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Indonesia is the biggest Muslim country but also the most "moderate". Extreme behaviours of fanatics are strongly condemned. This mosque (here you can see only the entrance of the yard and one minaret)is one of the biggest of the world and it is located just outside of Semarang, the capital of Central Java. Everyone is welcome to go inside and pray even if he's not a Muslim. The Indonesians are trying to combine it with some kind of religious tourism, that's why they are building a big hotel very close to the mosque.

*This is my first attempt with the DRI (Dynamic Range Increase) method. The right way is to take three or more photos of the same place with diferent exposures. As i was not planning to try DRI on this one, i took only one picture (RAW file). Then when i decided to give it a try i converted three times the same picture from RAW to TIFF, with different exposures (-1,5 EV, 0 EV, +1,5 EV). If i had managed to be there in the "blue hour" the result would be better, but you can't always get what you want.

I would like to thank Sakis Panagiotopoulos ("AthaPan")for his valuable help and the intensive lessons about DRI method

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