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365 Project : Day 241

Took this shot on the way back to the parking lot. I just saw this traffic lights and I thought that it would be a good foreground with the Burj Khalifa. Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 8-16mm Settings: f8 | 1/15 | ISO 125 Post process: 2 exposures DRI’d Curves adjustments Channel mixer adjustments for color toning Applied a square crop

365 Project : Day 240

This is one of my favorite shots among all the photos I took recently.  Timing is really a big key when taking photos like this.  You cannot really predict when is the best time to take a picture, you just go there and pray for the best.  This was shot at dawn, just before the sun rises. It’s really challenging to take a picture of the Burj Khalifa, simply because it’s very tall.  I mean, it’s not the tallest building […]

365 Project : Day 239

Another early morning shoot, this time for a cityscape. I am slowly realizing the advantages of shooting early, I think I am preferring sunrise now than sunset. There are a lot of advantages in the morning at least here in Dubai; first of all I get a lot of good clouds in the morning, less haze, almost no people walking around and I get to do a lot more during the rest of the day. I think those are fairly […]

365 Project : Day 238

Taken from Al Aqah Fujairah. This was my first shot just before the sunrise. I like the cold and relax feel of it. Makes me want to go back in there. If it was not 2 hours away, I would like to visit this place more frequently. Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 f2.8 Settings: f13 | 2 sec. | ISO 100 Post process: 2 exposure blending (DRI) Curves adjustments Dodging and burning Vibrance and Saturation adjustments Cheers! Mike

365 Project : Day 237

Another one from Fujairah. The sun was already fully up a this point. I used my ND1000x BW ND filter to get the smoke effect on the water. I haven’t used this filter as much as I would want to because, I haven’t done a lot of seascapes here in Dubai. Another use for this filter would be for the clouds movement, to get them into a blur, which is not very applicable here in Dubai since clouds here are […]

365 Project : Day 236

A very rare case that I woke up early for a shoot 🙂 My photo buddy Eugene invited me to shoot in Fujairah, which is a 2-hour drive from Dubai. I have to wake up at 3:30am which is usually the time I go to sleep… Anyway, this is one of few times I can use my BW ND1000 and it’s really nice to spend time with nature. Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 f2.8 + BW ND1000 (ND110) Settings: […]

365 Project : Day 235

I had a tough weekend; I injured my right foot and was not able to go to office for 3 days. Everything is getting better now, luckily. This is one of the image I processed during those days, I can’t really sit down longer than 30 minutes since I can’t put too much pressure on my foot so I did this in sessions. Anyway, I wanted to create that “poster” look on this image. Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 […]

365 Project : Day 234

Another angle from the Villa we stayed in during the new year.  Really an amazing place.  I hope one day, we can visit the place again 🙂 Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 f2.8 Settings: f9.0 | 13 secs. | ISO 100 Post process: 3 exposures DRI Curves adjustments Hue and saturation adjustments Dodging and burning Cheers!

365 Project : Day 233

This is where we celebrated the new year of 2011 🙂 A couple of days and it was one of the best place I’ve been in. The view is just fantastic, the villa was just amazing and not to mention the infinity pool. I did a lot of architectural and interior shots of the place which I’m going to be posting soon. Gear: Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16 f2.8 Settings: f8.0 | 30secs. | ISO 200 Post process: 3 exposures […]

365 Project : Day 232

I saw this camera which is a Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm lens which was advertised for sale and was barely 2 months old. I have no plans on buying a NEX5 but the price was really a good offer so I grabbed it! I have tested it for a few days and I was blown away with the quality of the pictures, especially in high ISO, It has the same sensor size as any APS-C DSLR cameras including my 7D. […]