‘Marrakech - Historical swimming pool’
This isn’t really a swimming pool but a small artificial lake in the Menara Gardens.
But that afternoon in April it was quite hot (the temperature reached 37° C). So I understand the young local guys who took a dip in the water.
The pavilion you see was built during the 16th century by the Saadi dynasty. In 1869 it was renovated by sultan Abderrahmane of Morocco who used to stay there in summertime.
The word Menara refers to this pavillon with its small green pyramid roof (called a menzeh).
The gardens were laid out already in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min.
An old hydraulic system still carries water from the mountains that are at 30 km from Marrakech.
Today the gardens are a very popular picnic spot.
In Marrakech you can find postcards with a view of this pavillon and the snowcapped Atlas Mountains on the background. But these mountains are only visible with very clear weather. I think most of the postcards show pictures that are taken in wintertime.
In the workshop you find a second picture of the pavillon with some snow on the Atlas peaks in the distance (pic taken in April).
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ManuMay (34367) 2011-06-19 21:50
A very beautiful one!!
I remember the place as the first one visited when in Marrakech...Perfect colours and sharpness, and very nice the swimmer inclusion, the right moment and the right place...
My view from this...
Have a nice day...
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2011-06-19 22:03
Thank you for your wonderful note! Nice capture on this wonderful place! Great shot, nice warm colors!
jimmj63 (2303) 2011-06-19 23:24
very good view, hot colors, soft lights, very well capture the scene, the swimming boy in front is really good
Wanda1 (14942) 2011-06-20 0:00
A different view of Morocco that I have not really seen before. Wonderful warm tones on the building which are reflected in the water. The swimmer is a great additional detail to your lovely clear shot.
Graal (95425) 2011-06-20 0:11
amazing view and place in Marrakech. Fine composition with the swimming man on BG. Good informations. Photo well done, I like it.
Have a nice day.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-06-20 0:11
hai colto benissimo l'attimo e oltre alla perfetta inquadratura hai fatto un ottimo uso della luce solare.
Sembra la locandina di un film.
Davvero una bella scena, complimenti
sandpiper (6788) 2011-06-20 4:19
Great shot, I like the workshop too. Interesting architecture, nice colours, good composition.
francio64 (38264) 2011-06-20 4:34
bella immagine di architettura e piacevole location, molto ben inserita nel tuo POV.
La presenza umana durante la fase del nuoto, dà un tocco di dinamicità alla scena, nonchè di vita.
Bella la luce e i riflessi sull'acqua e anche lo sharp è di ottimo livello.
Well done and TFS!
Sergiom (54801) 2011-06-20 5:14
J'ai eu le plaisir de photographier ce superbe endroit, mais c'était l'époque de l'argentique et je ne pourrais pas atteindre la qualité de ta photo avec un scan. J'aime beaucoup le petit baigneur qui donne une belle profondeur à l'image.
ikeharel (52523) 2011-06-20 5:56
A magnificent location, Paul, with fine water-artificial-lake as a refreshing place.
A wonderful take with the edigfice on BG.
*** I was lucky sitting near a clean window in a new 737 aircraft - not usual...
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-20 8:00
Dag best Paul,
Une très orginale présentation de ce célèbre monument avec ce nageur qui apporte vie, dynamisme et originalité à l'avant-plan. Comme dans tes autres photos du maroc, la lumière est magnifique et très bien gérée. une très belle image dans une très belle série.
Sonata11 (33163) 2011-06-20 8:22
beautiful and interesting shot of this amazing place. Lovely composition and framework as well. This swimmer is a fantastic additional detail to the beautiful image. Perfectly good job and a very well executed.
All the best,
dta (63076) 2011-06-20 8:23
Salut Paul ,
Une beau nâtiment parfaitement présenté sous la plus belle des lumières , et dans une composition excellente , avec le petit nageur au premier plan .
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-06-20 10:57
Trés belle composition, avec une lumière fantastique, et des couleurs bien belles.
Trés grande netteté.
Nard (6970) 2011-06-20 12:38
What a beautiful and luxurious place. I imagine swimming there, sky and swimming pool the same color, golden building arround me, a dream.. Magnificent picture, nice light and nice shot with the guy swimming.
mesutilgim (80202) 2011-06-20 12:43
Another amazing capture from Marrakesch.
