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The Cove

The Cove
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Copyright: Ian Barredo (tracer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-17
Categories: Nocturnal
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX DG
Exposure: f/8, 30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-22 7:58
Viewed: 3477
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TL Folks!

Today marks the 1st day of Ramadan and along with it comes many things that we as non muslims here on the UAE still have to observe.

This photo was taken at "The Cove Rotana", a Mediterranean style luxury beach resort on a very wide expanse of sweeping hillside facing the sea. We had a short stay there and the experience was truly amazing.
The food was superb and the atmosphere was quite unique compared to some.

This was taken during the blue hour on a 30 sec exposure. And since its Ramadan, i wanted to enhance the mood with the moon later on PP.
D300 set to Vivid setting and ++ saturation.

Its nice being a guest since you can go walking around till the morning hours with tripod and cam and no one will even bother you.

Thanks for the peek!

PS: for anybody who wants to book a hotel here in the UAE, i highly recommend this one! just google it on the net!

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Ian, this is very beautiful! The vivid saturated colors are stunning, especially with the "twinkle" in the lights. Great idea to add the moon too .. very nice shot.
Have a nice weekend

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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-08-22 8:08]
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Oi blue hour shot ganda ah! Very effective ang 30sec. nag pops lalo ang reflection. Nice placement of moon too. Well done Bro!

Btw...tumawag ako sau knina thru landline


Hi Ian,
The mix of the blue sky and water with the warm lights is very beautiful. The bonus of the moon made it even more special. I like the starburst effect of the many lights and the overal architecture of the buildings. The sharpness and exposure are both excellent. My only nit is the central placement of the buildings. It made the photo less dynamic. Croppy half of the sky or half of the water will do the trick. Personally I prefer the crop from the bottom.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2009-08-22 8:48]

Salut Ian,
Une scène nocture si lumineuse... on se croirait dans les milles et une nuits avec ce bleu et or.
Totalement envoutante cette lune, le PPwork n'est pas si flagrant ;)
Bonne journée


Hi Ian,
Superb clarity of this view. Great vivid colours and a fine interesting composition. The moon is a nice detail and the reflection is awesome. Great posting Ian!

Talagang pinaplano ang outing. Superb blues, the 30 sec exposure is awesome. Looks like bago ang cam mo. Cheers!

nice reflections

amazing blue hour picture Ian! I love the moon and the blue sky!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Ian
very very beautiful composed
i like the blue color in this photo
its amazing composition.
well done, good job done.

Hi Ian,

very good evening shot. great sharpness with a good range of colors here. Nice combination with the moon as well in your PP. good catch of the reflections as well.


Hi Ian

Fantastic nocturnal shot, amazing composition.
I especially like the moon here in the pure blue sky.
Awesome shot !
Best regards

awesome shot ian! perfect exposure, the colors are incredible and most of all it is so sharp and that is nice to see, great work, moon is a bonus add on too,

You kill me...you just kill me! Your artwork is amazing Ian! Seamless! I love the blue hour! You captured it quite well here. Amazing exposure, even a nice star pattern at F8!! I'm one of your biggest fans!

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  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2009-08-22 12:16]

Hi Ian,

Very neat shot! Beautiful lighting and colours. Very well composed and perfect sharpness. Great job!

TFS Greetings Simone

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-08-22 12:48]

Hi Ian,

Very beautifull picture night, colors and reflection are great.
excellent composition and sharpness. good job.
Have a good week end.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-08-22 14:02]


merveilleus iamge quel reflet, quelle couleur, quelle lumière, avec ce croissant de lune, grandisoe image, de toute beauté

Bravoe t amitié


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-08-22 14:07]

Hi Ian,
Very vivid colors for this blue hour shot!
Nice artificial lighting with a marvelous reflection in the water!
Very sharp presentation of this lovely architecturl composition!
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi İan,
Woooww!! Very impressive night shot vith great colours, sharpness and superb composition.TFS.


