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This scene was captured at the shore of the Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. I went there on a client commissioned film shoot when the gale force winds came out of nowhere and messed up the whole shoot. Me and the crew were grounded for 2 days, holed up in a hotel room with very little to do but wait for the wind to settle down...but it didn't. All was not in vain though. Watching 4 meter waves crash on the beach was a sight to behold.
Shot with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon 70-300mm lens. Processed with Photoshop CC 2015 and NIK Collection suite.
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, photographed at the end of the gloomy day which was dominated by sandstorms and rain. It's very rare that my aerial photography missions take place on day with such dramatic skies. This was one such case. It's amazing how the snowy white marble of this magnificent structure manages to maintain its luminosity, even on a somber day like this.
Photographed through the open door of the Eurocopter AS350. I used Canon 5DMk3 and Canon 8-15mm fisheye f/4L lens. 
Spherical distortion produced by the fisheye lens was corrected with Photoshop CC 2015 and graded in NIK Collection suite. 
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'Whatever you do, don't look down.'
Abu Dhabi downtown, photographed from the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center Tower which is today known as Burj Mohamed Bin Rashid Tower, the tallest structure in the capital of the UAE.
This shot was taken in Jan 2013 when the North tower was still under construction.
Photographed with Canon 5DMk3 and Canon TS-E17 mm f/4.0 L
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Incredible!!
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Thinking about visiting Dubai in order to shoot or time-lapse this amazing city? Don't miss these expert tips from the top, Dubai-based photographers!

https://iso.500px.com/7-expert-tips-for-photographing-dubai/

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7 expert tips from 7 pro photographers that show you how to capture one of the most opulent cities on earth: Dubai.
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'Obscured'

Glorious Emirates Palace Hotel in the early morning light, obscured by the shadows of the mighty Etihad Towers complex.
Photographed from Bell 412 helicopter. I was using Canon 5Dmk3 and Canon 24-105 f4.0L. Although this is just a kit lens, its range of focal lengths, optical and build quality are super. This is one excellent and inexpensive lens which makes it a perfect tool for aerial photography.
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Abu Dhabi downtown, photographed from the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center Tower which is today known as Burj Mohamed Bin Rashid Tower, the tallest structure in the capital of the UAE. This shot was taken in Jan 2013 when the North tower was still under construction. Photographed with Canon 5DMk3 and Canon TS-E17 mm f/4.0 L
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Garhoud Bridge in Dubai on a particularly gloomy day, right after the sandstorm. Not the best day to be flying in a helicopter but who am I to say no to this view? Photographed with Canon 5DMk3 and Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L lens
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'Garhoud'
Garhoud Bridge in Dubai on a particularly gloomy day, right after the sandstorm. Not the best day to be flying in a helicopter but who am I to say no to this view?
Photographed with Canon 5DMk3 and Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L lens

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+Olaf Peuss I've seen it built from the foundations, watched it grow all the way to 808 meters and drive by it every day on my way to and from work. I still can't get used to how unbelievably, totally out of proportion it is to the rest of the city which has 50 to 80 storey towers. They disappear next to it. It is the most colossal thing on this planet. I can't believe, to this day, that we, the humans managed to build it. I simply can't.
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25 years, that's all it took Dubai to go from the shot you see above to the futuristic, unrecognizable, extreme makover in below panorama which I shot 2 days ago. 
I don't know who took the shot in the 1990 but I'm pretty sure he or she had no faintest clue I'd be standing in the same spot, 25 years later, shooting a scene that looks like a set from Blade Runner or Star Wars. 
To maximize the impact of this before/after study, I tried matching the point of view of the 1990 shot as closely as I could. It's shocking, simply mind-blowing to see such incredible transformation, especially for someone who had witnessed the whole thing.
Hats off UAE, hats off Dubai, hats off to its leadership and hats off to every single person who worked so incredibly hard to make this dream come true.

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+Alessio Sangalli Alessio, did you even read what I wrote? yes, the first shot was taken by an amateur with a film camera, the second one was taken by me, 25 years later, with the state-of-the-art digital camera. There's no denying that and the difference in quality is more than obvious. The point of this before/after comparison however isn't the quality of the photograph or the camera used to capture these two views. It's about Dubai and how much was built in such a short span of time. I thought my caption was very, very clear about that. No amount of post-processing and tweaking could change the fact that in the 1990, there were just 5 little buildings on the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai whereas today, there's a skyline that look like a Star Wars film set.
And for your information, both pictures were captured from exactly the same spot and same altitude, albeit at different times of the day.
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Beno Saradzic

Photographer | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Visual Artist

Biography

Beno is a Slovenian born time lapse cinematographer, photographer and visual artist. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE.

 For 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the art of seeing as a 3D Computer Animation and Architecture Visualization specialist. As a veteran digital artist, Beno won numerous accolades and awards such as the rank of 'Autodesk Master' as well as the winner of the prestigious 'Tektronix International Design Visualization Competition' in 1993. For his continuous contributions to the art of architectural visualization, Beno was given a 'Special Merit of Excellence' award by Kinetix / Autodesk in 2005. Beno's 3D generated art was published in several international architectural visualization publications and books such as the '3DS MAX 2008 Foundation'. Beno was also a contributing consultant for Michigan State University at the Department of Forensic Science.

In 2008, Beno started exploring new creative avenues which lead him to discover the world of photography and time lapse cinematography. Having a solid foundation and decades of practice in related types of visual arts, Beno’s transition to his newly found passion was a swift one. By 2011, he had dozens of photographs and time lapse films specially featured across local and international media and publications. His body of work is recognized for its use of light and composition, drawing strong influences from the classics of cinema and traditional art.

Beno's comprehensive portfolio is defined by his profound love for architecture, engineering, science and the beauty of nature. His vast knowledge of digital imaging technologies is evident in every photograph. As an individual accustomed to dramatic profession changes, Beno believes in the power of a life-long learning process and feeding the child-like curiosity throughout adulthood. He tirelessly experiments with fresh styles of photography while refusing to box himself in any particular genre. Keeping the broad and diverse subject matters in front of his lens is the secret sauce to creative liberty and inspiration.

His list of clients include BBC’s Natural History Unit, the Discovery Channel, Canon Middle East, Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Governments and many others.

He has recently been nominated for an Emmy for his achievements in cinematography. He is also a Silver Dolphin Award winner of the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Beno shoots for major image libraries such as Getty Images, Alamy and Trevillion Images. As a photo educator, Beno frequently hosts photography workshops and inspiration seminars on time lapse photography, fine art photography and digital image post-processing. He is a frequently featured artist and has made numerous appearances and tutorials on various blogs such as 500px.com, Scott Kelby One, Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour, Topaz Labs Blog and many others.

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Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for BBC's 'WILD ARABIA' TV series, 4x International Photography Contest winner in 2012, three major awards and recognitions in 2013 and 2 awards in 2014. Time lapse photographer on Discovery Channel's 'Passage to Abu Dhabi' and BBC/Animal Planet 'WILD ARABIA' TV series. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014yv4z
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Photographer and Time Lapse Cinematographer and Producer
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All forms of photography and cinematography, 3D computer animation and 2D matte painting, film production and editing
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    Executive Producer, Photographer / Filmmaker, 2008 - present
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