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Featured: 'Photographs from Morocco' by ggibson

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by ggibson, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. ggibson

    ggibson Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
    Last month I traveled to Morocco with my wife and some grad school classmates of mine. Through the course of a week, we drove over 1000 miles, touring all around the countryside. We visited the cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, and Essaouira, as well as driving out into the edge of the Sahara desert. It was an incredible trip, and I came away with many, many photos. Keeping my kit light, I brought along my GF1, Olympus 9-18mm, Panasonic 20mm, and Panasonic 45-175mm lenses. With these three, I feel like I can typically cover everything that I would want to shoot when traveling. I've included some of my favorites from the trip below. If you'd like to see the rest of my photos (all 188 of them!), you can take a look at my flickr set here:

    The morning after arriving in the Sahara, I woke up early and hiked over a nearby hill to see the sunrise. I set up my GorillaPod and took this "selfie" with the 9-18mm:
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    Driving out to the desert, we stopped for lunch near an old fortified city called Aït Benhaddou. Taken with the Panasonic 20mm:
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    In Casablanca, we visited the Hassan II mosque, one of the largest in the world. The architecture was quite stunning in scale and design. This is in a tall atrium leading to the baths in the lower level. Taken with the Olympus 9-18mm:
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    The spice vendors had impressive displays. Here is one in one of the markets in the city of Essaouira. Taken with the Panasonic 20mm:
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    In Marrakesh, we visited the Bahia Palace, which had some wonderful woodwork in the ceilings. Taken with the Panasonic 20mm:
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    Our trip to the Sahara desert wouldn't be complete without a camel ride! Taken with the Panasonic 20mm:
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    I wanted to try some astrophotography while I was in the desert, so I woke up early to catch the sky after the moon set at 4am. The GF1 gets too noisy after ISO 800, but I was able to combine a few exposures and dark frames using DeepSkyStacker and come up with this image. Taken with the Olympus 9-18mm:
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    Finally, here is another favorite of mine, which I took during the sunrise in the Sahara. This is a combination of two exposures using luminosity masking to blend the sky and foreground. Taken with the Olympus 9-18mm:
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    Thanks for looking!
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  2. Dan Lopez

    Dan Lopez Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 12, 2011
    Beautiful thread filled with golden imagery... and all on the GF1?! Cheers!
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  3. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Great photos
  4. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 4, 2013
    Colorado Springs
    Looks like the trip was filled with beautiful images. Special place. Thanks for sharing.
  5. rgugler

    rgugler Mu-43 Regular

    Amazing photos! I went for a week and a half to a surf camp north of Agadir last June, and really wish I had made it to other areas other! Your photos definitely inspire me to go back and really experience it like you did! Thank you for sharing!
  6. ggibson

    ggibson Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
    Very cool! It seemed like Marrakesh and Essaouira were quite popular tourist spots, and not too difficult to reach from Europe. The markets in Marrakesh were straight out of Indiana Jones. Conversely, it was a long drive through the mountains to get to the desert (6+ hrs each way), but the night we spent in the Sahara and the next morning were definitely the highlights of the trip for me. Overall, a beautiful country and one of the most exotic places I've ever been.
  7. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    Fantastic images!!
  8. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    enjoyable set! I've nominated it for a feature

    btw, what program did you use for the luminosity mask?
  9. Very nice photos, looks like a very interesting trip.
  10. desmoface

    desmoface Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 16, 2012
  11. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Those are great. Thanks for sharing.

    My favorites are 1, 6, and 8
  12. ggibson

    ggibson Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 9, 2011
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  13. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    Great photos, thanks for sharing
  14. timg

    timg Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    Looks like an awesome trip! Just goes to prove you don't need the latest gear to get great images!
  15. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Wonderful photos, Graham!
  16. napilopez

    napilopez Contributing Editor

    Feb 21, 2012
    NYC Area
    Napier Lopez
    This is a spectacular set--love your PP work here too! The blues in these photos are lovely. I'm a sucker for nice blues.

    Its really worth looking at the rest of the set on flickr. So many more great shots.

    Also a great show of force for why the photographer matters more than the camera!
  17. jasjb

    jasjb Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 28, 2014
    Stunning images

    Can I ask, are you using any sort of film simulation here?

    The colours are exceptional.
  18. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Amazing shots. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Bif

    Bif Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2012
    San Angelo TX
    Bruce Foreman
    I enjoyed those very much. You have a great eye for strong visuals!
  20. 350duser

    350duser Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 26, 2012
    Brisbane, QLD
    Fantastic photos.

    Enjoyed them very much.

    Inspiration to head to that part of the world.

    how was your experience driving there? Did you have a driver? GPS? Road signs?

    Thanks again.
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