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History Today!
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Copyright: Suzy Gitana (suzy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-28
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): AMAZING ARCHITECTURE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-28 8:57
Viewed: 1886
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone…

2 hours ago at Souq MadinaT Jumeirah … the beauty of modern architecture that portrays the real culture and History of the Emirates… a place, to shop, dine and take as many shots as you want! Ok, now it’s Hot, and Humid! So a bit of a struggle when shooting outside… hence preferably Shorts/skirt is a better option than “Jeans”….
Well I didn’t follow my own advice……………… unfortunately!

Madinat Jumeirah is located along one kilometer of private beachfront adjacent to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab and Wild Wadi Water Park, and is a half hour drive from Dubai International Airport.

Developer and architect, Mirage Mille, took 36 months to complete construction from the initial drawing boards to the opening of the first phase of the resort, Mina A’ Salam, in September 2003. The vision was to recreate life as it used to be for residents along Dubai Creek, complete with waterways, abras, wind towers and a bustling souk.

Structure and Exterior Design
Madinat Jumeirah is the new city of Arabia in Dubai; the resort is Arabian-styled featuring UAE architecture and design.

It encompasses three components; two hotels; and clusters of 29 traditional Arabic summer houses nestling among the gardens and waterways, all built around the souk, the traditional centre of Arabic life at the heart of the resort. The resort also provides conference, incentives and banqueting facilities, dining options, the souk, 7 royal villas and a spa.

Mina A’ Salam or ‘The Harbour of Peace’ was the first grand boutique hotel of Madinat Jumeirah to be completed, and features 292 rooms and suites.

Al Qasr, which literally translates to ‘the Palace’, comprises 292 rooms and suites, designed to reflect a Sheikh’s summer residence.

The traditional courtyard summer houses of “Old Arabia” have inspired the stand-alone, two-storey residential retreats of Dar Al Masyaf. Each of the 29 ‘houses’ features 8 - 11 rooms and suites which are extended across the resort grounds, surrounded by landscaped gardens, with some located on the beachfront.

Linked by waterways to all resort areas, guests can travel from Dar Al Masyaf by water taxi to Al Qasr, Talise Spa, the bustling Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Mina A’ Salam, one of the many restaurants, or any event held within the resort.


just darkened and resize… that’s it…

Wish you all a great evening…:)


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Hi Suzy
Very nice and interesting architecture.
Nice point of view,good light and shadow,great colours.

Hello Suzy,

Excellent perspective and very good subject.
I did a WS with my own vision of this picture and hope you don't mind!
TFS Sergio

I always was fascinated by these kind of architecture and about Middle East
perfect light and sky with grate shadows
excellent details and sharpness
Have a nice evening!


Hi Suzy,
A wonderful architectural view vith superb POV, colours and lighting.TFS.


Hello Suzy,
Original architect...
Well taken capture with good using of light.
Perzpective, clarity, gray sky.. all of them marvelous
Selahattin E

Excellent POV,interesting architecture.
Wonderful colours and light,good sharpness.
Interesting note.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-06-28 13:20]


Fantastique vue que de coues couleur, de tons très agréables, et ce merveilleux ciel, de toute beauté.

bravoe t amitié


Hello dear Suzy.
Emirates, spent 5 years 'down there'. Still in my heart. Good times it where. Dispite of the terreble heat in summer, working at least 66 hrs a week in dessert.
One afternoon and evening in the cities/ hotels made that week fast forgotten, haha
Can see you took this in 'blue hour'. Sun is falling down fast over there.
Here at this moment longest daylight of the year. 22.30 and stil light outside.
Best regads from Jan.
ps, I hope you check the "comments" button, otherwise you miss my reply.

Bonsoir Suzy, ça va ?
eh bien voilà une architecture qui me surprend et qui me semble-t-il adapte bien à notre époque les éléments traditionnels.Votre pov (j'aurai dû écrire pdv) rend bien cette dissémination qui garde quelque chose d'intimiste et que je préfère aux buildings tout en hauteur .J'aime bien la couleur et la texture marbrée du revêtement des murs et votre ciel semble traduire ce que vous disiez du temps et qui m'a fait penser un moment à une escapade que j'avais faite sous la chaleur torride de Furnace Creek dans la "Vallée de la Mort".Donc ne portant que des jeans, j'attendrai un peu avant d'aller à Dubaï :)))))))))) et me contenterai de votre belle photo.
Bonne nuit, merci et à bientôt Suzy

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-06-28 16:50]

dear Suzy,
this dim dark blue sky makes those houses unreal indeed.
like ghost town, nobody there and no voice heard,
only strange wind says that;
the time has gone and the space has realized in your imaginative eyes, this is simply inspiration to your soul.
thank you for your wonder shot,

Hi Suzy,
Great shot, looks alot like an HDR. Nice capture of the natural tones, the lighting is excellent too. Seems very clear, the clouds have certainly played their part. Nice work.


Interesting architecture and colouring. Good pov and details.
warm regards

Hi Suzy. Excellent shot of this interesting architecture in Dubai.
Good point of view,good contrast and colors.

it look moody and magical in this light and shadow, Suzy.. a lovely architecture that i only saw on tv or movie.. interesting POV.. to me this is beautiful.. tfs..

regards, terry

Yasou Suzy!
Fascinating architectural view! with excellent
lighting, shadows soft colours! and a great moody
All my copliments and tfs

Hi Suzy,
I have not been to the Middle East and I thank you for posting this. The architecture depicted appears like it could be a movie set, fantastic details, the clouds are an added bonus. Best regards...

