Martin Currie’s Empty Dubai

© 2013 Martin Currie

© 2013 Martin Currie

Photographer Martin Currie is based in Glasgow but travels worldwide for work, taking plenty of photos along the way. He’s using one of our older light meters and it’s still working great. Here, he shares some details about his shot of busy Dubai road, free of traffic!

This shot was taken over looking Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai’s busy financial district.

I used a Lee Big Stopper in conjunction with my Sekonic L-558 light meter to give me an exposure time of 40 sec. This caused all the traffic on this busy motorway to disappear, giving the shot an eerie emptiness.

Anyone who knows Dubai knows that the traffic on this motorway never stops! It’s constant: 24/7, 365 days a year!

Metering of the highlights on the skyscraper on the left of the image, I stopped my lens down to f/22 and shot this image with one shot, perfectly exposed.

Since I began using the L-558 a little over a year ago, I’ve found all my exposures have a massive tonal range, which allows me to spend less time in Photoshop correcting my exposure. I always try to strive for perfection in-camera rather than in front of the computer.

The spot function on the Sekonic light meters are extremely precise and allow maximum control compared to the compromises that I often have to make when using the metering system built into my DSLR. Since taking up the L-558, it does all the calculations for me, leaving me to work on better compositions and to, most importantly, enjoy the light.

The Sekonic L-558 has been replaced by the L-758DR, which builds upon its predecessor with new technology and additional features. See more of Martin’s work on his site and on 500px.


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