I got close with my Nikkor 105mm Micro f/2.8.
I’m continuing with my trip back to Morocco today to present a few more shots. This time, I’m concentrating on the handmade rugs that are made in small villages in the Atlas Mountains. Even though these shots were done many years ago, the industry still thrives. I did a brief post last year about this topic (you can check it out here) but wanted to expand the visuals a little.
These photos were shot with my Nikon F with various lenses on Kodak Ecktachrome slide film. The Ecktachromes were known to be a little on the grainy side but for low light situations where flash would be too distracting, they were fantastic.
Even without flash, it was impossible to be discrete while shooting. Some of the children seemed to be curious about the tourists with cameras. At any rate, I must have shot dozens of images without using a meter hoping that I’d get a few good exposures.
The shot below looks like a finishing process. It’s interesting that the women seem to be supervising while the men are working to make the rug pile even. How Interesting! It must be a matter of perspective. . .visual perspective.
I have always loved macro photography. This is an example . . . one of my favorites. Just straight photography with a little manipulation in Adobe Photoshop to enhance the depth of the leaf and slightly darken the right side of the rock to emphasize the leaf edge against the lighter background.
I love High Dynamic Range photography but it’s nice to sometime just do normal photography. Well, I think so anyway. So, here goes!
While in Morocco a few years ago, I encountered this scene in the area of Rabat that seemed to be left behind when compared to my culture in the good ol’ US of A. My time there was a wonderful opportunity to photograph, not only a very different environment, but also an extremely different culture. The people were, in most cases, very open to being photographed, especially the children. In this image, the crowded streets reminded me of major cities back home but without the traffic jams, buses, etc.
I would usually spend an entire day in Rabat photographing the people, architecture and street scenes like this one. Being on the Atlantic coast of northern Africa, Morocco had some incredible photo opportunities. I hope to post additional photos from there using my pseudo-HDR techniques in future posts. All of my Morocco images were shot with Kodak Kodachrome slide film since digital was not available at the time.