The old town of Dubai still sports some traditional souks, with the look and feel to match.
Harbour and Ponte 25 de Abril
Looking over one of the small harbours in Lisbon below the Ponte 25 de Abril.
Ponte 25 de Abril
One of the two famous bridges in Lisbon.
Through the Window
This image was taken at Lisbon's most famous landmark, the Belém Tower and it is actually a blend of 5 photos. The HDR technique is useful for subjects with high contrast exceeding the dynamic range of the camera such as this one, where the walls were fairly dark whereas broad daylight was shining through the window.
London After the Storm
This photo of London was taken with the DJI Phantom Drone, shortly after a thunderstorm that hit parts of the city cleared up again.
Lightning over Dubai Marina
Was lucky to get this shot from my balcony at The Address Hotel in Dubai Marina when lightning struck in the middle of the night.
The Opening of Burj Khalifa
The world's tallest tower at 828m was opened on January 4th, 2010 and I was able to get shots of the opening celebrations from a tower under construction in Business Bay.
Fireworks at Burj Khalifa
Seeing as I am currently in Dubai and it's NYE tomorrow (where I am going to DJ at Desert Palm Hotel), I thought it was appropriate to post a matching image. This was in fact not taken at NYE but at the opening of Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. Incidentally it was also featured in one of Dubai's local newspapers, 7 days.
This was taken from UBora Towers in Dubai's Business Bay during the opening of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower at 828 meters. It was truly an amazing show.
The Atlantis Lobby
The lobby ornament made of glass at Atlantis The Palm on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The hotel was opened in September 2008, just a few weeks after a fire broke out in the lobby. The damage could be fixed just in time and the property opened with a pretty amazing firework.
One of my favourite old-timers.
Shot from the Empire State Building.
New York City Roofs
Took this shot from the Empire State Building observation platform on a clear day in February. If I recall correctly this shot should be looking at the north west.
A Busy Night at Times Square
New York City's Times Square is always bustling - it's actually quite tricky to get a shot that captures the action, so in the end I decided to go for a tele composition, which shows a lot of the typical elements going on. This is taken from the stairs on the north side. Happy New Year everybody.
The Other Side of New York City
During my visits to New York City I spent a few long evenings in Manhatten trying to get some interesting night shots. While the city is interesting, the nightly rides on the subway often showed its poor side.
This was taken at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. I only had my Olympus E-5 for a while and experimented with the Art Filters. This one used the black & white setting, which works rather well in my eyes. No post processing.
It was a very foggy night in New York City with really low clouds, and the city lights cast an amazing glow on the buildings. Took this shot with the fisheye and decided to correct the perspective in photoshop for an extreme wide angle look.
Reading on the Seine
Beautiful scene on a warm late winter day in Paris.
When in Paris...
... you need a shot of the Eiffel Tower. I do like the angle and the movement. Should really post more event photos and portraits, but I really enjoy urban and street photography.
Football in Paris
in February 2009 I visted Paris for a few days - part of what I enjoyed about the city were the activities going on all around. This group of people was playing football in a Park. Two things I enjoy about this shot: 1) The player wears a Zidane shirt and 2) the whitish look I went for due to the backlight, which creates a sort of washed out look. I think it works well.
Statue in a Church
Took this shot in a church in Barcelona - unfortunately I can't recall which one, but it must have been close to the main La Rambla. Maybe someone of you can help me out here :)
The Lady with the Birds
Doesn't it remind you of "Home Alone 2"?
Sea of Houses
This shot is taken with the 50-200mm lens from Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. There is a lot to see, both in this photo and in the city.
An HDR shot of a skater in Barcelona, practising his skills on one of the many public places in the city.
View over Barcelona
I think this was taken from the Cable Car Tower. One of my earlier HDR images, looking back I've learnt a lot. Working with Shadows and Highlights in a single RAW image can go a long way. This was a good three years ago... Nice trip indeed.
Title says it all. Seen in Lisbon, which has become one of my favourite cities after just a short visit.
A view of a terrace overlooking Lisbon towards the west.
The Lisbon Tram
One of the landmarks of Lisbon is its tram system, which has been in operation since 1873 - although I doubt it was electrical at the time. This shot was actually taken with a remote, since the camera was fairly close to the train.
Looking towards the Ponte 25 de Abril over Lisbon.
View over Lisbon
A view from the east looking over Lisbon's skyline, looking west against the sun. It is truly one of my favorite cities.
Ponte 25 de Abril (2)
A shot below the Ponte 25 de Abril, one of the two famous bridges in Lisbon.
Lisbon Oriental Station
Lisbon's Oriental Station designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatravafor the EXPO 1998. He was inspired to this building by rising trees, which is very visible on the train level. The lower levels are almost entirely bare concrete, giving the building a very raw and industrial feel, which is in contrast to the roof construction. One of my favorite pieces of architecture.
