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BEYOND - Memoirs In A Time Lapse

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ABU DHABI THE CAPITAL - 12 MIN VERSION from Beno Saradzic on Vimeo.

work-in-progress

Client: Abu Dhabi General Secretariat of the Executive Council
Production: Timesand Studios
Executive Producer: Beno Saradzic
Executive Producer: Hermann Meingast
Production Manager: James-Duke Smith
Director: Eric Van Wyke
Director’s assistant: Bashir Shamsuddin
Director of Photography: Adnan X. Khan
Time Lapse Cinematography and Direction: Beno Saradzic
Time Lapse motion control assistant: Sandeep Nair
Aerial Unit - Cineflex operator: Simon Stevenson
Aerial Cinematographer: Beno Saradzic
Steadicam: Tom Lebaric
Sound Engineer: Sheldon Monteath
1st AC: Hassan Nidal
Make-up and Hair: Anneken
CGI: Vikram Verma
Original Music Score: Vladimir Persan
Editing: Hanoz Navdar

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'FLUX'
Cityscapes have always been my favourite photography subject. 
A city is a three-dimensional puzzle of fantastic, wondrous shapes, created by the collective imagination of people who dreamed of them. 
All those buildings reveal spectacular detail when photographed alone, in a cluster or as a complete skyline. There’s no angle in which a city will look boring, but it is the bird’s eye view which exposes its true genius.
Featured is Electra Street in Abu Dhabi from Meridien roundabout (bottom), all the way up to Airport road intersection. Photographed from Eurocopter AS-350 b3.

'FLUX'

Cityscapes have always been my favourite photography subject. 

A city is a three-dimensional puzzle of fantastic, wondrous shapes, created by the collective imagination of people who dreamed of them. 

All those buildings reveal spectacular detail when photographed alone, in a cluster or as a complete skyline. There’s no angle in which a city will look boring, but it is the bird’s eye view which exposes its true genius.

Featured is Electra Street in Abu Dhabi from Meridien roundabout (bottom), all the way up to Airport road intersection. Photographed from Eurocopter AS-350 b3.

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'LIGHT SNAKE'

Featured is one heavy-duty urban district in the Jounieh Gulf, Lebanon. 
Be stuck in that highway during the rush hour and you’ll never complain about the bad traffic again.
Photographed from Harissa, 650m above sea level with Canon 5D Mark 3 and Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM lens. As usual, I used Promote Remote Control for exposure bracketing. 

'LIGHT SNAKE'

Featured is one heavy-duty urban district in the Jounieh Gulf, Lebanon. 

Be stuck in that highway during the rush hour and you’ll never complain about the bad traffic again.

Photographed from Harissa, 650m above sea level with Canon 5D Mark 3 and Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM lens. As usual, I used Promote Remote Control for exposure bracketing. 

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Legendary!!

Legendary!!

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'TIME DECAY'Time blend of Abu Dhabi, captured at 3 different times: 5:30PM, 6PM and 6:45PMCamera and lens: Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-300mmTripod: Manfrotto 535s + Manfrotto MH055M0-Q5 ballheadIntervalometer: Promote Remote Control.Software: Photoshop CC, Viveza 2

'TIME DECAY'

Time blend of Abu Dhabi, captured at 3 different times: 5:30PM, 6PM and 6:45PM
Camera and lens: Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-300mm
Tripod: Manfrotto 535s + Manfrotto MH055M0-Q5 ballhead
Intervalometer: Promote Remote Control.
Software: Photoshop CC, Viveza 2

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'ABU DHABI 2014' (see it FULL SCREEN)Kicking off the new year with an ultra hi-rez panorama of Abu Dhabi, seen from East to West direction. Grading was (heavily) inspired by the look of L.A. in Blade Runner. This image was captured and processed on 2nd Dec 2014.

'ABU DHABI 2014' (see it FULL SCREEN)

Kicking off the new year with an ultra hi-rez panorama of Abu Dhabi, seen from East to West direction. Grading was (heavily) inspired by the look of L.A. in Blade Runner. 
This image was captured and processed on 2nd Dec 2014.

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Bsharri

Bsharri is a town at an altitude of about 1,500 m (4,900 ft) in the Kadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. It is located in the Bsharri District of the North Governorate.
Bsharri is the town of the only remaining (preserved) Original Cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), and is the birthplace of the famous poet, painter and sculptor Khalil Gibran who now has a museum in the town to honor him.

Thoughts: 
One glance from this overlook was enough to inspire a high-resolution panorama.
This scene had all the makings of a classic winter landscape capture; dazzling range of textures, vibrant pastels of the town which were partially blanketed by the frosty layers of snow. I had all the ingredients. All I needed was the perfect moment to stop the time.  
Just when I grew impatient, low winter sun lit a fiery crown atop the mountain peaks. And there it was.

Tech Talk: 
Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 70-300 f4-5.6L IS USM. Promote Remote Control was used for 7-stop bracketed exposures in 4 separate groups for a total of 28 captures.
Photoshop CC + Wacom Intuos 3 graphic tablet were used to paint luminance masks and for Dynamic Blending.
Certain details were lifted with Viveza 2 local toner. Photoshop’s RGB curves with layer masks were used to control the final look of the image

Bsharri

Bsharri is a town at an altitude of about 1,500 m (4,900 ft) in the Kadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. It is located in the Bsharri District of the North Governorate.

