The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of the contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of UAE.
The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque, popularly called Grand Mosque by local residents, is seen as a “globally unifying” landmark from its conception to completion, bringing together designers, features, materials and suppliers from nearly every corner of the globe: Italy, Germany, Morocco, India, Turkey, Iran, China, Greece and the UAE.
The Mosque’s initial architectural design was Moroccan, but it evolved to include many global features, including exterior walls that are of traditional Turkish design. Natural materials were chosen for its design and construction, which include marble, stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi is truly amazing place to visit and to take photos of. I have to admit that I have actually asked those two ladies to model for me to nicely balance the composition and also add more atmosphere to the shot. All ladies have to wear abaya and head cover when visiting this mosque, luckily you can borrow one at the mosque itself.
PENTAX K20D, f/8.0, 0.004 sec (1/250), ISO 100, 12 mm
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merckcrl (223) 2009-02-24 8:49
Wow, your shot is amazing. It looks otherworldy; you were right to have those women pose.
aristo (3214) 2009-02-24 8:59
Beautiful photo from Abu Dabi.Very good qality,superb colours and composition.
Amazing place Lucie!Fantastic image!
alikhan01987 (0) 2009-02-24 8:59
andante (7092) 2009-02-24 9:03
WOW! Blown away, this looks like an scene stolen from the Arabian Nights book... top presentation... hats off
holmertz (45187) 2009-02-24 9:06
A very clever composition where the ladies in black have exactly the effect you wanted to obtain. They balance the minarets well and make a nice contrast to the white dominance.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-02-24 9:16
Lucie, this is a powerful image, lonely yet not cold and dramatic but not foreboding. Crisp focus and positive colors show you to be the master of this capture and I love how you have mitigated the keystoning of the wide angle glass. Great work as is that on Flickr.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2009-02-24 9:16
seems there is not so much distortion but the focal length must be very wide,
one word come into my mind by seeing this monument, gigantism
and it's perfectly composed to emphasize this feeling
niphredil76 (850) 2009-02-24 9:19
wonderful perspective in your shot. Your 12mm made a little miracle here, enhancing the monumental look of this all-white mosque.
Your composition, including the two women, thin and black figures contrasting with the sunny white of the yard, made of the moresque architecture a perfect frame for a tale of daily life.
The great sharpness let us discovering the floral inlay of the floor and every architectural detail, leaving intact the sunny-white atmosphere of your shot.
perfect blue sky and light balance do the rest.
yquem46 (38750) 2009-02-24 9:21
very impressive Lucie !
Those 2 ladies dressed in black in such a white environment on a blue sky makes such an effect that I feel like closing the eyes so as to be not blinded by light and heat
Didi (59066) 2009-02-24 9:31
Interesting touch of contrast with the black wared ladies and the white highlights I think that I need sun glasses :)
Well done for the composition.
I suggest a simple WS.
pazufferey (4858) 2009-02-24 9:32
Une très belle photo. Une superbe architecture toute blanche, les toits sont magnifiques. Les personnes vêtue de noir donne un plus à l'image, une sensation de grandeur.
yaya13baut (3344) 2009-02-24 9:33
great shot !
the wide-angle gives a good perspective of the place, whatever the distortion ; you managed a clever control of light and colors ; the composition is quite fine with the 2 black ladies in this white place.
The result is an unreal picture, like a drawing.
pauloog (11747) 2009-02-24 9:33
An outstanding contrast between the ladies in the foreground and the marvellous almost transparant view on the mosque. The ladies bring depth and life to the view.
jordilara (822) 2009-02-24 9:59
Wow!! Spectacular shot! The photo gives us the feeling of greatfull You can feel in there. Perfect white tones.
Morac (27723) 2009-02-24 10:57
Beautiful photo and very good qality,superb colours and composition.
I love this mix of colors, black and white.
I_WanderingSoul (686) 2009-02-24 11:00
Wonderful contrast between the ladies, the mosque and the sky.
Very nice perspective.
mar14 (97) 2009-02-24 11:34
Perfect sense of depth and composition. Amazing photo!
goodwill (4226) 2009-02-24 11:41
Amazing shot of this religious monument, Lucie.
Nothing but marvellous in all respects.
Outstanding POV and great exposure.
tempocativo (476) 2009-02-24 12:43
Olá Lucie, realmente deve ser um lindo local, muito bonita a arquitectura invejável. Foi uma boa opção teres pedido às senhoras para pousar para a foto. Deu um ar ainda mais belo a esta fotografia magnifica. Parabéns
yedirenk (11244) 2009-02-24 12:56
This is an extraordinary scene with incredible architectural details.very impressive and very elegant shot.also very fantastic atmosphere like a dream.well done.TFS
faubry (35405) 2009-02-24 13:27
wonderful photo! superb blue sky and goo contrast between white architecture, i like silhouette!
nibspics (358) 2009-02-24 17:36
Fantastic work Lucie,
Your composition for this photo is perfect. What a magnificent place. TFS
Bruno40 (6658) 2009-02-24 18:44
Amazing work, you manage the light very well,and teh composition is superb.
cbrman (21645) 2009-02-24 21:47
Splendide contraste entre ces personnes habillées de noir et bâtiment d'une blancheur éclatante ! La perspective est très belle et attire encore plus le regard sur cet architecture raffinée. Une très belle prise de vue !
