Morocco-Travel-photography-landscape-photography-TafraouteMorocco travel photography with a mixture of landscape photography,  people, abstract and interiors, Peter, Val and Jason enjoyed some lovely scenery from the comfort of a Toyoto Landcruiser 4×4, hopping out to take photos at various locations.  We had some fine weather for landscape photography; sunny days with some light clouds offering depth to the skies.  Polarisers earned their corn on the trip and the kit was all Nikon, with Val and Brian committed enthusiasts from the Macclesfield Camera Club and Jason a previous course attendee here in Essaouira. Adding to their Morocco travel photography portfolios amidst a little bit of walking and the odd Hammam seemed the name of the game  and the sun of course was a constant battle to avoid;-).

We stayed at two new hotels this time:  We’ve found a new Riad in Marrakesh, Riad Amskal, which we’re pleased with and the Hotel Palais Salam in Taraoudant which is a good 4 star splurge and has one essential advantage: it’s easy to find embedded into the medina wall next to a key entrance.  Taradouant is one of those towns with its one-way system that seems to confuse.  Nevertheless the medina wall in the the late afternoon and early morning light is Taraoudant’s stellar star.Morocco-Travel-photography-Taraoudant

By day 3 we were at Tafraoute which is a lovely place.  It’s a small town, clean and quiet with few tourists and a great base for trips around the region.  In the campsites that line the Tiznit road, set against a backdrop of boulders are the French Foreign Legion in the their camper vans; it’s a beautiful area. Photographically the rock surrounding Tafraoute are very absorbing.  It’s easy to spend a whole day at two sites which we nearly did.  South of Tafraoute and worthy of a one-day adventure by 4×4 is the Mansour series of gorges scored by near empty villages that offer the chance to photograph Berber houses without satelitte dishes.

Strangely the route of the amelns just north of Tafraoute was absent of almond trees, characteristically in full blossom this time of year; a strange quirk for this year perhaps but one that could do with revising. 50km from Tafraoute is Kasbah Tizourgane, another glorious stopping off point. The time of day feels critical here but it’s not always to arrive at morning or evening light.  Still it’s a stunning example of fortification. Landscape photography workshops as part of a tour covering Morocco travel photography are available in February and October each year.  This month’s galleries of images can be seen here and the Tafraoute page for details of the next trip.
Thank you so much for a great photography trip last week I had a brilliant time! It has given me inspiration and an urge to carry on taking pictures to the best of my ability! Val Feb. 2012