After a few pictures from my vacations in Greece, I return to where I left before going on holiday.
This is the "red oasis" of Algeria, Timimoun, a fair distance southwest of Algiers. This is not a stitch of several digital photos but a scan of an old-fashioned slide, heavily cropped to get rid of vast areas of sand and sky.
I have posted several pictures from this fascinating oasis before. This photo was taken in the late morning as I was returning from a visit to the local palm grove, where I met this girl. Left of the centre in this view you can see the spot where I took this photo. Just a little bit further to the right, but from another angle, I took this photo. I think that the building next to the car was the hotel where I stayed. According to a sign the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg had been among the earlier guests. She had stayed in room #9 in 1926.
To see this at full size you can either right-click and open it in a new window, or go to the beta version, depending on what kind of computer you are using.
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saxo042 (37794) 2013-10-11 8:43
En väldigt fin kontrast mellan den blå himlen och den röda jorden. Ett nytt grepp att visa stora bilder nu i beta-versionen. Det går ju att göra stora klickbara panoramabilder men det är ytterligt komplicerat, jag har bara lyckats en enda gång. Det kanske är nya bestämmelser nu, med nya format etc, men den jag gjorde blev rätt grynig (#1103824).
rychem (34567) 2013-10-11 8:58
Great panorama view, the panoramic format is very well chosen, perfectly scanned photo, really amazing colors
Nicou (140040) 2013-10-11 9:59
Grandiose panorama et iamge quelle compo superbe et ces tons doux quelle couleur et vue sueprbe iamge.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-11 11:11
le foto dei tuoi viaggi mi appassionano sempre perchč spesso le localitā che proponi sono mete mancate dei mie viaggi, a volte solo programmati e poi non pių effettuati per lasciare il posto ad altre destinazioni.
Anche per questo riconosco tante localitā solo per averle studiate a lungo e tutto il nordafrica rappresenta appunto la meta di un mio viaggio mancato.
Ho guardato anche la versione beta e ovviamente la foto ne guadagna in bellezza, ma anche in questo formato fa la sua bella figura e credo che essa sia ancora attuale e che la cittā non abbia subito eccessivi cambiamenti.
Complimenti per questa prima foto di questa nuova serie.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Silvio1953 (140815) 2013-10-11 12:15
Ciao Gert, great view of fantastic village, excellent clarity, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (96043) 2013-10-11 12:37
A very interesting view.
Good panorama frame.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
I like it.
ourania (44318) 2013-10-11 13:13
this is really fascinating, an organized town in an oasis of a great desert. A comprehensive view with superb depth and clarity. Your note guides us around and offers us the exciting opportunity to recognize in a broader context settings we've already seen and studied in your other pictures from this place. I like very much the rich contrasting colours that convey the warmth, tranquility and mystery of the oasis. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-11 22:14
Hello Hert - I do enjoy looking at the shots from your archives. This panoramic crop is so descriptive an overview of the village. I'm impressed with the scan quality, very good details considering the large amount of cropping and the size here on the beta version. Warm regards Rosemary
PS Is that an ice-cream van on the left?
serp2000 (43800) 2013-10-11 22:28
Good morning, Gert,
I like this full size version, fine details of the Algerian village. In my mind an oasis is more green and compact place, but I not often have been in a desert. This view reminds me the Bedouins village in Egypt. I see the cars change the camels for these people.
Have a great weekend!
fabbs99 (17133) 2013-10-11 22:59
Nice panoramic view of this Algerian village.The red tone makes the shot impressive.
Vibrant colour tones with high sharpness.Superb composition, colors and good POV. Excellent light management. Well done.
emka (95203) 2013-10-11 23:22
Hi Gert, I still use only beta version (except for upload) so I enjoy this big format photo. it is a summary of this red oasis series. fascinating place and splendid quality iof this panorama after almost 40 years. Funny these buildings red and white and also there is a mosque. much more interesting than a beach in Greece, I suppose.
I hope to post something new on the evening :).
have a great weekend
abmdsudi (53047) 2013-10-12 3:14
Another goodie oldie stuff and unexpectedly in pano format guided by the beta version which is indeed useful. A breath taking oasis town with the sweeping view full of depth in great lighting and the best colors rendition and the well balanced compo. The small fig gives the idea and indication of vastness of space, and your best post processing has definitely enhanced the image really well. Congrats.
siudzi (34141) 2013-10-12 3:14
An interesting panorama shot executed from a well selected POV and fantastic saturation result which is in my opinion a key of your work. Perfectly taken. Well done!
Have a nice day!
Didi (60588) 2013-10-12 3:18
Nice panoramic picture
It was possible to use also lthe old large version who gives a bigger size at 3000 x 800 pixels
Good dominant view on the village
I have done a WS for the sky
pajaran (59513) 2013-10-12 5:07
Dobar dan, popodne.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa panorama.
Dobar rad skeniranjem, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Lepo secanje na 1975. godinu i posetu mestu.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Good composition, beautiful panorama.
Good work scanning showed good place and architecture.
Nice memory of in 1975. year and a visit to a place.
