The second set of photos I got completed is a mini-series of doorways (braodly speaking, as you will see). They’re just really nice in Marrakech, for some reason (one being the Islamic architecture – note the fancy doorways are all the round arch ones), so I ended up with a small photo project during my trip.
I think they make a nice and varied set all in all – hope you’ll enjoy :).
At the Medersa Ben Youssef, the black of the door broken by a local tourist.
A normal door near our riad. Striking colours!
In one of the main streets in the Medina. I left the woman on the scooter in for the dynamics it adds.
A grab shot from the hip, I left it as-is, totally uncorrected (= wonky) to leave the sense of chaos in the city centre.
Yes, I know – same as in my previous post. It’s a door though!
Through the door of our riad two more arches can be seen into the inner court.
Decorated doorway at Palais Bahia.
I like the set of smaller doors inside the massive ones (Palais Bahia).
I can’t make out if the top left is due to my lens or whether that really was so curved (Palais Bahia)!
Pretty and decorated outdoors arch in Palais Bahia.
This is the outside of Palais Bahia – typically the outside of buildings is not or very sparsely decorated. This gives a very basic, scruffy look.
And another formal door this time at Palais El Badi. There should be a reflection of me in there somewhere.
At the large court inside Palais El Badi, two enourmous doors side by side. Very enigmatic.
A very typical and pretty outer doorway looking inside in Essaouira. I also like the detals on the right hand side, providing a setting.
An old door next to a large windowfront, both locked. The bichrome complementing colours are striking.
In contrast with the bright blue and yellow, this is almost monochrome with very muted blues and soft brown-greys. This is pretty much as it was, no colours removed at all! I also deliberately cropped a bit “too tight” to emphasize the cobbled-together look of it all.
And finally a formerly bright red door, now bicoloured.
Most pictures have gone through the usual small amount of cropping, increasing contrast, and such. Nothing too drastic, perhaps the increased saturation on the blue & yellow doors is the biggest change.
While some would not stand up to close scrutiny due to misfocusing or blurring (most notably the door of our riad and the wonky door, due to both being taken with the kit lens at ISO 3200), the door at Ben Youssef is hypersharp – this is a merge of two 90mm macro lens shots at f/6.3 and could not be any sharper :).