The Ksar of Aït Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is an important historical and social site.
It is located on the south of the High Atlas, in the Ounila valley, on the commercial road between the ancient Sudan and Marrakech, through the Dra valley and the Tizi n Telouet col.
The first implantation date from the Almoravids era (11th century).
The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Aït Ben-Haddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.
Since 1987 Aït Ben-Haddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its magnificent red walled buildings and impressive architecture has made Ait Ben-Haddou the site of many films including, most recently, the films Gladiator in 2000 and Alexander in 2004.
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Royaldevon (27515) 2009-11-21 2:10
Your notes do not surprise me as this has all characteristics of a film set.
I love the rich colours of the walls which match the surrounding earth.
You have composed it well with a f/g triange, a b/g triangle and the two separated by the almost diagonal river bed.
A good dof supplies us with fine details throughout.
Have a good w/e,
npecanhuk (62498) 2009-11-21 2:40
That's a very interesting and truly wonderful photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, dof, high pov, natural colors, black frame and composition are all excellent!
I guess I wouldn't like to live there, but it'd certainly be an awesome place to visit! Maybe one day!!??!!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
mortijo (12828) 2009-11-21 7:36
EXcellent composition with the almost dry river bed dividing the picture diagonally.
lousat (73903) 2009-11-21 17:42
Salut Catherine,vraiment magnifique,tu as eu la chance de cette magnifique lumiere qui rechauffe les rouges,une perspective exceptionelle....tu as loue' la voiture ou une excursion organisee' depuis Marrakech,combien de temp depuis Marrakech cette ville? Bonne Dimanche,Luciano
danyy (0) 2009-11-23 23:39
région apparement assez désertique et aride que le sud-marocain. Les habitations ont la couleur de la terre, un mimétisme particulier.
Une belle photo profonde et nette avec juste ce qu'il faut de ciel, un excellent POV en altitude.
akm (1216) 2009-11-25 16:32
Your high POV is really informative -- and makes a beautiful image. Well done.
- Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) (4864)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-11-12
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 40 D, Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX, Kenko Circular PL 77mm
- Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-21 1:47