Hi Ian,
Beautiful presentation and composition of this nocturne picture,
Excellent POV./DOF., with great reflection and details, I like the moon and lightning in this picture, Great caught of view very sharp and clear..great architecture too..
my compliments,

Hi Ian,
Stunning blue and warm tones... Well contrasted colors and perfect light game
Selahattin E

hello Ian
this is a wonderful shot
what a fine exposure and great light handling
the noise free frame looks impressive, reflections are interesting and so the mood of the time and place.
good capture

Manuj Mehta

Hello Ian :)

Very nice nocturnal shot ... blue and gold, it makes me dream. Fantactic colours and reflections. The moon is a really delicate detail !
Certainly a great hotel ! :)
Hope everything is fine for you my dear friend.
Have a nice Sunday

Marylou ;)

hello Ian pare,

galing na lang.. esp. at this time @blue hour.. it sure different from the more natural surrounding like the trees, etc that i took.. the moon is not real? i thought it was.. because i had capture something similar but before dawn.. good one.. you did well again..

don't want to go there maainit.. hahahhahaa..

regards, terry

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-08-23 4:01]

Hi Ian

Amazing sharpness, with wonderful, symmetrical reflections, & superb warm cold colour contrasts, between the amber illumination, & the blue sky & water. Have a great week!

That place looks soooooooooooooo amazing.
And the quality of your photo is A+!!!!

Well done "tracer" :-D

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-08-23 7:08]

Woow Ian, what an impressive shot!! This is a Hotel??? Wow, you've captured it very well!! What a sharpness!! The blue water and the bleu sky with the white moon....SUPER!
You did a really good job here!!


wala akong masabi bro, two thumbs up, vivid, clear as the 30 secs. exposure implies.mukhang sasabayan mo na kuya mo sa landscape.nice work again.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-08-23 9:43]

Hi Ian,

I see what you mean about longer exposures during the blue hour. Beautiful shot, with stunning reflections. The lights in the buildings are wonderful.

Best regards,

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-08-23 15:20]

Ciao Ian,

Super color and visual beauty here!
You took these photos in a wonderful moment
to arrive before nightfall or the day begin!
Splendid panorama view.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Composition and presentation are superb.

Have a nice sunday,


Hello, Ian -
This is a super high quality blue hour shot with lots of great elements. Deep blue sky, perfectly balanced compo, crystal clear reflections, sharp details of the buildings, warm colors, twinkling lights. Once again you show your high degree of skill. Excellent image.

Hi Ian
Fantastic clear image with superb composition and excellent quality
A powerful nocturnal effects, fine details and great reflection on water
The present of moon in one of golden point is really a bonus (although I don't think the moon was so clear in the 1st day of Ramadan!)
BRAVO and Best wishes

Hi Ian,
Amazinf details of a pretty night shot...
Reflections are sharpnes. I love it.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Awesome nightscape bro. Love the saturation. The half crescent moon puts the icing on the cake.


Superb--the mixture of gold and blue, the light, the reflections...

A very spectacular photo idol, the reflection is so perfect its like an oil painting on a canvass, the image is so clear, clean and crisp,the crescent moon made the scene so Arabic,i love the lights and how you captured it and also the depth of field, all are in focus, a stunning work of art from the master it self.



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  • ynkieh (34)
  • [2009-08-30 10:48]

woW.. Nice Shot!

Bonjour Ian,

Couleurs, lumières idée tout dans ce cliché est fait pour une belle part de rêve!!!
Même Dame Lune est de la partie!!!
Superbe image avec un éclairage sublime!!!

Hi Ian,
Excellent composition with beautiful mix of the blue sky, moon and water with the warm lights. Buildings, light and light reflection in the water looks fantastic.
Great work.

best regards,

Hi Ian,

WOW! This is a really impressive photo of a relaxing, tranquil vista. Nice mood created by the reflection on the water. Well captured and composed. TFS.


Hello Ian!
Wonderful blue hour shot with perfect clarity and lovely reflection!
Beautiful sky, nice atmosphere!
Best regards!

Ciao Ian, superb composition with romantic moon, fascinating blue hour with fantastic esposition, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ian
splendide image nocturne avec une belle réflection de la lumière



Hi Ian

this looks amazing
a superb composition where the sharpness and clarity are at them best
beautiful colors of the blue hour, the blue sky and sea are a nice frame for the city
the warm lights and the architecture of the buildings are impressive
looks like a treasure
beautiful work!

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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2010-09-13 11:19]

Hi Ian! Absolutly perfect. Beautiful colors and sharpness. Best wishes Csabi

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