I enjoy all forms of photography immensely, but there's nothing I like more than shooting cityscapes through the open door of a helicopter. That's fun of a very special kind.
Flying through high winds in a middle of a sandstorm? Twice the fun, twice the adrenaline.
I just love how the muted and dramatic light created this atmosphere which is both surreal and eerie.
Abu Dhabi photographed from a helicopter on a very windy and dusty day. At first I was very disappointed with the visibility but I had to shoot regardless. The light turned out quite interesting; its quality was unique and moody. Just the way I like it.
Featured in the foreground is the Corniche Road, bending into the new Salaam Street. Prominent in the center is the Capital Plaza development.
Photographed with Canon 5dmk3 and Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens, set at 15mm.
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I photographed this scene through the open door of an AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter with Canon 5D Mk 3 and Canon 8-15mm lens, set at 15mm
EXIF: f/7.1, 1/1000 sec, ISO 500
Post-processing: 15mm fisheye is as wide as it gets without getting half of the helicopter in the frame. I still got its rotor blades and landing wheel in the corners which took a while to paint out.
I used Lightroom 5.1, Photoshop CC and Topaz ReStyle to finish this shot.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, located in Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world. This incredible hotel is probably the best reason for you should visit Abu Dhabi's Western Region.
If you're into astrophotography and stargazing and you live in the UAE; this is where you need to be.
- Timesand StudiosExecutive Producer, Photographer / Filmmaker, 2008 - present
Photographer | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Visual Artist
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.
- University of Lifepresent