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-06-29 4:05]

Hi Suzy

Wonderful warm cold colour contrasts, between the reddish orange tinted facade of the building, & the blue sky. Good sharpness & composition. Tfs!

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-06-29 4:43]

Hi Suzy,
The teracota coloured buildings are a great subject to photograph particularly when you have the contrasting colours of the sky and cloud behind. Thanks for including the workshop, your changes are subtle and work well. TFS

Hello Suzy! Amazing architecture. Wonderful sky. Beautiful colours. Good work, very good. Good luck!

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-06-29 5:23]

Hi Suzy,
Excellent MOOD here. Very nice architecture and your lighting works perfect. Very well done with this photo. TFS Julie

Hi dear Suzy

What a so dramatic sky... strong mood here.
very good PP work as usual.
Always a pleasure to see your last creation dear friend.
Excellent pov and wonderful colors, the light is well managed.
A pleasure for my eyes.


Ciao Suzy

I like the color palette as the dark blue sky
reinforces the architecture as well!
The balanced composition with good details,
good choice of time of day when the temperature
color of the light works in your favor here ...
Beautiful light and shadows.



Hi Suzy,
What an interesting place. I find it odd there's no life there which adds to the moodiness of the photo, along with your processing. Great moody shot, well done!


Bonjour Suzy,
Magnifique architecture et endroit ,
superbe perpective et lumière.
belle photo prise au soleil couchant,
qui donne de jolies couleurs à ta composition.
Excellent cliché

Ciao Suzy, great view of fantastic architecture, beautiful light and splendid sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ola Susy
Wonderful compo with excellent details
Well done my friend

Hi Suzy. My best compliment for light treatment and wonderful sky. Really an amazing work.


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-06-29 11:44]

Some good low light on the litlle street Susy,the atmosphere is superbe here,thanks also to the sky.


Boa tarde Suzy Gitana
I Like the architecture very much and the warm light... Your note is very interesting...I hope you have warm days not only with weather.
Um abraço Suzy Gitana

woow! Stunning shot!
Lovely architecure, great POV and colours.

Hi Suzy
Superb combination of cold and warm colors in this well composed shot
Great lighting and clouds formation. Excellent details and POV
Well done and best wishes

hello Suzy
i am late for this post
interesting light and dramatic sky
shadows and the lonliness has made this shot interesting.
have you worked on shadows and highlights?
thanks for sharing

Manuj Mehta

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-06-30 12:34]
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Greetings Suzy,
three years in the making,it must be quite a joy to visit.I can see you on the water taxis enjoying all the views & architecture this new city has to offer.
I like this image to the WS one,the colors are more suited for this location,I like that the courtyard or street is in the shadows, while the buildings architecture is detailed & bright. A peaceful mood you have presented with this scene.


Hi Suzy,
A wonderful picture of Jumairah, the warm light creates a wonderful mood. It's like a dreamy impression of the Middle East well captured and presented. The rule of thirds is well visible with the alley nicely positioned on one third of the left. One nit pick though, the shadows are quite dark. Made a WS were I adjusted the highlights and shadows, so with some increased brightness of the shadows on the foreground even this fine picture is improved.

Hello Suzy,

What a strange architecture! One would say a decoration for film! Framed well, excellent light!

Thank you for this share!


Hi Suzy pure lebanon girl,
good image well captured and worked
shados add really wonderful perspective to the shot and dramatic sky is perfect
need no ws here
but ok
Have good night

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2009-07-01 12:33]
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Hello Suzy,
A mad photo. Large composition owing to you. Excellent one sharp details with good observation. Very interesting and profsional composition.
Best regards.

Hi Suzy, instantly I was drawn to the wooden carts/stalls? looks like they are being ushered out of what looks like a ghost town, then I took a step back and saw the amazing detail in the buildings, they almost look too perfect to be real!!! and then there's the moody sky, even more sinister promise than the deserted streets. This shot definetely has tention like a showdown is about to take place.

Possibly the most technically sound image I have seen on TL, tfs.


Hi Suzy,
This is really a photo from history books... The enlightment of the old buildings are fantastic, sharpness and clarity of your composition are excellent. I also like the strange colour of the sky, overall a perfect job, TFS!
Have a nice weekend!

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-07-05 14:29]

Hi Suzy...

Very nice composition and interesting architecture of Dubai..!
Good not/story - nice natural colors, and contrasts.
I like your post, congratulations,

Hi Suzi, A wonderful subject for TE, showing a type of architecture unseen before. This is a good POV and the details are clearly visible. TFS. Murray.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-07-13 19:40]

Bonsoir Suzy,

Nice capture with wonderfull clouds. Great light with the sun going down. Shadows are a little deep, but can probably be recovered in post processing. Espacially if you shoot also in RAW. Beautifull contrast between the warm colors on the building and the coolness of the sky. TFS.


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-07-16 15:28]

Hello Suzy.
Well captured shot with good light.
Golden Hour - I think that what they call.
Good looking detalis of architecture.
Well done.

Janek Kloss

Hello Suzy:)
Wonderful and moody shot with a great architecture.
Superb light and soft colours in a wonderful composition with a great POV.


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