The marble court of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. In front of one of the main Gates, a kid is running at another kid, who was mocking and making faces at him afar. The day was stormy with no possible sunshine, so i decided to use "cloudy" white balance during the making of, then on my PC it looked too yellow, so i decided to reduce the color temperature in RAW processing, maintaning a more natural color on marble.
The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is the 7th largest mosque in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres. It is almost brand new, completed in 1993. The mosque stands on Atlantic Ocean coast, the oceanic waves literally hitting its walls. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque's outside grounds.
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daddo (27264) 2013-12-05 3:05
Selam Deniz. A lovely moment in time with this frozen action. I don't remember the colours being this marked, but then I saw the place under bright sunshine. The composition does get across the feeling of spaciousness. Regards. Klaudio.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-12-05 3:16
Super moroccan architecture and nicely enlivened with this running young boy, almost flying over the mosaic floor
Shot at the perfect instant, Very well done
all the best, have a nice day
lousat (94674) 2013-12-05 4:05
Hi Deniz,beautiful and symmetric capture of one of the doors of the most big moroccan mosque,i like the man into the pic,this give us the exact idea of the dimensions of the mosque,great details and colors and all of sense of mouvement of man running.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (32500) 2013-12-05 4:15
Exquisite detail on this beautiful marble work of art, and the inclusion of the kid running does make this place look immense! I know from your note that this is a child, but he looks like a little man, giving the appearance of a truly vast building. I love the marble ground too, and your perfect symmetry
All the best
Didi (60590) 2013-12-05 4:25
Very rich magnificient decor
Interesting scene with the running boy, a very good decisive moment
CLODO (35122) 2013-12-05 4:25
you framed a superb architecture in a symetric way and waited for someone to come to give life to the shot and break the symetry. This young boy running with a huge step is welcome and gives another meaning to the mosque picture.
Giustiniani (3632) 2013-12-05 4:58
une très belle photo avec cette porte à l'architecture magnifique et ce garçon qui court et apporte une vie incroyable à la scène.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-05 5:44
Your photo here supports your title. The child is providing an excellent yardstick to measure this place. Very beautiful architecture and carvings well portrayed through your lens.
saxo042 (37908) 2013-12-05 8:41
A perfectly cropped picture with this very attractive symmetry. A fine capture of this magnificent architecture. The little blue boy adds indeed life and colour this this excellent capture.
holmertz (56075) 2013-12-05 10:51
This is a fine combination of the daily life of a child, virtually flying across the marble floor, and the impressive architecture. I always appreciate photos where architecture is brightened by human presence. I also appreciate the carefully cropped square shape. I you will excuse me, I have to admit that I sometimes (often) wonder how many schools and clinics that could be built and maintained instead of the umpteenth mosque, church or pagoda. In most countries there is no lack of temples.
williewhistler (16404) 2013-12-05 13:00
the incredible architecture of the Mosque with those lovely detail and curves are given a good sense of scale by the young boy playing,I do enjoy his presence in a thoughtfully composed photograph.
Kind regards Les.
siudzi (34141) 2013-12-05 13:48
Excellent capture of this truly impressive sight! The building which you have been visited looks spectacular and stunning due to the unique design. Like it a lot! Great pic!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-12-05 20:46
what a nice shot. With the first glance, it reminds me the frame of a very popular video game. Where the prince runs through the dangers and rescue the princess... Great moment captured. The person running is looking a tiny one in front of the giant arched gate. Superb clarity and depth as ever. A very well thinking shot. Enjoyed it a lot. Tfs.
PaulVDV (30659) 2013-12-05 21:30
Thanks to its fantastic architecture the Hassan II Mosque in Casablance offers many opportunities to make nice shots.
This is one of them showing one of the huge gates with wonderful decorations in traditional Moroccan design.
The middle of the door with its beautiful patterns on a dark background makes the marble colour stand out more.
Your inclusion of the running kid gives the image an extra dimension than just beautiful architecture.
It was a stormy day, you write. So I guess there must have been a lot of wind. I was there in another year but also in April and on a sunny day. But I remember that the winds coming from the Atlantic Ocean were very powerful.
Best regards, Paul
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-12-05 22:23
very nicely captured moment and the shot indicates how huge the place is.the man provides for a good break with his blue wear.like the architecture.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-05 23:54
Hello Deniz - This shot puts the scale of the mosque firmly in the forefront here as we see the comparison of sizes between the child and the entrance door. A lovely moment, the contrast between the discipline of the architecture and the freedom of the child is super.... Any child presented with such an expanse of shiny, open flooring is almost forced to run! warm regards rosemary
mesutilgim (96248) 2013-12-05 23:56
Selam sevgili Deniz,
Çooooooooooooooook güzel bir kare ! Koşan "arap çocuğu" da ayrı bir tad katmış.
