Abu Dhabi Night

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Daily Photo – Abu Dhabi Night

What cool colors eh? I'd love to talk to the lighting designer for this place and talk to them about how they come up with these ideas. I'm pretty sure it's all colored LEDs, which makes buildings so much more interesting at night now. Have you noticed that? In the last ten years since LEDs are getting everywhere, it makes for some really beautiful night light installations.

Abu Dhabi Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:44:53
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Insides of the Burj Al Arab

Hot Dubai Tip

There is a nearby beach hotel that you can stay at for much cheaper and it’s part of this same network of hotels. If you book there, then you can eat at the restaurants here in this “7-star hotel” or visit the upstairs bar that juts out over the sea. This is what Rene and I did and it worked out great. They also let us use tripods in here for a while with no issues…

That hotel is the Royal Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Check it out! Note I paid full price for the hotel… not a product placement just a good recommendation! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Insides of the Burj Al Arab

What a building! Some people find it not-so-attractive, but I think it's kinda fun in a glitzy-vegas jewellery-box kinda way. Hey, I like colorful stuff, what can I say? There's a very interesting documentary on this you can find on YouTube and it shows how the whole thing was initially painted white. The royal family came in, hated it, and demanded more colors. It ended up like this!

The Insides of the Burj Al Arab

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-20 06:01:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

A Lonely Walk in Dubai

Where are we in Europe right now?

Come out for our photo walks! See more on the European Tour Website! Hope to see you in person soon! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – A Lonely Walk in Dubai

I was staying at the Four Seasons here along the beach in Dubai and went out for a late night walk. There is ALWAYS construction going on, so I decided not to avoid it and try to make an interesting photo with all the lights. Most of the time, I want a clean beach shot without any of this unsightly construction going on, but I decided to give myself a challenge and see if I could make it more interesting!

A Lonely Walk in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-04-28 05:22:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Lights in the Mosque

Tips on Taking women into mosques

I get a lot of questions about the local ethics and cultural requirements for bringing women into mosques. As you know, I often travel with my wife and two daughters. All I can say for sure is it varies from country to country. Some are very relaxed. Some are not-so-much. But, it’s usually never a problem and I just suggest getting a local guide on TripAdvisor or through your hotel concierge. In some places, like Egypt, the women did not even need to wear headscarves. Others, they need to wear the habib and make sure none of the hair is visible. Anyway, it’s nothing to worry about and once properly dressed, you can go see anything! I certainly don’t get upset by any cultural/religious differences… I just try to think of it as being respectful, like when you put on nice clothes of a certain type for an event like a wedding or funeral. It just is respectful, which isn’t so bad! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Lights in the Mosque

I was at the main mosque in Abu Dhabi for about four hours before I eventually came to the Very-Obvious-In-Retrospect idea, hey I can actually go INSIDE. As with most mosques, there is a tremendous number of shots from the outside and the courtyards. But you can go inside most of them anytime (as long as it's not during the call to prayer). Just slip off your shoes and go inside for a wander! I've never had any issues at all… very friendly people!

The Lights in the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:19:10
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Dubai, UAE

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Daily Photo – Dubai, UAE

I'll be stopping here on the way to that Lisbon workshop! To find out about other ones, go to our Workshops Page and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to find out! πŸ™‚

How beautiful is Dubai? I love coming here to take photos and explore the city. For this shot, I was invited through the royal family and a friend to get up onto a building that was about half a mile in the air. This allowed me to be able to shoot straight across at the Burj Khalifa. Most photos you see have it leaning inwards because it's so tall and shot with a wide angle upwards… those are cool, but so is this angle!

Dubai, UAE

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-17 22:39:48
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length17.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Deeper inside the Mosque

Tip: Touristy Spots

This was quite busy inside. There were actually hundreds of people. Since it’s impossible to get a photo without people in it, I try to find compositions where I am taking photos over their heads. At first, it seems like kind of a bummer because your instinct is to shoot everything. Now that I mentioned it, you can see this in today’s photo. But really, most people will never notice. It’s a good chance for you to get creative and try some different things!

Daily Photo – Deeper inside the Mosque

I was here at this amazing mosque in Abu Dhabi for about four hours before I even realized I could go inside. I was enjoying myself so much on the outside taking photos that it never occurred to me that a) it was possible to go inside or b) that I would be allowed to go inside. But, I should have known better because I've been to at least a dozen mosques around the world. Everyone is welcome inside unless it is prayer time (or if you're a menstruating woman). Well, neither of those threw down the gauntlet for me, so I took off my shoes and walked inside with my tripod!

Deeper inside the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:22:20
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time3.2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Sailing Design

Worth a Wikipedia Stop!

Whenever I look something up in Wikipedia, I tend to go down a little rabbit hole. But I found the Burj Al Arab entry to be pretty interesting! I’m just into buildings and architecture, even though I really don’t know much about it at all…

Daily Photo – Another Sailing Design

Yesterday's Sydney Opera House photo and today's photo of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai have a lot in common. They are both inspired by things-nautical. The opera house is based on waves and this is based on a huge sail. There's something else about this building that causes a lot of confusion with the scale of it. It's absolutely massive and I believe it's one of the tallest hotels in the world.

Another Sailing Design

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 19:58:49
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/800
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Exhausted in Dubai

The beginning of my relationship with the Ritz-Carlton

One time in Dubai, I was kicked out of the Armani hotel for taking photos. I started a live broadcast right afterwards, talking about my rather rude dismissal. I got a live comment from the Ritz-Carlton saying something like, “Hey Trey you can come over here any time and take photos!” How cool! So I made note of this then followed up a few weeks later… They’re cool… they get it! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Exhausted in Dubai

One day I had huge plans to stay out all night and take photos in Dubai. It was about 7 PM and I went to this neo-souk area to start with a dinner and a wine, and then I got absolutely exhausted. Usually, I have a lot of energy but I was just completely drained for some reason. Maybe a triple-dip in the biorhythms? Not sure what happened… but I listened to my body and went back to crash for the night. It was an amazing night's sleep. This is the last photo I got before going back home. I didn't even really have the energy for this, but I pushed through!

Exhausted in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-19 23:13:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Exploring Dubai Beaches

More from Dubai

Here’s a friendly little blog reminder β€” to see more photos from Dubai (we have multiple pages), just click on the “Dubai” category just above and see all you want! Even better, I’m working on some more now that I hope to publish soon.

Daily Photo – Exploring Dubai Beaches

I'm the least judgmental guy in the world and simply enjoying seeing all the “different-than-I'm-used-to” stuff around the world. All over Dubai are amazing beaches, and at any time there are tons of ladies out enjoying the sun.

Exploring Dubai Beaches

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 07:38:29
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/15
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+2

Over the Harbour in Dubai

Thanks again Dubai Films

I wanted to thank the amazing team over at Dubai Films again for securing our helicopter ride here. What a blast! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – Over the Harbour in Dubai

There's no chance of falling asleep while hanging out of a helicopter. I can't think of a time I've been less sleepy, in fact. Come to think of it, the idea of taking a nap didn't even cross my mind.

Wow, I took so many photos on this day β€” probably over 500. And there weren't many stinkers in the bunch. It makes choosing the “best” ones more challenging, but it's a good problem to have!

Over the Harbour in Dubai

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-15 21:46:50
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture4
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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