Coming from Marrakech, having passed the majestic Atlas Mountains with its snowy tops and travelling more to southeast, you reach Ait Benhaddou after 2 hours of bus drive. Ksar Ait Benhaddou is at the borders of arid lands, further ahead the desert starts. It is located at the ramparts of a not so high hill, the top crowned with a granary. Earthmade houses, typical of traditional Berber architecture, create an incredibly authentic view for the naive visitors' eyes. The place, after becoming a natural decor for some famous historical movies, became a UNESCO Heritage site. Now, only 10 families live in the town, all of them earning money from tourism and spending most of it for restoration purposes. No electricity and motorized transportation. The only means of transport is donkeys. When i arrived there, it was this personage with long ears who carried my luggage while crossing the river. Yes, you have to cross a river to arrive there, right on your feet. No bridges at all (ok, there is a bridge for crossing the river, but too far and not so useful).
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jhm (152232) 2013-05-05 2:47
What a beautiful picture taken out of a very low position.
Splendid how we see the hear of the donkey, this type of donkeys see we here not much in Belgium.
Incredible contrast picture between the colours of the wall and the dark colour of the donkey
Excellent composition, lovely colours, beautiful presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
lousat (90702) 2013-05-05 3:06
Ahaha,this is great my friend!! What a idea the choice of point of view to create this imposing perspective,a jump in the past from the most beautiful kasbah of Morocco,perfect exposure,details and colors,i like it!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Silvio1953 (142095) 2013-05-05 3:08
Ciao Deniz, great portrait of cute creature, lovely composition with beautiful architecture, splendid light, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
parvatibb (1387) 2013-05-05 3:17
cok sirin bir donkey! bir an yere mi yattin cektin dedim ama herhalde aranizda kot farki vardi
up close and personel olmus:))
ktanska (27512) 2013-05-05 3:18
THis is original viewpoin, looking up from donkey's feet. I guess you were on lower steps rather than laying on the ground?
It looks dry and hot over there. Old clay buildings glowing in sunshine of Sahara.
howladersourav (341) 2013-05-05 3:47
It is wonderful angle. Well framed and depth of field.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Let us share our world to each other.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2013-05-05 3:47
Fas serini ilgiyle ve severek izliyorum. ă÷l fotoğrafları, renkli binalar ve usta kompozisyonlar nefis... Yukarıdaki gibi.
Ellerine sağlık, iyi pazarlar.
tyro (24654) 2013-05-05 4:10
You have written an interesting and very informative note about A´t Benhaddou and your adventurous trip there. Fascinating that there is no motorised transport and that you had to walk and this lovely donkey transported your luggage.
You have chosen a delightful viewpoint to capture both your loyal and friendly "beast of burden" as well as the wonderful clay architecture of the ksar. Were you lying on the ground taking this one?
Gorgeous colours and light, excellent composition against a deep blue cloudless sky, perfect exposure (in very difficult and contrasty lighting conditions) and exquisite details and sharpness.
I love it!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-05 5:41
dal nome pensavo che tu fossi italiano e mi ha sorpreso leggere il tuo paese di origine. La tua galleri Ŕ estremamente bella ed interessante e mi riprometto di visitarla con pi¨ calma. Oggi voglio complimentarmi per questa bella ultima tua foto che Ŕ apprezzabile per l'originalitÓ del punto di ripresa e per la bellezza della composizione. Una foto che giudico genialeed interessante anche per l'insieme dei colori perfettamente miscelati e contrapposti tra loro.
Complimenti! Uno scatto che denota classe!. La tua bravura Ŕ indiscutibile.
Ciao e buona giornata.
holmertz (52022) 2013-05-05 9:49
An amusing photo with an "inhuman touch" shot from a low angle that captures the local architecture well. A fine atmosphere, good colours and superbly managed light. The interesting and well written note comes as a bonus. I enjoyed this picture.
mjw364 (850) 2013-05-05 9:59
Nice ass! Ha ha! It is the POV that makes this such a great catch and that good old Sigma lens that helps to distort and create the depth making this original!
mcmtanyel (22216) 2013-05-05 20:35
Selamlar Deniz Bey,
Pek tatlı bir eşekšik, ilginš bir ašıdan šekmişsiniz. Pek gŘzel olmuş, elinize sağlık.
HimalAnda (10665) 2013-05-06 0:12
That's a very funny picture with an excellent point of view and composition.
Angshu (56750) 2013-05-06 2:14
A brave low POV...his hooves are too close for comfort. What comes out wonderfully is the contrast between the clear blue sky and the warm tone of the mud-stone building. The contrast is very strong as it can be seen on the wall vis a vis the dark shade on the donkey.
Excellent in compo & execution!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-06 4:22
love this! Such a great POV and so beautifully sharp and original. It works superbly and your execution both creative and flawless. Well done!
Have a good week - Brian.
Oceania (5202) 2013-05-06 5:40
It is interesting to know a donkey carried your luggage crossing a river. It must be a very remote place in Morocco, an adventurous trip for you.
gojo (1769) 2013-05-06 7:24
Another great one from Your trip!
The donkey has a great expression and I can almost smell him/her.
Where were YOU??? In a pot hole?
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-05-08 20:16
haha...great expression on that donkey.whats not to like about the pic.everything is just fantastic.but i really like the choice for your angle.
ChrisJ (113257) 2013-05-09 4:23
I love the wide angled, upward pov and clever framing of the donkey between the two walls. Good sharpness and nice lighting that reveals the textural details in the mud brick walls. Good shadow detail and excellent warm cold color contrasts between the blue sky and reddish ochre walls. Tfs!
willperrett (10609) 2013-05-09 9:00
Your Morocco trip seems to have been very fruitful photography-wise! I've chosen this one, as I'm attracted by the odd angle and the extreme wide lens choice, which has made the donkey a comedy monster. Funny and a very attractive place.
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-05-12 7:19
The lower position and the wide angle lens
creates this beautiful effect: it's
original and it's also funny and it's
makes the Donkey bigger and the picture
extra exciting. Composition and the
light management are great.
amazon (12112) 2013-05-14 13:00
ohhhh bie saattir sıra gelsin diye bekliyorum bu kareyi...beğendim ama...
macjake (67534) 2013-06-07 4:48
haha, very cool looking photo here Deniz.
its not too often we get to see a donkey from an angle/pov like this!
and its great that we get to see the head/face with a blue sky bg instead of it blended in with the browns.
this one is funny yet also creatively executed.
I'd be very happy with this photo if it were my own.
You asked about the horses on my Trek...they are there only in case of altitude sickness and someone can't continue. A couple people in our group needed to use the horses on two occasions for several hours.
enjoy your day
Wanda1 (15142) 2013-11-09 20:12
The Guardian of Ait Benhaddou ;-) ,and knowing the stubborn nature of donkeys, I am sure that he will not let just anyone into the amazing place. Your angle of view is excellent to give a completely different view and framing and make an interesting and unique shot. He is framed perfectly between the buildings and stands out so well against the deep blue sky. I really enjoyed wandering around this small village enclosed by its mud walls and encompassing its beautiful mud buildings, like something rom a another time. Love it!
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34279)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-05 2:40