Dubai has turned out to be a global city as well as business hub of the Persian Gulf region. It is the most densely inhabited city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates or UAE, in addition to being the second biggest emirate after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Dubai is situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is among the seven emirates that comprise the country.
The city of Dubai is found on the emirate’s northern coastline and goes all the way up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. It is a metropolis that is home to some of the most modern skyscrapers. Dubai has a wealthy collection of buildings and structures and an assortment of architectural styles.
Various contemporary interpretations of Islamic architecture can be seen here, due to a surge in construction and architectural modernism. The Burj Khalifa for instance, currently the world’s tallest man-made structure can be found here. Dubai will also host World the Expo 2020.
Seen from the vantage point on the ground, Dubai’s skyline is an impressive sight to behold. It is also an impressive contrast set against the iconic desert landscapes, giving you a visual that connects the past with the future. Daniel Cheong however gives us an equally breathtaking view of the Dubai skyline. He shares images of these great structures as they pierce the clouds in the sky. Seen from this aerial vantage point the structures appear like those belonging to another world.
Part of Cheong’s secret for such astonishing photography is the technique of Digital Blending, as he shares on his website. “… the technique of Digital Blending, which consists of manually blending multiple bracketed exposures in order to obtain the maximum dynamic range, while trying to keep a very natural look and avoiding the common mistake of many ‘overcooked’ HDR images. This slight element of the surreal, or hyper reality often found in painting is what I am trying to achieve.”
One can’t deny that Cheong has indeed achieved the surreal in his collection called Dubai Fog here.