Riad, Marrakech HDR

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A Riad (Arabic: رياض‎) is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, "ryad". The ancient Roman city of Volubilis provides a reference for the beginnings of riad architecture during the rule of the Idrisid Dynasty. The design of these courtyard dwellings in the coastal regions of Morocco were an adaption and modification of the Roman villa. When the Almoravids conquered Spain in the 11th century they sent Muslim, Christian and Jewish artisans from Spain to Morocco to work on monuments. These artisans brought with them the idea of arranging the rooms of the house around the central open-air courtyard that has become today's riads.
The riads were inward focused which allowed for family privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco. This inward focus was expressed in the central location of most of the interior gardens and courtyards and the lack of large windows on the exterior clay or mud brick walls (Wikipedia).

HDR from five bracketed exposures (1EV steps), handheld.
"Auto ISO Sensitivity Control" feature used on this shot (see my comments).


Estas casonas tradicionales esconden los secretos de la vida cotidiana marroquí, sus rituales diarios y los perfumes de su cocina. Después de cientos de años estas casas abrieron sus puertas a los viajeros que buscan una experiencia de viaje diferente.
Los Riads que sirven como alojamientos turísticos suelen estar ubicados en los centros históricos de Marruecos, más especificamente en las medinas de Marrakesh, Essaouira y Fez entre otras ciudades. Por lo general son antiguos palacios o residencias privadas que alguna vez pertenecieron a la aristocracia, a la nobleza e incluso a la familia del Sultán.
En medio de las laberínticas medinas, estas residencias representan y reflejan la riqueza y el patrimonio artístico de Marruecos. Actualmente, muchas de estas casonas han sido transformadas en lujosos hospedajes y hoteles boutique invitando a los viajeros a experimientar Marruecos con otra mirada (viajeros.com).

HDR generado a partir de un horquillado de cinco exposiciones (intervalos de 1EV) sin trípode.
He empleado la función "Auto ISO Sensitivity Control" (Control automático de sensibilidad ISO) para esta imagen (ver mis comentarios más abajo).

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  1. George Psathas 53 months ago | reply

    This is great......excellent HDR

  2. Marquisa - 53 months ago | reply

    Absolutely gorgeous work.
    I wish I could do the same!

  3. Mikko Lagerstedt 53 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous scenery, fantastic shot! :)

  4. Marquisa - 53 months ago | reply

    Special thanks for your inspiring comments!
    Fantatsic quality.
    D700 Rocks on Flickr.
    Canon Kaput!

  5. vanbreack 53 months ago | reply

    Esta bellísima imagen fue vista en:

    Ole tus fotos (comentar)
    "Ole tus fotos"

  6. evy2010 53 months ago | reply

    very lovely garden and interesting information!

  7. Jomama1152 53 months ago | reply

    This is so beautiful Marc. And the information is really cool too. I never knew any of this stuff. Thank you.

  8. Jomama1152 53 months ago | reply

    Hey Marc, you said "_skynet: Oh yes, at ISO 6400 and ISO 4000 for the -2EV shot! "

    Does that mean that you can change iso's during photos of different
    ev's? While your shooting?
    I guess what I'm asking is, with my Olympus, I can change the iso and the ev (I guess thats what its called) -4, -2, 0, +2, +4
    You can change the iso during that group of shooting?

  9. marcp_dmoz 53 months ago | reply

    Jomama1152: That's a feature of the D700 (don't know on other models). It's called "Auto ISO Sensitivity Control".
    From the D700 manual:
    "ISO sensitivity will automatically be adjusted if optimal
    exposure can not be achieved at the value selected by the user. The maximum value for auto ISO sensitivity can be selected using the Maximum
    sensitivity option in the ISO sensitivity auto control menu (the
    minimum value for auto ISO sensitivity is automatically set to ISO
    200). In exposure modes P and A, sensitivity will only be adjusted if
    underexposure would result at the shutter speed selected for
    Minimum shutter speed. Slower shutter speeds may be used if
    optimum exposure can not be achieved at the ISO sensitivity value
    selected for Maximum sensitivity."

    When I shoot handheld under low light condition I use this feature. That is, I set this option "on", choose a maximum ISO setting (eg 6400) and a save shutter speed limit (fast enough for shooting handheld). In this example, ISO is set automatically for each exposure (always ensuring that the shutter speed is under the set limit). Only when the ISO maximum is reached (here 6400) and higher settings should be used for a perfect exposure, the shutter speed limit has no effect any more and longer exposures are used (at the risk of getting blurred images).

    Pfff, I don't know if you get the point :-o

  10. cnmark 53 months ago | reply

    Esta bellísima imagen fue vista en:

    Ole tus fotos (comentar)
    "Ole tus fotos"

  11. Fmkmkm 53 months ago | reply

    great capture. love all those colors

  12. anant pune 53 months ago | reply

    great shot, great hdr work!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

  13. :: Artie | Photography :: 53 months ago | reply

    the lightings are beautiful!

  14. Mike G. K. 53 months ago | reply

    great lights and colors, very exotic !

  15. santifaygo 53 months ago | reply

    Perfecta toma nocturna. Una luz adecuada. Me ha gustado especialmente los haces de luz en el agua y las hojas de la palmera en primer plano. Dan un toque especial a la foto. Muy bien vista y con una perspectiva con un amplio campo de visión que te hace sentirte dentro de la foto.

  16. Trysk  53 months ago | reply

    Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Marrakech perle du sud (1P/2C) y nos encantaría agregar esto al grupo.

  17. Elliquene 51 months ago | reply

    Excellent capture! I like the place.

  18. Alojamientos VenaCuba: Bajos Costos 49 months ago | reply

    Saludos desde la Habana, Cuba
    Excelentes fotos... suerte !!!

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