Abu Dhabi + Dubai | Packed Light | Bad Idea

Recently, I returned from a week long vacation in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It was my first visit there. I had already seen some beautiful images captured by others, in these distant lands, so I was excited to capture my version.

For this trip, I decided to leave my bulky DSLR and heavy glass at home, and hoped I wouldn't regret that decision. Unfortunately, I did, in the end.

In my camera bag, I only had my Sony a6000, a 30mm f/2.8 lens, and a 60mm f/2.8 lens. This kit was perfect for capturing my friends, and some of the other moments on the trip. But, when it came down to capturing images on the Grand Mosque, and some of the interesting cityscapes, my lens option sucked.

I am aware of the need for wider glass for shooting cityscapes and landscapes, but I had hoped it wouldn't make a huge difference.

Well. It did. One of my friends had a 17mm lens on his camera, so you can imagine what his images are like, compared to my 30mm, on a cropped body.

Next time, I will consider taking my Canon 20mm f/2.8 lens, and an adapter, for the wider shots.

Anyways, here are a few images that I captured at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.