grand mosque abu dhabi

held me captive for a day – on photo tour in abu dhabi. after a day what stood out for me at the sheikh zayed grand mosque is: symmetry.

The Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and was opened in 2007. Since then I am sure many photographers captured it and now I am one of them; even submitted a couple images to the annual ‘Spaces of Light’ Photography Competition held by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center’ – say a prayer for me, the prices are kinda nice 😉 might blog about these images later. Here are the once I didn’t submit:

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and just after sunset the lights when on. it was just magical. will post daylight and night images parallel so you can enjoy the different look on the mosque.

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and here is a 360° from the courtyard
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see the twilight version here

somehow I am in love with architecture and recognizing the design and thoughtfulness the creator has put in the overall look but also the detail – LOVE it. I appreciate it when it all comes together in the photograph and I can see it forming and changing with where I stand and what the (natural and artificial) light does. the better the architecture the more excited I get 🙂 but that is subjective anyway 😉

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in the detail symmetry appears throughout: noticed how the beautiful handwoven carpet lines up with domes and chandeliers? or how water is used to reflect the building while lining up with other parts of the architecture, how parts of the architecture frame other parts and how tastefully pillars integrate AC?

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and more of our 360° images here.

equally interesting to architecture are the people using is – bringing it to life.

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and not only people make this an interesting place but also the birds having a chat over the arch.

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the place is sparkling clean not by magic but by workers constantly walking around wiping. thank you to those as well for helping me get my images!

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having talked about the light above here some images to illustrate how different architecture looks like with the changing light

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