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This was my first visit to this location to shoot. I had to ask for access in the early morning, but there is a wrap around pool and bar area on the 43rd floor of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel which is open to the public throughout the day and evening.
Ideally I was looking for fog, which can sometimes occur at this time of year as the weather changes. That's number 1 on my bucket list, photographically, in Dubai!
Light cloud is equally rare, so this made for an interesting sky. Next time there is fog, I'll be up there again to shoot. Even in winter the sun is strong enough to burn off the fog by 8:00 so viewing from the top of the Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building) is not possible as their viewing deck only opens at 10:00.
There are a couple of record holders in this shot - foreground left is the Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, the tallest hotel building in the world (333m, 1093ft), which is #10 on the tallest buildings in Dubai. In the distance is the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest building in the world (828m, 2717ft)
This particular image is a 3 shot Exposure Fusion blend (-2, 0, +2EV) using Photomatix Pro before a bit of tweaking in PS5 with Nik Color and Silver Efex. D700 and 14-24mm
I'm a fan of my 14-24mm, but architecturally I'm not keen on the volumetric distortion near the edges of the frame. While I was up there on Monday morning I took a few test panoramas with a 35mm prime, which gives more realistic results. Still, when there's fog I'll start with the 14-24 and then move to the panoramas for extra detail and realism once I've got my keepers in the bag.
Here's a different composition - and a single shot rather than 3 shot blend. It's lop sided, but I like the juxtaposition of futuristic skyline to the left and old traditional villas to the right, between Sheikh Zayed Road and the beach.
Again, D700 and 14-24 - note that distortion I'm on about with the tall buildings to the left: