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January 15, 2013
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Sep 30, 2012, 5:24:01 PM
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Cordoba: The Great Mosque (Shot Two) by Mgsblade Cordoba: The Great Mosque (Shot Two) by Mgsblade
The Magnificent Ummayyad Mosque of Cordoba also called the Mezquita.

"The building was begun around the year 600 as the Christian Visigothic church of St. Vincent.[9]

After the occupation of Islam to the Visigothic kingdom, the church was divided between the Muslims and Christians. When the exiled Umayyad prince Abd ar-Rahman I escaped to Spain and defeated the Andalusian governor Yusuf al-Fihri, he allowed the Christians to rebuild their ruined churches, and purchased the Christian half of the church of St. Vincent.[10][11] Abd ar-Rahman I and his descendants reworked it over two centuries to refashion it as a mosque, starting in 784. Additionally, Abd ar-Rahman I used the mosque (originally called Aljama Mosque) as an adjunct to his palace and named it to honor his wife. Traditionally, the apse of a mosque faces in the direction of Mecca; by facing the apse, worshipers pray towards Mecca. Mecca is east-southeast of the mosque, but the mihrab points south.[12]

The mosque underwent numerous subsequent changes: Abd ar-Rahman II ordered a new minaret, while Al-Hakam II, in 961, enlarged the building and enriched the apse. The last of the reforms was carried out by Al-Mansur Ibn Abi Aamir in 987. It was connected to the Blaterant Caliph's palace by a raised walk-way, mosques within the palaces being the tradition for the Islamic rulers of all times. The Mezquita reached its current dimensions in 987 with the completion of the outer naves and courtyard."_wiki

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assimilated Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw your forum post regarding getting your images into a book, and this image is a prime candidate for needing editing - would you like to see what I would do to it to consider it "finished"?

Also, you may wish to consider learning how to shoot using HDR, if you have an auto-bracket setting on your camera use it when doing still indoor shots like this, and then you'll be able to get the highlights, the dark shady areas and the mid-colours
Mgsblade Mar 16, 2013   Photographer
hey! yes please go ahead! I would love to see what you would do with it :D

I'm aware of Hdr and have experimented with it, although im not a huge fan of it, I dislike the "ghostlike" or "cloudy" effect that occurs! :) also im most cases it doesn't feel right or real to me, if you know what I mean.

but now that you have suggested it I think ill give it another try, maybe I can make something of it!
assimilated Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The "ghostlike" or "cloudy" effect is when it's been overdone. If it's done with a gentle hand, it should just look like a perfect photo.

I've uploaded it [link] to my art gallery :)
Mgsblade Mar 17, 2013   Photographer
very interesting, I really like what you did with the perspective correction! Thank you very much!
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