Morocco is a shopper's delight. Even their locals can attest to that.
In this picture, I intend to experiment on composition. But what resulted was a dark and bright contrast. Symbolically, Morocco is a land of contrast too. Its culture is literally bright and colorful. Its location, being in the north of Africa, is responsible to many mixed-blood people. Somehow, I still look at Morocco as more of Europe than Africa. Their people are of various racial origin. Its culture, exotic yet "cosmopolitan" in a subdued way.
I love Morocco. For me, it is one of the most beautiful places to photograph.
(No apologies this time, Eric.)
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cmartos (242) 2004-06-11 3:45
A complete change of country with and excellent catch. This shop is very well cought, I particulary like the colours contrast opposition between left and right part of the picture. A lot of details of small and colorful objects we can appreciate without being distracted by people who are nevertheless present. A very good balance between the two. Highlights are slightly burned but its difficult to handle a such range of light indices. A very nice catch Manuel.
RGatward (20086) 2004-06-11 4:07
Carlos has given sucha detail critique that I've nothing to add, but it's good to this these different sort of shots from you.
ChrisJ (116674) 2004-06-11 4:42
Great shot, but I'd reduce contrast slightly. Colours are superb, though.
Galeota (10352) 2004-06-11 4:59
Manny, I have had a great pleasure seeing your portraits since I found TE (and you are great at that).
But I have to confess, that the photographs you have been posting since the beginning of this week, much more intimist and personal do please me a lot.
Even if they are for sure less "green smiley successful", let me say that IMO they are at the same level of quality as your usual work.
The different exposure in each half of this image works perfectly in the composition IMO. It seems almost a patchwork of two diffrent photos stitched together. Very very good.
papagolf21 (105240) 2004-06-11 5:23
Le Maroc est un pays écrasé de lumière et de chaleur. J'aime ces couleurs chatoyantes, ces bijoux dorés qui scintillent au soleil.
Une photo difficile à réaliser avec les forts contrastes.
Photo intéressante Manny.
Morocco is a crushed country of light and heat.I like these colors chatoyantes, these jewels gilded which scintillate with the sun.
A photograph difficult to realize with strong contrasts.
Interesting Photograph Manny. Beautiful realization.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-06-11 6:08
This again is very good, Manny, with your composition perfectly illustrating the symbolism of "contrast" that you are also elaborating on in your very good note. For me, the fact that some of the highlights are burned doesn't do much to diminish the enjoyment I get from looking at this, with very good detail retained in the very bright and in the very dark half of the scene. Beautifully captured.
eleparc (24063) 2004-06-11 6:27
i like this assertion..;-)) LOL bold to shoot such a scene under such a harsh light...it was bound to overexposure... IMO this one suffers from this flaw...the top of the picture is close to color alterations,and i am not too sure about the overall compo either, but please to not let my opinion stop you from trying new things...My philosophy is that the more mistakes we make the more we learn...;-)) WOW you are learning fast boy! .-) LOL oups! just kidding! LOL
Burnham (2428) 2004-06-11 11:45
Apart from the burned parts I think this is a really good compo. even though the part with the women is quite dark we can still see what they are buying and other details. still the compo experiment is what does it for me, that bright blue colour is spectacular and each half of the picture would still stand on it's own but becomes really good together.
Steely (895) 2004-06-11 12:10
I like it :)
one side of ornaments and jewellery against a bold blue backgorund, and the other half in shadows; with a high crop.
Not a typical manny-shot, very interesting in compo :))
carper (96) 2004-06-11 13:50
It's indeed a beautiful contrast you let us see Manuel.
Good composition, good colours too, great job.
Luko (14000) 2004-06-11 17:45
Is it a test in order to see who's going to write the few true but unpleasant remarks?
There are more typical flaws than controled experiments here :
- multiple blown out glaring white parts so overexposed some of the dark parts are getting eaten with flare!
- shop, everything is buried into black,
- compo's also fishy, focal point, ie heads,placed so it leaves a barren area above,
- top of the pic seems randomly cropped, adds new tones to a yet complex patchwork of colors, increasing random profu/confusion in the image.
You may like this image for self memories, as we all like our own snapshots because of the personal experience into, but it's below level as for the formal image appreciation.
I maybe wrong about my whole picture appreciation (Mmmh let's step aside political correctness, I'm confident in some of my statements :D...) but I'm near to bursting in laugh with all the "What a fantastic amazing supercalifragelidelius shot" comments above (which I've never seen on other similar flaws) ... Wake up folks, Manny's not a bad guy, he will give you your two points to sleep for the night.
I'd suggest the greenfingered commenters have a look at the critiques written from CBB who alas was pushed away from the site from people who didn't like not having their cat called a cat.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-06-13 4:22
Very well spotted - amazing difference at such short distance - the dark shop with the people makes the bright blue even more colourful - nice work Manuel - I guess my own holiday photos will be different in the future :-)
Midnight_sun (1941) 2004-07-04 7:02
I agree with luko about this one. far from your best!! Over exposed spots, no real composition etc your other shots make this stand out.
amitai (879) 2004-08-12 17:05
I am sorry but this time it totally didn't work for you. It's over exposed, it's composed unbalanced and unlike so many of your pictures, it is a bad snapshot. Sorry to be harsh, but that's the true, this is way below your regular level
saharafree (0) 2006-05-03 7:48
Well , i like the picture and don't think overexposed areas on the left can create a bad effect distorting the nice sensation i perceive from the image . I like it , it is useful for me and of course it drew my attention . Regarding Luko , it is so sad to read, from time to time , how supposed "upper" elited beings in the art of photography soar up mortal levels and not only critisize the picture with personal technical statememts (all of them refutable and relative ) but dares to critisize what the rest of the members passing by should have state or comment , with what seems a great lack of respect . Surely his marvellous pictures create in myself a boring effect (that i also respect )
Sad elite here in TE and sad people that with his/her comments says much more about his/her personality than about his/her artistical skills