 23mm F4 lens, which is supposed to be great for Architectural photography as well. 

More images of this great piece of architecture can be found here

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