Ghost Village in Colours|Dubai HDR Photographer

Finally after almost 2 years, i finally get to visit the so called Ghost Village in RAK. I always wanted to visit there to shoot some HDR but for some reason or the other things never worked out. It was just few weeks back, during one of my lazy holidays, my photography friend Adam Backer (the person who discovered this place and made it to public) asked me if i was interested to go to Ghost Village. I could not refuse this time.

Ghost Village is an abandon place where every HDR photographer would love to visit and i have seen amazing pictures from different photographers and only few of the photographers shot some rooms that had colors . I am not interested to shoot again the same old boring Brown color tone in Ghost Village so i asked Adam to show me the places where there were colors. From what i saw in the internet the pictures and what i saw in front o f me i was shocked to see that the place has rumbled more and the color that were present was very much faded. I decided maybe using HDR i can bring the colors back and i hope i have achieved what i wanted.

This time however, my HDR shots were limited. I hope i have brought something fresh for you guys to see the Ghost Village. For those who are not based in UAE, this is known as ‘ghost town’ because of abandoned old houses and deserted narrow streets. The exact reason for abandoning the village is still unknown. It is believed that the villagers were asked by the ruler to vacate the place soon, while some others say that the villagers left for better comfort to modern villas and houses few kilometers away. Occupied by the Za’ab tribe, this coastal village was created in the 14th century on a peninsula. The villagers mostly subsisting on coastal fishery and pearl diving were also called Hadhr.

by Vineet Suthan

The processing was one using HDR Efex Pro 2 and then stylized using OnOne photo Effects in order to bring out the colors.  I tried this time to make it more natural with the textures showing.

How the photos were shot

  • Handheld shots
  • Seven exposures
  • Camera: Nikon D800
  • Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8

How the HDR image was tonemapped

  • Merged the images as Raw File in HDR Efex Pro 2
  • Opened the file in Photoshop and saved the resulting image as Tiff Image.

How the tonemapped image was post-processed

  • The Resulting tone-mapped Tiff Image was then opened in Photoshop
  • OnOne Photo Effects applied to bring back the colors in the photos
  • Sharpening
  • 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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