Magical Marrakesh

Sunset in Marrakesh

We visited the amazing city of Marrakesh in Morocco earlier this month and spent a fantastic week roaming the street markets and historical buildings, not to mention spending a considerable amount of time enjoy the amazing food this city has to offer.

For this trip we decided to travel with the absolute minimum amount of equipment  possible and still be able to  deal with a range of visual opportunities. A single Fuji XT1 camera along with three of the superb Fuji zoom lenses covered all my needs for the entire trip. All my gear including a iPad fitted perfectly in a Think Tank Retrospective 7.

The tiny Fuji X100s also came along, as my spare camera…. truth is I never leave home without the X100s so they go on every trip.

I packed the 10-24mm along with the 18-55 and the new 55-140 lenses. All performed perfectly and the Fuji IS system proved to be a big advantage in some of the darker areas of the city. A set of lee ND Graduated filters came along but were not used and I also carried a small Gitzo tripod with a Really Right Suff BH40 Head.

Street Photography Marrakesh

This was my first real chance to fully test the new 55-140mm F2.8 lens and boy was I pleased with it. Amazing sharpness and size and weight are not a real issue when compared to one of the big 70-200mm DSLR lenses I could carry my complete kit for 12-14 hours and not even think about it.

Here is just a small selection of images from the trip. I am still working on my set of black & white images from Marrakesh and these will be released in the next few days.

Marrakesh proved to be a hard city for street photography. The locals were wanting money from you just as soon as they see a camera let alone have a picture taken. Street photography here is a challenge but at the same time offers some great rewards. I hope to make a return visit to Marrakesh at some time and will in some ways approach the street photography aspect of my next trip in a different way.

Highlights for me were the Ben Youseff museum and the Koutoubian Mosque and whilst the nightly call to prayer which was about the same time as sunset each night was a haunting sound it is one of the many great memories I will take from this great trip. The fondest memory though must be enjoying a meal on a rooftop terrace and photographing the last glimmer of evening sunlight catch the High Atlas Mountains.

Marrakesh Morocco High Atlas Mountains

I hope you enjoy these images from our latest trip.

 

 

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