Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 43: The Presidents birthplace

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the Al Muwaiji fort ( Qasr al Muwaiji in arabic) in Al Ain, U.A.E.. I was there for a client shooting architectural images of a brand new glass structure inside the fort, which will be used as a heritage museum. Some of the images will be available on the site in a weeks time.

Interesting enough, the fort is the place of birth of the President of the UAE, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Pic(k) of the week 43: The Presidents birthplace
At the front entrance, I shot this HDR ( High Dynamic Range ) image of the fort and its reflection in the adjacent pool.

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 14-24 2,8 lens
ISO 200, f4.5, 24mm, 3 varying shutter speeds for the HDR exposure
Raw development in LR3
SilverEfex 2 for Black and White conversion

I like to finish with the following quote of world famous photographer Robert Frank:

"Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected."


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 42: The perfect storm

Saying that the last two days have been eventful might be a bit of an understatement!
The day before yesterday, we left on a boat and camping trip to a deserted island 30 miles of the coast of Dubai. We left on a friends catamaran and came back by motorboat yesterday afternoon.

It was the return trip that was the most memorable... A storm that developed during the night, created some very rough seas. Waves estimated 15 to 20ft (5 to 6m) made it for an interesting 2.5 hr ride. Those of you that saw the movie the perfect storm know what I mean! Beside loosing a few cool-boxes and a wave cracking one of the boats windshield, all ended well. 

2011 Pic(k) of the week 42: The perfect storm
All of this is probably hard to believe, when one sees the image of my friends anchored catamaran laying in calm waters, just as we set sail. The fishing boats sheltering at the moon-shaped island, should have been a sign... Call it a lesson learnt!

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 200, 105mm, f8, 1/640s
LR RAW development
Nik ColorEfex 3 for contrast adjustment

Needless to say, I was not able to take any images during the trip home...

Till next time,


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 41: Music in the Park

Similar to European cities like Prague, Rome and VeniceVienna is a real photography paradise. Last week I spent 48 hrs in this Austrian city that breathes culture day and night!
2011 Pic(k) of the week 41: Music in the Park
In the Stadtpark, we find the golden statue of world renown Austrian composer, Johan Strauss (1825-1899). 

Image details:
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70 2.8
ISO 200, 70mm, f5 , 1/500s
RAW development in LR3
Multiple filters stacked in Nik ColorEfex 4

More images of the amazing city of Vienna can be found here.

Till next time, 
Go out there and shoot!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pic(k) of the week 40: Best friends

Falconry is an integral part of desert life, which has been practiced for centuries. Originally, falcons were used for hunting and supplemented the Bedouin diet with some meat, such as hare or houbara

Today the Falcon in the Middle East, is not seen as a tool but rather as an extension of the family. The leaders of the UAE, have shown great concern and support for this important part of the UAE's cultural heritage. As an airline pilot, I've seen Falcons traveling in their own first class seats on multiple occasions. They have their own hospitals and some of them are worth over $25000. 

2011 Pic(k) of the week 40: Best friends
While on a quick two day getaway to the Bab al Shams desert resort last week, I photographed this UAE national showing off his bird of prey. Their friendship really shows!

Image details:
Nikon D700 with 70-200 2.8 VR2
ISO 1600, 180mm, f5.6, 1/250s
RAW development in Lightroom 3
Nik ColorEfex 4 (yes brand new!) for image optimazation 

Some more images of the sunset shoot can be found here

Don't just take picture, make pictures,


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