City approaching

Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE
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4 Comments | Report
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Freemonk March 25, 2017
Just like time traveling! Great shot.
Hyperlapse March 27, 2017
thank you, it took me a few shots to get it right, was good fun though :)
EvanKor March 25, 2017
Hyperlapse March 27, 2017
thanks :)
EvanKor June 27, 2017
marcinszymanski July 09, 2017
Wonderful shot!

Behind The Lens

This photo was shot from the front of the Dubai Metro as it raced back towards the city.
Shot at dusk after a fantastic day exploring the metro line and seeing some of the sights this wonderful city had to offer.
Capturing this image was a real challenge for me due to the rapidly decreasing light outside the bright lights of the metro were causing a lot of reflections off the window and due to the shape of front window i had to hand hold the camera as close to the screen as possible and use my hands to form a shield to prevent light from entering through the sides.
I used my trusty canon 5DIII with the kit 24 -105mm lens, I had hardly any equipment on me that day due to travelling on foot through a lot of different areas. If I was to revisit this shot I would definitely take a circular polarising filter with me to negate the reflections from the metro's windscreen.
Initially I was trying to capture the sense of excitement, anticipation and sheer awe that I experienced approaching this amazing city. The motion blur visualises the sense of time travel I experienced travelling from the older traditional area of Dubai to the futuristic new city that rapidly rose from the desert in front of me
I used Lightroom to boost the vibrancy and recreate the bright colours i witnessed and I used the de-haze function as there was a lot of airborne sand in the original raw file, post processing is not my strong point so I generally avoid doing too much.
In my camera bag
I spend a lot of time on foot, travelling around the world with work so I try to keep things light, i use a Canon 5D MKIII with the kit 24-105mm lens and I have a 50mm f1.4 which I use for some street/portraiture work, I have 2 canon 600EXRT flashes although I rarely use these for travel photography unless there is a strong backlight and I need to fill flash, other than that I use a circular polarising filter (mainly to protect my lens) and occasionally a neutral density filter for daytime long exposure.
For anyone wishing to recreate this image i would highly recommend purchasing a gold card for the Dubai Metro, it is inexpensive and affords access to the front/rear carriage allowing these incredible views along the metro line. If I could do anything differently it would be to fit a circular polarising filter to my lens to cancel out the internal light reflecting off the wind shield.

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