Abu Dhabi Night

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Can anyone find a website where this algorithm is described? Sometimes it does a great job and sometimes it’s all over the place. I wonder if it is because I have drastically different sorts of playlists.

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 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

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

Night Falls on the Palace

Fun Live Show from the Airport

Here’s a quick live show I did while at the airport in Auckland on the way to Burning Man.

Daily Photo – Night Falls on the Palace

While in Abu Dhabi I didn't want to leave anything on the table so I tried to scoop up every shot I could. Even though I'd love to go back some day and take my family, I may never get that chance. If you see one of these shots at night, you can be pretty sure I got the exact same perspective at sunset and in the daytime. I would find a shot that I like and then add it to my list, to make sure I ticked each box three times!

Night Falls on the Palace

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 16:16:19
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mosque, Moving

Plotagraph Fun

I have a strange new nightly activity! When I am sitting down watching Netflix with my wife, I have my laptop on my lap and am making Plotagraphs! I often make something I think is kinda cool, and then I show her excitedly. She usually finds 3-4 flaws in it and I get quite deflated.

The Mosque, Moving

And here’s one that turned out pretty good, the incredible mosque in Abu Dhabi!

Sunset at the Mosque

Plotagraph Tips

Over on my Plotagraph Portfolio I’ve added some more images. Here are some tips for posting yours to social media in Q&A form:

Q: How do you get the file on Facebook?

A: It’s SUPER SIMPLE. In the Plotagraph software just export an MP4 file. I suggest sticking to 1920 or 1280 for the width. File type will be MP4, framerate 25 and duration 14s. Once you’ve downloaded the file, create a Facebook post just as normal and click the option to add a photo/video. Select your Plotagraph and post. Done!

Q: How do you get the Plotagraph on Instagram?

You have to take the video and get it on your mobile device where you have Instagram. Inside Plotagraph Pro export an MP4 with a duration of 14s and width of 1280. Then, I download that and use Airplay to get the video to my iPad and then upload that with Instagram.

Q: How do you get the MP4 on Twitter?

Oh that’s an easy one. You can upload the MP4 right to Twitter like a JPG… no issues!

Q: Any other Social Media sharing tips?

Yes! Funny you should ask!

1) Pinterest has silly small file size limits so don’t be afraid to export at something like 10fps and a shorter duration.

2) G+ likes GIF’s over MP4.

2b) How do you say β€œGIF” out loud when talking to other humans? Hard G. The G in GIF is short for Graphics, which is a hard G, unlike, say, Giraffe or Gacking off to webcam jirls.

3) Hashtag #Plotagraph to help other plotagraphers discover you!

4) When I post WordPress here at StuckInCustoms.com, I upload a GIF that us under 15MB right into WP. I’ve found that hosting the GIF other places doesn’t really work.

Daily Photo – Sunset at the Mosque

I rarely stay in one location for so long, but I might not ever get back to Abu Dhabi and I knew the mosque there was the big hit. I must have stayed here for well over six hours. I certainly wasn't going to leave before sunset! πŸ™‚

Sunset at the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 14:56:31
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Mighty Mosque

Battery Packs?

Do you have a favorite battery pack you use? I have a Mophie that is pretty cool, but could last longer, you know? There seems to be a size/weight to power ratio. I was wondering if there were any super-slick small, lightweight batteries that were also quite high-powered, pushing the ratio in the direction I want! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Mighty Mosque

Seeing this again only reminds me that I have to get back to Abu Dhabi again to explore more. I flew right in there directly, but I also believe you can take a taxi there from Dubai, which is a more popular spot to be. If you come, be sure you check the weather ahead of time. I was here during a cool part of the year. I can only imagine this place in the heat of a summer day!

The Mighty Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:38:25
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time6.3
  • Aperture11
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Another Midnight City hike

Long Exposure Tip

If you ever do go the Hasselblad way, you’ll note one of the coolest features is you can set your exposure to be longer than 30 seconds. I think you can set it up to 10 or 15 minutes or something. That’s awesome! I don’t know why all cameras don’t have that natively… there’s this whole 30-second cap thing that’s just rediculous… Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc β€” they all do it. Sometimes I think there is very little free-design thought in those companies.

Daily Photo – Another Midnight City hike

My first night in Abu Dhabi, I arrived around 7 PM and vowed to stay up all night and take photos. This technique worked so well in Dubai, and I thought I'd experience it again. It turned out that I didn't stay at the most “downtowny” area of the city, so I had limited things to shoot. But one of them was this area, where I tried some very long exposures to see what I got… and I quite like the result. When I got back to the hotel, boy was I tired!

Another Midnight City hike

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 03:29:39
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time32
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

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Daily Photo – An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

I only had one day in Abu Dhabi so I tried to make the best of it! I pretty much stayed here all day and night… there was so much to shoot in this mosque complex. I was happy and lucky they let me use a tripod. No one seemed to mind and I was the only one there with one. Actually, there were hardly any DSLRs at all. I notice that a lot in these countries. Everyone is taking photos for sure, but it's all mobile all the time.

An Evening Stroll at the Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:37:54
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/160
  • Aperture4
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Facebook LIVE!

Here’s yet another installment of Facebook Live πŸ™‚

The Boilerplate:

We’re doing several of these per week. They’re fun and interactive and you can ask me questions live. Be sure to come to my Facebook Page and up at the top where it says “Like” click the down arrow choose “See First” β€” Also if you like these videos, share with your FB friends! πŸ™‚

Aurora HDR Playlist

See my Youtube Playlist here.

Also, here’s one of my favorite videos below! πŸ™‚

Daily Photo – The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Speaking of Aurora HDR, I used it to make this photo, which came out rather incredible if I do say so myself! I actually don't like most of my photos. Well, that's not true. I mean I think that most are a bit interesting, but I don't actually “love” many of my photos. But this one I kinda love. I was in the right place at the right time. I got a TON of photos of this incredible mosque and spent a beautiful day here.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 14:15:21
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/40
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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