My Way Or...
... well you know how it goes. A very "boring" shot in the sense that it's just standard in every amateur's portfolio nowadays. Why am I posting it regardless? Because I really wonder what the red light trail on the line on the very right is - somebody must have stopped or even turned halfway there while I took the shot. Thinking of it, it looks like there is a small service road or so leading down.
Out of the Water
Took this during the Abu Dhabi Wakestock Event in 2010. Good times!
Burj Al Arab
An HDR of the Burj Al Arab from the side, taken from 360 at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Taken from 360 Club - an amazing spot for the sunset and I had the pleasure to play there a few times already.
First of all - sorry for posting less these days. Here is a new image though - a beautiful house in Ithaca, NY. I do have to say that walking around there was quite interesting. This "Original" is an HDR shot, that I have then tilted to correct the lines.
The One City
Dubai will always be a special place for me. Just spent 5 days here, but it's time to go back to London now. Won't be long until I am back I think.
The Address Hotel (Times Two)
A shot of the Address Hotel in Dubai, just next to Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Really liking this development a lot. Definitely a must see should you visit Dubai.
Watching the Dubai Fountain
I took this shot of the Dubai Fountain at one of my first visits after it opened. The place is an absolutely fantastic sight and in particular the changing repertoire of songs make repeat visits worthwhile. This is taken from the Burj Khalifa side of the Fountain, where there are usually less people.
I decided to post process this into a black and white shot and thinks it works pretty well. The strong fountain lights create some blown out highlights, but it's difficult to overcome this issue with the extreme contrasts that are present in this scene.
One of my favorite buildings of all time. Designed by Adrian Smith.
Tallest structure ever built: 829.84 m
Building with most floors: 160
World's highest elevator installation
World's fastest elevators: 64 km/h
Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 606 m
First world's tallest structure in history to include residential space
World's highest outdoor observation deck: 124th floor at 452 m
World's highest installation of an aluminium and glass facade: 512 m
World's highest nightclub: 144th floor
World's highest restaurant (At.mosphere): 122nd floor at 442 m
World's highest New Year display of fireworks.
What are these guys called again?
Spent a day in the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland Orlando in March 2011. Definitely worth a visit, smiles guaranteed.
Obviously one of my favourite characters.
Lightning over Burj Al Arab
I was lucky (or not so much) during a week in March of 2011, where Dubai was hit by a storm almost every night. I went out three or four times to get a shot of the Lightning from my accommodation at the Emirates Academy. The first few nights, all I got was a good rain shower. The last night though, I managed to get a shot of Lightning over the Burj Al Arab, which actually made it into the daily 7Days newspaper.
San Francisco Streets
A very typical street scene in San Francisco. I enjoyed walking through the city a lot, although the hills can be exhausting!
San Francisco Roads
A view of the hills that San Francisco is built on.
The San Francisco Cityscape
A view over the San Francisco skyline shortly after sunset, from one of the many hills in the city.
A walk through the Cornell campus at night - always a few nice scenes, here of the McGraw tower in the background.
Bailey Hall - Yamatai 2011
This is an image of Cornell's Bailey Hall, shot with my 8mm Fisheye lens, just before it opened for the annual Yamatai concert, the university's taiko drumming group. I wavvs asked to shoot the event, here is the result on their Facebook page.
Madinat Jumeirah & The Burj Al Arab
The beautiful Madinat Jumeirah Resort and Burj Al Arab in the background. One of my favourite places in the world.
Harry Potter's Library
This beautiful room is the Andrew D White library within the larger Uris Library complex. Really beautiful - looking back I did see a lot of interesting things during my time at Cornell University. In hindsight this shot might have worked better during another time of the day light wise. But no going back now.
Taken on the side of a road somewhere in upstate New York on the way to Canada. This is using the Olympus E-5 Dramatic Tone Art Filter.
In Toronto, Canada
Ontario Legislative Building
Took this in Toronto in 2011. The image has been corrected for perspective.
Up the Stairs
Interesting staircase in the city of Toronto. I can't remember which building this is though.
Village Idiot Pub
Who wants to be seen here? A pub in Toronto.
Freedom for Bahrain
In light of the Arab Spring, this group of people were protesting in front of what I believe was a Canadian government institution in Toronto in order to show their support for a movement towards democracy in Bahrain.
It's All Fake
Taken in Toronto - a city which I did not actually particularly like, but on the other hand I only spent 2 days there.
This was taken with the 8mm Fisheye and is an HDR out of 5 handheld images, which was then slightly adjusted to reduce the distortion. Take in Toronto.
From the CN Tower in Toronto. Biggest problem? You have to shoot through glass and it's almost impossible to do this without reflections.
