The glamorous city
Qusay Abdulrazzag loves to capture the glitz and glamour of Dubai at night
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 , though I’ve also taken lots of photos at Dubai Marina . The Dubai cityscape photograph  was taken from Dubai’s man-made Palm Islands.
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