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'Guardians of Time'
I photographed these majestic formations amidst the foreboding landscape in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, at the heart of an archaeological site. The place is full of fossils from the Miocene period where numerous scientists have excavated the bones of the Stegotetrabelodon syrticus (four tusk elephant), crocodile and many other ancient creatures. 
It's almost impossible to imagine that such animals once existed in this part of the world but on this ancestral ground, I could heard their footsteps and breathing all around me...
For obvious reasons, the area is in a protected zone so I can't reveal its exact location. Sorry guys.
I used a Canon 5Ds/5DS R and Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens; it's the sharpest ultra wide zoom lens in existence. Images produced by this phenomenal piece optical engineering are simply flawless and possess an image definition I've never experienced before.
'Guardians of Time' I photographed these majestic formations amidst the foreboding landscape in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, at the heart of an archaeological site. The place is full of fossils from the Miocene period where numerous scientists have excavated the bones of the Stegotetrabelodon syrticus (four tusk elephant), crocodile and many other ancient creatures. It's almost impossible to imagine that such animals once existed in this part of ...
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COPPER OCEAN

I took this panorama at the beginning of the world's largest sand desert, the Empty Quarter, 150 km South East of Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
It's hard to explain the eerie desolation and vastness of this place with words. I hope my picture conveys a tiny bit of my experience.
Click <a href="https://facebook.com/benosaradzicphotography">here</a> to follow me on Facebook and <a href="instagram.com/benosaradzic">here</a> to follow my Instagram account. I took this panorama at the beginning of the world's largest sand desert, the Empty Quarter, 150 km South East of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. It's hard to explain the eerie desolation and vastness of this place with words. I hope my picture conveys a tiny bit of my experience.
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JAKKU
This image is inspired by the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My favourite scenes in this film were those filmed on the the desert planet Jakku where Rey grew up. In fact, I took this shot just few miles away from the filming location of the Star Wars in the Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter desert. It's one of my preferred locations for landscape photography and it's easy to see why.
This image is inspired by the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens. My favourite scenes in this film were those filmed on the the desert planet Jakku where Rey grew up. In fact, I took this shot just few miles away from the filming location of the Star Wars in the Abu Dhabi's Empty Quarter desert. It's one of my preferred locations for landscape photography and it's easy to see why.
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Awesome. I wish I was there.
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DIASPAR II

Dubai. 

Colour treatment was inspired by on of the Arthur C. Clarke's early science fiction novels titled 'The City and the Stars'. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_and_the_Stars

Shot with Canon 5Dmk3 and Canon TS-E 17mm lens. Processed with Photoshop CC 2015, NIK Color Efex Pro 4 on a custom built PC, powered by Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. I used Wacom Intuos Pro to paint the luminosity masks and lighting effects.
DIASPAR II Dubai. Colour treatment was inspired by on of the Arthur C. Clarke's early science fiction novels titled 'The City and the Stars'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_and_the_Stars Shot with Canon 5Dmk3 and Canon TS-E 17mm lens. Processed with Photoshop CC 2015, NIK Color Efex Pro 4 on a custom built PC, powered by Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. I used Wacom Intuos Pro to paint the luminosity masks and lighting effects.
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'Uncharted'
I took this photograph in one of the most remote and desolate places I've ever been to. This place lies approximatley 180 kilometers Southeast of Abu Dhabi, at least 70 kilometers away from the nearest paved road, town, electricity, radio or phone reception, store or water for that matter... 
The thought of 'what if something happens, how are we going to get help and how are they even going to locate us in this place' was rather unsettling. The place is really, really remote and it puts your pathetic, human self in very honest perspective. Indeed, such locations remind us not to take the benefits of progress and civilization for granted.
But there's more, so much more than the fear for survival about this incredible place. The silence and utter serenity. Complete lack of man-made noise. Billions of stars in the night sky. The shifting sands and the camels who float like ghosts between the dunes. The purity and honesty of the barren desert nature can't really be described unless you experience it in person. And when you do, you'll never be the same again.
Photographed with Canon 5D Mk3 and Nikon 14-24mm lens. This is a 7-stop, dynamically blended image. Processed on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit custom built computer, Wacom Intuos Pro tablet, Photoshop CC 2015 and NIK Color Efex 4 software.
'Uncharted' I took this photograph in one of the most remote and desolate places I've ever been to. This place lies approximatley 180 kilometers Southeast of Abu Dhabi, at least 70 kilometers away from the nearest paved road, town, electricity, radio or phone reception, store or water for that matter... The thought of 'what if something happens, how are we going to get help and how are they even going to locate us in this place' was rather unset...
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+Vincent Sauve thanks Vincent. I went with my wife. Amazing experience.