Canals and Bikes
Bringing together the two most distinct aspects of the city.
Probably my favourite shot of the visit. The gloomy light combined with the long exposure made and the colourful streaks of the ship do it for me.
While this looks like out of a history museum, it seems to be an actual office in the Oude Kerk.
The Tram Rushes by
While not particularly cheap, Amsterdam's tram system is extensive and a very good way to explore the city.
I love theme parks. During my time in the US I had the chance to visit Six Flags Great Adventure, home to 13 rollercoasters. The wooden one in the foreground is called El Toro and one of the best ones I have ever been on.
This is an HDR shot composed out of 5 single exposures.
The NYC Skyline
I love taking helicopter flights to get a new perspective on cities or landscapes - unfortunately it's not always affordable. This is a view of the NYC skyline as seen from the west.
An appropriate image for the impeding fiscal cliff. Took this during my time in the US, using the Olympus E-5s built in Dynamic Range mode and then converting to black and white. I am not sure what the Portuguese Day is all about.
In Between the Towers
A view up between a number of skyscrapers near Wall Street
Roofs in NYC
Following the Rule of Thirds - hit me up if you don't know what this means.
Manhattan From the Shores
You can get beautiful views of the Manhattan Skyline, particularly the lower end, from Brooklyn Heights, where this photo was taken from.
Hot Dog Cart
One of the New York's trademarks.
The New York Subway
Took this shot during my time in the US in 2011. I think the person in the center and the effect of the train passing by on the right side add interesting elements to the photo and breaks up the symmetry in an interesting way.
Took this shot as we passed one of many small towns in the train from Cape Town to Johannesburg in South Africa. I find it's the colour grading that gives the image this touch of film look that makes it really powerful.
View Over Lake Geneva
A view over Lake Geneva towards the east during sunset.
Boat on Lake Geneva
A boat anchored on Lake Geneva, with the famous fountain in the background.
Intersection in Zurich
A one day visit in very very rainy Zurich - evident from the drops on the lens - brought me this shot on one of the main intersections close to the end of Lake Zurich. I thought about the post processing for quite a while and in the end decided to tweak the colors to a more intense nightly look.
The Streets of Zurich
Took a day trip to Zurich back in 2010 to see one of my favourite producers, EDX, play at Kaufleuten. The weather was unsettled, which made for some interesting texture and reflections. Here are some more images from the trip.
There is a lot to see in this image. Explore :)
Tallinn Old Town
Took this when I went to wedding in Estonia. Incidentally I also had the opportunity to DJ in Tallinn, beautiful old town I have to say. Worth a visit.
Medieval Tower Reflection
I took this shot in the Summer of 2011 during a visit to Estonia's capital Tallinn for a friend's wedding. The days before were rainy and so this park was riddled with puddles. When the sun came out on a late afternoon, the opportunity for this literally picture perfect moment came up. I actually sat there a while to wait until there were no more shadows on this medieval tower and then tried a couple of angles until I arrived at this composition. I particularly like the leaf in the puddle.
On a Leash
... well not really. This little fellow was really keen on protecting his property. Taken on the shores of Tallinn, Estonia.
Are You Ready to Jump?
Taken in Zurich, Switzerland. During the summer, the city had separated an area of Lake Zurich for the public to swim, including a 10m diving platform.
The Geneva Waters
Geneva is located just at the southern tip of Lake Geneva. This photo was taken on the western side, looking east across the lake towards the famous fountain. More images here.
Motorcycle in Geneva
I am not a big fan of motorcycles, but they can make for nice photo subjects.
The Three Heads
I can't recall which building this was, but I ran into it while walking through Geneva.
Roofs of Prague
This photo shows the city of Prague from the Petrin Observation Tower on the east side. The centre itself is beautiful and features architecture going back as far as Gothic and Romanic style, particularly in the old town. Also a good view on Charles Bridge. This shot was featured in the Urban Times.
The Olympic Marathon
Captured this while the runners of the marathon of the 2012 Olympic Games in London made their way through Piccadilly Circus.
Hand in Hand
A very random scene I encountered in a small passage in London.
Transport Madagascar Style
Captured on Nosy Be Island, Madagascar.
Took this image of a small village in the foothills of the Alps a while ago. I thought the setting lent itself to a tilt shift treatment.
The Flash Experiment
This should be filed under experimental photography more than anything else. It is a long exposure shot with a single flash fired multiple times around the car, which creates one light spot each time.
Cut Those Coconuts
Locals cutting coconuts from the palm trees around their homes.
Got to Hold On
No matter how much you are being thrown around! This was taken in 2007 I believe - quite a while ago. Still like it, but slightly annoyed by the overblown highlights. Sorry - no original file for this one anymore.
