You can associate a lot of things with Dubai: shopping, great food, breathtaking skyscrapers, and desert safaris. But one thing you’ll rarely hear tourists (more specifically photographers) say is, “Dubai is a great place to shoot Milky Way photos.” I mean, no way, not with all that light pollution! If you’ve seen NASA’s images of Dubai at night you, know how difficult it is to make a Milky Way shot. The city shines like a beacon in the dark. So when photographer Siddharth Prem decided to shoot an image of the night sky from Dubai he had to travel to the outskirts of the city:
As you can see even then the image reflects how the night sky is dominated by light pollution from the city. This was a very good result given the difficult conditions.
Prem catpured the image with a Canon EOS 6D at ISO 6400, 16mm, f/4, and 30 seconds. He says he used Lightroom to “make the light pollution easy on the eyes.”
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