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Marrakech Rouge

Marrakech is often called the red city. Actually the dominant colour of the city walls and most buildings should be described as pink or even salmon pink.
When you leave the main streets of the medina –as we did here - a very rich spectre of colours can be enjoyed - everything between red and ochre.

The red/pink – colouring of Marrakech comes from the age old use of the reddish clay and lime mixture called "tabia” for the walls of buildings and city walls. Much later, after the introduction of modern building techniques the city of Marrakech under French colonial rule stepped in and made the application of red/pink paint or mortar on outside walls of new buildings in the medina mandatory. These new city regulation also forbade the building of structures ‘hihger then a palm tree’. The Moroccan government didn't change this, so the traditional urban structure and exterior of Marrakech was preserved.

The PCS3 work flow: I altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, enhanced the edges, USM-ed, added a frame and resized and did a gentle USM (1,0px, 28%) again.

exif data

Camera Manufacturer : FUJIFILM
Camera Model : FinePix F30
Exposure time [s] : 1/75
F-Number : 4.5
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
ISO speed ratings : 200
Date taken : 2008:03:04 17:18:19
Exposure bias value : -67/100
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Focal length [mm] : 36 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB
image width : 3504
image length : 2336
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal

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