I love visiting Dubai. It is such an amazing mixture of futuristic architecture and desert landscapes. On one of our last trips I wanted to do a photo of the skyline, but wanted something more special and different. I could have gone for a night photo, but then decided to get something different. The sun was setting behind the high buildings and I was preparing to take the shot you see below, when I saw a huge number of birds flying in the distance.
I got really exited and decided to wait and see if they will get in the frame. I few second later I managed to get the photo I wanted. There is barely any editing done on the photo, what you see is what came out of the camera.
Dubai, U.A.E. © Ivo Popov // Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-200 F2.8L
Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek in English) is a natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf located in the heart of Dubai. The creek divides the city into two parts: Bur Dubai and Deira, and has played a major role in the economic development of the region throughout history. I have been to Dubai a few times and I have always been drawn to photographing the towers and the majestic skyline of the city.
Pakistani sailors loading a boat at Khor Dubai, Dubai, UAE
This time I wanted to see the real Dubai, so we decided to visit the Creek. I’ve had this idea to photograph the boats that carry goods to and from Dubai and the people who work on them. There is an immense contrast between and rich and new part of Dubai and it’s denizens and the sailors who load and unload the boats.
Some of them live on and around the boats for weeks working and waiting. This one was a small Pakistani boat that was almost ready for departure. We spend a few hours there and took some photos. If you want to see all of them please take a look here: Khor Dubai.