Jose Cartas  


Tilla-Kari-Madrasah by Jose Cartas

May 2020 - Tilla-Kari-Madrasah

About the Image(s)

This is one of the several madrasas inside the Registan complex in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). It is from 1660 and perhaps the most attractive of all due to its interior mosque, fully covered with golden decorations. In fact, the name Tilla-Kari means "gold covered." The picture is a vertical composite of two photos, with the final result strongly corrected to eliminate keystoning. I also enhanced the contrast a little. I was fortunate that no one was around when I took the photos! Technical specifications: 20mm. lens, 1/60 sec. at f/3.2, ISO 3200, handheld.


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8 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I always appreciate how careful you are to make interior shots as symmetrical as possible. And you did a great job of eliminating keystoning. Perhaps I could see a very slight reduction in brightness.   Posted: 05/10/2020 14:22:11

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
beautifully done and very interesting. The star of David on the door must have an interesting story. I you tone down the area inside the blue arch, I think it would creat an illusion of three dimensionality   Posted: 05/10/2020 17:45:37

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Very dazzling and nicely composited. I agree on the brightness. Selectively reducing brightness particularly in the ceiling of the vaulted area might bring a stronger 3D effect. To me, the architecture in the vaulted area is most amazing. Albert's comment prompts curiosity into the many geometric, artistic designs used in the architecture. I notice some around the door that were tragically distorted in later history. It would be fascinating to know all their meanings. It had to be mesmerizing in person.   Posted: 05/12/2020 09:20:41

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I just love the vibrant colors of this golden Mosque, and the perfect symmetry that you have achieved.
The Star of David only became a Jewish symbol at the beginning of the 20th century with the birth of Zionism. Before that it was used in many architectural designs. They can also be seen on the floor of the Sistine Chapel.   Posted: 05/12/2020 11:57:44
Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Thank you for the historical explanation! I noticed the Star of David only when Albert pointed it out.   Posted: 05/12/2020 12:22:44
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Thank you for that! Now I can stop researching. Although, I did learn alot about the designs used in that period.   Posted: 05/13/2020 12:57:32

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I like the vibrant color, the purple color harmonizes well with the gold. To my eyes, you have achieved a good symmetry and eliminated keystoning. I agree that reducing the highlight would be nice. A beautiful picture!   Posted: 05/13/2020 09:47:58

Guy Hawkins   Guy Hawkins
I really love this picture. One would not know that it is a combination of two shots. Merging them was well done. Shuch vibrant colors.   Posted: 05/28/2020 16:58:09