O.K. so after a little detour into Spain, I've returned to the Morocco series I had intended to post.
This shot is from the dusty little village we visited just outside Asila in Northern Morocco and must be the local taxi rank. This shot was taken from the car window on our way out of the village, and again, what attracted me the the subject, is the texture and colours of the building and the colorful character sitting on the chair.
This is another shot from the dusty mountain village in Morocco and was taken shortly after shooting the Mercedes that I posted yesterday. Again, the main thing that attracted me to these gas canisters was the beaten up texture.
As for the processing, I have enhanced the foreground/background separation by increasing the defocusing of the background using a mask, in addition the canisters were originally blue, but I adjusted the hue to a rusty red to suit the surrounds and overall toning. Although simple, this is one of my favorite shots of the whole trip.
Today's shot was taken last week on our trip to Morocco. We stopped off in a small mountain village near to Asila and amongst the hussle and bustle of the market town I found this beaten up old Mercedes, at least that's what I think it is - the badge is missing.
I just love it's beaten up old texture and grime, it really caught my eye. This shot was taken using my new Nikkor lens - 24-70mm f/2.8, and i'm really pleased with the quality it produces, particularly the depth of field.
I'll be posting more shots of the textures, places and people of Morocco over the coming days.
It's been a long time... As you can see from this shot, I'm not in England this Christmas! In fact we're in Spain right now after a wonderful 5 days in Morocco. Christmas day saw us go to the beach, where my finacees brother enjoyed riding the waves.
After a busy end to the year, I've finally been able to get out and shoo, taking a nice collection of shots from Morocco and Spain to post over the coming days.
One more shot from the Morocco street scenes. I don't have masses to say about this one. I probably have one more shot to post from the series and then onto something new.
I've been adding ( a long overdue) feature to the site, so it is now possible to purchase prints. I will gradually be updating and adding some new galleries.
Lastly , I hope the British summer kicks in soon, it's been raining everyday for a week and I'd like to go out and get some new shots!
Another one in a mini-series from the archives. This was shot on Boxing Day 2006 , again in Morocco. And as I mentioned in the last post, unfortunately, this sort of scene is common place too.
We travel to Morocco every other year as Idoya my fiancée has family there, although pre-warned , I was really shocked the first time I went there and saw the poverty first hand.
A bit of archive raiding tonight, I haven't got any new images to post at the moment, or the ones I do have aren't quite ready to go onto the site :-)
I've been working at home in my new role for the last 4 weeks and you'd expect that I'd have more time to shoot. As it turns out , starting a company is , like everyone says, hard work! But very rewarding all the same.
For those that haven't been to Morocco , this sort of scene is common place, people just chill out and relax , a world a way from the Western world!
Thanks everyone for the encouragement, i'm feeling a little more creative and had a break from shooting today.
I'm not going to blather on tonight, just to say that I've had this image sitting around processed and ready to post for a while, so here goes. It was taken just before Christmas whilst staying with relatives of Idoya's in Morocco.
Going to post some foggy pictures tomorrow :-)
I don't know about everyone else, but here in England the winter is grey and dull most of the time, so today I fancied a bit of winter sunshine, remind me what lies around the corner :-)This shot is, again, from Morocco. I am in the middle of a small Moroccan series and will probably be for the next few days. This building is just around the corner from the Kasbah, and was shot at that point in the afternoon where you get those nice long shadows.
The image is cropped fairly tight as the buidings either side where a little distracting, anyway hoep you enjoy it.
Lastly, to everyone who commented over the last few days, thank you very much, and I will endevour to pay you a visit in the not so distant future.
Just a short post tonight, as i've come down with a bug and have been off work sick today, hopefully be back o form tomorrow :-)
I discovered this shot whilst looking through my archives of Morocco at the weekend, it's from a few years ago now and I don't why i'd previously overlooked it. It was taken driving through one of the small, hilly villages on the outskirts of Tangier, this lady is wearing the traditional peasant clothes, I like the bold colours and think they work really well together.
This one is from a Moroccan street market or Sook(sic?), and was taken on Christmas day, the year before last. Added to the excitement of taking pictures in Morocco , is the fact that people really don't like having their pictures taken there, so getting good candid portraits is hard, you have to be super discreet or pretend your not taking pictures at all, by looking one way ,whilst taking a picture with the camera pointing another.
Although this isn't a portrait, If I remember correctly it was one of those shots, with camera pointed down clicking away.I'm not much of a fish eater either, but I believe these are freshly caught sardines, maybe someone will be along who can put me right :-P
So, i've been trying to take some more portraits on the street, this is
a) To overcome my fear of approaching random people and asking for their pictures and..
b) To get some nice portrait shots in the porfolio.
This is at a nut selling stall in a market in Tangiers, the Moroccans don't seem to like having their pictures taken at all,especially women, as Muslim, this crosses some boundaries, so this was even more challenging. I pulled out the camera and had a quick snap, as you can see the stall holder in the background is trying to disuade me from taking the picture. I'm prettty happy with the shot as the boy has a great gaze into or through the lense.
Idoya and i were just leaving Morocco and this shot was taken at the port while we were waiting for the boat back to the Spanish mainland. I love the texture and colour of the sky , on the horizon you can see one of the main Mosques of the city.