Eric Schweitzer  

Ceiling in Bahia Palace, Marrakech Morocco by Eric Schweitzer

November 2019 - Ceiling in Bahia Palace, Marrakech Morocco

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Last month while touring Morocco , we went to the Bahia Palace in Marrakech. This is a lovely place with all kinds of detailed plaster and woodwork. The ceilings in the major gathering rooms are fantastic. This is one part of one on a large room, the whole ceiling is three sections this size the semi-circular ends all completed in this detail. I shot this image with a Sony 7aIII set a 1/60 at F8.0, ISO was set to auto and came out at 12800 handheld. I used a 24-105mm Sony lens at 24mm. In Lightroom I adjusted white balance and tone panels, cropped and used the transform tool to get the lines square. I then went into Topaz Studio and sharpened, adjusted dehaze and applied a precision contrast. It still looked a bit noisy, so I adjusted for the noise in Topaz Denoise AI.

5 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Sharpness and color are the key in this image. It's very interesting. Wonder about the history of this; when and how long did it take to finish?   Posted: 11/10/2019 11:05:33

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Truly beautiful. I am sorry we missed this on our tour of Morocco a few years ago.
You shot hand-held. For ceiling shots, you can set the camera on the ground and put it on automatic, to shoot at a slower shutter speed.   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:10:47
Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Thanks for the comment. Yes there are many nice ceilings, this is one of 4 different ones that turned out well. I was on a non-photographic tour so I did not have time to get down on the floor. I also had a platypod max with me which is better than the floor.Again time was the issue.   Posted: 11/11/2019 12:12:43

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I'm really enjoying how your photos of your travels take me to places I will likely never see. I appreciate the colors and detail you have captured in this photo. I'm a stickler for symmetry and balance. So for me, the fact that the distance from the bottom of the curve of the border at the bottom of the photo was a tiny bit wider than that at the top gave me the impression that it was possibly a wall hanging. So I took it into Photoshop and, using transform/distort, and crop, I made them even. Probably in the "difference that makes no difference" category, but it was fun.   Posted: 11/11/2019 16:24:49
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Abe Chen   Abe Chen
A very nice photo travel image. Well-composited, well-exposure and fair sharp. The prominent ceiling art and its exquisite symmetry display are distinctive features in the image. I love it.   Posted: 11/12/2019 23:36:31


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