I was back in Dubai for a few days last week, and as the intense heat of the Summer is slowly starting to disappear, I took the opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a couple of (photo) walks, one at Kite Beach, and the other at my old stomping ground of Dubai Marina.
What made this a bit more special was the presence of a new piece of kit in my photographic armoury – my recently acquired Fujifilm X-T100. I find with travelling so much, that my Canon DSLR and a couple of lenses can be quite a handful to carry around, so I decided to complement my gear with a smaller, mirrorless camera, and so far I love it!
This is now my ‘go to’ gear:
The Canon EOS 80D, for which I primarily use 2 lenses, a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide angle, and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM zoom. The Fujifilm X-T100 has the kit lens, an XC 15-45 f/3.5-5.6 zoom.
Enough of the tech camera talk, which I still struggle to understand fully; first stop on my walks was Kite Beach – this is a stunning sea front area, with unparalleled views along the Arabian Gulf coast, complemented by what I’ve always thought of as ‘simply the best’ – The Burj Al Arab Hotel. I’ve never made it inside yet, but despite seeing it constantly, it never ceases to amaze me with it’s unique style and lines.
The sun was just rising as I embarked on my walk, a perfect start to the day.
As well as 2 ‘Beach Libraries’ (that’s a first for me) the area features a 14km running (jogging) track; how inspiring to run towards this magnificent structure, accompanied by the sounds of the Arabian Gulf.
Right below our 36th floor apartment, is Dubai Marina; another great area for walking, jogging, and cycling. The Marina has so many memorable buildings, including the 75 story Cayan Tower, which twists through 90 degrees, and the Princess Tower, at 101 floors, it was the tallest residential building in the world until 2015, when it was overtaken by 432 Park Avenue in New York City.
However, my walk was confined to the area immediately around our apartment, which although it doesn’t have such iconic structures, is still a pretty amazing place to explore.
For something a little different, I wanted to try a setting on my new camera called HDR-Art – which attempts to convert the photo into the style of a painting. Now, I know there are many who would balk at these shots, but I kind of like them, so please forgive my moments of self-indulgence!
Back to The Burj
To end the post, let’s return to the Burj Al Arab – these final shots were taken from the adjacent Jumeirah Beach Hotel – we enjoyed a special evening at the hotel to mark it’s re-opening following an extensive refurbishment programme; it was great to be back, not least because of this view!