Located in the Dades valley (south of the Atlas mountains) between Ouarzazate and El Rachidia, this shot was made from a Kasbah in the middle of the Skoura palm trees.
This is a shot of the Ameridhil ksar. “Ksar” in Morroco is a bunch of traditional houses called "Kasbah" which are made from natural elements especially clay materials. Their maintenance requires a lot of work and energy from their owners, especially after rains. Of course, it does not rain a lot in this area. When I was there, I was told the 2 days rains were among the biggest for the past 30 years… Now, these clay buildings tend to be replaced by concrete buildings even in these valleys.
This is a shot from a serie taken with a 420 mm equivalent optic through a tiny window. I found this one really interesting because this was the very unique shot were the clay surface of the Ksar had a chance to catch the sunlight from this early rainy morning. I also do like the various elements (foreground, subject and Atlas mountains in the background captured) in the same shot. It gives a good picture of this wonderful place to my mind.
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acari (526) 2003-10-29 0:36
Cette photo me plait énormément par le paysage, le contraste et les couleurs.
clodreno (0) 2003-10-29 0:46
Très belle photo d'un endroit magique.
Edwin (188) 2003-10-29 0:47
Very informative picture, it reveals much about your main subject's enviroment. Perhaps a polarizer would have saved your picture from containing some harsh colour toning, but I like it anyway :-)
orme (7215) 2003-10-29 0:49
A great shot. I love the architecture of the buildings and the rich green colours in the foreground. I did a WS to help focus more on the buildings. Good notes. Thank you for sharing this picture.
Aegean (2571) 2003-10-29 1:22
A very pleasant landscape shot. A lot of details of the building and perfect capture of the environment.Well done.
jrj (34841) 2003-10-29 1:45
Nice landscape and framing for this picture, well composed regarding foreground, middle and background.
padam (186) 2003-10-29 1:58
Great landscape shot in lightning conditions that I imagine difficult. Well done.
saitekx36 (54) 2003-10-29 2:56
Nice shot, and beautiful composition. You captured perfectly the atmosphere of the Atlas.
The only thing .... IMHO Ill crop some of the palms in the foreground. They tend to distract from the main theme.
Pls have a look to my portfolio.
dob_31 (0) 2003-10-29 4:53
Nice shot, I like the palm trees in the foreground. The colors of the Ksar are nice. The background is also interesting. Well seen!
CoolDan (2516) 2003-10-29 8:46
Très belle et intéressante composition. Les toitures des "kasbah" qui ressortent de la végétation pour faire partie du paysage, c'est très bien réussi. You did a great job Steven
Didi (58748) 2003-10-29 8:55
Avec un 420 mm la perspective est compressée, ce qui donne l'impression que la montagne est toute proche.
La lumière frisante donne du relief à l'image, cela agrémente parfaitement la composition.
Motrem (2392) 2003-10-29 16:55
What a landscape! And I who dreamed to see palm trees, I am served. A very beautiful composition with a magnificent light without speaking about colours which are magnificent. A great, great shot!
Quel paysage! Et moi qui rêvait de voir des palmiers, je suis servie. Une très belle composition avec une lumière superbe sans parler des couleurs qui sont magnifiques. Une grande image.
martin (1242) 2003-10-30 22:12
You have captured a majestic scene, Steven. I like the depth provided by the palm trees in the foreground and the mountains in the distance.
touristdidi (8583) 2003-11-01 6:29
The houses are famtastic! I love them!
joseelias (0) 2003-11-05 5:09
This really is a nice landscape photo! It all blends perfectly. It's very nice to see how the human hand arises in the middle of such magnificent nature.
The building is fabulous and is very well captured because the details are very vivid.
Points will be served later.
Tim (469) 2004-03-23 1:16
Steven, Great picture of a very unique place! Thanks for sharing it and God's best to you!
Laurence (0) 2004-04-27 7:31
Belle photo d'un site qui était encore totalement sauvage il y 15 ans... Aujourd'hui, plusieurs kasbahs ont été réhabilitées pour offrir des hébergements de charme ou de grand luxe. Pourquoi pas, après tout... Très beau cliché, très appréciable pour sa profondeur de champ qui donne une réelle dimension à ce magnifique paysage.
castellano (791) 2005-01-29 9:53
It's like heaven on earth. Just perfect.
keribar (43841) 2005-03-19 8:10
Very nice Steven, gives me the desire to go to Morocco again.. Izzet keribar
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-10-23
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, Nikon TC-E15ED 420mm, JPEG 100 ISO, Hama UV 72 mm
- Exposure: f/5.3, 1/91 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: 13 DAYS TO DISCOVER SOUTH MOROCCO
- Theme(s): 'more photos that I'd like to remember (VII), Morocco Miffy O places to go [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-10-29 0:23
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