The Burj Dubai (now Burj Khalifa)

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Here you go, the tallest building on Earth.  It is not easy to take a picture of this building because it is surrounded by water and the only way you can shoot this (front angle) is on a very crowded small bridge.   With a wide angle lens and proper point of view, this my photo interpretation of Burj Dubai.

wiki: Burj Dubai ("Dubai Tower") is a super tall skyscraper under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 818 m (2,684 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, and the tower is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy on 4 January 2010.

The building is part of the 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi) flagship development called "Downtown Burj Dubai".  The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion.

How I took it:
Gear: Canon 7D + Sigma 10-20
Settings:  f9.0 | 1/250 | Single image (this is not HDR)

Post processing:

  • Adjusted contrast and vibrance from Adobe Camera Raw
  • Corrected the perspective in Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Adjusted levels, added sharpening and adjusted contras in Photoshop CS4

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11 Responses

  1. You really got the clouds this day! Another one I mistook for HDR! Your shot is very dramatic 🙂 I missed the day the tower was only half visible last week. It would be cool to capture that. I did manage to get one nice one of the tower with the fountain in it in the summer but I have not been back since construction was completed.

    Ps. I mentioned you in my 2 Jazirat Al Hamra blog posts and I see Bjorn has also credited you in his blog post today as the trigger for visiting the village.

    • Thanks Jason. I always wanted to shoot the Burj but I never find a good day to do so. So after the morning rain, I thought it would be nice to check it out. Luckily I did 🙂

      Thank you for linking me on your website/blog 🙂 I really appreciate that!

  2. this is the first time na nakita ko ang collection mo.. ang galing! first time din akong namangha ng sobra! dapat member ka ng canon ambassadors! sana pwede ipetition yan.. how do you sharpen your shots that crispy? how were you able to get that wide dynamic range in one photo? how do you process the colors, i bet your photos are more correct than the real one?

    I know i have so many questions.. if it’s not possible for you to share your magic, kahit isa lang I’d be more than grateful.. if you conduct workshops for post processing, I’d be happy to attend! Thanks! more power..

    • Thanks Rom! I really appreciate that.

      For my sharpening, I use a combination of unsharp mask and high pass filter. For dynamic range, I use a technique called DRI (Dynamic Range Increase) I manually mask in and out 3 or more exposures in one photo… 🙂

      I do conduct workshops here in Dubai. Are you based in Dubai?



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