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Morocco 2017 Tour Travelogue Part 2 (Podcast 596)

Just back from my first tour of Morocco, this week we continue our series of travelogues to walk you through our antics in this majestic north-western corner of Africa. Having just about finished my edit of my photos, I now have around fifty in a collection, so I'll continue to whittle that down to forty so that we can complete this series in four episodes. We pick up the trail as we leave the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen, and made our way to Fes.  We had lunch near Meknes, outside a barbeque style restaurant, and I recall this as perhaps...

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Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Mark Casebeer
    Posted at 21:47h, 20 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I’m enjoying reading about your trip and the choices you’ve made with camera settings. I shoot in manual as much as possible. A-priority is ok but like you said setting the minimum shutter speed does not always work. I’ve went away from A mostly and when conditions are changing, I use manual with auto ISO. Still nothing better than full manual, the more I use it the more I like it.

    I also have the same view using the 24-105, It’s a really nice, lite and versitale lens, but just not fast enough in low light. I just purchased the 35 1.4 L II and I’m really enjoying using the lens. I can’t believe how sharp it is at 1.4, even on a 7D Mark II.

    As a side note, I’m really enjoying your updated app. I’ve been using it a lot as a reference point about learning more about DOF.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:50h, 20 November Reply

      Thanks for following our antics, Mark!

      Yeah, I’m much more comfortable in full manual, although Aperture Priority does seem to make more sense for street photography. Whenever the light is constant or predictable though, I love just locking it down and shooting away, rather than messing around with Exposure Compensation.

      I’m looking forward to the 85mm f/1.4. I have it on order, so should be able to take a look at it towards the end of the month. I’m going to keep the 85mm f/1.2 for a while too so that I can compare them before I sell the 1.2.

      I’m pleased you are enjoying Photographer’s Friend. I think you’ll like the Pixel Peeper update, which is almost ready. I’ve finished all the changes I wanted to make but found a minor bug in my final testing, and I’m struggling to fix that. It’s in the currently released version too though, so if I can’t fix it soon, I’ll just release v2.3. 🙂


  • Dan Kehlenbach
    Posted at 06:29h, 26 November Reply

    Hello Martin!
    Thanks for sharing your adventure in Morocco! I traveled there two years ago, and these posts have brought back many memories. Unfortunately, my stomach did not agree with something I ate or drank there, so my creativity was a bit hampered. I have several photos of the copper craftsman – he was kind enough to pose for a few portraits.
    The tanneries were an experience! When we were there, much of the area was under construction, so there wasn’t much activity happening.
    I look forward to your other posts! Thank you so much for sharing all of this information with us – I’ve learned quite a bit from your teachings.
    Very respectfully,
    Dan Kehlenbach

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:21h, 26 November Reply

      Hi Dan,

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for following the posts!

      That’s great that you visited Morocco already yourself. Sorry to hear that you had problems. I did OK on this trip, but I generally don’t drink the water, even using bottled water for brushing my teeth. Otherwise, I was fine, thankfully.

      There are some nice shots to come, if I say so myself. We’ll pick up the trail again tomorrow.

      I’m pleased you’ve learned some stuff from my content, and I hope you continue to enjoy and find it useful.


    Posted at 08:33h, 07 December Reply

    The contents of the white vats at the tannery contains pigeon poo (ammonia) and it helps to remove the hair off the hides. As interesting as the place is, it must be an environmental headache, especially so close to the river. I hope you had fun—I just saw it again today.. The whole place has been restored since I was there in 2014, and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:05h, 07 December Reply

      Hey Jeremy,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      We heard about the pigeon poo. That’s pretty funny.

      We did have fun, thanks. I didn’t realize that this is now a UNESCO site. It doesn’t surprise me though. The place is amazing.

      I hope you are well my friend.


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