Great pictures of Dubai shown at Gulf Photo Plus in Alserkal Avenue
With a combination of breathtaking desert landscapes, stunning turquoise seas and cutting-edge architecture, Dubai is a photographer’s paradise, and no one has been more involved with boosting the city’s photography scene than local Alserkal Avenue space Gulf Photo Plus. From Wednesday November 7 it will host yet another snap-happy gig: the four-day FotoWeekend 2012, during which international photographers, including US portrait master Tony Corbell, will descend on the city for a series of photo workshops at Knowledge Village. To celebrate, we take a look at some of the most amazing shots to have been taken and submitted by Gulf Photo Plus’s members over the past year.
Alisdair Miller, British Location: Dubai Marina. Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III and Canon TSE17mm lens. ‘This shot started off as a mistake! I took the shot and accidentally moved the camera, which created this effect. So I spent another 30 minutes ‘crafting’ the mistake and managed to produce a nice series of images. For me, the image captures the vibrant nature of Dubai Marina, as well as the vertical landscape that surrounds you.'
Jalal Abuthina, Irish-Libyan Location: The construction site of Dubai Lagoon. Camera: Canon 400D. ‘This image attempts to bring into question – from the Emirati perspective – who are the true natives of the land, and how tradition and identity would fit (or adjust) into the city’s new landscape. This photograph is part of the new GPP Limited collection, to be launched within the next two weeks.’
Daniel Cheong, French Location: 85th floor of the Princess Tower, Dubai Marina. Camera: Nikon D800 and Sigma 50mm lens. ‘I was having a good time with other photographer buddies on the balcony at 4am, waiting anxiously for the fog to build up. This shot is a vertical panorama, made of three shots stitched horizontally; each shot is a combination of five different exposures using a technique called HDR. Hence I used a total of 15 shots to create this photo.'
Alaa Kahel, Syrian Location: Jumeirah. Camera: Nikon D70s. ‘This is the original image, and features no post-production or special effects. It was shot early in the morning – the sun was still hiding behind the skyline, and the result was this beautiful silhouette and colourful sky.’
Jan Michael Vincent Castillo, Filipino Location: Deira Fish Market. Camera: Canon EOS 450D. ‘I remember asking this man if he would mind me taking his picture. There are a number of people who go to the fish market to take photographs, so I think he was used to it. He didn’t seem to mind, and was comfortable being shot, which was helpful for me. I did quite a bit of post-production work on this image: mainly dodging and burning, sharpening and a bit of colour correction.'
Nawfal Jassim Jirjees, American Location: Al Aber Highway. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II. ‘I was on my way home when I saw a group of camels walking to my right. I soon discovered it was a training ground for camel racing, so I parked my car and took many photographs. When I returned to the car, I was covered in sand.'
Saharsh D’Cruz Cherian, Indian Location: Jumeirah Beach. Camera: Nikon D80. ‘I initially took this shot as a basic panorama to capture the gorgeous sunset. I later decided to focus on the pair walking along the beach; hence the name: ‘A walk around the world, perhaps?'