This is a shot from Essaouira at sunset, taken from the top tower located in the harbour, south-west of the city.
That spot was known by Phenician people from the VIIth century BC as an important harbour in their trading economy since they came and bought deep red tints from local people.
In the XVth century, Portuguese people settled a trade and military place they called "Mogador".
Starting from the late XVIIIth, the city grew a lot, backed by the Allaouite Sultan Sidi Mohammad Ben Abdellah (Mohammad II) who decided to make that harbour a strong place. To do so, he asked the French architect Theodore Cornut - who already built different strong places for the French King Louis XV - to design the city as it looks today with stong walls (called Sqala) protecting a small Medina.
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VanMagenta (23) 2006-06-19 17:17
Very nice picture! Great point of view...
clarkzor (379) 2006-06-19 17:55
Hi Steven! Nice picture!, I like the colors and I like the idea of adding the blue square in the top left corner. Good composition. Well done!
robiuk (10807) 2006-06-19 18:17
A great one, Steven!
Lovely execution of an old framing idea! Beautiful!
I would go even further and place the opening in the lower right corner, but hey, this is just my idea!
I think your original is superb as it is,
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-06-19 20:26
Very nice and well composed shot, with the view through the round opening on the tower. However, and this is personal opinion, I would crop the blue bit on the left. I think, it distracts the attention. Very good informative note.
Cormac (26565) 2006-06-19 22:06
Wonderful shot! The idea of shooting through the window in the wall is great, and I like that you can see some detail in the wall and it isn't just silhoetted. The view through the wall is great, showing the ocean, the wall and the town, all with great colour and contrast. I'm adding this to my favourites!
vicki007 (109) 2006-06-20 2:11
Great photo and idea for framing!! Excellent DOF, showing detail of buildings & ocean.
I would agree with Antonio and crop the blue from the left.
ALSOM (6616) 2006-06-20 5:02
Une très belle ville, plus rafraichissante que Marrakech. J'aimme bcp ce coin de la ville, une prise 'hublot' originale de cette grande façade, normal on est dans un port de pêche.
Merci, Alain -
Albrecht (11281) 2006-06-20 13:23
Great shot;wonderful POV and colours and DOF. Well chosen.
crettaz (2767) 2006-07-28 9:46
Je trouve particulierement sympa le cadre avec le petit "hublot" dans le mur
jdwyer264 (1082) 2007-01-27 7:13
Good shot, I have a very similar shot in my profile.
The light and colours are really fresh and crisp.
Like with my shot the DOF could be better, with the frame thrown out of focus a bit more, but again both shots have nice rustic and character full stonework details.
cepekdong (3676) 2007-05-05 4:59
a good idea to take the pic like this ! very nice. i will go to marokko as well and i cant wait !
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 28-75 f2.8 DI, Digital RAW, Hama UV 67 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: FEW DAYS IN MOROCCO
- Theme(s): Twins? [Part XX] [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-19 16:19
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