Morocco is one of the essential destinations for any photographer looking for adventure, unique images and to discover the culture of Islam. This North African country appears to have been frozen in time, with cities moving to the rhythm of the markets, artisans and calls to prayer. In Morocco you can experience the feeling of being in the middle East, through its people and culture, and photograph the beautiful landscapes that form the exotic desert of Sahara, Todra Gorge and the Draa Valley.
The itinerary of this tour has been carefully designed to allow time to enjoy exploring and photographing the Moroccan culture and landscape, with plenty of time spend at each location, adjusting schedules to accommodate sunsets and sunrises. Discover the beauty of Morocco and improve your technique in creating motion pictures with Enrique Pacheco, a truly expert in this field and an experienced instructor. Join us on this great adventure, Africa is waiting for us!
8 days / 7 nights (Dates to be confirmed, sign up in my mailing list to be updated)
- Level: Medium
- Terrain Difficulty: Class 1 (paths without difficulty)
- Price: To be confirmed.
- Maximum number of participants: 9
- Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Included: experienced local guides, transport in Morocco, accommodation in double room, breakfast, camel excursion in the dunes, 4×4 excursion,
- Not included: Other meals, international flights, travel insurance.
-Imperial City of Marrakech
-Erg Chebbi Desert -Sleeping in Berber camp
-Photograph authentic Kasbahs
-Getting to know the local culture
Day 1:. Arrive at Marrakech We pick you up at the airport and take you to our hotel, and after some rest we go to explore the vibrant streets full of stalls and shops of all kinds. Discovering corners to capture these genuine images of everyday life in the old medina of Marrakech. Dinner at the famous Yama el-Fnaa, where you will experience traditional cuisine in stalls coming from all across the country.
Day 2: We leave Marrakech and head towards our next destination Skoura, but first we cross the big Atlas Mountains, reaching 2.260m. Skoura is a privileged village situated at the foot of a palm grove that spreads like an oasis between the Atlas and the desert. Here the magnificent views of the palm grove will provide us with many exciting photographic opportunities. The impressive Kasbah, Ait Benhaddou, (famous for appearing in films such as “The Mummy” and “Gladiator” ) is another great location for night photography and timelapse work.
Day 3: We enjoy a powerful Moroccan breakfast, and head to the desert passing beautiful spots like Elkelaa M’Gouna and Todra Gorge. Our destination is the small town of Hassi Labied at the foot of the Erg Chebbi desert, where we will enjoy our first night in contact with the warm sand dunes and a starry sky. Once we are there it would be imposible to resist a night of astro-photography!
Day 4: After a few hours sleep in our comfortable hotel, we will go to the nearby town of Risani to visit its traditional market place where locals buy and sell all kinds of goods. This is also a fantastic scene of genuine local culture . However the highlight comes in the afternoon when we ride camels and enter the desert dunes of Erg Chebbi, to spend the night in an authentic Berber camp. Here we can photograph both the sunset and the night scenenary, a unique and unforgettable experience.
Day 5: If you still have any energy after last night, it is worth using the opportunity to photograph the sunrise over the clean dunes. After that we enjoy a complete breakfast in our camp before heading back to our hotel in Hassi Labied. It may be worth taking a small nap before our next activity, a 4×4 route around the dunes of Erg Chebbi, visiting nearby towns, nomads, abandoned mines and other interesting locations. At night, after a good dinner we will have another opportunity to get into the dunes to capture the starry sky.
Day 6: We start our way back, but this time we choose the southern route, which will take us through the stunning Draa Valley with its deep canyons, ancient Kasbahs and palm groves surrounded by deserts. We stay overnight in a genuine Moroccan Riad, to rest by the side of a great landscape to photograph both sunset and night images.
Day 7: Final stage of our trip, we complete the path that runs between the Valley of the Draa and Marrakech, where we will arrive before sunset to enjoy the Yama el-Fnaa square, the perfect place to capture the sunset behind the mosque. In the evening we will taste the local cuisine while sharing our experiences of this fantastic journey.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport, or if you have extended your stay, a perfect day for shopping in the wonderful souks of the old medina.
What to bring:
- DSLR Camera
- Memory Cards, at least 16Gb
- Camera Remote
- Laptop or external hard drive
- Warm cloth, it’s cold at night.
This workshops will bi sponsored by Sony and Kietacam, so the participants will have the chance to use and enjoy DSLR cameras like the Sony A99 and advanced motorized sliders such the Xlidercam-M, as well as jib cranes and stabilizers.