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Al Azhar Mosque at Night by Mgsblade Al Azhar Mosque at Night by Mgsblade
the lead up to the outside of the azhar mosque in Cairo.

Over the course of its over a millennium-long history, this mosque has been alternately neglected and highly regarded. Because it was founded as an Ismāʿīli institution, Saladin and the Sunni Ayyubid dynasty that he founded shunned al-Azhar, removing its status as a congregational mosque and denying stipends to students and teachers at its school. These moves were reversed under the Mamluk Sultanate, under whose rule numerous expansions and renovations took place. Later rulers of Egypt showed differing degrees of deference to the mosque and provided widely varying levels of financial assistance, both to the school and to the upkeep of the mosque. Today, al-Azhar remains a deeply influential institution in Egyptian society and a symbol of Islamic Egypt.
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StarValkyrie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
I really like the content of this photo and its composition. The shape and lighting of the towers against the sky is beautiful. Also, the colors are nice but I think you probably achieved them in post-production? If not, it may just be unfortunate light pollution from the city beyond. Because even though I love that shade of blue and the gold of the towers, I sort of feel like this image has lost a lot of depth both in the background and in the market. The sky in particular looks very flat, almost more like a vertical blue wall than the sky. Night scenes are hard to pull detail out of, I know, but while I do like this shot, something just seems off with the depth perception.
Mgsblade Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Photographer
First off, thank you very very much for the comment. your probably the first person to give me a decent critique in the last year :)

I know what you mean with it loosing depth, it was a an unfortunate combination of sandstorm. pollution, multiple light sources and a desire to keep the digital noise down :) I had doubts about uploading for reasons which you mentioned, but I felt that I had to show a very important location with a bit of city/human life(which somehow i keep avoiding).

Thanks again for your comment, it really did help me, i might just go back and try re-editing in order to bring out the building a bit more.
Hermione75 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard that some of the workers in some Cairo market use a from of Hebrew as a secret language, words they learned from their Jewish friends.
Mgsblade Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011   Photographer
lol i have never heard of that before, thats awesome :D
Hermione75 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they were rather shocked when Israeli's visited and understood that they were being asked to pay way to much...
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January 12, 2011
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Canon EOS 50D
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1/15 second
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22 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 29, 2010, 9:05:32 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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