Meetings in Marrakech at Marrakech-Medina (Marrakesh, Morocco) with Leica M Monochrom (Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH.) by Magnus L Andersson ( at 2017-09-30 18:53:38

Meetings in Marrakech

A city of culture mix.

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Magnus L Andersson




A decisive moment



Marrakech is a mix of cultures and religions, but in a friendly way as long as one treats each other with respect.


This photo was taken by Magnus L Andersson in (/, ) using a Leica M Monochrom (M9) with a Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.


This was one of these moments when everyone is in the right place – the tourists, locals, and the guy with the goggles in the middle.


Camera: Leica M Monochrom (M9) (Leica)

Lens: Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH (Leica)

Filter:  No

Medium: Memory Card Panasonic SDHC 16GB Gold Pro (Panasonic)


Scanner: No


Shutter speed:  sec

Focal length: mm

Aperture: f/

Exposure bias: EV 0

ISO rating: 


Looking at the settings, it feels like this was an opportunity that occurred without any option to change them. Hence, it ended up requiring substantial post-processing.


Processing by Magnus L Andersson


Since the shot was taken with a far from optimal setting, I had to deal with an underexposed image due to the dominating sky in the image. In this case, I began with deciding that even with a better starting point I wanted to lighten the darker mid-tones (25-50% of the tone curve), hence I went for the Polaroid 664 (Affinity) emulation with exactly that effect. However, I also applied an auto-toning with Exposure +1.14, Contrast +7, Shadows +37, Whites +7 and Blacks -10, but it actually reduced the Highlights – 70 resulting in the gray sky. So I increased the Highlights to +72 to obtain a whiter sky without blowing them. It’s worth noting that this image is really dependent on a well-calibrated monitor since otherwise, it will either end up with a too gray or white sky.


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