HimalAnda (10295) 2009-02-24 23:25
Just one word : perfect !
Everything is good : light and colors, composition, sharpness...
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-02-25 0:00
What a wonderful shot. I love this POV and the contrast. Wonderful light, colours and details. Great work!
filidor (56) 2009-02-25 1:31
Hi Lucie! As usual I can see unusual shot. Thanks to Your wide angle you could make this great composition - the silhouettes give to the shot lot of power. Great work. Mac
mondele (823) 2009-02-25 7:24
Tout d'abord, je te félicite pour ta galerie qui est magnifique. En ce qui concerne cette photographie, elle est à l'image de ce que tu produis habituellement. Elle est absolument superbe. Une de mes préférées.
zmey (7335) 2009-02-26 5:22
wonderful capture of this place. the wide angle has 'cleaned up' the background crowd extremely well, leaving 'out of this worldly' feel of cleanliness and perfection.
AnaRita (1741) 2009-02-26 12:49
Powerful photo with a strong composition and color contrast with the white from the mosque and those two human figures.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend,
azizbilgili (2111) 2009-02-27 0:04
Wonderful perspective, A very clever composition in your shot.
Wonderful contrast between the ladies, the mosque and the sky...
mongibello (275) 2009-02-27 2:07
image from fable " Thousands and a night " .. thanks for this wonderful photography!
brandstaetter (15915) 2009-02-27 12:54
compliments for this depth and the wonderful contrasts...black and white are reduced to the maximum... well, maybe I´d like to see the upper right angle as white as the rest, darkening is not necessary here, I think.
Best regards, Christian
boa (6429) 2009-04-03 0:38
wow..amazing photo. The composition with the two woman in the front is outstanding. The whole image is like a dream, wonderful colors, sharpness and Pov. Very well captured from an interesting place. Thanks for sharing !
totoamoto (2519) 2009-04-08 12:53
Le 10 20 donne un super résultat et permet d'avoir les tours..
Un endroit grandiose. Ce palais blanc est incroyable.
Les deux femmes au premier plan donne vraiment un plus à ton image.
Félicitation je l'aime beaucoup..
smarcell (19963) 2009-05-12 0:17
A great picture, withthe white mosque, the blue sky, and those black figures, which really characterize the place.
The sigma 10-20 is a lot of fun !
tomescuc (3291) 2009-05-12 15:38
Unreal, or rather surreal.. The optics of your lens add a bit to this feeling. 1001 nights kitsch? smart idea to have the veiled ladies model, they fit in the scene, providing a visual contrast as well.
Ramy (773) 2009-05-13 0:58
This is how heaven must look like! A lot more beautiful than I could've imagined. You've captured its beauty with skill! Please keep up this great work!
gmg (4202) 2009-06-10 5:19
Nice compo, well balanced colours andcontrast, beautiful sky and good PP job!
patdeph (35748) 2009-07-28 4:26
Wooow!Absolutly wonderful!The summum of purity!I am speachless in front of such a beauty!I ad it in my favorites!
luighi (5297) 2009-07-28 10:18
Otra grandisima fotografia ,
Grande grande!!! esta foto.
Me gusta mucho el tratamiento quele has dado cos esas dos figuras casi fantasmagoricas presidiendo el encuadre. Bravo again.
ManuMay (36083) 2009-07-29 9:01
Superb view, great mood and cadrage and very good your point of view to compose this amazing image, wonderful...as a place from 1001 nights tales!!
sonkai (1105) 2009-08-27 11:25
I was passing by your gallery, I saw this one and I must to stop here to comment...Perfect too. The two lonely people in black bringing out over the white and golden building are great. I must add it to my favourites too..
marcdemoulin (1870) 2009-12-07 13:08
This is absolutely terrific architecture and shot wow!!
SaidQirimli (480) 2009-12-12 15:06
I got only one word to describe my admiration of your shot. and this word is WOW!!!!!!!!
Fantastic! Best Regards!
Leillis (69) 2009-12-13 7:23
Really great photograph! Amazing sky! Congrats!
vmukherjee (612) 2010-08-17 1:45
Amazing shot! The blue, white and the presence of the two ladies in black robes look breathtaking. Great composition and pov. Thanks for sharing.
Mistral (15402) 2011-05-08 9:19
stunning, as usual... :-)
PS: usually june is a good month for Madagascar but also depends on the area you want to visit. If you will need I can give you contacts there... or infos (lately I posted a set on Flickr too regarding my first trip there).
A smile for your Sunday nite...
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-08-27 1:30
NICE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE BLACK FIGURES AND WHITE MOSQUE
BennyV (14361) 2011-09-09 8:55
I just stumbled on this one after commenting on your Bali shot and notice the same floating-like quality here, that same lightness, with the stronger colours fading at the bottom. Another great shot, imho.
adidas5nb (5685) 2012-07-23 17:59
fantastic composition of this magnificent mosque!
- Copyright: Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) (9976)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K20D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Favorites - urban 01, hoooo!!!!!!, mon homage à l'Orient, People, CLODO's SELECTION XIV [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-24 8:42
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