Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 26: THE EAGLE HAS LANDED AT THE PARIS AIRSHOW

Hard to believe we are already past the half year point again! This weeks Pic(k) of the week comes from the Paris Airshow, which was held at the Le Bourget airport from June 17 to 23. 

The 52nd edition of the Paris airshow is officially classified as one of the oldest and also largest "airshows" in the world. The event which is held every 2 years (odd years) it is more of an Aviation fair than a classic airshow with a lot of aerobatic acts. CEO's of airlines and heads of state come to Paris to order new civil and military aircraft. 

While new aircraft models are often presented at the Paris airshow for the first time all the time, companies have become quite creative in order to be noticed! Such was the case with the Brazilian airline manufacturer Embraer who brought their new Embraer E195-E2 to Le Bourget. 

The nose section had received a great livery in the form of a Golden Eagle; named the "Profit Hunter" the jet was painted in house by technician Clodoado Quitana, which obviously has a nice creative side to his otherwise academic job in maintenance. 

Needless to say that the the cockpit window section of the paint job can be removed to go flying. 



Image details:

  • Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF 18-135 lens
  • ISO 200, 1/480s, f8.0
  • RAW file development in Lightroom 
  • Piccure+ for optimal sharpness
Check out the following video on the painting process here.

The Paris Airshow images can be found in their dedicated gallery.

I'm presently testing "Piccure+" and really like the boost in sharpness while keeping all detail and avoiding noise artefacts. Expect a separate post about it somewhere in July. 

Remember: "If you won't to soar like an eagle in life, you can't be flocking with turkeys" - Warren Buffett


BJORN



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 25: EID MUBARAK - SATWA, DUBAI

Today is the last day of Ramadan, the yearly month of fasting observed by Muslims all over the world and of which the yearly participation is observed as one of the 5 pillars of Islam. 

After Ramadan, the first day of the next lunar month starts of with festivities  with friends and family, called Eid-al-Fitr; similar to how Christians celebrate Christmas. 

I would like to take the opportunity to which all my Muslim friends a EID MUBARAK - Blessed celebration. 

Just like previous years, I've documented part of Ramadan, especially around Iftar time; a social meal when the daily fast is broken around sunset time.

Lots of people, mostly men, tend to gather in open areas around Mosques, to have Iftar together. It is quite a sight to often see hundreds of people waiting for Iftar time (breaking of the fast) on laid out seating areas. 

The three images below were shot at Satwa in Dubai during the last week of Ramadan. Click on the image for a better view.


Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with the XF18-55 lens
  • RAW images edited in Lightroom CC
  • Triptych made in Lightroom CC

The full gallery of my images shot during Ramadan, can be found here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 24: DUBAI MARINA AERIAL - Fujifilm X-T20 and XF18-55 lens

When I arrived in Dubai 15 years ago, work at Dubai Marina was just about to start with the digging of the 3.5 km long U-shaped Marina. Today it houses over 100.000 people in more than 100 high-rise buildings of which some are over 400m (1300ft) tall. 

The aerial image below, also shows the runway of Skydive Dubai in the foreground; a large popular parachuting center right in front of Dubai Marina on a small man-made island. 


Image detail:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with the XF18-55 lens
  • ISO 200, f5.6, 1/1400s, 21mm (32mm full frame equivalent)
  • RAW development in Iridient Developer 3.1.4
I haven't used Iridient Developer for my RAW development in a while, as I'm normally OK with the way Lightroom develops the file. I do however see still a little bit better results in images that have a lot of detail in it. 

More of my aerial photography can be found here


Remember: "The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo" - Desmond Morris.


BJORN


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 23: MISTY MORNING OVER THE UAE - FUJILOVE MAGAZINE

The aerial image below shows the Northern part of the UAE bordering Oman, on a peaceful early morning some time ago. 



Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with XF 18-135mm
  • ISO 200, 1/1700s, f8.0, 56mm (84mm full frame equivalent)
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC
  • Nik ColorEfex Pro4 for optimal contrast
More of my aerial photography can be found here

I wrote a 25 page article for the June edition of the great Fujilove magazine about aerial photography. A few sample pages can be found below. 

If interesting in aerial photography, make sure to pick up a copy of the electronic magazine here.











Remember: "An eye for an eye, only ends up making the whole world blind" - Mahatma Gandhi


BJORN





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 22: DEIRA CLOCK TOWER DUBAI

Deira Clocktower, originally referred to as the Dubai Clocktower, is one of the oldest landmarks in Dubai. Ziki Homsi, the Architect of the project, has written about the fact that the project came with a lot of challenges in the mid sixties; not the least having very limited resources and available contractors to complete it. In stark contrast with the recent construction going on in Dubai over the last 15 years! The Clocktower was eventually completed in 1964; just a year after the Maktoum bridge over Dubai Creek was completed. 

While the location of the tower was very central 50 years ago, it has now become very much the older part of town, which a lot of the people visiting Dubai, don't even get to see. 

An interesting fact is that its 4 watch faces have apparently only been replaced once in its more than 50 years history; today they carry the Omega watch brand.


Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-100F
  • ISO 250, f8, ISO 1600
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC

Those of you interested in more of Dubai's Architecture, old an new, can check out the dedicated gallery here

Remember: "Don't watch the clock. Just do what it's doing, keep going!" - Sam Levenson


BJORN