Sheikh Zayed Road Skyline - Recce Photoshoot

October 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

As summer ends and the weather changes here in Dubai we occasionally get thick fog in the early mornings.  This is burnt off by the sun by around 8am, so you can never view it from the viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa - this opens at 10am

 

I've always wanted to get photographs of the fog in the mornings, as the skyscrapers peek through into the clear blue early morning sky.  However I've never lived in a building high enough and have always seemed to miss my chance.  I don't have connections with building companies who are building towers so I'm stuck.

 

Last week we had 3 days of thick early morning fog and so I decided to ask for access in a couple of buildings to make the most of it.  Unfortunately the foggy mornings stopped before my request was granted, but I'm ready to go now for the next installment.

 

I did a recce photoshoot yesterday morning and here are a few of the results.  On the 43rd floor of this tower there is a wrap around balcony with great views.  A big thanks to Four Points by Sheraton for allowing me access yesterday, and hopefully next time the fog arrives!

 

For the first two shots, I used my Nikon D700 and 14-24mm f2.8 wide angle lens.  I shot in RAW with a preset White Balance of Cloudy to warm the image up a bit, and then processed with Nik Software Color Efex and Silver Efex.  The final shot was a 10 shot panorama with the Carl Zeiss 35mm Distagon, just to see how much detail I could bring out from the view.  The final image isn't great, but I will probably use a combination of both lenses when the fog comes to get some large sweeping vistas.

 

Note the top of the Rose Rotana hotel (the tallest building on the left of the image).  On the single shot images, due to the nature of the 14-24mm wide angle (or any wide angle, for that matter) the pixels are slightly stretched once the image is corrected.  Shooting at 35mm as a panorama gives a much cleaner and more realistic final file.  Next time I'm up there I'll shoot with the 14-24mm first to get my keepers before shooting some 35mm panoramas hand held.

 

Anyway, here are the views:

 

 

 


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