Camels with Saharan Sunset

Morocco 2017 Tour Travelogue Part 3 (Podcast 597)

Back from Morocco, we continue our travelogue series today to walk you through the trip, picking up the trail in Erfoud, a beautiful little town on the edge of the Sahara. Erfoud Musician We'd spent the morning in a local market photographing the people there, like the young man selling...

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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.
  • Christian Meermann
    Posted at 04:58h, 29 November Reply

    Hey there, Martin! Once a again a very interesting travelogue. I have a question though. How did you go about changing lenses in the desert with so much sand flying around (as I imagine). Do you have a technique to keep dust from the sensor? Or do avoid changing lenses by using two bodies?
    Thanks for your time answer.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 08:49h, 29 November Reply

      Hi Christian,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      I did use two bodies, but initially, I only planned to use the 24-105mm, so the 100-400mm was not attached to a camera. I rarely let conditions stop me from taking off the body cap and attaching a lens, or changing lenses for that matter. I do try to be proactive and couple my second body with a required lens beforehand when possible, but I’m not afraid to change in the field when necessary.

      All I do is try to put my back to the wind, and shield the lens change, and then just hope for the best. And, I’ve actually not really had any problems. I almost didn’t get the sensor cleaned after Namibia this year because there wasn’t a lot of dust in there. I did get them cleaned for Morocco, but I don’t think I’ll bother before my winter tours start. Probably just blowing them out with a blower will be enough.

      In short, I guess to me getting the shot is the most important thing. If I did end up with a bit of dust on the sensor, I’d live with that until the end of the trip, or try cleaning while on the road, but it would have to be really dusty, like unusably dirty, before I’d try to clean the sensor myself while traveling.


  • Monica Lord
    Posted at 05:09h, 24 December Reply

    3 Musicians: I can’t figure out why you wanted so little depth of field. The background appears completely uncluttered. Can you explain? Thanks!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:07h, 24 December Reply

      Hi Monica,

      Good question, thanks!

      So, the first thing is that although the background was uncluttered, it had more texture than I wanted to capture. It’s just a beautiful wash of dappled color in the photos, but if I’d stopped down and made it sharper, there would have been more defined texture, which I didn’t want.

      But, the main goal for me is that I like to draw the viewers eye to the facial features, and if the rest of the person in the photograph is crisply sharp, you lose that a little. The back edge of their turbans getting slightly soft helps to soften their outline, and I just find that aesthetically pleasing.

      Actually, please don’t think of shallow depth of field simply as a means to hide a cluttered background. It’s an aesthetic tool that can be used in any conditions, and if you have a cluttered background, it’s always better to find a better background than simply try to blur it out. These three gentlemen are against these beautiful backgrounds because I asked them to move into the shade and stand there.

      I hope that helps some.


      • Monica Lord
        Posted at 23:50h, 24 December Reply

        Thanks Martin. Just a few words from you are going to change a lot of my pictures! You’re the best!

        • Martin Bailey
          Posted at 09:37h, 26 December Reply

          That’s good to hear Monica. Thanks for asking great questions. 🙂

          All the best for 2018!


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