Moroccan Man (Karim) in Well

Morocco 2017 Tour Travelogue Part 4 (Podcast 598)

Today we conclude our Morocco 2017 tour travelogue series, with some beautiful portrait opportunities and a visit to the incredible Portuguese cistern at El Jadida. On our second morning waking from our luxury tents in the Moroccan Sahara, I ventured back out again with a few early risers to...

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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.
  • Mauricio Duque
    Posted at 09:02h, 05 December Reply

    Martin, I was catching up with the last episodes. I had not read none since the fine art one (I prefer to read than to listen them).

    I also like a lot Karim’s pic and the third Jamal’s one. They are really great. I was in Marrakech many years ago (2007) and I felt the same about the snake charmers. I took photos from a terrace quite far, I did not want to give them any money. I uploaded my favorite photo of that travel, here is the link link (B/W version and be aware that I was and still am an amateur)

    I removed the legs of some people behind (the retouching is not perfect, i am not experienced in photoshop and others in that kind of software. I like the composition of the group counting their daily earnings. It was taken with a Konica Minolta not a DSLR but not exactly a point and shoot. I bought my first DSLR after that travel that was mainly in Spain.
    In Marrakech we learned that you must be extremely careful in Morocco if you are not with a propper guide about the exact details of the tours and thier costs. Some people will cheat you and charge you more money, claim excessive wonders of the destination (as in your dunes) or even steal you. My ex wife and I heard stories from other travelers to Marrakech about that abuse. And I am quite familiarized about stories those behaviours to the tourists in Cartagena (Colombia).

    I am already selecting my favorite pics of 2017. Did you already started with the short listing?

    All the best and many thanks, Martin

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:44h, 05 December Reply

      Hi Mauricio,

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

      Great shot of the snake charmers! I like that you were able to get them without lots of other people around them. You can’t tell that you removed some legs. 🙂

      I don’t think I’d like to hire a guide on location. The great thing about my tour is that we had one amazing guide for the entire trip. He really looked after us and enabled many opportunities.

      I never really felt that people were abusive to us as such, but there was definitely a lot of waving us off with our cameras. The best opportunities were when we arranged a shoot with our guide, and a few opportunistic shoots that I called.

      I didn’t start my selection process for 2017 yet. I’ve still to finalize my Morocco image set and whittle down a portfolio. I’ll probably start to think about my 2017 Top Ten after that in a few weeks.

      All the best to you too Mauricio.


  • Christine
    Posted at 14:48h, 19 December Reply

    Thank you so much for the lovely photos. I chanced upon your site after searching Morocco on the Podcasts app. I am not a photographer per se (iPhone savvy tho) – but I have been to Morocco many many times and the people there are savvy, hardy, warm, spiritual, poetic and very hospitable. Thank you.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 14:40h, 21 December Reply

      Thank you, Christine! I’m pleased you enjoyed this.

      I couldn’t agree more about the people of Morocco. It was a pleasure spending time with them, and I can’t wait to get back again next year now.


  • Monica Lord
    Posted at 21:41h, 28 December Reply

    Martin, you’ve been so nice about answering all my questions that I thought I’d pose one last one for 2017. In the Aït Benhaddou photo, why did you use the slow shutter speed? My experience has been that reflections like the one in your image only appear when the water is calm, so I didn’t think you were trying to blur the water. What am I missing?

    Many thanks for all you do!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:18h, 28 December Reply

      I’ll answer as many questions as I have time for Monica, so it’s never a problem. 🙂

      In that photo, there are a few reasons why the shutter speed was down at 1/30. The main one is that I was using a tripod, so apart from the lady that walked into the shot, there was no need to increase my ISO from 100. If I’d have thought about it as the lady appeared, I’d have increased the ISO for a faster shutter speed, but I was too slow on that one.

      The other thing is that I was using a polarizer filter, to deepen the blue of the sky and make the reflection cleaner by removing unwanted glare, but the PL costs two stops of exposure. At f/14, to get a nice deep depth of field, my exposure would have been around 1/125 of a second without the PL.

      I’m not sure if that will be enlightening in any way, but that’s why the shutter speed was low. Generally, if I’m using a tripod I don’t try to avoid a slow shutter speed unless I have a reason to. Let me know if you want any further clarification.

      A Happy New Year to you Monica!


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