Bsharri is the town of the only remaining (preserved) Original Cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), and is the birthplace of the famous poet, painter and sculptor Khalil Gibran who now has a museum in the town to honor him.

Thoughts: 

One glance from this overlook was enough to inspire a high-resolution panorama.

This scene had all the makings of a classic winter landscape capture; dazzling range of textures, vibrant pastels of the town which were partially blanketed by the frosty layers of snow. I had all the ingredients. All I needed was the perfect moment to stop the time.  

Just when I grew impatient, low winter sun lit a fiery crown atop the mountain peaks. And there it was.

Tech Talk: 

Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 70-300 f4-5.6L IS USM. Promote Remote Control was used for 7-stop bracketed exposures in 4 separate groups for a total of 28 captures.

Photoshop CC + Wacom Intuos 3 graphic tablet were used to paint luminance masks and for Dynamic Blending.

Certain details were lifted with Viveza 2 local toner. Photoshop’s RGB curves with layer masks were used to control the final look of the image

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BLOOD OF BEIRUT
Featured is Beirut as seen from Jounieh, on the other side of the gulf. I took this picture at the end of the beautiful and chilly Christmas day. 
This is a panorama, stitched from 5 separate, vertical photos. I used no tripod here, just a high shutter speed while the lens was resting on the handrail.Individual frames were batch pre-processed with Lightroom 4.4. Photoshop CC was used for panoramic stitching. Topaz ReStyle and Viveza 2 helped out with primary grading and local toning adjustments.

BLOOD OF BEIRUT

Featured is Beirut as seen from Jounieh, on the other side of the gulf. I took this picture at the end of the beautiful and chilly Christmas day. 

This is a panorama, stitched from 5 separate, vertical photos. I used no tripod here, just a high shutter speed while the lens was resting on the handrail.
Individual frames were batch pre-processed with Lightroom 4.4. 
Photoshop CC was used for panoramic stitching. Topaz ReStyle and Viveza 2 helped out with primary grading and local toning adjustments.

HASROUN, THE ROSE OF THE MOUNTAINHere’s the first photograph from my first, unforgettable and all too brief trip to Lebanon. Thank you Muriel Farah for showing me your beautiful country and for taking me to this fantastic spot. Thank you also for putting up with my constant and sudden camera roadside pit-stops. I’m actually surprised we didn’t all crash and burn into that valley below to be honest!Featured is idyllic little village called Hasroun, located in the Bsharri District in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It is situated in the Valley of Qadisha, overlooking the southern branch of this valley, the Qannoubine Valley.It owes its nickname of the Rose of Mount Lebanon to its predominantly red-tiled roof houses. The population is Maronite Catholic.Hasroun gave the Maronite Church two Patriarchs, Patriarch Jacob Awad (1705-1733) and Patriarch Simon Awad (1743-1756). From Hasroun came also the noted family of orientalists, the Assemani, among them the famous Giuseppe Simone Assemani, author of Bibliotheca Orientalis and Ephraemi Syri opera omnia quae extant.Tech talk: this is a 5-stop exposure, taken approximately 15 minutes after the sunset. Visibility at this altitude was spectacular so there’s an incredible depth and clarity in the image, despite the massive scale and distances between the subjects.RAW images were pre-processed with Lightroom 4.4. 16-bit TIFF images were dynamically blended with Photoshop CC (best tool in the Universe for Photographers and Digital Artists alike). Final grade and local toning; Topaz ReStyle and Nik Viveza 2. Sharpening was done with Nik Output Sharpener 3.0 - it’s the best sharpening tool for my money.Camera: Canon 5D Mark 3 and Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM. Promote Remote Control was used for quick and accurate exposure bracketing.

HASROUN, THE ROSE OF THE MOUNTAIN

Here’s the first photograph from my first, unforgettable and all too brief trip to Lebanon. Thank you Muriel Farah for showing me your beautiful country and for taking me to this fantastic spot. Thank you also for putting up with my constant and sudden camera roadside pit-stops. I’m actually surprised we didn’t all crash and burn into that valley below to be honest!

Featured is idyllic little village called Hasroun, located in the Bsharri District in the North Governorate of Lebanon. It is situated in the Valley of Qadisha, overlooking the southern branch of this valley, the Qannoubine Valley.

It owes its nickname of the Rose of Mount Lebanon to its predominantly red-tiled roof houses. The population is Maronite Catholic.

Hasroun gave the Maronite Church two Patriarchs, Patriarch Jacob Awad (1705-1733) and Patriarch Simon Awad (1743-1756). From Hasroun came also the noted family of orientalists, the Assemani, among them the famous Giuseppe Simone Assemani, author of Bibliotheca Orientalis and Ephraemi Syri opera omnia quae extant.

Tech talk: this is a 5-stop exposure, taken approximately 15 minutes after the sunset. Visibility at this altitude was spectacular so there’s an incredible depth and clarity in the image, despite the massive scale and distances between the subjects.
RAW images were pre-processed with Lightroom 4.4. 16-bit TIFF images were dynamically blended with Photoshop CC (best tool in the Universe for Photographers and Digital Artists alike). Final grade and local toning; Topaz ReStyle and Nik Viveza 2. Sharpening was done with Nik Output Sharpener 3.0 - it’s the best sharpening tool for my money.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark 3 and Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM. 
Promote Remote Control was used for quick and accurate exposure bracketing.