Based in Dubai. Traveling everywhere. All photographs by Catalin Marin.

Burj after BurjJanuary 18th, 2010

Firstly I want to remind you that tonight from 6pm my first exhibition is taking place at Jam Jar in Dubai and we’ve decided to auction a high quality print of my “After the storm” photograph and donate the money to MSF in Haiti. You can RSVP to the event here.

As for today’s photograph, after seeing a similar shot into the Flickr photostream of Daniel, a Dubai based photographer that I have been following for quite a while, I drove last night to the Palm Jumeirah and looked for a location where I could get the two famous Burjes (I’m sure this is not a word!) in one shot. I’m talking about the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai). The air was clear enough so I managed to snap the shot below.

The technical details are fairly simple with this one. It’s not an HDR as you have come to expect from me. It’s a digital blend between 2 exposures. I’ve used the under-exposed shot for the sky and the correctly exposed one for the buildings. I would love to hear what you think about it…

Shot with NIKON D300S | 170mm | ƒ/5.6


  • Micheline (@mich1mich)

    OMG… Dubai’s most beautiful in the same shot, with a mosque and JBH…Congratulations! Super! :-))

  • KJ

    It’s bloody fantastic, that’s what I think!

    The mosque next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, however, as evil as I may sound, gives a distracting colour from the colder tones. It is simply too bright. I would suggest you digitally tone it down a bit, or give it a cooler colour.

  • Thanks Micheline and KJ! I was so focused on processing correctly the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa that (to my shame!) I didn’t actually notice the mosque! :) Maybe I will go back into Photoshop and tone it down a bit…

  • Now I see why you were so excited! A stunner!

  • Thanks Alex! I knew this one was a keeper as soon as I started clicking :)

  • This is fantastic!!!! Love it

  • Bim

    blimey. what a shot !! beautiful colours

  • Shahbaz

    Absolute cracker – definitely one of your best shots…

  • Wow .. I’m honestly speechless. This is a beautiful shot, great job!

  • Thank you all for your comments!

  • Great shot. I posted something similar in July from a slightly different angle, but your composition and the lighting is much better. Hope meet you this evening… :)

  • A spectacular skyline caught in spectacular light. Great image!

  • Dee

    What’s that in front of burj khalifa?

  • Dee

    never mind i got it lol, and architecturally i think it’s the best looking thing in the shot.

  • Dee, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is quite a good looking building, but a lot of times is forgotten because of all the other landmarks around.

  • Jo-Wilfred Tsonga

    Nice picture where in Dubai is that shot taken from?

  • Dee

    yea i guess so, what i don’t understand is why they think it only counts when they build things that can be viewed from the moon, the taller a building gets in relation to the width the uglier it automatically becomes. But i like your shot and i agree on fixing the mosques brightness :)

  • Andi

    Amazing photography! Winter is the best time in Dubai for sunset/ dusk photography.

  • wow…great photo….
    Love the photography.

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