Out of Africa: Diddy-Boppin' in Dubai

by Michael Anderson August. 12, 2016 1688 views

    This is a collection of grab shots from our tour van and around the city of Dubai. In two hours we stopped at the Al Farooq Mosque, Burj Khalifa, Burj al Arab Hotel, and Atlantis Hotel. Then it was back to the hotel for a quick lunch before the shuttle to our 2:30 flight to Johannesburg. One less bucket list item.

Staggering sky-scrapers of Dubai

I am not sure what makes this office "Scottish," but as a proud Scottish-American I was compelled to take a picture

All that power and still stuck in traffic

My view from the back seat while approaching the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island. Designed by a South African.

In case you wonder what "Stop" looks like in Arabic

Burj al Arab Hotel: Most luxurious hotel in the world on a man-made island

Burj Khalifa

Big Buildings, Big Roads, Big Signs

Transport from Chicago to Dubai. Next Stop: Johannesburg

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

WOW! What a treat to have a trip like this with your kids!!! Lifetime good memories in the making!
What photo equip did you use to get these? Did you use any filters, etc???

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Michael Anderson Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Jay. Yeah, it was a trip of a lifetime. I managed to get out of Dubai about 2 hours before they closed the airport when that plane crash-landed a couple weeks ago. All I can say is, God is good. I didn't use any filters other than a UV filter for protection. I shoot with a Canon 40D and rebel 3ti. I actually prefer the Rebel to the 40D. I think the processor is better. For lenses I actually have the 18-55 IS kit lens that came with the rebel. It does pretty well, I think. I also have a 70-200 2.8 IS L series lens and a 2x tele-converter. (they were practically given to me!). Lastly I have a Canon 28-135 IS as a backup lens. Dubai was super hazy and dusty and so bright it was tough to get the exposures right. Some of what you may see in the images may be from editing in iPhoto. What are you using? You get GREAT shots! Though we both know its the artist, not the gear.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Michael Anderson 3 years, 5 months ago

It did look pretty hazy in some of the shots..... Bright, broad-daylight shooting is always difficult for me.
I much prefer overcast days & the light at dawn & dusk for shooting.

I'm sort of a "newbie" to this hobby. I started getting semi-serious about a year ago and am having a blast learning from all the great images I see here on PB & other photoblogs. Everyone has been so friendly and helpful in my journey, thus far...

I started out with a used Nikon 5200 with 2 Nikon kit lenses (18-55mm & 55-300mm)... Then, when the autofocus on my 5200 pooped out, I graduated to a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 24-120 zoom and a Nikon 50mm f1.8 prime, ,.....My most recent acquisition is a Lumix G-7 K, with 14-140mm Panasonic zoom & a Panasonic 25mm f1.7 prime.

I like all three cameras and don't feel compelled to get anything else right now....Gotta let my wallet heal up, for a while, too! (grin/grimace)

When I go out for a long hike I take the lighter G-7 mirrorless.
On shorter more stationary shoots I like the D750.
I still use the 5200 when it's a situation where I don't need autofocus.

Keep us posted on your fabulous tour! I'm glad you all have these special times together & that you are so generous to share with us!

Safe travels!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michael Anderson Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

My Pleasure. I am looking for a lighter camera when traveling, especially on motorcycle! I agree, this is a great place to learn and folks are very friendly and generous.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Michael Anderson 3 years, 5 months ago

You may want to look at mirrorless cameras by Sony (a6000, a6300, A7-II or Panasonic Lumix G-7, G85, etc. or the Fujifilm X2 Pro, etc

Have fun!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michael Anderson Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the tips!

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Michael Anderson 3 years, 5 months ago

My pleasure!
Please keep me posted!
Cheers!
Jay

3 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Michael Anderson 3 years, 5 months ago

Good luck! I'd be interested in knowing what you finally decide...

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