Sanford Morse  

Hassan by Sanford Morse

August 2019 - Hassan

August 2019 - Sanford Morse


About the Image(s)

This is yet another image from my National Geographic Photography Expedition to Morocco. This is the exit from the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. The mosque itself has room for 25,000 worshipers inside and another 80,000 in its accompanying plaza, yet it's only the 7th largest mosque in the world (although its minaret is the tallest). It is a beautiful and inspiring building.
I wanted to capture its intricate architecture and its enormity, with a touch of its religiosity. I waited for sometime for a solitary figure to walk through the shaft of light (her son fortunately ran ahead of her). Shot with my Fujifilm X-T2, processed in Lightroom, Nik and Aurora HDR.

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5 comments posted

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Your treatment of this image Sanford is brilliant. Transformed from the image completely. Waiting for a person to walk into the scene has paid off. the light, and our attention are on her. Reclaiming the verticals on the left, loosing that un-necessary piece of white ceiling is great. The architecture and the blue sky outside are also first rate. Very well done. Image of the month (depending on what Tyler submits).   Posted: 08/06/2019 06:42:21

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Sanford - beautiful! The woman does enhance the image greatly in the rays of light. Nice PP, too.   Posted: 08/07/2019 14:14:57

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Beautiful image. The transformation from the original to the final in post processing is remarkable.   Posted: 08/09/2019 09:22:09

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
I'm too late to say something different from what has been said. Great shot Sanford.   Posted: 08/12/2019 09:28:35

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Well-done to use that shaft of light and wait for a person to walk through it. I have tried the same thing--with less success. This shows the scale very well.
A word about such large building projects--religious or not--anywhere in the world--especially in not-very-wealthy countries. I see a conflict between such projects and the need for public works. Read the Wikipedia article about the immense cost and labor involved in this project.   Posted: 08/13/2019 19:45:48