Very good pov and perfect compo with nice warm colors.
Good and educative notes.
TFS and best regards
npecanhuk (61104) 2011-06-20 14:16
A very interesting and attractive picture!
Unique place with that pool, the vegetation and architectural details around! Great catch: swimming boy!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, dof, colors, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white & grey borders and, above all, composition are all oustanding features here!
TFS - congrats,
FlyPrm (391) 2011-06-21 0:27
That's a great shot of this beautiful place. I like the composition and framework. I wish I could swim there!
Have a nice day and TFS.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-06-21 7:59
beautiful soft colors, very well captured the scene, excellent quality.
wolf38 (30378) 2011-06-21 8:38
Hello Paul. 2 years ago I saw this area. Unfortunately, I had very little time. But the huge outdoor swimming pool and everything around it was really worth seeing. People gather here to celebrate and relax. Composition, light and colors of the photos I like very much. And the boy in the water is a wonderful addition. Rgds wolfgang.
adramad (35481) 2011-06-21 12:29
That nice composition! the elegant and artistic pavilions, the charm of palm trees and beautiful glare and reflections in water, form an ideal image, the boy swimming in the foreground adds more charm to the composition.
A perfect light, with a colorful ideal for that afternoon sun gives a golden hue to the construction and superb tone blue. Very nice job.
jugnutoor (1017) 2011-06-21 13:49
Hi Paul, Usually we see foreground consumed by immovable lifeless subjects in such monumental shots, but in you shot swimmer has become a distinguished foreground subject. Well composed shot, beautiful colors, and thanks for informative note.
adores (34560) 2011-06-21 17:47
It's always great to see La Menara, especially with this swimmer in foreground - that's exactly what makes it s different from the usual. A very good composition with good colours!
raszid62 (18583) 2011-06-22 7:10
Great photo pool with a swimmer in the water and beautiful Moorish building at the pool. Wonderful light and colors.
macjake (52394) 2011-06-22 9:51
you have two things going for you in this shot. classic architecture, and the human experience as well.
great timing to capture this with the head up out of the water.
beautiful scene with the lighting too.
lousat (72543) 2011-06-22 9:56
Hi Paul,is very unusual for me to see a swimmer in these waters,i been there in 2009,March and the weather was very very cold,close to the 0 ..A beautiful point of view and the best light for a very excellent result,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
UlfE (14639) 2011-06-22 11:54
A really fine compostion with the building perfectly positioned. The boy swimming in the water is a great inclusion and makes the scene a bit vivid. Wonderful lighting and colours. TFS and have a nice evening!
josepmarin (57519) 2011-06-23 0:18
you have combined with efficiency the beautiful architecture of this pavilion and the vital scene of the boy swimming in this artificial lake that surrounds it.
The image has a great sharpness and a high chromatic quality.
I like how you have organized the elements in the framing, in order to obtain a balanced image and with a nice graphics.
anokutan (15097) 2011-06-23 0:19
Wonderful warm tones on the building which are reflected in the water. The swimmer is a great additional detail to your lovely clear shot.
RhodieIke (11512) 2011-06-23 15:07
Hi Paul, Super photo of this Menara gardens and building, the lad swimming adds a certain mood of fun, Cheers Iain.
shevchenko (19051) 2011-06-24 4:11
Good frame to the blue scenery with half part of photo is in the water, good capture to the swimmer, lively shot in a sunny day, nice background architecture too, distinct image, good shoot.
danos (83177) 2011-06-24 7:34
i remember this huge artificial pool at Menara gardens with the characteristic house in it.But i never seen a person to wsim in these stationary and dirty water as i think.The whole image is well presented.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
vladic (4323) 2011-06-24 10:12
Très bonne réalisation surtout au niveaux des couleurs attrayantes. Le pavillon avec le toit en petite pyramide verte est parfaitement mis en valeur avec ce cadrage astucieux. Un nageur au premier plan donne une belle profondeur à l'image.
jhm (135396) 2011-06-25 0:45
Ik ben er nooit geweest en zal er ook nooit komen gezien mijn leeftijd.
Maar uw foto is zeker kwalitatief gemaakt en de zwemmer die nog een beetje moet bijleren maakt alles zo echt.
Zwemmen in een vijver is hier bijna onmogelijk geworden.
