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On Top of the World in Dubai

A lot has happened over the course of these past few months that sometimes it's difficult knowing what to post and when. You know when you're just overwhelmed with many ideas but don't know where to start so you just end up sitting on them? That's exactly how I feel about these posts.

So let me just start right here: Dubai.

I traveled to the UAE last April on the worst airline ever (Air China) and would never use them again even if it's the cheapest. With that being said, it was my first time over there and had one of the best times of my life. I couldn't believe I didn't make it a priority to visit much sooner rather than later. Met many good people there from the taxi drivers, waiters, to random strangers. Dubai kinda reminds me a whole lot like Las Vegas in a way.

The above photo was taken atop of the world's tallest building at the Burj Khalifa. When people post photos up from some building with a caption that they are "standing on top of the world," they're total baloney.

On the trip I packed the 5D Mark III body, one flash, 16-35 2.8, 24-70 2.8, and 50 1.8 into my Domke F-2. Ended up using the 16-35 in the city and the 24-70 for the desert most of the time. Photography is rich in Dubai and I believe there is so much to photograph there.

Sadly, my 5-month-old $2,600 MacBook Pro (along with my 16-35 F2.8L lens) was stolen from me shortly after I arrived back in Tokyo, and so what also went along with it are the rest of my Dubai photos. The only picture I bring back is the view from the top of the Burj Khalifa.

Shit happens in life... you can either let mishaps pull you down or you can climb back up that rocky mountain while the others prefer to remain safe on the ground. As with photography being a career about failure, I've learned a ton by doing this for a living and will continue to climb up the mountain at a faster pace. Something I have still having trouble convincing myself is that I live a life that works well for me where I'm all about it rather than just talking about it. I have zero debt and rarely use credit cards so Dubai round two here we go again.