Postcards from Dubai
Business Bay and the Burj Khalifa - Dubai

Oct 9th

2012

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Postcards from Dubai

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Skyline, 2012  (© Ian Mylam)

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Skyline, 2012 (© Ian Mylam)

I spent a fantastic afternoon and evening in Dubai today together with local commercial photographer Catalin Marin. Catalin took me to a great spot for photographing the stunning skyline of Dubai, high up on the roof of a building in Dubai’s Business Bay with great views in all directions. We arrived on the roof around 3.30 pm, in plenty of time to marvel at the changing light playing out over the urban landscape as the sun sank towards the horizon, and in particular, over the shimmering, iridescent glass façade of the incredible Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world – a jewel in the Arabian desert.

The photographer you can see in these shots is Catalin – who, although he has photographed this skyline many times, says that he never tires of the view and always finds something new to photograph – not hard to believe when you see this view first-hand.  Check out his website here – www.momentaryawe.com – there are some great photographs there, and in particular, if you are a fan of the architecture of Dubai, some amazing shots of the Dubai skyline, including an image of the Burj Khalifa in mist which always stops me in my tracks every time I see it.

Hope you enjoy looking at this sequence of shots as much as I enjoyed making them – as usual, click on any image to view larger, and feel free to drop me a comment if you’d like to.

Thanks to Catalin for his generosity in sharing this location with me.

Photographer Catalin Marin and the Burj Khalifa (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Photographer Catalin Marin and the Burj Khalifa (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Catalin Marin photographing the Dubai skyline  (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Catalin Marin photographing the Dubai skyline (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline  (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Catalin Marin photographing the Dubai skyline  (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Catalin Marin photographing the Dubai skyline (© 2012 Ian Mylam)

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline, 2012  (© Ian Mylam)

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline, 2012 (© Ian Mylam)

Comments (5)
  1. 9 October 2012 at 9:40 AM

    […] already posted a couple of awesome shots of the Dubai skyline and although I also have a couple of images of the Business Bay area I thought […]

  2. 9 October 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Another excellent set of photographs Ian. Having never visited, it’s difficult to wrap my head around a single building so large and it must be awesome to stand and view it in all its glory.

    I would be hard pushed to pick a favourite from these but I’m edging towards Nos. 2 + 5 because of the sense of scale you impart.
    I’d be interested to know , have these been ‘tweaked’ very much? I’m guessing not too much for 1 + 2.

    Great work. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Regards

    Steve

    • Ian

      9 October 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Steve, thanks for your comments. It is one amazing building. I flew past the Burj this morning on my way from Dubai to London, and it looked just as impressive from the cockpit as it did last night from a rooftop.

      These photographs have had very little post-processing. I shot all of them using a Singh Ray Gold’n’Blue polarizing filter, which did a great job of enhancing the colour in the image at the time of capture. It’s not a cheap filter, and not one to overuse, but used sparingly, it is a great filter to have in the bag. It does things to the colour of the image which you would be hard-pressed to replicate in Photoshop even if you were prepared to spend a long time trying to do so. As as result, there was not much left for me to do than add input and output sharpening, some perspective-distortion correction (I was shooting these with a 17-35mm lens at the wide end), and that was more or less it.

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