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Riad, Marrakech HDR
Image by marcp_dmoz
A Riad (Arabic: رياض) is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, "ryad". The ancient Roman city of Volubilis provides a reference for the beginnings of riad architecture during the rule of the Idrisid Dynasty. The design of these courtyard dwellings in the coastal regions of Morocco were an adaption and modification of the Roman villa. When the Almoravids conquered Spain in the 11th century they sent Muslim, Christian and Jewish artisans from Spain to Morocco to work on monuments. These artisans brought with them the idea of arranging the rooms of the house around the central open-air courtyard that has become today’s riads.
The riads were inward focused which allowed for family privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco. This inward focus was expressed in the central location of most of the interior gardens and courtyards and the lack of large windows on the exterior clay or mud brick walls (Wikipedia).
HDR from five bracketed exposures (1EV steps), handheld.
"Auto ISO Sensitivity Control" feature used on this shot (see my comments).
Estas casonas tradicionales esconden los secretos de la vida cotidiana marroquí, sus rituales diarios y los perfumes de su cocina. Después de cientos de años estas casas abrieron sus puertas a los viajeros que buscan una experiencia de viaje diferente.
Los Riads que sirven como alojamientos turísticos suelen estar ubicados en los centros históricos de Marruecos, más especificamente en las medinas de Marrakesh, Essaouira y Fez entre otras ciudades. Por lo general son antiguos palacios o residencias privadas que alguna vez pertenecieron a la aristocracia, a la nobleza e incluso a la familia del Sultán.
En medio de las laberínticas medinas, estas residencias representan y reflejan la riqueza y el patrimonio artístico de Marruecos. Actualmente, muchas de estas casonas han sido transformadas en lujosos hospedajes y hoteles boutique invitando a los viajeros a experimientar Marruecos con otra mirada (viajeros.com).
HDR generado a partir de un horquillado de cinco exposiciones (intervalos de 1EV) sin trípode.
He empleado la función "Auto ISO Sensitivity Control" (Control automático de sensibilidad ISO) para esta imagen (ver mis comentarios más abajo).
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Vauxhall and Nine Elms
Image by Mikepaws
Battersea Power Station (Right of Picture) is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, South London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed.
The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. However, the building’s condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage and is included in its Buildings at Risk Register.
St George Wharf Tower, also known as the Vauxhall Tower (on the left), is a 594ft tall residential skyscraper. It’s the tallest solely residential building in the UK. The unique floor plan concept is based on the shape of a Catherine wheel and is typically divided into five apartments per floor with separating walls radiating out from the central core.
The building is designed into three legible parts – a base that will house the communal facilities of the building including a lobby, business lounge, gym, spa and swimming pool, a middle section where the typical apartments are located, and the top where the façade reduces in diameter to provide spectacular 360° terraces which will lead the eye to a wind turbine that crowns the structure.