Stood at the waters edge, with my back to the Burj Khalifa, this was the view across the lake. The Address is the super tall skyscraper, in the middle of the photograph. This 63 floor hotel dominates the skyline at over 300 metres high. To the left, is the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. On the right, Old Town Island. As you can tell from the pattern on the bed of the lake, this is an artificial lake. It seemed more like a giant swimming pool than a lake, although obviously swimming was forbidden.
Bridge Across Burj Khalifa Lake
This Arbian style footbridge crosses over the Burj Khalifa Lake. Although it is modern, as most things are in Dubai, I liked the architecture. My eyes were drawn to the wonderful lights at each side of the bridge. Having just photographed the fountains, this bridge was full of tourists. After about twenty minutes the crowds dispersed and I was able to set up my tripod. In this scene there is a large contrast in light and dark areas. Originally, I had captured multiple exposures, with a view of merging them into one HDR (high dynamic range) image. Thankfully, I didn’t need to resort to this and the above image is processed in Lightroom for a single raw photograph.
The Address Downtown Dubai
Opposite the Burj Khalifa on the other side of the lake is The Address. This super tall skyscraper houses a 5 star hotel. Initially I tried to include the full reflection but this was impossible even with my wide angle lens. To the left is the Dubai Mall and behind the tower is the moon. The view looking down on the lake and the fountains from the hotel must be amazing. Maybe next time I am in Dubai I might have to fork out the £300 for a night up there, it would make for an expensive photograph though!
My uncle Jonathon recommended going to the Creek, whilst I was in the city to see the more traditional side of Dubai. Historically, this salt water creek was used to bring in pearls, as it was the only harbour. In the foreground, we see one of the small water buses that both locals and tourists use, to travel up and down the creek. In the background is one of hundreds of Mosques in the city.