Browsing through the Algeria gallery, I realised that most of the contributions by TE members were of desert scenes (and some very good photographs amongst them too, I might add), so I thought I would post a few scenes of the capital city, Algiers. There is nothing particularly special about this photograph – this is just one of those that I am posting for the purpose of ‘learning about the world’
The architecture of Algiers is a mix of Arabic, Islamic, Turkish, Spanish, British and French influences, although the latter dominates – because the French occupied Algeria from 1830 to 1962. (It is estimated that up to a million people lost their lives in the eight year war between the Algeria’s National Liberation Front and the French Army that led to Algeria achieving its independence from France in 1962).
Much of Algiers is hilly, and there are many steep streets like this one. Note all the satellite dishes on the right hand buildings (which I assume are residential apartments). Algeria’s domestic media is rigidly controlled by the government, but there is apparently no restriction on accessing satellite channels from other countries. I took this with a wide angle lens, which has accentuated the angle of the building, but not to the extent where I felt it was necessary to try and correct the perspective.
PP: It was actually getting quite dark when I took this shot, so I had to play around with levels a bit and then bump up saturation to compensate for the slightly washed out colours. Then I increased contrast a little and applied USM.
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carper (96) 2006-01-21 3:25
It's an amasing shot. I like the shot of your wide lens. It made a special effect. Such an effect that I don't know what is the best horizon in the shot. and that nice. very good composition. Good job.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-01-21 3:36
Your gallery is really incredible for me. You have the talent to colour of yellow the small map of the world, while passing by the most unexpected places. There is almost no image of Alger as if this large city were taboos, as if it were not exist. And your pictures are still beautiful and necessary.
Thanks for your testimony on our world which is of a rare quality and which is the spirit even of this site. (i will never forget for exemple your pictures about North Korea)
Cheers and congratulations
vincent24 (9060) 2006-01-21 3:55
You're right we can feel different influences in the building's architecture,good choice to keep the WA distortion,congratulations to the great contributor you are,
have a nice WE,
gaby (19819) 2006-01-21 3:55
David bonjour - I like this shot and the perspectives - nice nice artistic compo that I like a lot -
Have a nice week end
bantonbuju (51771) 2006-01-21 5:00
i found this one and immediatelly knew ot must have been a, ultra-wide, probably 12- mm at the widest... as this resembles one of my pics:
i do love the effects those lenses give when applied to the type of architecture like oo your photo, and composed at some 45 grad angle;
very impressive work;
best wishes, jerzy
jinju (14265) 2006-01-22 4:42
Looking at shots like this I ache at not having that 10-22mm canon lens I would kill for. Fantastic width and Im in love with the distortion at the edges.
alainh (35581) 2006-01-23 0:22
first, congrats for this good note !
and i like the angle and the perspective done to your picture. well realised and composed.
have a good week
chaity (1539) 2006-01-25 19:34
Hi David, I like the POV of this place and the effect created from your wideangle lens. The trees and the building gave a balanced view of the photo.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-01-26 9:57
Hi David - the wide angle effect is really nice here, it gives the building a pyramidal look and the plants balance the left side. It looks surprisingly clean, well kept and european, I would love to visit but the red tape is phenomenal.
jbweasle (9373) 2006-01-26 10:51
Hi David, nice view of this building in the last of the day's light. I like the tapering effect caused by the low perspective it makes the photo more interesting. The palms fill the left hand side of the frame well and balance the picture.
riclopes (35577) 2006-01-28 15:53
I wouldn´t say there's nothing special on this shot. The angle of capture is magnific! I love distortions given by wide lens and this result is a marvellous one, problably increased by the inclinated street. I like very much the detail of the guy on the right bottom corner and the palmetrees balance very well the composition with the building. Good chosen POV for this great composition. Congratulations on this one!
Have a nice weekend,
aloyho (6798) 2006-01-31 1:19
An interesting POV and the distortion makes it lovelier as it emphasized the building and gave it the special look. The palm trees work wonderfully well in this composition and the bluish grey on the windows match very well with the sky. Excellent shot!!! All the best.
don_narayan (2014) 2006-03-03 14:32
Hi David. This is a great shot, how the world is more tilted than the camera, on this one. A great use of the WA lens. The light is great as well, it sets a nice mood and atmosphere. Nice work.
MIG13 (0) 2006-07-06 10:43
Hi, David! It's a good surprise this nice pic of modern Algiers! I ilke the perspective, the colours and the amazing combination of diverse architectural approaches! Well done! Congratulations! Miguel.
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2006-09-05 5:50
I like the composition and the perspective of your wide lens.
Xalkida (11744) 2006-09-05 6:33
Very nice wide view of this impressive building. Nice colors, good low POV, nice lighting. Well done.
waseemkhan (1099) 2007-06-15 10:25
Hi David ,
I like this shot and the perspectives - nice nice artistic compo that I like a lot -
Have a nice week end
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-12-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED, UV
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/90 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-01-21 3:00
- Favorites: 1 [view]