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Taken from Jazirat Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaima, UAE.  This is an abandoned village, also referred to as “ghost town”.

from wiki:

Ras al-Khaimah (ras al-Khaymah, literally “The Top of the Tent”) is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in the southwest of the Persian Gulf. It is in the northern part of the UAE bordering Oman. The emirate has a population of about 300,000 inhabitants. It covers an area of 656 square miles (1700 km²), mostly desert. The emirate is ruled by Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi.


Around 45 to an hour drive from Dubai.  RAK (short name for Ras Al Khaimah) offers nice beach resorts and some scenes that you just can’t find in Dubai.

Here’s how I took it:

Settings: f8 | 3 bracketed shots 2EV +/-

Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 10-20mm

Post processing:

  • Aligned and tone mapped from Photomatix
  • Cleaned and added texture in Photoshop  CS4

Have a nice day ahead!


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11 Responses

  1. Hi, I found your work on HDR Spotting and think it’s fantastic. Really great compositions and HDR processing. I love the colours in this one in particular. I have lived in Dubai for 7 years and had never heard about this village until I saw your shot. So I went for a trip to the village yesterday and bumped into another photographer from Dubai who was also there because he saw this shot too. You seem to have started a bit of a cult following here… 🙂 Great work!

    • Hi there Jason!

      That’s awesome! I was always interested to this kind of places and my garmin GPS has been a gift really. I usually go with a friend of mine named Jason too. Thanks for dropping a comment.

      How was your trip to RAK? That’s really good to know that my work inspire others to go out there and shoot. There’s a lot of good places and right now is a good time to go out there and visit some odd places like this, they really make interesting subjects. HDR spotting is really a good website to showcase some really awesome HDRs.

      Tomorrow, I might be heading out to do some city scape. I usually go on Saturdays to shoot 🙂 Maybe next week will be heading out of Dubai to find some interesting spot to shoot. We & others should shoot together sometime…

      Thanks Jason.


  2. Hi Michael, please give me your contact number. Would like to speak to you regarding usage of some of your photos. thanks. And great work, by the way!

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