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)
Medium: Memory Card Panasonic SDHC 16GB Gold Pro (Panasonic)
Shutter speed: sec
Focal length: mm
Exposure bias: EV 0
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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