Posted on November 26, 2019
When we lived in Abu Dhabi, our go-to place for a little peace and relaxation was the Sir Bani Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi. This was the swimming pool.
Posted on August 8, 2017
When I saw that Frank had set us the theme of ‘Golden’ for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, I knew exactly where to look in my library.
Here are two images captured in the lobby of the Sir Bani Yas Hotel, on the eponymous nature reserve in Abu Dhabi. The first is a crescent of stone mounted against a golden background:
This second image is one of my personal favourites, and one I’ve used in a previous post. Looking directly upwards, it shows the huge lanterns suspended from the golden atrium. Never knowingly understated.
Posted on December 16, 2015
This week we focus on images that, with a healthy disregard for the rule of thirds, are intended to be placed in the middle of the frame: to be literally the centre of attention.
This image was taken looking down a corridor in the cellars of a wine-producing chateau in the Bordeaux region:
Flowers are a very obvious ‘centre-friendly’ subject – particularly when photographing buds, before the petals start to compete for space in the frame:
Also, of course, anything circular has an obvious central focus, be it wheels or even fireworks:
And finally this is just one of my most favourite images: it was taken looking directly upwards to the ceiling of the reception area of the Sir Bani Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Those lanterns are between six and eight feet high when you see them sideways on from the second floor.
Posted on January 10, 2015
Can you see what it is yet? This is a ‘doctored’ detail – complete with shadows – of the roof of a villa at the Sir Bani Yas Hotel in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
To put it into context, here’s another image: