Marrakech – Jan 2017

This was my first every trip to Africa, so was very excited. So much so I’d managed to not totally check out all the settings on my X-T1, and the night before at my brothers wedding, after a few to many shandys I’d managed to switch from my usual RAW+jpeg mode to jpeg only. I only realised this after I got back and had copied over the photos to my computer. Not only was it my first ever time not shooting RAW, I also had no idea I was doing so. I ended up using a mix of iPhone and X-T1, both shooting straight to jpeg.

Anyway, I started off my trip in the old town of Marrakech, the Medina, staying in a traditional Riad.

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Riad Houma.

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The Marrakech museum is a beautiful building on it’s own without the art, well worth a visit.

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…I liked the way most of the paintings were not even hung straight…. didn’t seem to bother them.

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There’s a lot of exiting bits of the museum building if you explore enough, lots of the areas look like nothing is there, but go wondering to get the most out of the place.

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The Medersa Ben Youssef, and old university, is another amazing building to go for a wonder.

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Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/180 sec | f4.5 | ISO 200 | Provia

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/60 sec | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/60 sec | f1.4 | ISO 800 | Provia

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
1/125 sec | f3.6 | ISO 200 | Provia

Fujifilm X-T1| XF35mm | 35mm
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I got a trip around the tannery, not the most exciting place, but fun to see a chicken helping out with the softening process.

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The Berber market was in town while I was there, so got to see all the cloth they produce and dye.

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The famous Marrakech souk markets… I really thought I wouldn’t get lost in here… but yeah, you do get lost very easily, very quickly.

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The famous Moroccan mint tea.

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The roof of Riad Houma

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Kosybar – Fantastic place to watch the sunset over Place des Ferblantiers, and have a beer.

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I couldn’t resist a trip to the Atlas mountains.

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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 59mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 59mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 78.7mm
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Going in a decent 4×4 meant we could drive straight up some rough terrain and get some amazing views on the trip through the 3 valleys.

Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 18mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 59mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 39mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 66mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 135mm
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The pace of life in the Berber villages was a stark contrast to the crazy busy non-stop Marrakech Medina.

Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 41mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 49mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 62mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 49mm
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The 4×4 proving its worth again as the snow starts getting a bit deeper!

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The hike up the mountain to the waterfall was truly amazing.

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..and got to see some Monkeys.

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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 37mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 18mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 18mm
1/250 sec | f5.6 | ISO 200 | Provia

Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 79mm
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Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 18mm
1/60 sec | f4.5 | ISO 200 | Provia

After a long day trekking across all 3 Valleys, I spent the last day and night in the New town. This offered an amazing view of where I’d been the day before.

Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 104mm
1/500 sec | f10 | ISO 200 | Provia

Fujifilm X-T1| XF18-135mm | 37mm
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Even the view form the local shopping mall roof terrace was breathtaking.

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If you’ve never visited Morocco, I’d highly recommend it. And if you visit Marrakech, I really recommend a guided tore to the mountains.

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