This place is Skoura, a little village located along a large palm trees area, south of the Atlas mountains, between Ouarzazate and El Rachidia. My wife and I have spent the whole day with two nice Moroccan guys trekking among the palm trees and the stone desert under a great sun.
They taught us many things about the area : the ingenious hydraulic system maintained for hundreds of years to bring water for the palm trees, the way the Kasbah were built; we went through incredibly wealthy gardens in the middle of the desert, we climbed nice hills from where we could discover hidden villages and so on...
When coming back to our kasbah for the night, a storm was approaching with very dark clouds. Still, the light was still very bright and I found it incredible. It enhanced the red ground and that beautiful tree on the foreground (a Tamariz if I remember correctly what one of the young guys told me). I loved the scene and tried to capture it. That day was so fantastic that I took something like 350 pictures :-)
Levels and tones adjusted, I cloned out the electric wires. USM applied.
Shutter speed: 1/134 sec
Exposure mode: Av
Metering mode: Multi-segment
Focal length: 8,9mm
Focal length: 35mm (in 35mm film)
AF mode: AF-S
Image size: 2560 x 1920
Image quality: FINE
White balance: AUTO
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hispic (9652) 2005-01-13 16:57
Very inpact shot, trees with a strong light from the side in the dark sky background.
kaustubh10 (182) 2005-01-13 17:07
you've captured a nice contrast between the dark sky and the well lit red soil. And the trees add a nice touch too.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-01-13 17:15
Great light! If it weren't for the pylon and the roadsign it could be a 'biblical' scene - but a nicely placed roadsign - as it WAS there! There is a touch of humour as if they are running away from the storm. Great shot and a photographer's dream of a dayas you say!
Vicky (1446) 2005-01-13 17:19
It looks like the end of the world... the patchwork in the dark sky is fantastic. I would hate to have been around when it released its load. The light produces dramatic visual effects and the sky has emphasised the bold colours of the ground and tree. Well done Steven, this is one of the best I've seen.
Xalkida (11744) 2005-01-13 17:50
Very fine scene! Excellent colors, very vivid. A great photo!
jofjof27 (399) 2005-01-13 17:53
Quelle photo!!! vraiment très très fort. Un contraste puissant pour une photo fantastique
hajle (1087) 2005-01-13 17:59
wow, realy great shot!!!
aftabxt (70) 2005-01-13 19:15
Very nice and sharp picture. Beautiful colours. The trees might be happy to get some rain.
scalerman (26900) 2005-01-13 20:07
i think you can sum this up with: light! Always a great contrast with approaching storms and foreground sunlight.
laurent (336) 2005-01-13 23:20
beau contrast entre le sol rouge, le ciel chargé et les arbres verts. La compo est sympa.
eleparc (24063) 2005-01-14 11:59
quell beau ciel d'orage et cette terre rouge! tout cela se marie à la perfection! je connais skoura. j'y etais il y a 1 an et demi..
je ne te vois plus bcp?? bcp de boulot?
Maru (0) 2005-01-17 7:51
Amazing landscape! the intense contrast of the colors, the dark grey stormy sky and the sunlight over the soil ant the tree is absolutly beautiful.. great POV and sharpnes, well composed and nice crop you chose.
Jaku (6812) 2005-01-17 15:08
Contrast with red ground, green tree and blue sky.
Very good light too.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-10-24
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, 35-280mm f2.8-8.0, JPEG 100 ISO, Hama UV 67 mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/134 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 13 DAYS TO DISCOVER SOUTH MOROCCO
- Date Submitted: 2005-01-13 16:46
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