‘Marrakech - The tables are set’
Djemaa el Fna, the main square in the medina of Marrakesh, is famous for the large number of spectacles going on all day.
Perfomers of every kind put up their shows: musicians, dancers, story-tellers, snake charmers, men with chained Barbary apes and water sellers in their colourful costumes fill the square.
When the night falls Djemaa el Fna becomes more crowded and dozens of food-stalls move in.
Then it’s time to enjoy culinary delights as goat heads and hot and tasty snails.
In 2001 UNESCO added the Djemaa el Fna to the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Square does shelter a rich oral and intangible tradition.
The picture is taken from a terrace of one of the many restaurants around the square. The foreground shows the food stalls with steam rising from some of them.
On the background in the middle you can find the Argana Restaurant where a bomb, left in a bag, exploded on April 28, 2011 (15 days after this picture was taken). The bombing killed 17 people while at least 25 others were injured. A sad day for this square and for Marrakech where Moroccans and tourists do meet already for many years.
But people continue visiting Marrakech. Traditional activities keep going on on Djemaa el Fna that remains the most important square of the city, used equally by locals and tourists.
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leDoc (691) 2011-06-07 17:26
Nice place. I was the in 2009... good memories.I also made a photo from same place.
Sonata11 (33223) 2011-06-07 17:37
wonderful and interesting shot of this market, is a very attractive and lovely. Fantastic composition. Well done, and a very well executed.
All the best,
serp2000 (39250) 2011-06-07 21:26
Very picturesque night photo! Good title and an interesting note too. Night market is typical scene for the south countries. Excellent capture! TFS!
dip (23532) 2011-06-07 22:15
you chosen an excellent point of view to photograph the square,we can see many interesting details thanks to clarity and the good light managment,very well done and thanks for sharing!
Graal (96452) 2011-06-08 0:19
beautiful view. Good shot from fine, high POV and during the blue hour. Very nice colourful image. Well quality of photo. I like it.
Have a nice day.
ManuMay (34411) 2011-06-08 0:24
I´ve missed this and I found today by chance...
Excellent capture of one of most incredible places around the world, colourful, always in motion, always alive, great contrasts, great colours and tastes, great smells...everything seems here to be superlative, and you reflected very well, fine light management and colours qualities...
I´ve been there four times...and I miss to come back!!
Have a nice day...
dta (65010) 2011-06-08 0:42
Bonjour Paul ,
LA vue nocturne de ce célèbre marché est très belle et intéressante . C'est coloré , et le minaret constitue un excellent point d'accroche .
rodgerg (55767) 2011-06-08 0:54
Dag best Paul,
Très belle vue à l'heure bleue de cette fameuse place qui grouille de vie, de bruits, d'activités. Ta photo rend très bien cette athmosphère. excellent gestion de la lmuière et très beau cadrage avec les bâtiments qui ferment bien l'image dans le fond.
CLODO (29914) 2011-06-08 1:16
A great picture taken at the blue hour with the buzz of the night life.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-06-08 1:19
splendida ripresa di questo mercato con una immagine ricca di luci e colori.
Ottima la definizione e il momento in cui hai colto la scena,
paololg (31448) 2011-06-08 8:28
Ciao dear Paul,
incredible the quantity of details in this beautiful view of Marrakech, a blue hour that well describes the life of this square. It 's really sad to think about the images seen on television of the restaurant Argana, which is beautiful in this photo near the tower. Human stupidity has no limits, unfortunately.
Ciao, have a nice evening!
leo61 (0) 2011-06-08 11:26
Not the best exposure,but it shows very well what`s going on at this famous square in the evening.
Last november I was there again after exactly ten years and this square and the whole city lost all of it`s fairytal feeling,but it`s still worth a visit.
mesutilgim (82344) 2011-06-08 12:13
Very nice capture from Marrakesh, with perfect pov and nice vivid colors.
A scene full of joy and energy.
TFS and best regards
resat1972 (7326) 2011-06-08 12:54
It's a great shot
the lights look great
vladic (4335) 2011-06-08 13:40
L’atmosphère de cette image est incroyable. La sérénité du lieu est palpable et est renforcée par les couleurs aux pastels. L’ambiance nocturne est montré d’une manière fabuleuse et presque touchante.
Je te souhaite une bonne soirée.
Charo (51210) 2011-06-08 14:34
Fantastic general perspective of this famous square with great light and colors.
Very good frame and excellent dynamics and detail.
agulberk (3794) 2011-06-08 18:52
Very beautiful, historic and nostalgic like a movie set, though, if the satellite dishes. Vivid colors, very affectionate and is a fantastic natural environment and peaceful atmosphere.
Nice composition,excellent presentation and very good capture.
RhodieIke (11584) 2011-06-08 21:59
Hi Paul, Mine a lamb tagine please, Super photo of this amazing square,TFS, Cheers Iain.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-06-08 23:40
Amazing colors in this fine picture from Marrakech
Nice composition, excellent POV and details
Have a nice day
John_F_Kennedy (42062) 2011-06-09 4:04
Splendid the illuminated market and mosque here. Very impressive photo, fantasticc nightshot
COSTANTINO (53757) 2011-06-09 11:22
I like shots with colors,light and life
this one is wonderful and relative
to the daily life of a market
typical scene for those countries
jhm (137668) 2011-06-10 2:22
Avondmarkt is daar blijkbaar geëerd, ziet er ook aangenaam uit om tussen de kraampjes te laveren.
Nochtans geen gemakkelijke foto door het avondlicht op en boven de kraampjes.
U heeft alles zeer scherp kunnen krijgen, prachtig gedaan.
Goed foto werk, bedankt.
Nard (6970) 2011-06-10 6:46
Good idea to have an hight POV to take this picture. We have a large view of this market, alive, full of people with all these lights everywhere. I like also how the mosque stands out the background and the numerous white satellite dish.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-06-10 9:15
very beautiful scene in Marrakesh market, excellent management of light and color, fantastic scene.
ikeharel (55368) 2011-06-11 1:25
An overwhelming view on the main square at dusk. Fine illumination you managed to collect. Very clear in details.
Enjoy your weekend,
lousat (75063) 2011-06-11 15:32
Hi Paul,truely a magnificent postcard taken at the top of quality of sharpness,colors and light balance,and very rich of elements and details as i like.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.
Cricri (104511) 2011-06-11 23:10
Belle image de la place Djemaa el Fna, un POV bien choisi qui donne un aperçu sur beaucoup de détails, bonne gestion des lumières, très belle présentation
adores (35721) 2011-06-12 15:27
So good to see this photo! The Argana was really an unforgettable place and your pov is just great to show it here - one of the best terraces I've ever seen. Taken at a really good time of the day, when the place is already very busy but still with a beautiful blue sky.
shevchenko (19271) 2011-06-12 23:21
Amazing, crowd is full fill the open air market, lively daily life shot, good color, lighting and exposure, distinct image by night, well done.
josepmarin (57697) 2011-06-13 3:41
an excellent capture of the unique atmosphere of this great square, well known in the whole world. The lights of the buildings and of the square create a nice contrast with the still blue sky, in this good capture from an effective POV.
It is impressive to see that 15 days after your capture, the human madness have flooded with death and with destruction this magnificent place, claiming 17 innocent lives.
A beautiful and interesting work, my friend.
svefay (808) 2011-06-13 3:44
good capture of the open mall...
nice and informative view of the city...
macondo (18595) 2011-06-13 3:53
I like the shots in your gallery! A good variety.
This 'blue hour' photo is well exposed, and has only a few blurry pedestrians despite a hand-held camera and slow shutter. The atmosphere in the square is well captured, and you have a generous expanse of it in front of the impressive architecture. It seems a pity that the walls are covered with what look like satellite dishes, and I see a mobile phone tower, too. I don't fancy the goat's head, I'm afraid, but thanks for your excellent note.
TopGeo (38202) 2011-06-13 12:26
Hello Paul! Wonderful capture amazing place!!!and Details! excellent scenery, nice weather, very nice light and night colours! good perspective and details, beautiful colors and decoration of buildings!, with very nice frame! well work I like the clarity and the sharpness of the scene,Regards
patdeph (35748) 2011-06-14 14:15
ces inombrables lumières sur la place lui donnent une atmosphère vraiment incroyable,joyeuse et festive,ça donne envie d'y descendre et de voir tout ça d'un peu plus près!
mkamionka (30104) 2011-06-15 2:21
this is probably one of the most interesting themes for the blue hour photography. There is so much light and movement and action. Excellent work, there is so much going on. You have also the tower in the perfect 2:1 ratio location. We can spot plenty of satellite dishes so typical there as well.
Great work it is a pleasure to look at,
Waylim (25184) 2011-06-15 9:45
I see you have just been to Morocco not too long ago. Well when I was here, the restaurant was no longer there, but cover up with green construction fabric. What night scene busting with life, even more livelier than when I was here. Perhaps after the bombing there were less tourists. A wonderful night shot from above. A fantastic place to watch the whole thing play out in front of you. I had a great time here.
Thanks for bring back the memories.
Fis2 (84020) 2011-06-15 12:51
I like POV and composition.
sacavem (18610) 2011-06-15 13:30
A photograph of high difficulty, because there are numerous sources of artificial lighting.Well composed, good shot to present this place and people gives life at the shot.Well composed, good shot to present this place and people gives life at the shot.
siudzi (33005) 2011-06-18 3:37
Wow!! Really amazing blue hour shot of this great place. You have taken so many interesting details and colors. Beautiful work. Congrats!
jimkil (1702) 2011-06-20 2:43
what a crazy market scene, well done with the aperture, to try and keep less motion in the people movements, we are too obsessed with slow shutters. Fantastic daily life, maybe just needs a slight ore sharpness overall, but this is Marrakech at its best.
ruisc_pt (10527) 2011-06-24 7:05
A misty ambiance you got here using a slow shutter speed.
Nice framing too.
jemaflor (83046) 2011-06-24 8:40
Très bon résultat avec une bonne capture des lumières, il y a encore suffisamment de clarté pour bien voir les immeubles en fond, bonne composition avec une parfaite place du minaret, témoigne bien de l'ambiance locale avec cette foule sur la place.
bebbetto (12) 2011-07-16 3:40
Wonderful shot paul. Very difficult to manage due to the light contrast but you got an attractive image.
InasiaJones (31448) 2011-07-20 14:56
J'avais pu apprécié quelques photos de cet endroit en vue plus rapprochée, mais c'est la première fois que je vois une photo d'ensemble et je trouve le résultat vraiment impressionnant.
La lumière des lampes se marient à merveille avec celle du ciel et l'ensemble est lumineux à souhait. Le mouvement des visiteurs durant la longue pose crée un certain dynamisme et anime cette photo d'une façon attrayante.
La note est particulièrement intéressante.
Angshu (55295) 2011-07-21 22:14
What an amazing place this square must be in the blue hour as the activities turns to frenzy with the stall,s the smells, the noises, the aroma...pity all of these cannot be depicted in a picture. Like the lit up tower in the BG which acts as a strong focal point! Good work!
claudeD (31779) 2011-08-05 11:46
Very good blue hour shot with a perfect light managment.I like the viewvery much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mafegan (8624) 2012-01-27 15:43
An excellent example of a blue hour photo. There is so much to observe. Well composed. Cheers, Marlene