Pic(k) of the week 51: SUNSET BIRDS AT DUBAI CREEK - High speed photography with the Fujifilm X-T3

I've been documenting life around Dubai Creek for more than 10 years now! It is the place where I keep coming back to whenever I want to escape modern Dubai. There is something very special about the hustle and bustle on both sides of Dubai Creek, a waterway splitting Dubai in two parts; Deira to the North, Bur Dubai to the South. 

To me it is unbelievable that people that have been in Dubai for several years, have never been to this area of town. It is the heart of the city where Dubai was started not all that long ago and has a completely different vibe from "New Dubai". Early in the morning and before sunset, it is common for people to feed the birds on Dubai Creek; always a great photo opportunity!

When the Fujifilm X-T3 was released a few months back (review here), I praised its fast autofocus and high speed shutter functions and still very much love it today! By the way, X-T3 owners, be sure to update your cameras to the latest firmware; here for more.

Fast moving birds like the mad seagulls of Dubai Creek, are a perfect test subject for high speed photography. Don't be shy to flip your cameras into burst mode and experiment! The only negative with shooting at 20 or even 30 frames per second is that one will come home with a lot of images to sort and potentially edit. What stood out in the image below, is the optical illusion where it looks like one of the birds is about the loose one wing. Still not quite sure what is going one, but it surely looks weird!

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF50 f2 lens
  • 1/1000s, f11, ISO 160
  • Lightroom CC for RAW development
  • ColorEfex Pro by DxO with the Pro Contrast filter 
While eventually I would love to see the "Life at the Creek" collection, make it into a self-published book, the entire gallery can be found here

Remember: "Birds born in a cage, think flying is an illness