Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Blue Hour

David Hobby | Processing - Beginner

If you are attending Photo Week in Dubai while visiting from out of town, this class is designed especially for you.

Just an hour away from Gulf Photo Plus lies one of the world's architectural wonders: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Its immense scale and classical Islamic design make it a magnet for visitors—and photographers—from all over the world.

We'll time our visit to be photographing the Mosque at blue hour, that magical period after sunset when the light looks as beautiful to our cameras as it does to our eyes. At this special time of day, the mosque presents a wide selection of photographic opportunities.

 We'll leave from our meeting point (exact details to be confirmed closer to the date) in the early afternoon. On the ride up, you'll learn about how professionals research and pre-plan their travel and architectural assignments to improve their odds for great photos.

We'll also discuss technique and strategies to take advantage of the most beautiful light of the day —blue hour. You'll learn how your camera sees the light differently than does your eye, and how to take advantage of that for both better photos and a better in-person experience.

Once we arrive, we'll orient ourselves and spend a few minutes shooting in afternoon light before touring inside the mosque itself. Our private tour will be geared towards photography, but also steeped in Islamic history and culture as you make your photos. You will be accompanied by both a photography guide and a guide from the mosque. Questions are encouraged.

After our inside tour, we will emerge to evening light and the beginning of prime time for architectural photography. We'll shoot through sunset, into blue hour and through deep dusk before meeting back together and returning to Dubai.

On the way back, we'll review our photos off of the backs of our cameras, and compare experiences and pictures. We will arrive back in Dubai around 9:00pm, give or take, depending on how long we stay at the mosque after blue hour. (Which is to say, we will not cheat out best shooting light to adhere to an arbitrary return time!)

One of the photographic highlights of any visit to the Middle East, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Blue Hour tour is especially recommended for Photo Week students attending from out of the area.

Booking Closed

Saturday, February, 11 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM

COST $160

You are familiar with general use of computers but no prior knowledge of this specific software is assumed. You would like to be introduced to what is possible with the basic use of this software and simple photo finishing techniques and tools as a starting point for a basic level of competency.

who should attend

You are familiar with general use of computers but no prior knowledge of this specific software is assumed. You would like to be introduced to what is possible with the basic use of this software and simple photo finishing techniques and tools as a starting point for a basic level of competency.

Bring a camera, and whatever lenses you feel comfortable carrying around. A light pack is suggested, skewing towards the wideangle end of the lens spectrum. (Visually, this mosque was made for your superwide lens.)

 

Whether or not to bring a tripod is your choice. They are welcome outside, but not inside where carpet damage is a concern. If you bring a tripod, you should be prepared to carry it around. So consider a light/travel model, and/or rigging a camera strap sling for it. If you are undecided on whether you need a tripod for shooting in blue hour, know that the exposure at the optimal shooting time there in blue hour will be about 1/30th of a second at f/4 at ISO 800.

 

There is no need to bring a computer. Instead, make sure you bring an extra storage card or two—and extra batteries for your camera.

What you should bring

Bring a camera, and whatever lenses you feel comfortable carrying around. A light pack is suggested, skewing towards the wideangle end of the lens spectrum. (Visually, this mosque was made for your superwide lens.)

 

Whether or not to bring a tripod is your choice. They are welcome outside, but not inside where carpet damage is a concern. If you bring a tripod, you should be prepared to carry it around. So consider a light/travel model, and/or rigging a camera strap sling for it. If you are undecided on whether you need a tripod for shooting in blue hour, know that the exposure at the optimal shooting time there in blue hour will be about 1/30th of a second at f/4 at ISO 800.

 

There is no need to bring a computer. Instead, make sure you bring an extra storage card or two—and extra batteries for your camera.

Notes

DRESS CODE 

Very important: Please remember at all times that we are visiting a house of worship, and it is our responsibility as photographers to be respectful. Men should cover shoulders and legs; women should also cover arms and head and wear loose clothing. You can see diagrams of acceptable clothing here 

Ladies will be able to borrow  an abaya (a loose coat) and sheila (a headscarf) from the mosque upon providing ID. People not wearing suitable clothing will not be allowed into the mosque. 

 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

We will be gone for approximately seven hours. There is no food permitted on the mosque grounds, however you are allowed to bring in and consume water and a cafe' with some food options is available at the mosque.  We will have some water bottles available on the bus for you, but we strongly advise you pack any other item you expect you will need during the day. 


TIMINGS
Starting timings are accurate, however end timing is an estimate based on traffic and/or distance to location. 

About the Instructor
David Hobby

Hobby's informal teaching style draws upon his experience of photographing over 10,000 assignments over 20 years to make learning how to master your small flashes not only easy, but also fun.

Booking Closed

Saturday, February, 11 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM

COST $160

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