Thursday, 20 September 2012

SkyWatch Friday - Dubai Skies

You will not have been able to escape noticing that I've been in Dubai - so the subject of this post should be no surprise to you.

On all but one evening - and you guessed it, the "one evening" was when I was driving back to the airport! - the skies were never really clear at the end of the day. A kind of dusty pall hung over the city - a combination of  dust from the desert and other, less natural, products.

As a result the skies seemed a little flat, although often orange in colour!

I tried a few shots, but it was not really working - I blame my lack of creativity on the heat!  So it broke the runs and shot into the sun.  Dozens of different exposures, trying to get a good balance.  These are the two I like the most.



You can find more skies from around the world at SkyWatch Friday.

You can read the latest post to my other blog (and I put one up yesterday!) by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of this page.

Enjoy the skies.

21 comments:

ladyfi said...

I often shoot into the sun - love the effect.

Nice shots!

Fun60 said...

I really like that second photo. Love the atmospheric feel of it.

Debbie said...

WoW, really beautiful!!

TexWisGirl said...

really like that last one.

Sylvia K said...

I love the effect, too, Stewart! These are terrific captures! Awesome way to end a day!! Enjoy your weekend!!

Penelope Postcards said...

Haunting shots, especially the last one. I have noticed a similar haze even in the rain forests of BC and in places like Paris where I traveled. There is no escaping the layer of smog settling into the modern world.

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Judy said...

Both different, and yet both appealing!! Sometimes you get interesting effects when you break the rules...

Gary said...

Pretty hard to like pollution!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

VioletSky said...

sometimes a lot of experimentation is needed.
I like both.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sometimes pollution can make beautiful skies. Back to read the wordy post when I have more time.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I've found your Dubai photos so enjoyable and interesting! Hope you post more. Love these!!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful skies, and those buildings are immense! Yikes.

Erika Price said...

Great shots - love the mysterious haziness the dust has created

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, Stewart. They are both wonderful in different ways. I love seeing the skyscrapers with the sun peeping out. And the second shot has a mysterious look. Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Shooting into the sun is a great creative inspiration! The results often provide something different with which to work! By the way, last night we got the great Australian Pelican story on a nature program (where they go to the desert to breed - follow the water, one might say). It was great to get your comment, thanks!

chubskulit said...

Beautifully captured!

Come and see my Sky Shots when you get a chance. Your comment will sure add a delight.
Have a great weekend.

Arija said...

With the temperatures in the Arabian Peninsula at this time of year, the heat-haze alone obscures the view, let alone the fine sand and pollution. I think you did very well to capture the actual heat in the second shot.

You must be glad to be back to a more comfortable climate.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Yes, a really tough photo situation, but you managed to capture a couple beauties!

SandyCarlson said...

The sun can make for quite a challenge. You more than rose to it. These are great.

Andrea said...

Never mind, they turned out quite lovely too, there is character in them!