‘Meknes - Bab Mansour & Place el Hedim’
In the late afternoon the Place el Hedim at the heart of Meknes turns into a very lively square, a bit like the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech.
Compared to this latter I have to admit that here the crowd is smaller (with far fewer tourists than in Marrakech) but the surrounding city walls and the gate of Bab Mansour make this square - at the architectural level - much more beautiful and interesting.
It was a warm day in April with quite a lot of clouds in the sky. In the early evening the setting sun created nice colours on the walls and on the Bab Mansour (behind the crowd on the picture).
The Bab Mansour is the biggest and finest gate in Meknes and an interesting adaptation of the classic Almohad design.
It was completed in the middle of the 18th century. Most of the time it’s closed but you can pass through a small entrance a bit further.
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Sonata11 (33209) 2011-05-25 21:25
this is a very interesting composition and very beautiful framework as well. An amazing view of the city with a beautiful architecture.You're show us a very fascinating scenery of daily life. Excellent job. Excellent POV. My congrats. I love it.
All the best,
JFS (32459) 2011-05-25 22:11
Amazing place and amazing light. Splendid sharpness, we can see every detail. Thanks Paul!
dta (64156) 2011-05-25 23:18
Bonjour Paul ,
Un point dee vue et un cadrage très intéressant . La lumière qui illumine les murs jaunes amplifie les contrastes avec le nuage sombre .
Très bien fait .
kordinator (14941) 2011-05-26 0:37
Wonderful place you captured with many lovely details.
Nice atchitecture,pleasent peoples,pleasant the presence of people.
Amazing light managment fanastic colors.
Great job with very informative note.
resat1972 (7326) 2011-05-26 0:40
very beautiful landscape
but it is very crowded
gave a beautiful environment
siudzi (32837) 2011-05-26 2:32
An interesting shot of this wonderful architecture. Amazing warm colors and lights you have achieved here. Well done.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-05-26 3:35
Dag best Paul,
Magnifique image pleine de vie et riche en détails. toute une ambiance très bien captée. La couleur chaude de la belle architecture de Meknes ressort à merveille sous ce cile légèrement couvret. très belle composition également avec les éléments sur la gauche qui donnent de la profondeur.
jhm (136896) 2011-05-26 4:35
Een staal helder beeld, dit doet mij denken aan de oude schilderijen van welleer.
De kleuren zorgen voor een echt verzorgt beeld.
Mooi foto werk, prachtige presentatie ook.
ManuMay (34411) 2011-05-26 4:38
Very nice daily life theme...superb colours and textures and a very good conjunction of colour tones bathing the scene this golden rays of late evening, great composition and contrasts play...Great work!
Have a nice day...
marina7 (8051) 2011-05-26 4:38
You've brought some stunning shots from Morocco and this is one of those. The golden hue highlights the beauty of the old architecture and looks especially vivid against the grayish violet cloud. A very picturesque indigenous scene from a very beautiful and unique country. Thanks for sharing.
ruisc_pt (10525) 2011-05-26 15:08
Impressive shot Paul.
Very well composed.
Urs (14082) 2011-05-26 20:43
Fantastic atmosphere, the upcoming thunder storm adds drama to the sky, but still there is some sunlight, producing an unreal but fascinating scenery. The color hues and contrasts are superb as is your choice of POV which boosts DOF. Well done.
Nard (6970) 2011-05-27 2:24
Splendid composition and esxcedllent framing with this detailed architecture on the foreground. I like how the golden walls stand out the dark sky. The people on the place fill well the space and add a part of life and other colors.
bergese (6699) 2011-05-27 3:27
Une belle image de cette place avec une extraordinaire lumiere et un ciel magique.Je trouve que le monument sur la gauche est bien mis en valeur.
Bonne journée Isabelle
adramad (36447) 2011-05-27 9:48
A wonderful composition, love the POV you have chosen, in the foreground showing this beautiful temple, with the beautiful and monumental door at the end, elegant architecture and elaborate artistic graphics, is a pleasure, the presence of all those people very lively the image, thus not only shows a monument. Well done.
Have a nice weekend.
raszid62 (18583) 2011-05-28 6:25
Magnificent buildings golden in Arabic architecture and ornamentation. The warm color of the walls contrasts beautifully dark, menacing sky. Square full of traffic and bustle. Excellent image quality.
Fis2 (83360) 2011-05-28 11:32
Curious place, interesting architecture.
I lika frame and composition.
