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View From My Window….

Mar 31

In Seminars & Workshops, Travels at 7:22am


In Abu Dhabi, as the guest of the AbuDhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and their wonderful emissary, Bader Alnomani.  Teaching here to coincide with the Emirates Photo Competition under the auspices of the ADACH and the FIAP (International Federation of Art Photography). Having a terrific time, seeing portfolios, teaching about light, and in general enjoying Abu Dhabi, which is a city where, previous to now, I had only visited the airport. I see the above scene from my hotel window every morning. It is an immediate reminder that I am not home.

Lessee, my work flow on this one might be instructive.

Wander jet lagged through hotel room in pre-dawn dark. Look out window. The Sheik Zayed Mosque. Also known as the Great Mosque. Nice. Pretty.

Let eyes wander upward to…full moon. Stand there slack jawed, toothbrush hanging from lower lip. Put two and two together. (Not easy for me even on 8 hours sleep.)

Race around hotel room, grab Gitzo, D3X, 200-400 zoom. Look again at moon. Disappearing behind clouds. Curse.

Open patio door. Setup tripod, camera and lens. Hope no one notices I’m still in my u-trou.

Make rushed, bad exposure of moon. Calm down.

Dial in minus 2.7 EV. Make another exposure. Better. Swing camera to Mosque. Adjust EV to minus 2. Make shot. Looks okay. Clouds closing in.

Program camera to DX format to get bigger moon. Program 2 shot multiple exposure. Make shot of moon, swing camera to Mosque. Make second exposure. Doesn’t work. Why? I thunder thumbed and programmed the multiple exposure wrong. Curse.

Do multiple thingy button on D3X properly this time. Zoom. Get big moon. Place in upper left. Swing camera to Mosque. Zoom out. Make another shot. This time both exposures pop up in LCD. Say thank you to St. Jude.

Repeat. One more frame. Moon gone.

Sit. Launch card into Aperture. Cool. Push some sliders. Saturate, contrast, sharpen. Got a preset for blog. Go click. Pic on desktop. Put into blog.

Go to breakfast. Try to remember to put on my pants.

More tk….

111 Responses to “View From My Window….”

jakob says:

on April 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hey Joe, that moon is so much photoshopped:-)

eys says:

on April 5, 2010 at 4:03 am

Hi, it’s really nice.. i have couple of shots of grand mosque, but you always made it so unique.thank you for sharing and i am enjoying your book.

John in Baghdad says:

on April 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

Joe, If you have any pull at Nikon, I would like a firmware update for my new D90 so I can do multiple exposures too. My twins eat my D3S money.

Alicia says:

on April 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

Wow. Seriously. Wow.

Mejrin says:

on April 11, 2010 at 12:44 am

Hi Joe,

great work again.

Tom says:

on April 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

Amazing !!!!!!!

sina says:

on April 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm


Gursimran says:

on March 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I stumbled on your blog and now am in love with the work.. Any chance getting that Abu Dhabi shot at night time.. ?? I can only imagine how pretty it would have looked with complete darkness and beauty in the middle.

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