The glam­orous city

Qusay Ab­dul­raz­zag loves to cap­ture the glitz and glam­our of Dubai at night

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I started pho­tog­ra­phy al­most by accident. I still re­mem­ber the day – it was Novem­ber 2009. I was a lit­tle lonely and was wan­der­ing aim­lessly through the lo­cal shop­ping mall when, sud­denly, I saw the Nikon D3000. It was love at first sight, and I rushed in and bought one im­me­di­ately. When I’m buy­ing some­thing I be­lieve you should buy it from a com­pany that spe­cialises in that prod­uct. That means I won’t buy a D-SLR from a com­pany whose main fo­cus isn’t making D-SLRs. I loved my Nikon D3000, but I later re­placed it with my cur­rent cam­era – the su­perb D7100 – which was a gift from my wife.

In the years since pur­chas­ing my first Nikon D-SLR, I’ve shot ev­ery­thing in front of me. I’ve im­proved my skills by read­ing pho­tog­ra­phy books and mag­a­zines, and by watch­ing in­struc­tional videos on­line. The leg­endary Henri CartierBres­son per­haps said it best when he said, “Your first 10,000 pho­tos are your worst”, and I’m well on my way to shoot­ing my first 10,000 pho­to­graphs. I just hope that the next 10,000 will be my best.

I’ve been liv­ing in Dubai for al­most 10 years, and it’s really im­pres­sive how this charm­ing city has be­come such a ma­jor des­ti­na­tion for tourists and

It’s im­por­tant to keep my pho­tog­ra­phy unique. Where pos­si­ble, I try to use lo­cal knowl­edge to find new van­tage points

busi­nesses alike. Ev­ery­one wants to visit it now. Its most fa­mous land­mark has to be the one and only Burj Khal­ifa at Dubai Mall [1], though I’ve also taken lots of pho­tos at Dubai Ma­rina [2]. The Dubai cityscape pho­to­graph [3] was taken from Dubai’s man-made Palm Is­lands.

Spec­tac­u­lar cityscapes

For the last decade or so, the UAE’s core in­dus­try has been con­struc­tion. As such, cityscapes and street pho­tog­ra­phy are very pop­u­lar; there are a lot of peo­ple liv­ing in the UAE’s huge cities, and lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers are al­ways try­ing to cap­ture the best mo­ment or best view of the city they live in. As a re­sult, it can be dif­fi­cult to find new per­spec­tives on the city, but it’s im­por­tant to me to keep my pho­tog­ra­phy unique. Where pos­si­ble, I try to use lo­cal knowl­edge to find new van­tage points as the city ex­pands. My wife and I sup­port each other in this way, while pho­tog­ra­pher friends also help, in terms of making me aware of po­ten­tial pho­to­graphic chal­lenges, and how to over­come them.

It can be really tricky find­ing a fresh view to cap­ture, but I be­lieve that ev­ery pho­to­graph should be the re­sult of the pho­tog­ra­pher’s own unique point of view. I enjoy ex­plor­ing the city of Dubai, and find­ing those hid­den cor­ners which of­fer the best views of the city I love.

01 bu rj kHal­ifa Nikon D7100, Tok­ina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX-II, 2 secs, f/11, ISO100

02 duba i ma rina Nikon D7100, Tok­ina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX-II, 25 secs, f/11, ISO100

02 duba i sky­line Nikon D7100, Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8D, 30 secs, f/7.1, ISO100

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