Dubai Downtown’s Rainbow Skyline Seen from the Dubai Mall

The colorful and vibrant skyline of the Dubai Downtown, as seen from the Dubai Fountain area of the Dubai Mall, the lights casting long reflections in the water and the lights twinkling like stars. The towers in the skyline, including the Taj Hotel, are part of the Dubai Downtown and the walkway around the artificial lake surrounding the Burj Khalifa. The mesmerizing lights and colors of the skyline create to give a vibrant effect, ranging from violet and blue in the right to orange and red on the left. Dubai is a photographer’s paradise.

Skyline photography: Thirty-second long exposure with F/11 aperture and ISO100; camera mounted on a Sony VCT-R100 tripod.

The Dubai Metro against Marsa Dubai, all in Blue and Gold!

The Dubai Metro train number 5060 running the “red” line from Rashidiya to Jebel Ali glides past the Marsa Dubai area, which consists of the Dubai Marina and surroundings on the left side and the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) on the right. The fierce midsummer desert sun shines down a bit muted, and the afternoon sunlight reflecting off the dust in the air and buildings in the area give the surroundings and the haze in the air an ethereal golden glow, accentuating the gold and yellows used in buildings, except on the ones that are mainly blue. This blue and gold contrast is what gives Dubai its exotic feel! The station is Jumeirah Lake Towers and on the extreme left, you can see the round brown structure of the posh Dubai Marina Mall.

Downtown Dubai Skyline Seen from The Dubai Mall

Dubai’s famed skyscrapers stand tall as the skyline of Dubai’s most prolific part of its financial district, Downtown Dubai, an area of very upscale hotels and office buildings, centered around the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. This photo of Dubai in its myriad colors was taken from the Dubai Fountain viewing area of the Dubai Mall, across the manmade lake that surrounds the Burj Khalifa, the shallow water of which reflects the colors of the lights of the towers. Great view! If the photo looks oversaturated, that was purposeful, it looks striking on LCD HD screens.

The Dubai Metro Train on SZR near the Financial Center

The Dubai Metro’s train number 5051 running service on the Red Line along the financial district, the showcase part of Sheikh Zayed Road, taken just before the Financial Center Metro station. All the myriad skyscrapers lining the road cast permanent shadows on the road and the elevated tracks. The station seen in the background is Emirates Towers. The slanting rays of the sun seem the buildings and structures to be made of Gold, which is what Dubai is. The guy standing in the front of the train is not the driver, Dubai Metro trains are driverless and fully automated.

The Bangalore Brigade World Trade Center Tower at Night

Bangalore’s Brigade World Trade Center office tower located in the Brigade Gateway complex at Rajajinagar, North Bangalore as seen at night. The building has 32 floors and houses offices of Amazon.com, ABB and KPMG among others. Offices of employees working late can be seen, as much as can be parts of Orion Mall and the center courtyard of the Brigade Gateway complex. To the right can be seen the residential apartment block casting a shadow. Completely uber-posh place, this.

Aerial (Pollution) Photo of Mumbai over Vakola to Bandra and Beyond

Aerial view of parts of Mumbai from Santacruz, Vakola and Khar to Bandra and beyond to Dharavi and Matunga. The road in the middle in the Western Express Highway with the Kalina-Vakola flyover on which vehicles are standed for as far as ones eye can see. The highway turns right after Bandra and continues along the Mahim Bay,  the water body on the top right, and then over the Sea Link. The Western Railway line and Khar railway station can be seen on the right and then far ahead, Bandra and Bandra Terminus. The skyscrapers on the right bottom are Vakola and Santacruz East, while the slums are all Khar East. The buildings obscured by smog far ahead are probably Matunda, Dharavi and Prabhadevi. This photo shows urban blight, with traffic jams, congestion, heavy pollution, slums with skyscrapers rising out of them and dirty water bodies all in one. Especially the air, it looks so dirty just to look at, I can’t even imagine breathing it. But we all do, everyday. You can find the places in the map here.