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A shot from the entrance of Kairouan Mosque, didn't really mean to shoot him but he just got in the way! Kind of liked it although midday sun here can be very harsh but it was the composition that attracted me when I'd had a play with bright light ouside and dark contrasting deep shadow inside. A challenging extreme conditions testing the exposure to the limit and this was its outcome handheld -the best balanced brightness achieved and the effect I was trying to create.

BTW for those who feel it's dark,,,,it was! and for those who think the outside is a bit bright that was too!!

Setting: 10mm, 1/13, F14, ISO raw 200, 1330hrs

Inside the mosque, please view additional pictures:

WShop1 : Entering the prayer hall through the intricate wooden doors leads straight deep ahead to the mihrab - or prayer niche on the qibla wall. The bay in front of the mihrab is crowned by a dome, one of the oldest stone-built domes in North Africa and as can be seen there are wealth of Roman columns, each with its wooden block to absorb the shock of earth tremors. The mihrab marking the direction of Mecca is faced with fine faience tiles, given a metallic sheen by the addition of metal oxides to the glaze - a process not known in the west when the tiles were imported from Baghdad in 862 AD

WShop2 : The prayer hall facing east showing only some of the beautiful columns - out of a total of over 400 columns in the whole mosque complex


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