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'THE CAPITAL SKYLINE (T-D)' 

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Abu Dhabi's skyline, processed with my own Time-Dilation technique in which several exposures, captured at various times of the day are fused seamlessly into a surreal image like this one. It took more than 5 hours on a freezing windy night and morning to capture all images which make this composite. 
It's very interesting to see the effect of the artificial as well as natural light interact with the scene in this manner. This kind of visualization would not have been possible before the era of digital image processing. It's really awesome to explore the new horizons of creative possibilities. 

RAW files were captured with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon 50mm f1.2L lens. Base image was fused with Oloneo PhotoEngine HDR application. 
Time-Dilation effect was processed with Photoshop CC 2015 and NIK Suite on a custom built PC running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. 
As usual, I used a pressure sensitive Wacom Intuos Pro tablet for image manipulation and layering. 
'THE CAPITAL SKYLINE (T-D)' (see it Full Screen mode for maximum effect) Abu Dhabi's skyline, processed with my own Time-Dilation technique in which several exposures, captured at various times of the day are fused seamlessly into a surreal image like this one. It took more than 5 hours on a freezing windy night and morning to capture all images which make this composite. It's very interesting to see the effect of the artificial as well as na...
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Shark's fin
I was very happy with the dramatic angle of this amazing hotel when I photographed it back in March 2015. But when I viewed the image on my monitor, I was disappointed. The light on that day when I took the shot was very muted due to the sandstorm in Dubai earlier that day. There were no shadows anywhere, contrast was flat across the image and although the hotel is over 100 meters tall, it seemed flattened with the ground. It seemed like a lost case and I decided to leave it unprocessed.
There was a documentary about sharks on Nat Geo the other day. One of the scenes featured a classic shot of the menacing shark's fin cutting through the surface of the ocean. Somehow, the synapses in my brain connected this visual with the aerial photo of Jumeirah Beach Hotel I took 8 months ago. Eureka! I went back to my computer to give this photograph another look. I knew what to do...
I cut a precise mask along the edges of the hotel and separated it from the rest of the shot. This gave me the ability to control the light in the scene with utmost precision. I adjusted the contrast, colour saturation, highlights and shadows exactly where I wanted them. Few hours later, I up with this result. I finally had the shot I needed from the start. Inspiration indeed comes from the strangest places.
Shot with Canon 5DMk3 and Canon TS-E 24mm f3/5L II lens. 
Processed with Adobe CC 2015 on Win 10 Pro 64bit, NIK Color Efex Pro 4 and Silver Efex Pro. I used the Wacom Intuos Pro (digitizer mouse + pressure sensitive pen)
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Fabulous editing job! 
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'Monastery of the Moon'
Featured in this panorama is Deir al-Qamar in south-central Lebanon, 5 km outside of Beiteddine. 
During the 16th to 18th centuries, Deir al-Qamar was the residence of the governors of Lebanon. It is also notable for its 15th-century Fakhreddine Mosque, Fakhreddine II Palace, and other historical palaces and administrative buildings. The 17th century Deir al-Qamar Synagogue is also in the village, although closed to the public. During its peak, the city was the centre of Lebanese literary tradition. It was the first village in Lebanon to have a municipality in 1864, and it is the birthplace of many well known personalities, such as artists, writers, and politicians. It was the winter capital of the Druze Cancimat of Lebanon (1840-1860), the summer capital being Baakleen.
Deir al-Qamar is a known as the Capital of Emirs. From its palaces, Mount Lebanon was governed from the 16th century until the 18th century. People from all religious backgrounds lived there and the town had a mosque, synagogue and Christian churches.
In the year 1860, Deir al-Qamar was destroyed during the civil war between Druze and Christians during which the town was set ablaze. Napoleon III sent a french contingent to rebuild it, recalling France ancient role as protector of the Christians in the Ottoman Empire as established by a treaty in 1523.
In 1864, Deir el-Qamar elected the first municipality in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire.
I took this panorama at 'blue hour', 20 minutes after the sunset. The colours were simply wonderful. First I snapped 9 vertical frames, each one composed from 3 bracketed exposures (-2EV, 0EV, +2EV) for a total of 27 separate exposures. I processed each of the 9 frames as an HDR exposure, then merged them in Photoshop CC into a 100 megapixel panorama. I had to run perspective distortion correction because my camera wasn't leveled during the panoramic sweep. This took quite a while. Second step was the most time consuming; I painted several very detailed luminosity masks to control the light in the sky, foliage, mountain sides, villages and foreground road. When all exposures were mixed the way I wanted them, I started the colour grading process in two separate phases until I achieved the envision look. All in all, I spent nearly 5 hours producing this image. This image is the center crop version of the hi-resolution image which is twice as wide as this one.
I used Canon 5DMk3 + Canon 70-300mm (@70mm) lens with Benro travel tripod and Really Right Stuff BH-40 compact ballhead. Promote Remote control was used for HDR bracketing.
Processing was done on a custom built PC (dual Intel Xeon - 24 cores / 48 threads / 3.2 Ghz / 128GB DDR 4 RAM, 1TB SSD system drive / 80TB Raid-6 array / twin Titan-X cards) running Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, Wacom Americas Intuos Pro tablet, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 2016, Lightroom CC and Nik Software plugins.
'Monastery of the Moon' Featured in this panorama is Deir al-Qamar in south-central Lebanon, 5 km outside of Beiteddine. During the 16th to 18th centuries, Deir al-Qamar was the residence of the governors of Lebanon. It is also notable for its 15th-century Fakhreddine Mosque, Fakhreddine II Palace, and other historical palaces and administrative buildings. The 17th century Deir al-Qamar Synagogue is also in the village, although closed to the pu...
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LITTLE GIANT
I took this shot in deep desert, known as the Empty Quarter, 150 km south of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. It's the world's largest sand desert which spans across 4 countries. It is 1000 km long and 500 km wide. 
It was 2 AM when I was setting up this frame and it was pitch black. By pitch black, I mean you couldn't see your own hands or nose in front of you. It was 100% BLACK. Then the moon showed up on from my left side which turned this scene into a fake daytime. This shrub is only 30 cm high. Low camera angle and stacked focus maximized sharpness from the foreground to background made it look like a big tree...
I took this shot in deep desert, known as the Empty Quarter, 150 km south of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. It's the world's largest sand desert which spans across 4 countries. It is 1000 km long and 500 km wide. It was 2 AM when I was setting up this frame and it was pitch black. By pitch black, I mean you couldn't see your own hands or nose in front of you. It was 100% BLACK. Then the moon showed up on from my left side which turned this scene into a f...
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Beautiful desert night scene.
I just saw the recent Star Wars movie and they showed Abu Dhabi as a shooting location for scenes in the movie.   It looks like an amazing place.
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Congrats to @Beno_Saradzic for winning #Cayan_contest for the best photo We hope you enjoy your stay in #Cayan_Tower · Embedded image. 7:47 AM - 20 Dec 2015. 2 Retweets1 Like. Reply to @CayanGroup. Replies. Gizel Daher Maalouf. 51s51 seconds ago. Gizel Daher Maalouf @DaherGizel ...
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'UNCHARTED'

