Pic(k) of the week 12: LOVE LAKE, DUBAI - MAVIC 2 PRO

The Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve is the first unfenced natural conservation reserve in the UAE. A few years ago, extensive man made wetlands, called Al Quadra lakes were built in the middle of the desert landscape in order to attract birds, plants and other species. Today there are about 

If one wants to escape the hustle and bustle of the city of Dubai, heading out to the Al Qudra Lakes is a great idea. Once it started to become more popular, some visitors were unfortunately leaving rubbish behind, leading to restrictions on BBQ's, camping and campfires. The human race is often its own worst enemy, isn't it!

The latest lake, just to the east of the Al Qudra Lakes, are two large lakes in the shape of hearts; appropriately known as "Love Lake". It was the Crown Prince of Dubai, who in November last year posted an aerial image of the Love Lake on his personal Instagram account. Needless to say, people have been flocking to the place since!  

When I bought and registered my first drone (Mavic 2 Pro) earlier this year, I knew, Love Lake would make for a perfect place to fly it! It will become nicer once all of the planted trees will start growing a bit.

Image details:
  • Mavic 2 Pro 
  • ISO 100, f4.0, 1/1250s
  • Lightroom CC for RAW development
  • DxO Nik ColorEfex Pro 4 for optimal contrast
I've also made a short-film (video) about the project. Click here to check it out.

As a professional pilot myself, I make it my personal mission to promote "safe drone flying"; make sure you register your drone and be certificated if needed. Check the local regulations wherever you want to fly your drone before flying it! 

More aerial images of mine shot from airplanes, balloons and drones can be found here

Remember: "You haven't seen a tree, if you haven't seen its shadow from the sky!" - Amelia Earhart