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This photo is of the Chameleon Bar at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a five-star, beachfront hotel whose exterior and interior any Resort Photographer would feel extremely lucky to be assigned to cover. I had that good fortune back in 2010. It was when I took this and other photographs of the hotel for M Magazine’s review of the newly opened Chameleon Bar which the hotel describes as “a pioneering lounging experience.” Quite a few elements stand out in this photo – some very obvious and others in a subtler yet more profound way. The most noticeable feature to persons viewing this picture is perhaps the line of large, unique, spherical lighting fixtures. Their gold and silver hemispheres, along with their eye-catching cutout pattern, help them to stand out as the single most conspicuous element, especially against the white background. A second feature, which it doesn’t take a trained eye to spot, is the vivid contrast in colors presented by the walls and upper background. The effect, while intense, is not allowed to overshadow the rest of elements of the picture, as it is nicely balanced out by the color of the floor. A third feature in this photo is one which any experienced architecture photographer, including a hotel and Resort Photographer, is likely to use often. It is the element of converging lines – lines that move off into the distance seeming to get closer as they go. The lines function as a lead for the viewer’s eyes, pulling them into the photo and guiding them through it. The most conspicuous converging lines are those at the top and base of the walls. The lighting fixtures, however, take on a dual role as they also form a pair of converging lines (taken on either side of them) which begin well into the foreground and continue into the picture. Their effect is even more pronounced by having the first light seem to “pop” right out at the viewer.