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Medersa Bou Inania, 14th century

By EveLine1  
it wasn't easy to take outdoors Pictures in Fez due to the light/shadow situation. I treid decreasing the light und brightning the shadow. I'm sure it can be improved. Thanks for any suggestions you may have..

Tags: Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2015 10:30AM
Very tricky light conditions, heavy shadow and dazzling sun on white stone - you did well to get such good detail in the stonework without any totally blown highlights. Your minus exposure compensation setting has served you well, and I think you have taken a sensible approach in processing this. For my taste you have taken it a bit too far in that there isn't the sense of light sparkling on the white stone - I would like just a bit more brightness, deeper shadow. That's personal taste.

I like your near-symmetrical composition. It's curious that the pond doesn't seem to be immediately in front of the door as I would expect, I wonder if you were standing a bit to the left and have adjusted? Something else slightly odd in this - have you adjusted perspective? The verticals seem to converge downward rather than upward.

Ideally I would like less foreground - that really is a very empty, flat area of shadow immediately in front of us. But angling the camera up a bit would have risked lens flare. I would like to experiment with alternative crops...

Right, I have a little spare time, I'm off to see what I can do.
Moira
22 Apr 2015 12:18PM
Thanks so much Moira for your time! I kept it the photo bit darker so the details of the stonework would show. The pond is in the center of the courtyard ad maybe I wasn't in "dead center" but a bit off. I did adjust it a bit cropping more on one side. As far as I remember I did not adjust the perspective.. Bye Smile, Viola
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2275 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2015 8:07PM
This is a great subject, Viola, but it's the type of image that needs accurate symmetry. The first thing I noticed was the reflection in the pool and that it wasn't quite right.

There are small signs within the image that you needed to move just a bit more to your right, but whether or not that would have perfected the pool reflection I cannot tell.
Since the reflection is an interesting and important part of the scene, I think you needed to concentrate on that reflection as your first priority when shooting. Everything else would then have fallen into line.
There looks to be a drain hole showing in the middle of the pool, and it is obviously not central.

You did well with the taking and processing of the image, the architecture is incredible, so intricate and detailed. I remember trying to get the Alhambra Palace reflected in the water with symmetry, and it's not easy.

Pamela.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2015 8:41PM
Good quality, but a slice off the foreground and a bit more on the top. Tilt the camera up a bit. This is a colour subject for me. It is architectural record and, as such, colour conveys what was actualky there.

paul
25 Apr 2015 5:45PM
Thanks Pam, I hadn't noticed that the reflection was symetrical. I have in the past just photographed a reflection but here I didn't want to lose the details on the building. I will work on symetry as that seems to lack in my pictures.. I will post a mod in colos Paul.. Maybe you prefer it.

One more a heartfelt 'Merci' to all!!Grin
25 Apr 2015 5:49PM
And Moira: all 3 modification are nice! I really don't know which one I prefer, maybe the 2nd, although the 3rd is charming in a way although it only shows some details. I like the frame on it and the way it makes you ask what the rest of the building looks like..

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