Photo has climate.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-28 23:19
Great picture of this Place in Meknes
Excellent POV and colors
Fine strong contrast
Have a nice Sunday
peppe59 (14551) 2011-05-29 1:39
fantastic light on this picture very beautiful and alive with color, a very dynamic scene in the square, great clarity and quality.
patdeph (35748) 2011-05-29 3:16
l'architecture estst une petite merveille,que la lumièreet les couleurs dorées rend encore plus belle.Superb!
delpeoples (52877) 2011-05-29 6:06
You chose a good time to shoot this magnificent scene. The light is stunning and shows every amazing detail of the mosques in the background. The people milling around give the sense of dynamism and chaos. Your photo makes me put Morrocco on the Travel List. Fantastic photo, congratulations.
macjake (54264) 2011-05-29 13:32
I can see why you would love to shoot some photos here.
looking at the wall to the left, its very photogenic, as is the rear wall.
the colors, the arches, the architecture!
enjoy your sunday
Charo (51210) 2011-05-29 15:45
Fantastic framing of this architectural wonder.
Very good light and high contrast under overcast skies.
An image with a dynamic and excellent detail.
sandpiper (6788) 2011-05-31 0:57
a great people scene here in Meknes. Some nice architecture and great light.
lousat (74135) 2011-05-31 8:38
Hi Paul,magnificent choice of point of view and crop,i like a lot this perfect way to take these magic architechtures and the moroccan daily life together,beautiful high saturation,light and details.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
claudeD (31389) 2011-05-31 12:01
very fine composition with excellent fresh colors and perfect sharpness.Very good clarity.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
jimkil (1720) 2011-05-31 15:26
Great light, the tones are very appealing, as is the squareish format. It looks mobbed as so much of these squares in Northern africa are.
danos (84517) 2011-06-01 0:31
nice the snapshot of the el Hedim place,with the gathering people to enjoy in this beautiful place.I like the warm afternoon light as falling on the place, with the people to adds life and the gate of Bab Mansour beauty in the image.
Have a good day,danos
mauro61 (52623) 2011-06-01 0:34
bella la resa dei colori grazie anche alla calda luce del sole.
Folla che si accalca in circolo e splendida architettura ad arricchire la scena,
mkamionka (29810) 2011-06-01 7:17
excellent presentation from Morocco. I like the purple sky covered with clouds, I think this made a huge difference as most photos from this country which I have seen are taken in such a bright light that the shadows are unbearable. Here there is plenty of light but the contrasts do not kill the scene. Everything seems very colorful. The processing must have been perfect as well.
I like the composition too with several layers of interest: one piece of architecture being in the foreground and another in the distance. People do not disturb being small but add some charm and action.
tober (8797) 2011-06-01 14:03
Hi Paul, the contrast of the old yellow city walls against the pale blue sky loks wonderful. The light control is "first class". Congratulations and warm regards, Tolga
vladic (4335) 2011-06-01 14:14
Mon regard s’est arrêté longtemps sur cette photo, l'image originale que celle-ci et que j’aime pour son côté mystérieux...
Une composition très appréciable et parfaitement cadrée. La lumière est très bien maîtrisée et souligne délicatement les textures d'architecture.
ptiza (727) 2011-06-06 1:16
This is an excellent presentation of Place el Hedim in Meknes. Very impressive, expressive, good color and an interesting contrast between the sky and golden buildings. Congratulations.
With best regards,
jemaflor (82294) 2011-06-06 8:45
Une composition équilibrée et de très belles teintes avec une lumière chaude parfaitement capturée, joli resultat avec un très bonne netteté également.
Gerrit (46086) 2011-06-13 4:57
interessante clustering van groepjes hier. De gebouwen staan er prachtig op, goed in het licht en met de detaillering haarscherp in beeld.
De compositie is ook erg goed.
kiks (11749) 2011-06-13 11:39
very surreal light that gives some istic look to the scene. Like this daily life scene.
Angshu (55039) 2011-06-19 1:54
The light is indeed delicious...the small details of the sculpted facades surely are a treat to the eyes...Like the small green tiles as well. There's a lot of people congregated there in the BG...locals looking at the wares I presume while in the FG some tourists chat. Good juxtaposition of culture, heritage & daily life in this composition blessed with fine light!
FlyPrm (391) 2011-06-22 3:02
Wonderful photo Paul!
With all those details and beautiful vivid colours it catches the eye.
I like the composition and fascinated by your excellent job.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo.
Graal (96066) 2011-07-09 23:38
an interesting place in Morocco. Good shot, well note and done photo. I like it.
Have a nice day.