Pic(k) of the week 5: Purple light under the bridge, Dubai

My favourite time for exterior Architectural photography, is clearly the "Blue hour"; a period of twilight just before sunrise or after sunset, where the indirect sunlight has a blue hue. While this can be different one day the other, the closer one is to the equator, the faster the good blue hour disappears.

While photographing at a newly developed area in Business Bay last week, I witnessed something spectacular; exactly 15 min after sunset, all of a sudden the sky turned completely purple. Less than 1 min later (estimated lasting 30 to 45s) all went back to the normal blue hour light which was visible just before the event started. While I've seen beautiful purple skies in other places around the world, this was my first one in Dubai; at least as intense!

Under the bridge, Business Bay Dubai

The image above is pretty much exactly how I saw the event. No significant changes have been made to the single RAW file with regards to hue, color and saturation. No color filters have been used. Editing was purely limited to opening the shadows somewhat in Lightroom and making a single contrast adjustment in Nik ColorEfex pro 4.

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the Fujinon 10-24 f4 lens
ISO 200, 13mm (20mm full frame equivalent), f8, 26sec
RAW development in Lightroom 5.7
Nik ColorEfex Pro 4 for slight contrast adjustment

More Dubai skyline images can be found here.