I know this is not the first shot of the Kuwait Towers that has been posted to TrekEarth, but I was lucky enough to be there on a day when the sky was the deepest blue that I have seen in the Gulf for many years. All I had with me was my old Coolpix 5000, and this was a ‘one-shot wonder’ on automatic settings, with no polarising filter. I adjusted levels slightly and cropped off some of the vegetation which was a bit distracting in the bottom of the frame, and applied USM, but other than that it is ‘as seen’. The contrast is natural. I actually tried increasing contrast in PS, but it blew out the whites, so I left it as it was.
A similar photograph to this (or more like the top half of this composition) is featured on the front cover of the Lonely Planet guide to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.
Lonely Planet describes the towers as follows: “Designed by a Swedish architectural firm and opened in 1979, they have long been the country’s main landmark. The largest of the three towers rises to a height of 187 m. The upper globe houses a two level observation deck. The upper level, at 123m, revolves, taking 30 minutes to make a circle. The largest tower’s lowest globe (at 82m) has a restaurant, coffee shop and private banquet room. The lower globe on the largest tower and the single globe on the middle tower are used to store water. The small tower with no globes is used to light up the other two. Because the towers overlook the Dasman Palace, camera with zoom lenses are not permitted and you will have to leave these at the ticket booth.”
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kensimage (8565) 2005-12-14 13:27
Nice framing here, David, especially the inclusion of just the tops of the palm trees, which the towers are suggestive of. Actually they're even more suggestive of martini olives, but never mind that. The rich blue sky is great! Regards, Ken.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-12-14 16:28
beautifull perspective on this strange architecture.
Nice colors and light.
gaby (19819) 2005-12-15 1:09
David bonjour - it's true, the sky is fantastic without polarizing - splendid landscape and perspective -
Have a nice day
capthaddock (28790) 2005-12-15 9:32
Hi David - once again you have travelled to an unconventional destination, it may not be the first, but I can imagine there are probably few photoworthy things in the gulf (I've only been to Bahrain). Superb composition and image clarity, I also like the inclusion of the date palms.
PJE (20758) 2005-12-15 9:36
A very interesting effect from this angle David. I love the white on blue effect. The domes really add interest too. A fine viewing!
jbweasle (9393) 2005-12-16 5:01
Hi David, you have a great perspective on these towers. Theye are like giant needles pointing skywards. The white structures stand out well against that wonderfully deep blue sky.
ChrisJ (113989) 2005-12-17 4:21
A very under-rated image, imho. Excellent sharpness & colour, with an almost semi-abstract composition. A superb architectural shot, with the classic 3 elements. Well done!
sarju (5324) 2005-12-18 14:23
This is definitely the best photo of these towers that I have seen on the TE. I am amazed to see the architecture of these towers. Very distinctive, this is unlike any other kind of architecture that I have seen.
Thanks for the informative note, I think I am going to search some more facts about these towers on the internet ... thanks for inspiring me.
regards .... sarju
chaity (1539) 2005-12-21 1:48
Hi David, I like the low POV of these towers. Looking up with the dark blue sky gives a pleasant view.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-12-21 16:03
the colors and image quality are very nice. coolpix did a great job in auto settings. Attractive architecture and nice POV.
Have a wonderful holiday my friend!
Stepan (27210) 2005-12-26 14:55
Beautiful light + great sharpness + vertiginous pov + perfect constrast = impressive shot.
Very well done.
riclopes (35577) 2005-12-29 10:31
Good shot and composition. I love this kind of images, taken from down up in narrow angles and this is a very good example. The towers are impressive and with good details. The sky enhances greatly. Very good note as well. Congratulations!
I wish you a happy new year,
AmiBe (6042) 2006-01-25 10:58
unusual and graphical, the contrast between the sky and these towers is excellent.
Good POV, it's impressive.
Janice (4403) 2006-01-29 22:00
What stunning buildings david, and you show them well. Good POV looking up to the sky through them. Sharp colours and details too. Well done, thank you,
ArtLook (2348) 2006-04-14 15:29
I have not seen these towers before, but I can say that you have very god POV here to show us these unique architecture. Very good sharpeness and details on this photo, I like the colors and light very much. Thank you for you inforamtion about these towers. Well done, BRAVO!
With BEST regards,
ramthakur (1517) 2006-04-16 12:26
I was browsing through Kuwait posts on the TE after uploading a picture of Kuwait just now when I was struck by the thumbnail of your picture. Needless to say, I was immensely pleased when I reached the full size.
During my years in Kuwait, I had taken these towers for granted as some fixtures on the horizon. Now that I look at them through your eye, they look magnificent to me. I had had a crack at them at night once with my SLR camera long time back, but the results were not good (mainly due to my own ineptness), so I don't even have those prints with me anymore!
Your picture of the towers in just fantastic.
Thanks for sharing it.
pastadog (13111) 2006-05-25 3:39
Hi David - I like this composition with the three similar/different towers, literally reaching/piercing the sky; powerful, pretty, peculiar photo, well done! Daniel
jmdias (64426) 2006-07-12 21:37
Another fabulous work, Shapes and POV perfect. This blue sky too.