In the city with one of the most recognizable skylines, there is a richness. Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is home to a wealth of architectural designs and it is a place with a rich palette of colours and tonal gradation. Find out how the D500 provides the means for you to produce amazing images of grand structures and buildings. (Photo and report by Teovel Iradon)
Nikon D500/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR/ FL: 16mm (equivalent to 24mm in FX/35mm format) / Aperture-priority auto (f/8, 10 sec, EV +0.6)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
The photo above of downtown Dubai with the iconic Burj Khalifa I shot by exposure bracketing and combining the images into a single image. It is comprised of three images, exposed at EV -2, 0, and +0.6 exposure compensation, for an image that reveals the entire tonal range of the scene. Taking bracketed shots with the D500 is no issue since exposure compensation can be easily accessed because of its ergonomic design.
Nikon D500/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR/ FL: 16mm (equivalent to 24mm in FX/35mm format) / Aperture-priority auto (f/8, 0.5 sec, EV -0.3)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
This pedestrian bridge known to many locals as “The Twisted Bridge”, located over the Dubai Water Canal, is a pretty straightforward shot taken with my go-to lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. For this image I mounted the D500 on a tripod and positioned it just above my head. For a small guy like me, the touch-screen tilting LCD monitor helped me to compose the photo properly.
Nikon D500/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR/ FL: 85mm (equivalent to 128mm in FX/35mm format) / Aperture-priority auto (f/11, 1/125 sec, EV -1.3)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
I took this photo of the Dubai skyline during a hazy sunset. In order to maintain tonal transition of the amber sky and prevent the sun from being blown out, I dialled down exposure compensation to EV -1.3. The 20.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor beautifully renders accurate and smooth gradation of the sunset hues, enabling me to capture stunning images like this.
Nikon D500/ AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR/ FL: 16mm (equivalent to 24mm in FX/35mm format) / Aperture-priority auto (f/8, 1/4 sec, EV +0.6)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto
Colourful sunsets are quite elusive in Dubai, especially during summer, so being able to capture the Dubai skyline with a colourful sky was quite a treat. As I often do, I used exposure bracketing to take several shots. But in the end, I did not need the other exposures as a single exposure was more than satisfactory. I got the colours I wanted and the details in the shadows are quite good.
Dubai is well-known for its magnificent architectural designs, whether it be buildings or bridges, modern or traditional. As a civil engineer who is fascinated with architectural and cityscape photography, working here is a privilege and a pleasure.
I am an introvert by nature, and photography is my medium for expressing myself. I observe the world around me through my lens, and try to capture elements of life that interest me. Geometric shapes, angles, lines, and planes tend to catch my eye, and I am keen on taking photos of scenes with rich colours and tonal gradation, particularly when shooting architecture and cityscapes.
Years ago I started my photography using a Nikon D5100, but have meanwhile worked my way up to Nikon's flagship DX-format DSLR camera, the D500. Its 20.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor reproduces the smooth tonal transitions and subtle colour gradations I see in front of me, while the touch-screen tilting LCD monitor provides ease of use when shooting overhead or with low angle shots. Also the ergonomic placement of the buttons and controls of the D500 makes it so much easier for me to adjust settings, in particular exposure bracketing, which I often do. This camera, with its wealth in features, gives me the assurance that I can produce amazing, high quality images of Dubai’s architectural and cultural richness.
Dubai continues to expand and evolve further into a city of great architectural design. Its distinctive skylines keep on growing, and make an excellent subject for photography. The photography community is very alive in this city, but I am confident that with my D500, I will not fall behind.
Teovel is a Filipino civil engineer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is passionate about photography. He started his photography journey using the Nikon D5100, upgraded to Nikon D7100, and currently uses the Nikon D500, which he won in the Nikon MEA-sponsored 2016 #MyUAEStory Photo Competition. Winner of several awards, Teovel has had some of his photos featured on National Geographic as well.