Viren Bhatia  

The City of Dreams by Viren Bhatia

November 2023 - The City of Dreams

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This image of Downtown Dubai was taken just around sunrise from a skyscraper. The sun glowing on the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is aptly captured in this image. I would like to know if there is sufficient contrast in this image and whether the colors have been properly captured.

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4 comments posted

Gloria Grandolini   Gloria Grandolini
Hi Viren, Dubai is quite an amazing sight and I think you capture it quite well. You had a very good viewpoint from were to shoot. Could you give us details of camera and lenses used and also settings? Maybe I would crop the foreground a bit and bring out some more the pink in the sky.   Posted: 11/13/2023 15:09:53
Viren Bhatia   Viren Bhatia
Hi Gloria. I used Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8 lens and tripod for the above shot. Settings f/8, Shutter Speed 1/25sec, Focal length 31mm and ISO100. It was captured using Aperture Priority Mode.   Posted: 11/14/2023 10:44:17

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Viren. I am less a fan of city scapes than natural landscapes, so I have a harder time judging this aesthetically. The lighting, as well as the building architecture to begin with, gives it a very futuristic look. You also have an orange/teal combination going with the buildings and the water in the foreground that further enhance that. I don't know if those are the "proper" colors, but they certainly work; overall there are strong complementary colors (including the sky). Compositionally I might perspective correct for the leaning buildings at the edges (left edge particularly), but that is a small thing. I find the choice of the crop (or framing) on the left a little awkward in terms of where it cuts things off, but that could just be me.

In terms of contrast, you could certainly go for a more contrasty look, and I think most people might. But I think there is nothing wrong with the softer look you have which I find more artistic and which gives a sense of atmosphere which I think goes with the futuristic sort of feel. I tend to softer looks though when others would be more dramatic.

Hope that helps. Cheers.   Posted: 11/15/2023 10:13:35

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Biren,
I like the view of the city. As when I traveled through the Suez Canal the overwhelming sand in the air dominated the color of everything. I don't think I would know if the colors were properly captured, but if the image is what you saw, it is fine. I played with masking the sky, then the city, and then adjusted the colors to my liking, not necessarily accurate. I agree with Robert that a transformation might eliminate the leaning buildings.
  Posted: 11/17/2023 16:49:02
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