Have a great day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
dkmurphys (57496) 2013-10-12 5:27
Lovely panorama of this place. I like the red orange predominant color. Well taken, enjoy a fine day.
marabu61 (10775) 2013-10-12 5:35
A great panorama with a real sense of space and loneliness. The scene is really exotic to our western trained eyes. The red of the landscape contrasts really nicely with the blue sky.
hejdå och trevlig helg
Sergiom (77359) 2013-10-12 5:45
J'aime beaucoup le format de cette image qui donne un superbe panorama de cette ville rouge qui brille comme un sou neuf au soleil. Du trčs beau travail de numérisation.
macjake (67038) 2013-10-12 7:43
you know that method you did where you added a photo into your note by highlighting the words 'this girl' 'this photo'...I still don't know how to do that!!!!
And our dear friend John wrote me an email describing how to do it but I still don't understand. Perhaps I'm missing something in my brain!
the crop was effective to show us the main features, but I still wouldn't have minded seeing all the red sand, i think it looks cool because its so unique to the area. But I understand why you chose to do it this way.
I guess its safe to say the 'roads' of sand won't be paved anytime soon.
it must have been quite the experience to see this place in person, good for you to travel to these places. They are all wonderful photos to see from the past. The Irony is that they're probably still looking very similar today.
enjoy your weekend
bayno (18344) 2013-10-12 8:08
I think this cut version only in original size working well, where we can appreciate all the fine details, at the center in BG I seem to see a fountain, but I'm not sure, the two-tone contrast well and we can understand the 'atmosphere of the remote village in the desert...excellent job...
have a good WE...
lousat (89828) 2013-10-12 8:37
Hi Gert,a beautiful large large view very well postprocessed and cropped,a magnificent result from your old archive from Algeria,could be nice to see the same place 30 years later..ehhee...have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano p.s. i can will see other pics from Skiathos soon?
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-10-13 7:40
The red-colored dirt and houses reminds me of the Southwest American desert. Good pov and dof with nice details even after the scan. Well done, tfs.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-13 10:33
namaste Gert, a nice panorama here. Very good presentation of a single frame, nice crossing. Great composition. I love the warm and colourful atmosphere of this place. A nice one. Tfs.
williewhistler (16390) 2013-10-13 10:47
Hello Gert, the quality of the original slide shines through in this thoroughly enjoyable scene,it seems incredible that this is just a portion of the original slide.
There is a great deal to observe throughout the whole area of the oasis,from the tiny figures to the design of the buildings it is such an interesting and informative daily life and travel photograph.
Kind regards Les.
boa (7375) 2013-10-13 14:16
intressant att få se fler bilder från Algeriet( vi snackade lite om det senast vi sågs) Verkligen udda format du har valt och det funkar alldeles utmärkt bra här. En fin överblick över "red oasis" med härligt mättade färger, jag önskar att det blir möjligt att resa hit så småningom..
ps. hoppas att du har fler bilder från Afghanistan, det är bland mina favoriter faktiskt.
mohammad_H (9904) 2013-10-14 0:16
Panoramic view of the breadth of vision, eye-catching and pleasant
Everyday life and play simple life, the streets and houses
Best wishes to you
Royaldevon (37927) 2013-10-14 4:35
This feels just right as a photograph since I have just been reading a book set in the deserts of N. Africa.
Your judicious cropping has rendered a photograph with a panoramic feeling, very much like those that are stitched. You have captured the atmosphere perfectly with the predominance of orange and the mudbrick walls.
Have a great day,
kato (11630) 2013-10-14 11:37
This is so exiotic panorama view, so it's interesting and impressive to see this desert oasis with red ground and red houses. And, it's gentle to eyes seeing the greenery in back. The whole is harmonized well by the fine color combination of ground/house, grennery and clean blue sky. And, a good note.
Angshu (56750) 2013-10-17 2:37
A fine picture which you cropped well to the pano format. The red colour dominates, but I cannot help ask what is the white structure in the far BG. Has the mud structure being painted white?
Your picture allows our eyes to sweep into the centre of the picture absorbing the details
kasianowak (8743) 2013-10-17 4:14
Again these amazing colours this time at the other end of the day. The format suits the subject really well, even though it's cropped, I presume you could still print this to a very narrow A3?
Thanks for the detailed description illustrated with photos - interesting summary of your trip. :)
IBAlex (0) 2013-10-17 17:12
Great picture! This is a test.
ChrisJ (112315) 2013-10-18 9:28
I flew over Algeria from Morocco to Istanbul so it's nice to see what I missed. It is a poorer country than most other North African States but rich in culture and history as well as landmarks and scenery & this image supports that view. Wonderful warm cold color contrasts between the red sand and mudbrick houses and the blue sky. The wide angled crop works well here. Tfs!
Miguel82 (27674) 2013-10-21 4:06
A wonderful panoramic shot of that city located in Sahara desert, another excellent archive you save Gert, the architecture is mainly maked up of red bricks, a precious document bringing the viewers to another period
All the best, have a good monday
Vasa (515) 2013-10-26 9:03
A nice example with the big format. We admire the spcetacular view. And we share your emotions in front of your souvenirs, dear friend Gert. Kind regards,
NorthernLight (2383) 2013-11-24 13:34
en otroligt klar bild, trots att den är från 1975. Massor av intressanta detaljer i en sagolik omgivning med vackra färger.
Förmodligen har du fotograferat bilden i mellanformat eller stor format eller i sektioner.
Mycket imponerande. En fantastisk bild!