Dubai’s Best Photo Locations

My whole Dubai photography experience let me discover, after having lived in Dubai for nearly 3 years, that the city has more to offer than superficial judgments indicate and that is has changed over the last couple of years. Dubai is a futuristic city that looks like taken from a sci-fi movie and replicated in the real world. But it can propose so much more than architectural marvels and luxurious resorts. It only asks for true immersion and some effort to pay you back. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce some of the best locations around the city I feel true photography enthusiasts would enjoy.

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Dubai’s Best Instagram Feeds

Browsing through Instagram accounts led me to the discovery of some remarkable artists, which opened my eyes to the potential of the city I was looking for when I first moved in (e.g. heraldherrera, jeromerafael, madrascala). I have come across a number of less known but spectacular locations within the city, many of which have been only recently built and opened to public, e.g. City Walk, Green Planet or Creek Harbour. Inspired by these creative individuals, I started watching the surroundings more carefully and paying more attention to the composition rules to enhance the quality of my work done at the ground level, which has a much richer offer than I thought earlier. I only needed to follow completely different paths than fancy bars and restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls etc. Without a doubt, the city gains a lot in attractiveness once you look at it through the camera lens.

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Rooftopping and Capturing Fog in Dubai

In September 2016, a very unique opportunity came up – a rooftopping workshop with Daniel Cheong and Dany Eid in Dubai. I did not hesitate for long before signing up and got the first chance to take photographs from the rooftop of the Cayan Tower in Marina, over 70 levels above the ground. The rooftopping session was followed by a practical digital blending workshop led by Daniel Cheong, which complemented my prior knowledge. I highly recommended the workshops of Daniel and Dany. This experience convinced me that I would try to access Dubai rooftops again. I only needed to wait for the right time, hoping to mix the rooftopping opportunity with the occurrence of low dense fog covering buildings in the city.

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My Dubai Photography Experience

My Photography Background

I have been passionate about photography, in particular in its landscape and cityscape forms, since the beginning of 2010 when I bought my first full frame camera (Canon 5D). Having lived in Scotland definitely made my passion more reachable with Scottish Highlands located within a four-hour drive from the town where I lived. I took occasional breaks from the landscape photography to visit other places such as Barcelona, Croatia, London and Paris. I really enjoyed city breaks and cityscape photography, mostly inspired by the remarkable work of Martin Stavars.

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