Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque|HDR

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When you are taking photos outdoors that contains external lightings, it is better to shoot at aperture around f/11 and above so that you have the kind of star feel to them otherwise you would end up with a hole of light which looks bad . This 9-shot HDR image taken at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhbai is a good example where photographing around f/8 noon is actually is not a good thing. In this case, the external light around the minarats in the background  was showing blow out highlights and the spread of light was so bad.

Note however, that I had to cheat a bit more than usual to compensate the very bright lights on two of the minarats. To cure this, I took the freedom to duplicate one of the foreground minarts on the left and copied it over for the background. (pssst – don’t tell anybody! ;-))

What’s your take on this? Do you think that this type of ‘manipulation’ is Ok in such instances?

How the photos were shot

  • Tripod
  • Nine 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 tone-mapped 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 on Mosques Minarats
  • OnOne Perfect Effects on floors and Nik Color Efex for the overall feel and tone
  • Applied noise reduction (Topaz Denoise)
  • Sharpening
  • Watermarking



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Vineet Suthan is a Freelance Photographer based in Dubai. He Specializes in commercial shoots for Fashion, Beauty and Corporate Portraiture. He also shoots Landscape (HDRS, Digital Blending, Long Exposures and Black and White). He also does Events, Maternity depending on availability. He is currently co-author of
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