This Kid Looks Scared
He doesn't look too happy in there does he? Taken at Herbstfest Rosenheim, this roundabout is called "Playball" by the way.
Moon & Angel
Taken at Herbstfest Rosenheim 2010. This is also where this timelapse video was created, albeit 1 year later.
Rosenheim From Above
I had the chance to spend an evening on the highest building of Rosenheim, a city of about 50,000 people in the south east of Bavaria. In fact, the first scene of my Herbstfest Rosenheim Timelapse was also taken from here. This is looking northwest, away from the Alps.
From the Ferris Wheel
A view from the ferris wheel of Herbstfest Rosenheim, about 60m up and in the air and looking south towards the Alps.
Lights in the Sky
A detail shot of the bumper cars' roof construction with the ferris wheel in the background. This was taken at Rosenheimer Herbstfest in southern Bavaria, a smaller version of the Oktoberfest, hosted each year to around 1 million visitors. The sky was just clearing from the rain and provided with a nice backdrop. I am still slightly upset the light of one of the cars on the ferris wheel was broken.
From the Burj Khalifa Observation Deck, looking East. Notice the shadow of Burj Khalifa - probably close to 1km long.
Sheikh Zayed Road & DIFC
A view from Burj Khalifa's observation deck, looking north-east towards the old town of Dubai.
Missing it a lot today.
Up & Up & Up...
This block of towers is situated in Dubai Marina, one of my favorite urban developments in the world. From left to right: Infinity Tower (303m), Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel (256m), Emirates Crown (296m), Princess Tower (414m, behind The Torch), The
Torch (345m), Le Reve (210m), Marina Crown (207m), Marina Pinnacle (280m), Marina 101 (412m), Al Seef Tower (215m), Sulafa Tower (285m), Mag 218 (264m), Marina Heights (208m). There are two more towers hidden behind the other ones in this image (Ocean Heights and Tamani Hotel). This block is often referred to as the Tallest Block on the Planet. Now you know why.
Preparing for Prayer
A shot of one of the mosques in Dubai, close to Burj Al Arab in Umm Suqueim. Again and again the moment when the Imam calls for prayer reminds you of the heritage of the place and how different it's culture can be.
Burj Al Arab Fireworks
One of my favorite buildings in the world as seen from Jumeirah Beach Hotel's amazing 360 Bar. If I recall correctly the fireworks were for a private event on the beach. The scene is somewhat special as you rarely see clouds in Dubai, which make this shot all the more interesting. I decided to tilt the image in Photoshop in order to correct the perspective and achieve straight lines.
Moon over the JBH
A cloud night over Jumeirah Beach Hotel, with the moon shining just above its highest point.
This shot is Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, one of my favourite resort complexes, consisting of three hotels in total and now being extended with a fourth property. The image was taken from the helipad of Burj Al Arab. The tilt shift effect was applied in post processing.
Dubai Marina Towers
This photo of the "tallest block" under construction in Dubai Marina around 2010 was taken from the Burj Al Arab helipad.
Sunset over The Palm
This is another shot taken from the Burj Al Arab Helipad on Dubai towards the west, where the sun is setting over The Palm and Dubai Marina.
Sheikh Zayed Road Skyline
I was lucky enough to spend an hour on Burj Al Arab's helipad for sunset on a clear day, where I was able to capture this shot of Dubai's major skyline on Sheikh Zayed Road, looking east.
I particularly like the sun reflecting on Burj Khalifa's facade. Bear in mind the distance between Burj Al Arab and the skyline is about 10 to 15 kilometres.
In 2010 I had the chance to go up the helipad at Burj Al Arab. This is how the rooftop structure looks from up there.
Dubai's historic lifeline.
Petronas Towers Close Up
A close up of the Petronas Towers with their various shapes on the exterior.
These monkeys joined a taxi driver for his lunch break. It's unclear if they brought their own food or took his.
Power, Traffic, Graffiti, Decay
Signs and More Signs
Definitely a few business on this street begging for your attention.
Contrast in colour, forms and origin make this an interesting shot for me.
Kuala Lumpur Cityscape
A view from the KL Tower observation deck of the CBD.
A Storm is Brewing
A storm was brewing one afternoon in Kuala Lumpur and I managed to get a shot of the skyline from this parking building.
The Train Station
This is a view towards the train station in Rosenheim, looking south into the Alps.
Walking in Paris
Back in 2009 I visited Paris for the first time - the city is not quite my style but I enjoyed exploring it a lot (in total I walked close to 50 km over three days). This shot was taken on a rather rainy day, when the sun decided to come out in the evening, casting a beautiful glow on the city, which I tried to recreate with a little post processing. Really liking the architecture on the buildings as well.
Up and Up and Up
One of my first HDR shots ever, looking up the Freefall Tower at Herbstfest Rosenheim.