Road Back to Morocco’s Bab Boujeloud in HDR

Last month I detailed how I photographed the Bab Boujeloud, the main gate to the ancient City of Fez, in Epcot’s World Showcase Morocco pavilion. Then, I went over how I would redo the image as I was not satisfied with how it came out.

Morocco Bab Boujeloud Gate
Reproduction of Bab Boujeloud, main gate to the ancient City of Fez, in the Morocco pavilion

I promised the next time I was in Epcot, I would retake the photo with improving it. The “next time” was this week.

One of things I did not do last time was turn off Auto ISO to get a cleaner set of bracketed photos to start with. The image below, as created from five images with this set:

-2 EV, ISO 100, 1/125s
-1 EV, ISO 100, 1/60s
0 EV, ISO 100, 1/30s
+1 EV, ISO 100, 1/15s
+2 EV, ISO 100, 1/8s

Using Skylum’s Aurora 2019 HDR software as before, I present you with this improved version of the Bab Boujeloud.

Bab Boujeloud Gate in HDR 2
Bab Boujeloud, main gate to the ancient City of Fez duplicated in the Morocco pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length, Skylum Aurora 2019 HDR Image.

As you can see, I did move back farther to allow more room around the gate. The light was again in behind the gate so a bracketed set of photos was the best way to create a well exposed image via HDR processing. I was not able to outwait the crowds so I still have people being cut off at the bottom. That photo will have to wait.

You may notice the angle is different. Much higher than the one I showed you the last time. The reason is I had to get behind the water fountain to get the space surrounding the gate I needed. Which meant standing on the second tier of the fountain you see below.

Morocco Plaza
Morocco plaza in Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 500, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

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Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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