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This is my most popular photo ever and I wonder if I will someday capture anything more loved than this. A view from my balcony one foggy morning.

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This is my most popular photo ever and I wonder if I will someday capture anything more loved than this. A view from my balcony one foggy morning.

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Zenith Award
Runner Up in Mist And Drizzle Photo Contest
Runner Up in Modern Architecture Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Mist And Drizzle Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Modern Architecture Photo Contest
Mystery Prize
Contest Finalist in City Views Photo Contest
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Dusk Or Dawn Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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Dusk Or Dawn Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 rank
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Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 rank week 1
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Modern Architecture Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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Modern Architecture Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
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johnphillips PRO
 
johnphillips January 24, 2017
I love the way the mist hides the ground below the buildings--fantastic shot
ashtraus
ashtraus January 25, 2017
Thank you, John, there is a golf field behind this area, that's why it looks like it's endless, but in fact it's just low rises there.
onosovaevgeniya
 
onosovaevgeniya January 31, 2017
Amazing!
ashtraus
ashtraus February 01, 2017
???????, ????!
ashtraus
ashtraus February 01, 2017
thank you Jenya
Pinguru
 
Pinguru January 31, 2017
breathtakeing
ashtraus
ashtraus February 01, 2017
Thanks for stopping by
Lorzee Platinum
 
Lorzee February 01, 2017
Congratulations on a well deserved win! Gorgeous shot!
ashtraus
ashtraus February 01, 2017
Thank you, and thanks for stopping by :)
naturisk PRO+
 
naturisk February 01, 2017
This has winner all over it- you so deserve that placement! Congratulations!
ashtraus
ashtraus February 01, 2017
thanks a lot
yuliyalapshina
 
yuliyalapshina February 01, 2017
Is this a render - cause it looks a bit too perfect?
ashtraus
ashtraus February 01, 2017
it's photoshop autostitching panorama plug in, I believe. I can't even remember if I used the tripod, but I think I shot vertical images.
LuciaH PRO+
 
LuciaH February 03, 2017
Beautiful photo !!! Congratulations on your win !
ashtraus
ashtraus February 05, 2017
thank you, means a lot!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK February 05, 2017
Outstanding. Congratulations
ashtraus
ashtraus February 05, 2017
Thank you, Yvonne. :)
Stockman2017
 
Stockman2017 May 24, 2017
etherial quality
fredsaunders
 
fredsaunders May 27, 2017
Fantastic shot!
simonparry
 
simonparry May 29, 2017
Awesome...
stevestarer
 
stevestarer May 30, 2017
Beautiful.
breannabreese
 
breannabreese June 15, 2017
Absolutely amazing !
GeeSpotMedia
 
GeeSpotMedia June 27, 2017
Absolutely Outstanding Work.
ChitoAguilar
 
ChitoAguilar June 28, 2017
Great shot! It's a marvel.
dianehannamalanga
 
dianehannamalanga June 28, 2017
Wow!
CireTheMagnificent
 
CireTheMagnificent June 30, 2017
Magnificent!
Jefner89 Platinum
 
Jefner89 July 03, 2017
Beautiful
marcinszymanski
 
marcinszymanski July 12, 2017
Amazing!
JDesjardins PRO+
 
JDesjardins July 23, 2017
Awesome
LucyNicolaides
 
LucyNicolaides July 23, 2017
Really cool photo ????????
ellastaden
 
ellastaden July 24, 2017
what a wonderful capture, so magical!
ashtraus
ashtraus April 16, 2018
Thank you!
vivmuir
 
vivmuir July 24, 2017
Absolutely brilliant image.
ashtraus
ashtraus April 16, 2018
Thank you!
joeriv144
 
joeriv144 August 17, 2017
Beautiful and breath taking, where's your balcony, in Heaven?
ashtraus
ashtraus April 16, 2018
Haha, not so much any more, but it used to be.
iangooch
 
iangooch September 20, 2017
Great city scape
ashtraus
ashtraus April 16, 2018
Thank you!
gideon_williams
 
gideon_williams April 27, 2018
THIS IS AMAZING
TheoShilton Premium
 
TheoShilton June 12, 2018
On my bucket list. Dubai looks amazing and youve captured it here. Beautiful work ash!
IreneNo Ultimate
 
IreneNo June 17, 2018
Amazing.
CoryTarr
 
CoryTarr October 20, 2018
Awesome this is awesome this is an “Edge of witches is River
andrewlpaul PRO+
 
andrewlpaul May 03, 2020
This is breathtaking. Absolutely stunning. Congrats!
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Behind The Lens

Location
I used to live in a high rise tower on 74th floor, so this is taken from my balcony! Dubai is one of those cities that never stays the same and as this shot was taken in 2013, this view has changed already.
Time
This is right after sunrise. Usually, Dubai fog is something that lasts only for a couple of hours. It is worthwhile waking up for this.
Lighting
Nice first light of the morning. It made sharp shadows on some of the buildings, but illuminated other with this fantastic orange light.
Equipment
Just my camera, tripod and finger. After I became a pro photographer, a lot of people thought that they have to share their opinion with me on my camera, my tripod, my lens that was never good enough to be a pro. So get this - cropped frame camera, tripod without panning option, tamron lens without any red rigns on it, but a million dollars shot. So in the end it's not only the equipment.
Inspiration
I think I just arrived from the airport that morning and before going to sleep I saw this happening. No inspiration, but who would not go shoot this?
Editing
I stitched a panorama out of approximately 8 images and added some contrast and coloured highlights and shadows a bit.
In my camera bag
These days I shoot with Fuji xt2, but back then it was all Canon with Tamron lenses.
Feedback
Monitor the weather channels and go as high as possible.

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