Off to Morocco

Well the Morocco trip is finally here. In the words of Magna Carta (the band, not the power sharing document) “I’m sitting in an airport lounge, waiting for a plane.” The weather at Gatwick is completely grey and depressing, but … Continue reading

Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Exploring the Souks

A gentle first morning, waiting for the others to arrive, but by lunchtime we were assembled. It definitely works well for me arriving slightly early and having time to sort myself out. After introductions and a leisurely lunch, we got … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Career in Modelling?

Well not me, obviously! Mind you, our guide for our second day in Marrakech, Mohammed, was even more generously padded than yours truly, so maybe it’s not the barrier you might think. Within half an hour we had him hiding … Continue reading

Thursday, November 14, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Day Three – Gardens, Snakes and Haggling

I’m falling behind a bit with my blog, not for any technical reason, but simply because the days of this trip are so packed they leave little time for anything except sleep. Day three was also spent in Marrakech. We … Continue reading

The Water Seller

The friendly water seller. Continue reading

Over the Mountains

On Wednesday we moved off from Marrakech, up over the Atlas mountains. Quite a long drive, made even longer by a couple of factors. Firstly a bus full of photographers will stop repeatedly to shoot every pretty hillside village. Second … Continue reading

Friday, November 15, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Exploring Ait Ben Haddou

Dawn start to photograph Ait Ben Haddou lit from the East by the rising sun. This is a very familiar view to viewers of a certain class of film. We spent the morning mainly exploring the interiors of a couple … Continue reading

Kicking Up Some Dust

Still in Ait Ben Haddou, after a quick trip to the top of the hill and back we found ourselves back in the kasbah museum. Someone had the idea of kicking up some dust to illuminate the strong shaft of … Continue reading

Getting Covered

We had a dawn start to photograph the town of Tineghir from a panoramic overlook. It’s suddenly very cold – not much above freezing first thing. The angle of the light was again a challenge, but I got some good … Continue reading

Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Into the a Sahara – Sort Of…

The “entertainment” last night is best glossed over – lots of drumming but no real way to distinguish any part from any other – a 10s repeating loop would be much the same. We woke up to quite a strong … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Shooting Camels

It may be the middle (OK, edge) of the Sahara, but it’s bloody freezing. I’m currently lying in all my clothes, in my sleeping bag, under a heavy Berber blanket, with my cheche on my head, but it’s so cold … Continue reading

Starting Back

After a very cold start (see previous post) we had an early start and trekked the short distance across the remainder of the Erg Chebbi. At the edge we said goodbye to the camels and transferred to a couple of … Continue reading

Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Travel

Back to Marrakech

The final day of the trip was mainly a long, hot drive over the two mountain ranges between N’Kob and Marrakech. Unfortunately I was on the left side of the minibus, and the sun carefully matched the gentle rotation of … Continue reading

First Attempt at a Star Trail

I’ve tried processing my star trail shots from Morocco, and the results are better than I expected. The above is from my first night in the Erg Chebbi. With a full moon the foreground is perhaps a bit overexposed, but … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Morocco – What Worked and What Didn’t

As a tail piece to my Morocco blog, and as a service to anyone else considering a photo trip there, here are a few notes on what worked, what didn’t, and how you might increase your own chance of a … Continue reading

Sunday, December 1, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Morocco – Did I Need Two Camera Systems?

Here’s the list of the main kit I took to Morocco: Canon 7D body Canon 550D body Canon lenses: 15-85mm,  17-85mm, 70-300mm, 10-22mm (The 550D and 17-85 were basically “spares”, although both got a small amount of use.) Panasonic GX7 … Continue reading

Thursday, December 19, 2013 in Micro Four Thirds, Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Looking Down Dark Alleys…

I’m finally getting round to the first pass (!) on my Morocco photos. Work, my app development and the slow release of Capture One support for the Panasonic GX7 have all got in the way. Here’s one from our second … Continue reading

Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Dark Shadows

I’m finally getting around to processing the remaining shots from my Morocco trip in 2013! I had parked a number of shots from the Dades Gorge, because we were shooting almost into the setting sun, and they were either hazy, … Continue reading

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Laser-Like Focus?

I suspect we all have something which can attract our attention, like a missile locking onto a homing beacon, even against significant background noise. With Frances, it’s shoes. With me, it’s bread! There was a scene in the excellent, but … Continue reading

Sunday, August 16, 2015 in Humour, Morocco Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Man at Work

Another low-contrast shot from the Marrakech Medina, which didn’t look promising out of the camera, but I think works well after processing. This was at a much shorter range than the "bread" shot of last week’s post, but the cloud … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Morocco Portfolio Uploaded

I’ve just finished processing my shots from Morocco, and have uploaded the portfolio to my album. In addition, there are several new panoramas you should notice at the top of my web pages. Take a look at www.andrewj.com/album/Morocco Continue reading

Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel