view from Marrakech IV
Minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque
Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in the city, located in the southwest medina quarter of Marrakesh alongside the square. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. The mosque is made of red stone and brick and measures 80 metres (260 ft) long and 60 metres (200 ft) wide. The minaret was designed to prevent a person at the top of the tower from viewing activity within the king's harems. The Umayyad-style minaret is constructed from sandstone and stands 77 metres (253 ft) high. It was originally covered with Marrakshi pink plaster, but in the 1990s experts opted to remove the plaster to expose the original stone work. The spire atop the minaret is decorated with gilded copper balls that decrease in size towards the top, a style unique to Morocco.
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adramad (38509) 2014-07-11 10:20
A stunning night image, which is very attractive, with the image of the Koutoubia, against the background of a beautiful sky blue night. Curious effect the cars running.
A colorful perfect.
A bright image.
Enjoy a good weekend.
serp2000 (40330) 2014-07-11 11:07
Thumbs up! Excellent night shot, very attractive composition, gorgeous nocturnal colors. The moving cars add some expression to this quiet scene. I'd like to add Marocco to my trip list in the future. Thanks for so interesting report from this North African country.
Noel_Byrne (24846) 2014-07-11 11:36
A great combination here of the solemn and still tower and the frantic energy of the passing traffic. It gives the feeling of this being a very ancient place, and sitting there watching the world go by. Excellent light and colors too.
thanks as always
Gigidusud (16289) 2014-07-11 11:37
Une belle présentation de ce minaret à l'heure bleue avec une belle lumière et les voitures en mouvement en premier plan.
photoray (12481) 2014-07-11 14:50
Attractive night view of the Koutoubia Mosque Minaret, the Moorish artwork is excellent with art decorations along the walls, and the golden highlights at the top.
thanks for sharing,
nikkitta (14858) 2014-07-11 15:18
Hola dear friend
Quite attractive capture of the well illuminated minaret in contrast with the still dark blue sky
Like the effect on the passing cars obtained by fast
Have a great WE
williewhistler (14607) 2014-07-12 2:22
Taken in the blue hour the minaret makes a very attractive spectacle with the passing car lights adding their own interest.
Lefteris13 (300) 2014-07-12 2:42
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marabu61 (8583) 2014-07-12 5:25
Having been to Marrakesh only recently, I can very well appreciate this scene. The Minaret is captured beautifully against the evening sky and the moving traffic brings the frenzy of the adjoining Jemal en Fna nicely across.
have a great weekend
berek (39429) 2014-07-12 6:25
An interesting architecture. I really liked the blue lights and night. congratulations.
Sonata11 (33283) 2014-07-12 9:17
I like POV of this night composition wonderfully executed. Fantastic management of colors, sharpness, clarity,lighting. Beautiful work. I like it.
Best regards and have a great WE, Barbara
Waylim (25360) 2014-07-12 15:59
Beautiful night shot and I remember this mosque tower very well. I like the blue hour color with golden light, the moving cars give a strong sense of motion and speed. You also captured the atmosphere of the place very well. I feel like being there again.
lousat (77792) 2014-07-13 2:10
Ciao Costantino,io avevo l'hotel proprio di fronte alla Koutubia e questa foto mi fa' tornare in mente altri bei ricordi,l'immagine non è perfetta,un po' sovraesposta in basso ed anche i dettagli sono piuttosto morbidi,ma senza cavalletto non era facile fare meglio..eeeheh...buona Domenica,Luciano
Nicou (123144) 2014-07-13 6:45
quelle vue et image quelle belle tour superbe tout éclairée merveilleux très élégante et comme elle ressort dans ces lumières et tons superbe.
Bravo et amitié
mkamionka (30694) 2014-07-13 10:13
it is very characteristic indeed. I have never been to Morocco but I would be probably able to recognize the country thanks to this unique style.
Nice presentation although the minaret seems to be not uniformly lit at night which is of course not your fault. The only solution would be HDR to balance the exposition along the tower. Nevertheless it is a nice documentary.
Very well done,
imageme (1767) 2014-07-13 18:42
Hi Costantino, Beautiful architecture taken at blue hour with perfect exposure. The car running in the front creates a nice motion effect to the composition. I like the blue sky and it gives nice color contrasts to the buildings. Thank for sharing
rychem (23922) 2014-07-13 19:58
very nice night photo, interesting minaret, beautiful illumination with blue and orange light, well captured
omid266 (5242) 2014-07-13 22:05
Dear my friend,
Another very nice and spectacular shot from Morocco,
the tall brick tower of the old Mosque, very nice shown and Thanks!
Best Happy Wishes , ****
Didi (57250) 2014-07-14 2:00
Interesting view on the mosque in the blue hour
But you should underexpose a litlle bit
I make several pictures in this case with different settings
Cricri (107236) 2014-07-14 10:08
Belle image de la moquée avec sa tour qui ce détache du fond bleu, belle réalisation a heure bleu
PiotrF (9572) 2014-07-14 11:37
another nice view from Marrakech,interesting notes.Perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.Excellent detailed picture
Fis2 (86225) 2014-07-15 11:58
Nicely night photo.
Good POV and colors.
Photo is unsharpen :(
Have a nice evening
mcmtanyel (14117) 2014-07-28 19:48
A typical Moroccan minaret taken at night. It is well exposed and sharp. I like the motion blur of the traffic on the street.