Marrakech

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by HeatherTheVet, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    So, I'm off wandering again next week, this time it's Morocco and I hope to not lose my trousers.
    Has anyone got top tips? I've heard that the tanneries are great for cameras but bad in every other way.

    Any good stories and photos?
     
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  2. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    A very photogenic country. Be aware that generally people do not like cameras, maybe less of a challenge in the tourist centers. If time allows, take a guided tour up to the Atlas mountains. Also, bear in mind that currently there are some political tensions in the greater region. Marrakesh and Atlas mountains:
     
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  3. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Train Ride

    Not sure what your itinerary will be but we went to Fes for a couple of nights first. It's a lot more primitive there and we only saw one other white face in the market, which was quite claustrophobic incidentally! We took a train "The Marraketch Express" from Fes to Marraketch. Think it was 5 or 6 hours but the scenery was spectacular and I got lots of pics through the window. The only thing was that it was Rammadan and so ther were no refreshments on board:(. There were 6 of us sharing my rations of a small bottle of water and a few cereal bars! In Marraketch in the main square there are lots of people all trying to sell you something and one man got quite officious with me because he thought I took a pic of his poor monkey in a toy car and he wanted paying. I think the Moroccan people are lovely and will go out of their way to help you but Nic is right, be aware that many people will not like you taking their photo. Also be aware that people will wait outside your hotel in the hope that you will pay them to give you a tour of the market. We took up this offer anyway because the guy spoke good English and was so engaging, there were six of us and we knew what we were in for! We enjoyed his company and had fun so it was worth it:). You will have to make your own judgement!
     
  4. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Hope to be there in a few months, let us know how you like it!
     
  5. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    I have been a few times, I find it to be a photography wonderland, so much too shoot, a beautiful and fascinating place. The market in Marrakech is just amazing, but be aware that many people will want a small donation if you take their photo, while the money is small and not an issue, it can just get in the way the photo experience, leading to a lot of posed instead of candid photos. Also if you pay one person, you will more than likely pay many. I find this is one place it is better to be direct in taking your photos than try to sneak them. people are watching and may ask for money because they thought you to a photo of "the poor monkey in the toy car". I had a guy accuse us of photographing his cobra act because of they way my assistant was holding a camera low on the side of his leg, in the end no big deal, just smile. Highly recommend a drive through the Atlas mountains
     
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  6. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    +1
     
  7. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    I am SO EXCITED!! Just checked in online, this time tomorrow I'll be in Africa. I met up with a photographer pal who has just built a riad in Marrakech and got her to fill me in with all the local knowledge. I barely slept after that, it sounds awesome. I've got my travelling hat looked out, my English notes ready for conversion (abroad doesn't like Scottish notes), my camera batteries charged and I'm away to choose what kit is getting to come.

    I'm alternately saying out loud "Like Websters dictionary I'm Morocco bound" and singing Brazil. I know. But I can't think of any Morocco songs. Feel free to enlighten me. Maybe the French Foreign Legion would be a more appropriate choice.

    Huzzah!
     
  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Jealous! Looking forward to seeing some images.
     
  9. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi SC Veteran

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    Feb 22, 2012
    Madison, WI
    Cool, have a great time! I've not been to Morocco but lived in Egypt for a while - my general advice is to be assertive, especially in the touristy areas. People are friendly but often look on tourists as "easy marks." All prices are negotiable and usually start very high (not just goods, also services).
     
  10. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    Greetings from Marrakech! I've been here a couple of days now and it is the most bewildering city! I am good at maps and directions. I still spent 80% of today lost. Naturally I ended up at the tannery and then was chased for money by several different chaps.
    The photo opportunities are patchy, especially with the NEX. It has two bad habits - the orange light on the front whilst it focuses and then the outrageously loud shutter noise. Neither are conducive to sneaky streetshooting. One problem I have hopefully solved by sellotaping a bit of cardboard from a toilet roll over the light, then colouring it black with a pen. I hope it didn't do anything useful.

    I am going to upload the first few pictures into aperture and have a look. I have been taking it canny with both photography and shopping. People are funny about cameras - some don't want their picture taken (fair enough) and plenty will start to charge you as soon as they see the camera. I suppose everyone has to make a living.

    I suspect a low keeper rate, especially for the hip shooting. I am hoping for some good donkeys though!
     
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  11. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Greetings!
    Sounds like you taped over the AF assist light - there should be an option to turn it off somewhere in the menu, I think?
    Looking forward to seeing your shots!
     
  12. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    I think I'm as excited to see your images as you are being there, lol.
     
  13. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
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  14. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    ... and I'm not disappointed.

    Gary
     
  15. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
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  16. Xuereb

    Xuereb SC Veteran

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    Nov 5, 2010
    W. Australia
    Adore the donkey. Fabulous pictures especially the interiors.
     
  17. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    and I'm still not disappointed.
     
  18. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I like the Illusions shot! The rest too, actually, but that one in particular :smile:
     
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  19. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

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    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Lovely images. Love Marrakech, I remember getting there on the evening of the last day of Ramadan, just in time for iftar - almost forgot to take pics!
     
  20. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
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