a friend asked me to come along to Marocco so I spent some days there. We visited Marrakesh, Ouzoud and "the desert". Now I'd like to share some of the experiences.
When we arrived we went to Djemaa el Fna, a big place with market stands. There were many people around with stands where you could buy fruits, orange juice, food etc. Pitchman everywhere. It was quite loud, but could get quite really fast in not so popular streets of the Medina. The smell of the souks (of spices for example) was intensive and interesting. Nevertheless the whole city was filled with many tourists, too.
Djemaa el Fna - Dinner by Matt Everglade, on Flickr
Djemaa el Fna - Dried Fruits by Matt Everglade, on Flickr
Djemaa el Fna - Snails to go by Matt Everglade, on Flickr
When you left the place you went into the maze of souks and it was quite easy to get lost. There were many guys running around to show you the way, but they always wanted a big amount of money from you. Some impressions from the small and often crowded "streets" with its shops, donkey carts and bikes.
Djemaa el Fna - Souks I by Matt Everglade, on Flickr
Djemaa el Fna - Clothes by...
Had a few hours to spare on a recent work trip - perfect location for this pocket rocket :smile:
Bangalore India - Sigma DP2M by Shane Hicks, on Flickr
India - Sigma DP2M by Shane Hicks, on Flickr
Indian Street Cow - Sigma DP2M by Shane Hicks, on Flickr
Street Scene - Bangalore India by Shane Hicks, on Flickr
Bangalore Tuk Tuk by Shane Hicks, on Flickr
Street Vendor in Bangalore - Sigma DP2M by Shane Hicks, on Flickr
At first, I really didn't felt comfortable the idea of shooting this country that is full of life and color with only a black & white camera, hence I also brought along another system (Micro 4/3s*) to complement my other shots. Overall, am satisfied with the combo, and would not hesitate to bring the MM again. Thanks for looking!
*to view the shots taken with this camera system, head over to www.mu-43.com
One of my favorite photographers, Garry Winogrand, routinely violated some of the classic 'rules' espoused by photography teachers and theorists - and specifically the rules about getting 'close' to a subject, or framing it in such a way as to cut out unnecessary details. Winogrand once said, "I wish I had a lens that took in my whole angle of vision". His photographic tool of choice was a 28mm lens, which he claimed was closest to his "angle of attention"; but he also shot frequently with other wide angles, including the moderate 35mm, and the ultra-wide 21mm, though he felt it needed to be used carefully, because of its inherent distortion.
Winogrand's wide-angle shots are can be packed with things, forms, stuff and 'information'; but nonetheless they often have a center or nexus, a subject around which everything else pivots. Winogrand's predecessor, the great Robert Frank, also used wide angles to "test the limits of scale" - or, in his own words, to see, "how small a thing could be in a frame and still sit as its nominal subject.”
Your Challenge, for the Tenth Photographer's Lounge Salon, is to find, take, or create a photograph - old or new - that in some way shows us a WIDE VIEW that you could never have achieved with either a 'normal' or telephoto lens.
The Challenge will run starting today, the 20th of March, through midnight of April 6th, approximately the next two weeks.
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