Jan 15 2009
We went for a spin one late afternoon trying to find a good spot for a night shot.
We found the Downtown quite scenic for its ongoing construction of the worlds tallest structure ( soon the be the worlds tallest building) the Burj Dubai or the Tower of Dubai. (Burj is the arabic name for "tower").
I think the Downtown is once the business hub of Dubai during the early times, once called the old town.
Located on a the Business Bay District, the Downtown development offers a very relaxing spot that imitates Venice with its watery canals. Business and pleasure.
Restaurants, beautiful villas, towers and luxury apartments dot the place. Architecture is a mix between modern Arabic and European.
Old and New
It was a freezing 5 am when we got to the place. And it started to rain. This was the second time i tested my D80 was weather proof after all. =) you can see the droplets of water at the lower portion of the photo.
This bridge leads to a chain of restaurants and cafes. The canals below are not yet filled with water. We came here for a night shot. So rain cannot deter us from setting up our tripods.
Light is changing fast. The blue hour is coming.
How wide is the Burj?
No its not the wrong question. The Burj Dubai stands at more than 800 meters high. But for me i measure it by the focal length of my wide angle.
Because the Burj is so tall, a minimum of 15mm DX is required in order to capture it at this distance at eye level. Longer than that wont do it at all. This image is uncropped vertically.
The Burj Dubai is not yet operational so there are no lights on the floors. We waited for the blue hour to come.
By 9:30 a.m we had enough of the Burj Dubai. We headed for the nearby Jumeirah open beach to test a friends Cokin GND filters.
No, i used a blue grad here. Swapped the blue to orange. Why orange? It sounds better to me.
The Burj Dubai is still imposing at this distance, like a pencil sticking out of cluttered table top.
My first try for GND to follow...