Al Bastakiya – Colors and Details

As I was walking around Al Bastakiya in the old part of Dubai, I just got a moment of inspiration to capture a different type of perspective. I went from seeing the big  picture to capture the small details that we usually overlook.

As in terms of equipment I used the same camera and lens – Nikon D7100 with AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR with a hood. I shoot in Manual Mode only, in RAW format. I used Spot Metering. All the Post-processing was done only in Lightroom no Photoshop. The photo session lasted aprox 1h and no more than 100-120 frames were shot.

I used the biggest Apperture possible. Sometimes in some images the Shutter Speed was around 1/60s. If I remember correctly there were a couple of shoots that I used also the “Auto-ISO” on.

One thing has changed in Post-Processing since my last sessions. I started to develop a workflow and because I’m using my own Customize Presets, I can run very quickly through all the different pictures and the way they look in different chromatic options. The post processing (including the selection time) took me about 4-5h for about 120 images. Only 29 made the cut for display.

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I’m wondering with a Macro Lens what was the result for the next one?

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The next one is one of my favorite image since I’ve started in photography. Its in my top 3 favorites. I love the contrast between the padlock and the door. And the door color in this light is …

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I couldn’t decide if the next one looks better in B/W or in my custom chromatic option. I’ve posted both of them.

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And in this chromatic it reminds me of the battle chariots from Ancient Roman time…

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The same goes for the next image. It was a question to go B/W or my custom chromatic option.

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And the other option would be…

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A different perspective of looking at the same object…

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What I found interesting in the next image was the fact that the painting was huge (7 m by 3 m high – 20feet by 10 feet high) and it was consisting only from arabic letters.

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Wood through the ages. Imagine for how many people this wood provided support.

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And sometimes its also best to look up. You never know who’s watching

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Everyone dealt with a lot of boxes through the life. How many times you see a wooden box which hides such a valuable thing. This is how Art “traveled”.

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In the next images, I’ve displayed a new perspectives on…doors…this is the first one…

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This the the second one

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This is the third one

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The fourth one

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And the last one

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Fallowing with a set of images about … rocks

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I would have loved the next image even more if the whole image was in focus. On the spot, I didn’t checked the sharpness level after I shot it. You can tell its blurry. The chromatic is exactly what I wanted however the sharpness doesn’t exist.

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Intermediate

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And clean

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For the next one I think t would have been a better idea to remove the wire for a clean interaction between the lamp and the wall…

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I liked the wood color and the flowers in the background. It crates a strong contrast – at least in my view.

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Usually I take into consideration the Rule of 3rd- in this one seems I forgot about it.

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Typical seating area in Arabic culture

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In the next one I liked the chair’s model.

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Even in the most difficult conditions you can grow – this is how I would define this cactus that grown green between sand and rocks

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Another way to look at a tree

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Let you guess the object and the perspective of this one

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These are the stairs leading to one of the most nicest cafe in Al Bastakiya

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Some things stayed together even in spite of the test of time – this is how I visioned this image.

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