Friday, 26 November 2010

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The main entrance to the mosque. I was setting up to take this shot and the guy in the picture just walked in front of me and sat down. Was quite annoyed at first but now I'm glad he was there. Gives a good sense of scale to the shot.
Canon 7D, Canon 10-22 @22mm, ISO100, f11, 1/200s
Another shot of the front of the main mosque. This outside courtyard is also used for prayers and the mosque can hold 40000 worshipers, 9000 indoors and 31000 outside. As you can see, there weren't too many there that day, it was 8am though.
Canon 7D, 10-22 @10mm, ISO100, f9, 1/250s, -1/3ev

A view from the road outside.
Canon 7D, 18-135 @ 30mm, ISO100, f10, 1/200s

One of the side entrances and tiled pools
Canon 7D, 18-135 @ 24mm, ISO100, f6.6, 1/100s
A closer view of the main building entrance. The whole building is clad with white marble imported from Greece.
Canon 7D, 18-135@18mm, ISO100, f11, 1/320
Inside the main prayer room looking into the main dome. This is the worlds largest chandelier, manufactured in Germany. The main room also holds the worlds largest carpet at 5627m²
Canon 7D, 10-22 @10mm, ISO 100, f3.5, 1/25s

A view down on of the outside corridors and intricate roof detailing.
Canon 7D, 10-22 @ 10mm, ISO100, f7.1, 1/125, +.67ev

More of the external ceiling details
Canon 7D, 10-22@10mm, ISO100,  f5.6, 1/100
Canon 7D, 10-22@22mm, ISO100, f4.5, 1/60s, -.33ev


  1. Gaz, I am in complete AWE!! Not only is the structure itself amazingly beautiful, but your sharing of it is as well. Oh my goodness.

  2. Wow! Everything Heather T said..and more!Lost for words really - the beauty of your photographs says it all. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Spectacular Gareth!

    I've seen the mosque from the road, but next time I really must make the effort to visit


  4. The man in that shot really adds something, doesn't? Amazing photos of an amazing building, it's beauty is breathtaking!

  5. These are perfect. Must have been the devil of a job with all the marble. Please excuse the expression.

  6. Such awesome (in the true sense of the word) pictures and I agree that the man in the picture adds to it very successfully. the pictures have a wonderful 'clear and clean' feeling to them.

  7. Stunning photos of a stunning building. I particularly like the black & white ones.

  8. Thanks for all the positive comments everyone. It truly is a fantastic building. Glad I got the opportunity to capture it and really glad you all like the images, thanks again.