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Along with the Koutoubia tower, this charming pavillion at the border of the reservoir is one of the most popular views of Marrakech. On more clear days than when the photo was shot, the imposing Atlas mountains, covered with snow in Winter, are visible from here, making a nice backdrop for poscards and touristic panphlets and posters. On this day there was a thick haze on the distance that made the mountains almost invisible.

It's a nice place for a relaxing stroll, away from the frantic activity of the city.

The place was originally built in the 12th century by the founders of Marrakech, the Almohades. It was one of the main water reservoirs of the town, a very important role in a town located in a so arid region. It also served as an agricultural field (something that persisted until nowadays) and a military training camp. The actual layout was built in the 19th century by a sultan that used it as Summer residence and for his romantic escapes. The water comes from the mountains 30 Km away, by means of an old but sophisticated hydraulic system.

Apart from the sky, although I spent quite a bit of time with post-processing, I didn't alter much of the original image. I doubt that only a little crop and a little adjustment in the color curves wouldn't have produced much the same results, but I spent much time carefully selecting the sky and the left wall to make localised exposure and color adjustments. On the sky I pulled up the blue, as originally it was almost grey with some excess red; then I applied selective gaussian blur to disguise the slight noise produced by that process. On the wall I tryed correcting the over exposure.

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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