Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 48: Shanghai - The worlds largest city by population

Sometimes writing for a blog, makes you become a bit wiser... When it comes to defining the size of a city people often refer to the total population. Different definitions of "cities" are common; one is the "metropolitan area" which includes the suburbs often stretching tens of kilometres around the main city. The other one is the "city proper" which is limited by the administrative boundaries and is a better reflection of what we originally used to define city boundaries. 

The largest one by the "city proper" definition, is Shanghai with a population of 24 million! Earlier this week I spend three days in this East-Chinese mega-city which has changed unbelievable over the last few years.

2012 Pic(k) of the week 48: Shanghai - The worlds largest city by population

The image above was made from one of the most famous viewpoints in Shanghai, "The Bund". Carrying my sturdy Gitzo tripod on the trip proved worthwhile! Even though a bit more clouds would have made it even more worthwhile...

It was unfortunate that the Oriental Pearl tower (highest on the left) for some strange reason was not lit while I was there... Another reason to go back, I guess.

Image details:
Nikon D800 with the 14-24 2.8 Nikkor lens
ISO 100, f4.5, 20mm, 4s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.3 (RC)
Nik ColorEfex Pro for contrast and sharpeness

More images of Shanghai can be found here.

Remember: " A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for" - John A. Shedd


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 47: Dubai Beach Football

Unfortunately public beaches have become a scarcity these days in Dubai. One of the better beaches open to everybody to the general public, is the stretch close to the Jumeirah Grand Mosque. 

With the cooler months just starting, this is the place to be for all kinds of the Dubai community. 

2012 Pic(k) of the week 47: Dubai Beach Football

When I went there last Friday to photograph the ever changing Dubai skyline at dusk, a large group of African guys were playing football. I doubt that a lot of football places offer a view like the one above!

Image details:
Nikon D800 with 24-70 f2.8 Nikkor lens
ISO100, 35mm, f5.6, 1/125s
Shot on a Gitzo tripod using Live View focussing
RAW development with Lightroom 4.1
ColorEfex Pro for contrast and neutral density adjustment

Remember, " Less is more, except if it is not enough"

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 46: Lonely New York subway

Just back from a quick visit to New York, I realised that I do not have gallery dedicated to the Big apple...

Time to change this: a brand-new New York gallery in my Travel section can now be found here.

2012 Pic(k) of the week 46: Lonely New York subway

One of the images that made it in, is this image of the New York subway late at night. I like the lonely feel of this often very busy environment!

To me it looks like Manhattan is almost running back to normal, after Hurricane Sandy struck the East coast. I do however understand that a lot of people outside Manhattan , unfortunately have other stories to tell!

Image details:
Nikon D700 ( yes image was made Nov 2011) with the Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens
ISO 1250, 70mm, f2.8, 1/160s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.1
Nik ColorEfex Pro for contrast adjustment

Remember, " Twelve significant photographs in any one year, is a good crop" - Ansel Adams

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Driving road F208 in ICELAND

As I am preparing for tomorrows flight to New York, it looks like we will be crossing right over the top of the "Land of Fire and Ice" during the +13hour flight from Dubai.

F208 road South of Landmannalaugar

During my latest photo-adventure to Iceland, I shot some video footage with a GoPro Hero 2 attached to my 4x4. After a few months, I finally managed to edit it into a 4min clip.

The video above is of the drive along the F208 starting deep inside the Icelandic Highlands, through Landmannalaugar to the Southern coastline. For the best viewing experience, make sure that you select 1080p in the box on the lower right and view it full screen, preferably on a large screen.

One of the many river crossings near Landmannalaugar

Driving the F208 is one of the most scenic drives I have ever taken. Due to the terrain and a dozen or so river fords to be crossed, a 4x4 car is a must! 

Remember, "if you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there" - George Harrison

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pic(k) of the week 45: Fly away

November 7 will remain a black day in Belgian aviation history. Exactly 11 years ago today, the national airline of Belgium, Sabena, was declared bankrupt.

I was one of the 7000 or so employees that was laid off when Europe's second oldest airline (after KLM), stopped operating. It is a day to be remembered...

Even though a lot of people struggled finding jobs in the aftermath of the events, I consider myself being lucky with the move to Dubai a few months later. In the last 10 years, I was able to built an aviation career which likely would have been very difficult with my old airline. Unfortunately one sometimes needs dramatic events like these, to look beyond the horizon for better opportunities.   

Back to photography. Yesterday morning, I photographed a few airliners taking to the skies at Dubai international airport. 

2012 Pic(k) of the week 45: Fly away

One of them was this departing Airbus A380 which I titled, " Fly away". I like how the contrail of the airliner in the bottom left corner, keeps the eye inside the frame.

Image details:
Nikon D800 with 70-200 2.8 VR2 lens
ISO 250, 200mm, f4.5, 1/8000s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.2
Nik ColorEfex for contrast adjustment
Nik SilverEfex 2 to desaturate the image

Remember; " No one has ever collided with the sky"

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