Exploring Ait Ben Haddou

Mother and daughter, Ait Ben Haddou
Camera: Panasonic DMC-GX7 | Date: 14-11-2013 14:45 | Resolution: 4218 x 2812 | ISO: 400 | Exp. bias: 0 EV | Exp. Time: 1/100s | Aperture: 5.0 | Focal Length: 49.0mm (~101.0mm) | Lens: LUMIX G VARIO PZ 45-175/F4.0-5.6

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 of abandoned kasbahs – large multi-storey fortresses / homes again built around a central courtyard, but with the added challenge here of being built into a steep hillside. The light inside was fascinating, like in a slot canyon, with the interiors lit by small shafts of light reflected off other walls, being coloured rich reds and golds in the process. I finally made my Olympus 12mm f/2 pay its way, as the perfect lens for the cramped conditions and low light levels.

After lunch we set off to photograph a Moroccan family Lee had worked with before. The youngest daughter is very pretty, but I actually preferred my shots of the mother and older daughter, above.

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