I had visited Dubai over a dozen times since 2010, always hoping to capture a glimpse of the rare ground fog that has become famous among photographers. Fleeting as it may be, and either appearing in frequency or scarcity, this weather phenomenon can happen anytime between October and March and is a tremendous reward for the patient. Always I would return and always I’d miss it by a few days here and there.

While ground fog in Dubai is rare, fog plus clouds is a once-in-a-five-year occurrence. You can imagine my delight when I woke early one March morning in 2016 to find my hotel window completely covered with condensation. Rushing up to the viewing deck of the Shangri-La Hotel, I set up my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 on top of a small Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Tripod and PG-01 Panoramic Gimbal. Already familiar with shooting this location, I started the process of capturing multiple shots in portrait orientation in order to stitch a panoramic image as a result.

As the morning progressed, I captured a number of panos and settled on the late blue hour being my favorite, as it was the perfect harmony between ambient light from the sky and illumination from the city lights below.

This is a panoramic image composed of 12 images captured with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 at 13mm, F8, ISO 200, at a 2 second exposure. The resulting Panoramic image is over 10k pixels on the long edge.


Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, writer, public speaker and educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. To see more of his work, visit www.EliaLocardi.com. And for a tutorial on how this shot was edited from start to finish, visit Photographing The World on Fstoppers.