Welcome shade

Most benches in Abu Dhabi tend to come with an accompanying shelter to provide some shade – essential when the sun beats down all day and air temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees.

These benches are on Yas Island and, it must be said, are rather less interesting than the sinuous curves of the structure that shades them (not entirely successfully).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Back Catalog(ue)

A very interesting challenge from Frank this week. He invites us to go to our back catalog(ue) and take a new look at an old image – probably something we could all benefit from doing more often.

This is part of the exterior of a hotel on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The original – reproduced in the smaller photo below – is pretty ho-hum: no doubt why I’ve never done anything with it. However, after some cropping and ‘popping’ in Lightroom post-processing it becomes a more striking abstract geometric composition.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Back Catalog(ue)

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Blue

After last week’s theme of ‘pink’ it’s quite natural for Frank to set us the challenge of ‘Blue’ this week.

I hope this is blue enough for everyone. It’s a detail of the roof of what used to be called the Yas Hotel, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi – just outside the Formula One racetrack. At night, the colours cycle through the spectrum, but I managed to catch it when it was at its bluest:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Blue

Y is for Yas

This final instalment of Cee’s alphabetical Black & White challenge was always going to be a bit tricky – unless, that is, you have a particular soft spot for yachts or zebras (I don’t).

However, inspiration finally struck when I remembered this iconic hotel (it actually used to be called the Yas Hotel), which is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, right next to the Formula 1 race circuit.

We stayed there once. Very interesting architecturally, but as a hotel? – meh.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Y or Z