Meetings in Marrakech
A city of culture mix.
(Marrakech-Medina, Marrakesh/Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco)
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 20170930 by Magnus L Andersson in Marrakech-Medina (Marrakesh/Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco) 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: 1/500 sec
Focal length: 35 mm
Exposure bias: EV 0
ISO rating: 320
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.
-Preprocessing Normalization (Affinity) -Film Polaroid 664 (Affinity) -Format 1x1.33 -Enlargement Ton/Auto, Highlights +72 -View 100 cd/m2, 5500 K, Gamma 2.2
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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