Business Bay-Dubai HDR Photographer

Business Bay Towers

14-25mm@19mm, f/11 by Vineet Suthan

Business Bay

[Taken from Wikipedia]

Business Bay is a central business district under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The project features numerous skyscrapers located in an area where Dubai Creek will be dredged and extended. This area will have upwards of 240 buildings, comprising commercial and residential developments. The infrastructure of Business Bay has been completed in 2008, and the entire development is expected to be completed between 2012-2015.Business Bay is  being built as a commercial, residential and business cluster along a new extension of Dubai Creek extending from Ras Al Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road. Business Bay will comprise office and residential towers set in landscaped gardens with a network of roads, pathways and canals. It will become the region’s business capital as well as a freehold city.

Shooting Live mode-City Scapes

Shooting from this Business Bay tower is little tricky because it’s tough to get a good overall image focus at night. In the shot above, I used my Nikon d800 to dial in focus to get the best focus possible before taking the shot.[Note:The Canon live view can simulate exposure settings. This means that as you adjust your shutter speed, aperture or ISO values, the live view tries to simulate that. The Nikon live view acts more like a video camera, constantly adjusting to the lighting of your set]

Once I have my settings dialed in, I switch to manual focus and use Live View at its maximum zoom to adjust my focus on items in the foreground and background to get the best balance of focus across the entire image. This is the greatest reason to use Live View in my opinion, so it’s automatic anytime I’m doing any shot that will allow me to use it. Live View feature on the D800 to be unusable at maximum zoom(23X) under low light conditions so make sure that you choose the right magnification for focus

  How the photos were shot

  • Taken Tripod
  • Five exposures
  • Camera: Nikon D800
  • Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8

How the HDR image was tonemapped

  • Processed the images as Raw File in Photomatix
  • Changed the following sliders to get the tone mapped image-Strength, Color Saturation, Luminosity and Detailed Contrast.
  • Saved the resulting image as TIFF images

How the tonemapped image was post-processed

  • The Resulting tone-mapped Tiff Image was then opened in Camera Raw
  • Changed the following settings-Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, Whites
  • Resulting File then opened in Photoshop
  • Topaz Adjust as mask for details in buildings
  • Nik Color Efex pro
  • Applied noise reduction (Imagenomic Noiseware)
  • Watermarking


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My name is Vineet Suthan and I'm the father of 2 great kids. I am a system engineer by profession and currently residing in Dubai & Muscat. In my spare time i do photography-Mainly Fashion, Beauty, Portfolios and other times i am found doing HDRs. I've been in photography since 2008 and I absolutely LOVE what I do. I feel very blessed to have 'fallen into' this field! check my website at

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