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Dubai Nights: Square Crop

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378 megapixels! A very high resolution, large-format nighttime photo of the Dubai skyline and highways with the Burj Khalifa; fine art cityscape photograph created by Tim Shields in the United Arab Emirates

Dubai Nights: Square Crop

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Taking this photo was the scariest, and possibly the most dangerous, high resolution image I have shot in my career.

When I planned my photo trip to the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, getting up onto a rooftop was my top priority so I could photograph a wide skyline scene. The problem was that getting permission to access a rooftop had become essentially impossible and required permission from the government. Fortunately, my local contact for this trip was able to acquire permission to access a top-level balcony in a high-rise hotel that afforded an incredible view of a highway interchange with the city skyline in the background. We only had a limited number of minutes on this balcony, and I was excited and anxious about the event because I wanted the finished VAST photo to be perfect.

On the night of the shoot it was an exceptionally windy evening. When I walked out onto the balcony overlooking the city my body was hit with gusting blasts of wind that knocked me backwards. This was a problem because my photos require a long exposure time of four seconds per shot, and the camera must be perfectly still during the picture taking process. But it was not only the wind that was a problem, I quickly saw that a large light affixed to the exterior wall of the building was in the way and would prevent me from taking a wide angle panorama image. The only way around this problem was to put my tripod, in its lowest position, onto the light fixture so I could shoot over top of it. This meant that in order to take each photo I had to stand on a wobbly table and reach up for my camera which was over my head. Because I was standing on the table, there was no railing in front of me. Just air, gusting wind and empty space. It was not a nice feeling!

It was frightening to take multiple series of photos to generate this final image. The picture you now see is actually comprised of 29 separate photos stitched together to form this final very high resolution image. Each photo had a four second shutter opening and I rotated the camera after taking each image so I could capture the full scene that lay before me.

I am very proud of this image and I will never forget the experience of taking this photo in the wind, high above the city of Dubai. This city is rich in history and is now arguably the most modern city in the world. It boasts the world’s tallest building, and will be the host of the World Expo in 2020.

Date & TimeDecember 8, 2017:  8:00pm
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25.208175, 55.271957
Focal Length50mm
Shutter Speed4 sec
Number of Exposures29

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Total Pixels377,758,096
Horizontal Pixels19,436
Vertical Pixels19,436
Aspect Ratio1 : 1
File Size2,159 MB
Width @ 300ppi (perfect)5.4 feet
Height @ 300ppi5.4 feet
Width @ 150ppi (near-perfect)10.8 feet
Height @ 150ppi10.8 feet

Date & TimeDecember 8, 2017:  8:00pm
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25.208175, 55.271957
Focal Length50mm
Shutter Speed4 sec
Number of Exposures29

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