6 March, 2012

The Future Is Now – Meydan Bridge – Dubai

The Future Is Now – Meydan Bridge, Dubai

Even though I didn’t get out much to shooting Dubai a couple weeks ago, I made sure to get out to The Meydan Bridge. A big thanks goes to Daniel Cheong not only for driving me out there, but also for the great conversation and company. I always love connecting with fellow photographers and Daniel and I share a lot of the same philosophies on post-processing. In my opinion, he has some of the most beautiful photos of Dubai in existence – really stunning stuff. I recommend check out his Flickr Page to see some of the photos I’m talking about.

The Meydan Bridge is a VIP entrance to the Meydan Racecourse, a mega structure that is able to accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile long grandstand. When not used for races it serves as a business and conference integrated facility. The thing is, like many other things in Dubai, it’s only used once (or so) a year. The rest of the time it’s mostly abandoned and this beautiful bridge is blocked from access. It was a strange feeling actually – to be standing on this opulent mega structure, in the middle of the desert, miles away from the city, and with nobody around. Half the lights were busted too. I guess after Tom Cruise was finished driving over it in Mission Impossible 3, they really didn’t have a need to maintain it anymore.
The Future Is Now - (Dubai, UAE)

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Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker and highly skilled educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated a highly engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • I dig it dude. Well done. I would love to see a before/after post with this image or the post processing notes as well.
    Killer tip about Daniel Cheongm he has some sweet shots.

    The best part of this image IMO is the sky because it’s so clean which is more rare than it ought to be in HDR photos. Keep it up.

    • Thanks mate! I think I’ll make a B/A out of this at a later time. Oh, and it’s not an HDR. 😉

  • Great shot!

    Were you left alone by the tripod police?

    • We were completely alone out there. Not another soul around for miles (including the pesky tripod police).

  • Rui Matos

    Amazing capture. I love your work.

  • David Abrantes

    Amazing job here my friend. I’m always amazed how I can never tell if it is or is not a HDR. You really are the master!!

  • Nice Capture, must be inspiring to be in this place!!!

  • David and Rui, Thanks! 🙂

    Rex, to be honest It was a little strange to be out there since it was completely abandoned.

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  • Great capture! I’m planning to go out and shoot this bridge this week so doing a little research, and find that you not only probably clicked the best shot BUT you went out there with Daniel, who I’m finding has most of the best shots all around shots of Dubai! LOL, you both have inspired me! Thanks for posting!

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  • Laura

    Just saw your picture of this fascinating bridge on Chromecast and had to google your work. An amazing shot! Thank you for sharing!