I took this photograph in one of the most remote and desolate places I've ever been to. This place lies approximately 180 kilometers Southeast of Abu Dhabi, at least 70 kilometers away from the nearest paved road, town, electricity, radio or phone reception, store or water for that matter...
The thought of 'what if something happens, how are we going to get help and how are they even going to locate us in this place' was rather unsettling. The place is really, really remote and it puts your pathetic, human self in very honest perspective. Indeed, such locations remind us not to take the benefits of progress and civilization for granted.
But there's more, so much more than the fear for survival about this incredible place. The silence and utter serenity. Complete lack of man-made noise. Billions of stars in the night sky. The shifting sands and the camels who float like ghosts between the dunes. The purity and honesty of the barren desert nature can't really be described unless you experience it in person. And when you do, you'll never be the same again.
Photographed with Canon 5D Mk3 and Nikon 14-24mm lens. This is a 7-stop, dynamically blended image. Processed on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit custom built computer, Wacom Intuos Pro tablet, Photoshop CC 2015 and NIK Color Efex 4 software.
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'THE CAPITAL SKYLINE (T-D)' 

(see it Full Screen mode for maximum effect)

Abu Dhabi's skyline, processed with my own Time-Dilation technique in which several exposures, captured at various times of the day are fused seamlessly into a surreal image like this one. It took more than 5 hours on a freezing windy night and morning to capture all images which make this composite. 
It's very interesting to see the effect of the artificial as well as natural light interact with the scene in this manner. This kind of visualization would not have been possible before the era of digital image processing. It's really awesome to explore the new horizons of creative possibilities. 

RAW files were captured with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon 50mm f1.2L lens. Base image was fused with Oloneo PhotoEngine HDR application. 
Time-Dilation effect was processed with Photoshop CC 2015 and NIK Suite on a custom built PC running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. 
As usual, I used a pressure sensitive Wacom Intuos Pro tablet for image manipulation and layering. 
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thank you Jim. You got the idea right.

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Beno Saradzic

Photographer | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Visual Artist

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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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