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

New moon over DubaiOctober 30th, 2011

If you have visited my blog before, you’ll know that sometimes I speak about the difference between how you see a scene and how you can actually capture that scene with a camera. Although purists will probably argue with this, sometimes it’s just impossible to capture a scene just like you perceived it through your eyes. The reasons might be as varied as the camera’s ability to capture light in a certain way or differences in size and distance between subjects. This was exactly the case with the image below.

This weekend I met up with Daniel, a Dubai-based photographer that has a great eye for landscapes and who has some amazing shots from quite a few places around the world. Daniel and I have been wanting to shoot together for a while now and it was great to finally catch up.

We headed for Business Bay trying to get on a roof or two, which didn’t really work so we ended up at the end of the Dubai Creek extension looking for some nice skyline shots. As luck would have it, just as the sun was setting and the “blue hour” was beginning I noticed a beautiful new moon sitting just above the horizon.

Now, all of you who tried to photographed the moon alongside a city landscape will know that it’s a difficult thing to do as the moon will always look very small compared to everything else.  Knowing that, I decided to shoot the landscape with my wide angle lens and the moon with my 70-300mm lens and to superimpose the two images. I’m quite happy with the result and to me it is a more accurate representation of the scene I witnessed. As always you can roll-over the image to see the original (straight from the camera) shot. What’s your opinion? Was it worth photographing the moon separately?

Shot with NIKON D300S | 24mm | ƒ/11

Recent posts

Floating above the fog October 27th, 2011

I was close on having the same title for this post as for the ones before  (Foggy sunrise in Dubai #1 and read more

Silhouettes above Dubai October 25th, 2011

I decided to take a break from the fog images (don't worry, I still have a few to post!) so I don't bore you and post quite a different shot taken at the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. For those of you not familiar with the observation deck, it's located on the 124th floor of the tallest...

read more

Foggy sunrise in Dubai #2 October 23rd, 2011

First of all, I would really like to thank all of you who visited, shared, liked or commented on my previous post, making it the most popular post in the blogs 4+ years of existence. I knew i...

read more

Upcoming workshops

Travel photography workshop - Iceland

Following a very successful travel adventure in Madagascar this summer where we captured some great images, I have been working hard at organizing a couple more travel photography workshops and the first one I'm ready to announce is an 8 days adventure through the amazing landscapes of Iceland....

read more | see all

Random posts from the past

Skjálfandi Bay

Firstly I just wanted to say thank you for all the interesting comments for the previous post. If you haven't read them, it was an interesting discussion about cloning objects in photographs and how "moral" it all is. Ther...

read more


Commercial work

Just doing traveling photography does not always pay for the rent so here is a look at the other side of my photography. I am an award-winning commercial and corporate photographer based in Dubai, UAE, specializing in architectural and interior photography as well as corporate and environmental portraits.

read more