Selam ve sevgiler
dekanski (5770) 2013-12-06 10:32
Others have already said everything, I just kept repeating. Therefore only one - BRAVO!
delpeoples (59184) 2013-12-06 18:30
Without the little boy dashing across the scene, this would be as stunning photo of a beautiful, exotic and enchanting mosque. With the little boy, the photo - and the mosque - become a work of art and a historical document. How many little boys has this mosque seen play in its forecourt? How many prayers, and hopes and dreams has it listened to? It's not telling. Mosques always keep their secrets.
Brilliant photography, congratulations.
Have a lovely evening.
bostankorkulugu (42466) 2013-12-07 14:46
şu kare formata alışamıyorum bi türlü... ama yine de iyiymiş bu... londradan sevgiler...
resat1972 (7576) 2013-12-09 10:17
nefis bir görünüm
koşan çocuk dinamizm katmış
dale54 (8444) 2013-12-09 12:17
deniz hello..wow..i love this..well timed plus nice sharp detail too. tfs! dale
Royaldevon (40988) 2013-12-10 6:12
What mood contrasts you have here!
The marble façade, with its beautiful mouldings and ornate gateways, stands proud and formal, whilst, with true childhood disrespect, the youngster is racing across in playful pursuit. It is charming!
The whole spectacle is very sharp and very symmetrically composed without, of course, the 'intruder'!
Have a lovely day,
jcpix (13930) 2013-12-10 17:56
'Enormous' is the first thing that comes to mind. The scale could have been completely lost without the wise inclusion of our little running man here. :) What great timing too, to catch him in stride, mid-air...and with the slight blur, just the perfect touch of action accompaniment.
A beautiful mosque with its interwoven design is quite attractive and well detailed with the tight framing around the arch. I like that the high contrast, darkened portions have rendered solid shapes of their own, amplifying the entire visual of shape and form. Nice work!
emka (102484) 2013-12-11 14:45
Hi almaviva, as a fan of mosques, I would be happy to visit this one. The moroccan mosques are so different than the ones in Turkey. I like here the delicate work of the black part and splendid work in stone. Fantastic shape of the arch. The running boy is important here, it gives the scale and we believe in all these numbers. Perfect cut and good colours.
I was in Casablanca but was long time ago when this mosque was buing built.
I am back home. I missed ayran in England :(. Now I have it again.
Gigidusud (21191) 2013-12-12 7:40
Splendid architectue with nice details and well framed. Excellent capture to the running man too. I like a it!
mcmtanyel (25558) 2013-12-12 18:08
Although this is a frequently photographed structure, you have managed to bring freshness to it by including the rambunctious youth. Well seen and exquisitely timed.
sevy (58) 2013-12-13 4:44
You know, since I see your serie of shots on Hassan II mosque, I want to see it by myself. It seems to be a very interesting photo subject.
I was prefering the previous view with the women, but here the centered view fully assumed is well evidencing the architectur details.
KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-12-13 17:03
merhaba my friend,
so interesting how one small boy can give life and scale to these beautiful old pieces of marble, excellent decision on your part. that must have been some insult, judging by the momentum of his run! as usual, you have chosen a wonderful subject matter and framed it perfectly. but with all that gorgeous carving and architecture, it is that little guy who steals the scene. I love it :)
chawax (20758) 2013-12-14 3:48
The child on the court makes us understand the size of the gate, really impressive ! Nice symetry in your composition, good sharpness.
Have a nice week end,
macjake (70515) 2013-12-14 11:12
wonderful looking photo here! and of course the kid running across to get to the other kid is actually stealing the show - amazing to say that given the beauty and granduer of the architecture.
very cool shot!
PS - love your newest post too! I'll get to that one later :)
Waylim (25502) 2013-12-17 16:12
Beautiful image architectural details nad work of art, but the presence of the boy running through the frame adds a good sense of liveliness as well as an anchor point to our vision. I want to be skate boarding through you photo.
ourania (48684) 2013-12-26 8:31
a superb symmetrical composition that exalts this special architectural style, its elaborate ornamentation and impressive materials. The excellent rendering of textures enhances the suggestiveness of the setting. The scene in the foreground is unexpected and delicious, I love how you've captured the dynamism of the movement and how the position of the little boy fits in the symmetry. A fascinating game would be to run and slide a long distance on the polished floor. I wonder how the waves of the Atlantic echo within these walls. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Dreamtime (450) 2014-01-06 22:35
Bayıldım, bayıldım. Fas'a acil gitmem lazım.
npecanhuk (75660) 2014-01-11 4:48
Very interesting and attractive picture!
That façade is wonderful!
The running person is a plus to this composition!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
pastadog (13111) 2014-01-14 11:14
that boy, Deniz, gives life and atmosphere to the grand moroccan architecture, cheers :)
Juzo (4217) 2014-01-30 5:49
Happy (belated) New Year! (I know I know, I am very late, but in time for Chinese New Year! haha).
This is great, total space yet with so much detail, a slice of minimalism and elegance.
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34279)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-05 2:50
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