Kleur en samenstelling zijn zeer aangenaam om naarte kijken.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt,
ymrk (14955) 2011-06-25 3:41
good timing and with together,the warm light has surrounded to all of factors on photo!
mvdisco (17664) 2011-06-25 16:28
Very nice caught of view of this historic swimming pool,
Nice notes of the sujet.
beautiful architecture on background and details,
I like the tone of colors of your composition..
hum! lovely place to be in vacancy..
Charo (51210) 2011-06-26 9:41
For there must be a pleasure to bathe with beautiful architecture, on a warm day with a magnificent light.
Excellent captured the moment, with dynamism, good reflexes and colors.
delpeoples (52575) 2011-06-26 10:35
The subject itself is fascinating and very beautiful. But it is your light management that makes this such an exquisite photo. The light is just superb. I love the warm tones and the almost purple hues reflecting on the water. Simply magnificent, I can almost feel the warmth here in wintry Sydney.
dip (23520) 2011-06-26 15:05
what a wonderful image!
not only the beautiful architectural details but also the nice capture of the swimming boy in the foreground,
excellent framing,lighting and sharpness!
emka (73471) 2011-06-26 16:30
Hi paul, I remember the place from my trip to Morocco (many years ago). With 37 ° C it must have been refreshing to have a bath here, although I doubt it is allowed. Nice composition and what a sharpness. Nice green roof, beautiful light in the afternoon.
sacavem (18610) 2011-06-28 6:53
Good POV and composition!An interesting building and architecture from Morocco.Beautiful colors, well done.
bmukherjee (1512) 2011-06-28 19:54
Wonderfully timed here!! The tanned color of the sandstone matches the skin color of the swimmer... It's a truly perfect travel photograph. Great sharpness and color.
fotka (3285) 2011-07-02 8:29
I enjoy the warm colors in the afternoon sun. The photo is nicely composed with the buildings in the background and the single swimmer in the foreground. Great light, colors, sharpness as also very interesting note.
JFS (32459) 2011-07-02 8:54
Paul, I've seen this image in many turist leaflets but never with someone swimming! Great moment, great scenery, great colors and light. Thanks for sharing!
claudeD (30607) 2011-07-02 11:48
Amazing picture from Marrakech with an excellent composition and fine colors.I like the swimmer adding action to your shot.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
paololg (31448) 2011-07-05 13:37
What a beautiful image, dear Paul, with incredible sharpness, especially in the architectural details of the building and in the water moved by the swimmer. Masterful handling of light, an image really captured so perfectly. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Wednesday!
SWEETFREEDOM (21662) 2011-07-10 23:00
you caught this pavillon with a very good and attractive light, nice the boy swimming in fg it gives life to whole the scene.
patdeph (35748) 2011-07-11 13:27
la lumière et les couleurs sont de pures merveilles,j'adore ce bleu et le doré de la pierre.Ajoutons à celà la beauté des lieux,pour obtenir la plus exquise des photos.C'est superbe!
zanzi (13554) 2011-07-13 13:24
The composition is well though and perfectly realized.
The evening light reveals the beautiful colors of the stones.
Longroute (19392) 2011-07-14 1:50
I already knew this lovely pond from other photos but here you created a fine composition including the swimming boy which makes the scene more interesting and dynamic. also I like the light, colours and reflections.
A fine capture,
billakos773 (253) 2011-07-15 3:42
A VERY NICE SHOT,GOOD FRAMING,NICE LIGHT AND COLORS,ALSO DETAILS(THE WIND BREATH ON THE WATER).
baddori (19157) 2011-07-16 22:20
Colori bassi e delicati ...una impressione di calma di tempo che si è fermato, concordo con Donato, il bambino , (ed i bambini) da movimento alla scena...in un contesto magico ...arabo..
mkamionka (29259) 2011-07-18 8:03
very charming building with such simple and yet attractive architecture. Great light makes the scene really pleasant.
Including the swimmer in the foreground adds some more interest and action.
Very well done!
jmdias (52800) 2011-09-04 14:51
I want to visit this place in the next month. I hope I get a nice light and good weather to take good photos like this. perfect image showing the beautiful architecture and the boy swimming in the lake. the image in the WS is fabulous too and we can see the atlas at distance. TFS.
- Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) (20551)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-19 21:30