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.
Yes! Back from Marrakech – first time in Morocco, Africa, and an Arabic country! And it was goooood…
I could write loads about what I thought but actually I can’t really be arsed so instead I’ll just post small batches of photos. Apologies in advance: Marrakech is known for its souks, artists on the Jamaa El Fna and colourful characters in general but after a day or so I realised I am too shy to bother with proper street photography. I just can’t face the prospect of having to extricate myself from the hassling of anybody who’s stall/donkey cart/snake I just photographed. I have a few sneaky shots but my camera wasn’t particularly good at them – 90% came out blurred from either movement or misfocussing (usually both :( ) . I might include them at some point but they’re not going to feature very prominently.
However – I do have a fair share of sharp photos of “other stuff” so I’ll stick them in a couple at a time, with background of some sorts.
The first set that is moderately coherent is that of Jardin Majorelle (and something with Yves St Laurent). Quite hyped in its flyer blurb in the end it’s not the most mystical transcendent garden in the world – it’s instead a neat little garden, tucked away in some arse end of the new town.
A very pretty large cactus (mother-in-law’s-stool in Dutch)
Nothing garden-y but the colour and geometry is quite striking
Somewhat out of focus (due to movement) this gives off the impression of an explosion.
Doubling as a bird bath
A closeup of the previous one (oh look how sharp even when cropped :P)
Another nice thing about a macro lens is the shallow depth of field :)
I did a few abstracts, always nice ‘n’ easy with a macro lens
I like how these cacti look like feet.
Just a flower (and showing off the sharpness of the lens).