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Light and Shadow

Light and Shadow
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Copyright: David Jessop (WhiteKnight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1199 W: 130 N: 2138] (12018)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-22
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, 77 mm circular Polarizer
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-25 0:38
Viewed: 1674
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
With the sky so clear and light so good I've taken a fair few shots the last few days (back to dust,haze and sand today).

This is the 'Madinat' in Jumeirah area - the architecture incorporates the old style wind towers which were used to draw a cooling breeze through the buildings before air-conditioning arrived in the UAE.

RAW - single exposure, 3 seperate exposures made in pp and an HDR merge to control both the intense highlights and deep shadows which you get with this intensity of sunlight.

1/50" at f9, ISO100 and +0.7 EV. 10mm focal length.

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Remarkable shot David, the pastel-like colours of the buildings come across really well. So natural and clear. Very nicely composed, there's so much to look at and admire. Maybe clone out the handrail entering the frame on the left, but that's just me being picky. Well captured.


Hi David

An excellent work with light and shadows as I like.
great pov here ( It's looks like the far west )
Anyway I appreciate all this architecture so graphic.

So beautiful result.
Fine job
Have a nice day

Hello David! Very interesting place, original architecture. Amazing light and shadows. Good contrast and sharp. Original shot. Well done!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-05-25 1:04]

Hi David...
Beautiful shot...
Beautiful work with light and shodows...

I love the geometry of architecture and shadow in this shot. Interesting too in the minimal number of colours - hues of earthy tones and browns, a few touches of green and blue.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-05-25 1:33]

Hi David, this looks so sunny and hot... GREAT!! Just what we want in NZ right now...
It's a nice scene and the beams leave sharp shadows on the tiles.
It looks very organised, even the trees in the pots leave patterned shadows.
Nice shot

Hi David,
A neat composition..
luv the colors and its HDR effect..

Hi David
great capture of this image with a lot of graphic shapes and details. the buildings, windows, poles, flowerpot, tiles and many more. the main scene is the wonderful play of light and shadows. excellent sharpness.
perfect light and wonderful colors.

So interesting to see the different styles of architecture, especially in this case, those wind tower things!
Love the neutral sand colored buildings .. kind of adds to the feeling of heat that one gets from this shot. The few splashes of green colors are great, as is the perfect blue sky .. good that you had a few clear days.
Does that mean that you get a lot of wind there which kicks up the dust and sand?

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2009-05-25 5:58]

Hi David,

Great HDR, nice representation of the old style of architecture. I never thought about how they kept from heat stroke before air conditioning, interesting point about the wind towers. It still amazes me that people survived in that area of the world for so long...


Hi David,

I need a glass of ice water just looking at this. It LOOKS so hot! I've always liked shadows in photos and this one is no exception. Nice repetitive lines and angles. I must say the wind tower is an interesting concept. I've never heard of it! Bet you are glad for A/C!! Lisa

The atmosphere is lovely! Perfect clarity in your image! Great colours and light!
Best wishes,

Oh man, David,
what a shot! Just SPLENDID light and shadow, MAD good graphics, wonderful lines and angles, superb color and detail. I love the dark brown in contrast to the lighter colors. This is an awesome shot. GREAT job with the PP. Many thanks and kindest regards,

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-05-25 8:56]

Well thought and well planned shot David. Absolutely beautiful composition. The framing shot and the exposure very well managed. I see you're getting obsessed in HDR processing but you execute and indeed in very neat image. Excellent work mate.


WOW...so sharp and I love the shadow cast, the composition and the exposure..........


Hat off, David.
Your the master of the HDR at Treklens.!!!
This picture is so bright and clear, hard to believe this is Dubai. (not the city I remember, haha)
Congratulations for this result, David.
Splendid job.
Cheers from Jan

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-05-26 3:33]

Love the light and tones !


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-05-26 11:33]

This could go right into this glossy style books(Arabian -style),extremly trendy and high quality David.


you nailed this one! all the tonal ranges came out when you did your HDR..which, is really the point. Anything under the sun can be the candidate for this technique...

i was trying to do the same, even when my takes was in broad daylight....



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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-05-28 8:06]
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this is Superb David, am always tempted to take some shots there and I keep postponing... should go soon and try it myself:) amazing graphics and patterns everywhere in this shot, the clarity is wow and you mastered the light and shadow in a perfect way.. spot on presentation from all aspects!!

all the best and have a nice WE

Great shot David; a wonderful perspective and light. I see those lovely wind towers too. A very nicely balanced picture.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-05-31 10:56]

Another very impressive place and I love the lighting and shadows. Funny but until I started photography I never would have even noticed that part of the picture :) This is very pretty! TFS

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-05-31 14:34]
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Hello David,
I like your HDR result from one Raw image,great details & sharpness. Very interesting architecture,is this a shopping area or?

Hello David!
Great light and shadow composition!
Very good your perspective!
Sharp and perfect picture!

This is an extremely difficult shot with such a broard range of contrast. You have modified the shot with absolute precision. Congratulations. Dan

H David:
fantastic perspective.
very good capture.
good colors
well done


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