Amazing Cityscape Photographs, Taken with a Pilot's eye view

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KnxposuresAmazing Cityscape Photographs, Taken with a Pilot's eye view

Even with an abundance of incredible views, you still need an outstanding eye for composition and a highly developed photographic technique to get pictures like these

We tracked down Photographer Karim Nafatni, a Dubai resident who is an airline pilot in his day job. 

 

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When did you become interested in photography? Was it during your childhood?

I enjoy photography since I was a kid, but i really feel in love with the art when i bought my very first DSLR camera 3 years ago.

You live in Dubai now, but where did you grow up?
I was born in Tunisia and was raised in Italy, Switzerland and the USA.

When did you become a "serious" photographer?
After buying my first DSLR camera, which gave me the chance to explore and learn more about the art.

 

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You specialise in architecture and cityscapes. Presumably Dubai is a perfect place for you?
I cannot think of a better place than Dubai when it comes to cityscapes and architecture! It is an amazing city to shoot and I encourage every architecture fan to visit.

What are the challenges of shooting cityscapes? How do you avoid taking pictures that are full of people?
I think one of the biggest challenges when it comes to this type of photography is finding the vantage point.Having previously been a pilot, I was amazed at the way the city appeared from above and this is the major reason why i got into cityscaping. But my desire to look from above was not quite satisfied when I began shooting buildings and architecture from ground level - I had an overwhelming desire to be on top of the structures, to look from above as I had from the cockpit of my aircraft. I rapidly found myself shooting Dubai's amazing cityscape from the roof top of skyscapers and that quickly became one of my trademarks.

 

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You seem to use HDR in some of your work. Can you tell us something about your technique/workflow?
Some of my pictures look like HDRs but they are not - in fact and most of them are single exposure shots. What i do is that i tweak the shadows and highlights to obtain the maximun range the picture can give me making sure I always shoot in RAW format.This type of processing gives that HDR look to some of my pictures. Another technique i often use as well is called Digital Blending and this one involves shooting 3 or more exposures and later i do blend them together through Photoshop using the Layer Masks technique.

 

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You can see many more of these amazing pictures at Karim's own website, here

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