Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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