Dubai Mentor Series Photo Trek – April 20-27, 2012

Dates: April 20-27, 2012
Price: View Options Here
Instructors: David Tejada and Michael Clark

Register for this workshop on the Mentor Series Website.

I am very excited to announce a fun workshop in Dubai that is coming up quickly, in just a few months. Here are the details from the Mentor Series website:

Ramp up your photography skills this spring in Dubai, where change and rejuvenation are at every turn. Join the Mentor Series in this once-sleepy fishing village and now budding metropolis where Nikon professional photographers David Tejada and Michael Clark will match that energy and more. Pack your camera and prepare for a journey you won’t soon forget!

One of the world’s most luxurious hotels and the city’s most famous landmark the Burj Al Arab towers over the skyline like a luminescent yacht with the wind captured in its sails. Present Dubai’s story in a shot: Just as the hotel seems to glide from its private island toward the coastline, the ancient city is currently riding the wave of opulence and modernity. Allow your mentors to guide you through creating images in the unique desert light, a technique that will come in handy for the remainder of the trip.

A stop at Jumierah Mosque will prove that Dubai is still steeped in tradition. Cameras are permitted, so focus on the intricate stone carvings, painted ceilings and Arabic calligraphy. The Bastakia Quarter, a relic of the old Dubai, offers a glimpse into the past. Follow the zigzag of wind-towered buildings to the souk, or marketplace. Turn your lens toward merchants unfurling vibrant textiles before boarding the abra (“water taxi”) to snap images of the spices and wares across the creek. Gild your portfolio at the Gold Souk, Dubai’s hub of precious metals and gems. End the day on the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and fill your frame with an aerial view of the city below.

Dubai comes alive on Al Seef Street after dark, when the temperature drops—the perfect opportunity to capture all the electric action. From a vantage point over Sheikh Zayed Road practice slow shutter speeds to show motion as the cars on the United Arab Emirates’ major thoroughfare zoom past. Stop to capture Jumierah Mosque once again—this holy locale radiates at night.

The adventure never stops, especially when we travel to the Arabian desert. Explore the dunes on an off-road vehicle and take in a camel caravan against the arid landscape as the sun sets. Enjoy a bedouin dinner in the desert, complete with a belly dancer. A day trip to the East Coast takes us through spectacular mountain scenery, a local market, a picturesque fishing village, a lunch by the Indian Ocean and much more. End this exciting trek on a high note—literally!—with an early morning hot-air-balloon ride, photographing from high above as the sun greets the desert landscape.

Your experience in Dubai will not only build your portfolio and improve your photographic confidence, it will be the experience of a lifetime you won’t want to miss. Sign up today!

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