Morocco Photography Holiday
Morocco - One Week Photography Holiday
October 11th - 18th 2016
Group Size: maximum 4 (plus Ben Pipe)
Join Ben Pipe on this seven-day photography workshop in the heart of Morocco. This photographic adventure will take you to the majestic sand dunes of the Sahara, the impressive Atlas Mountains, and colorful old town centres. You will have the chance to immerse yourself in Morocco's rich culture, while improving your photograhy skills.
A week-long trip from Marrakech into the Sahara desert via the High Atlas Mountains to capture landscapes, light, colour and textures. Acclaimed photographer Ben Pipe (2011 Finalist - Travel Photographer of the Year) has years of professional experience photographing subjects from the Himalaya Mountains to the Sahara desert. On this trip he instructs and inspires you on how to get the best possible pictures.
Brimming with contrast, color and mystery, Morocco is a photographer's dream. Situated between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, Europe and Africa, Morocco has always been a land of exchanges and encounters. Since early Antiquity, it has been a land of successive invasions, by the Phoenicians, then the Romans and the Byzantines. Here, Berber, Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures have learnt to live together. Each has contributed to making Morocco a land of shared beauty. During this workshop, we will give you the chance to explore this fascinating country through your lens.
What our clients said about this photography holiday:
"I used to take hundreds of pictures for fun. This trip, with excellent tuition from Ben, enabled me to know how to create the picture, what works and what does not. I now know how to check the camera settings ensuring I get the best picture. Everywhere I go I am looking for the right light and location for pictures." Phil Wheeler (UK) November, 2011
Day 1 -THURSDAY
Arrive in Marrakech and group transfer to your riad (depending on time of arrival of most members of the trip). Dinner at hotel and meet photographer Ben Pipe to discuss the trip, view & discuss images, different styles, technical tips, briefing on etiquette and general cultural/practical issues. Time to assess individual needs and levels of proficiency.
An exhilarating drive across the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass in 4x4, winding and twisting at high altitudes towards the great South of Morocco. The lanscape is mesmerizing and the geology constantly changing. We'll be stopping randomly to photograph whatever catches our eye along the way - people going about their daily lives, roadside cafes, mountain villages, wild flowers etc.¦
After the highest point of the Mountain Pass, we head off on a minor road to the restored Kasbah at Telouet, which has magnificent interiors with mosaic-tiled walls and stucco ceilings. You will get expert advice regarding architectural and interiors shooting.
Early afternoon arrival at world-famous Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, crossing the Oued Melh, to reach this carefully restored fortified village. The Berber architecture, decoration, texture and rich colours of the Kasbah are a photographer's treat and it's no wonder it has featured in so many movies. The soft afternoon light here is truly special and we will return the following dawn to capture the dramatic colours of sunrise.
Dinner and relax in hotel nea Ait Benhaddou and review the days work. Questions and Answers session.
Dawn shoot at the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou to capture the light and colours.Then continue 4x4 drive over the arid Anti-Atlas Mountain to the market town of Agdz, then off-road through the lush Draa Valley oases and on towards the Sahara! Lunch stop at Kasbah Tamnougalte and time to explore the palm oases and rural agriculture of the ksars. Spend the night in simple hotel in Zagora, with pool, and (hopefully) time to dip into the back-streets of nearby Amzrou, formerly inhabited by Jewish silversmiths.
Day 4 -SUNDAY
As we head further south, we notice the change in regional traditional dress of both men and women. You will be advised on cultural etiquette before photographing people (especially women) on our journey.
We will also stop to visit the pottery co-operative at Tamegroute and the nearby Koranic library.
By late morning we cross the ridge of Jbel Bani to arrive at the village of Mt Hamid el Ghizlane, at the very edge of the Sahara desert. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax at hotel or explore locally the villages and simple way of life in the area accompanied by your local guide.
Sleep in lovely hotel at edge of the dunes (with swimming pool, bar and modern comforts in traditional architecture)
N.B. This is the last opportunity for re-charging batteries and backing-up data to disc/memory card as for next 2 nights there is no electricity
Early morning shots of the nearby dunes, kasbahs and palm groves, capturing rural life at the local weekly souk in M'Hamid in full swing - fruit sellers, traders etc.
Morning is a free for exploring on foot or simply relaxing by the pool of your hotel as per the groups wishes.
After lunch, set off to the high dunes of Erg Chegaga to capture sunset and textures of the desert.We drive off-road across stony desert to reach the highest dunes of Erg Chegaga in time for sunset shots of the sea of dunes that stretches for miles. Camels, windswept dunes, thorny acacia trees, strange plants in lunar landscapes, infinite abstract possibilities!
Overnight and dinner in very comfortable bivouac camp, sleeping in nomad-style woven tents or under the African stars.
Departure before the sun gets too high to continue across the desert in 4x4, over the dried flat expanse of lake of Irikki where you may just capture a mirage. After 3 hours we reach tarmac in Foum Zguid and then continue to Tazenakht for lunch. Here we will be able to photograph the Berber carpet-weavers. After lunch onwards for a long 6 hour drive back to Marrakech. We'll be able stop along the way whenever something catches the eye.
The shifting dunes, the stunted trees, the lush oasis...was it all a mirage?
Dinner at our riad in the medina in Marrakech.
Morning: Photography tour of the labyrinth of the medina and its souks and spices. Led by Ben Pipe and escorted by Official City Guide, plenty of opportunity for portraits of people at work - cobblers, tailors, blacksmiths, bakers, butchers and merchants.
Afternoon: individual free time for own assignments - unaccompanied.
Evening time - a summary session with slide-show (of selected images) and feedback/discussion.
Group may choose to go out for final meal together (not included in holiday price)
We recommend dinner in the bustling Place Jemaa el Fna amongst acrobats, musicians, peddlers and sooth-sayers...not to mention sizzling barbecue grills for a delicious outdoor supper. Plenty of opportunity for dusk and night-time photography using long exposures.
After breakfast and goodbyes to your tour crew, Group transfer to the airport from your hotel.
This trip costs £1,300 per person - Booking Deposit of £300 required
Single supplement - £180
Included in this price are:
• All transport, fuel, tolls, road taxes and fully equipped 4x4 vehicle
• Guidance by Ben Pipe and a local guide
• Meals as per the itinerary
• All accommodation as per the itinerary
• All activities stated In the itinerary
• Airport transfer for those arriving on recommended flight*
• Tips for guides, hotels, restaurants and photographic subjects
• Items of personal nature
• Travel Insurance
Start Date and Getting There
The trip starts on October 11th 2016. You will fly into Marrakech International Airport, where you will be welcomed by Ben Pipe and your local guide. We recommend afternoon flights with EasyJet from London Gatwick to arrive early evening in Marrakech
Bookings and Further Information
• To book or inquire about this exciting workshop, contact Rachel Blech of tour company SheherazadVentures s.a.r.l., by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ben Pipe at email@example.com
• Alternately you can ring Rachel on +353 87 7430762 (Ireland) +212 6156 47918 (Morocco) or Ben on 02089 618048 (office) or 07743 639702 (mobile)
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Morocco Photography Workshop