The Safe Slums of Fes, Morocco

Safest Scary Place You’ve Been?

I know those words are kind of the opposite: Safe & Scary. But I suppose I mean where is a place you were really scared to go and then, after arriving, you found out it was totally awesome and safe?!? I find these kind of places all the time. I don’t know if I would say I was super “scared” — just kind of on high alert. Don’t get me wrong… I’m not going to walk around the bad parts of Rio or Detroit at night by myself with my camera, but you know what I mean.

Daily Photo – The Safe Slums of Fes, Morocco

I went through this dodgy area of Fes one night to try to climb up a hillside to get a view of the mountain. It was actually perfectly safe, and everyone was smiling and happy. I now know how to speak just a little bit of Arabic, at least enough to get by. I thought this run-down area was actually kind of beautiful in its own way, so I set up to take a photo…

The Safe Slums of Fes, Morocco

The Safe Slums of Fes, Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 16, 2014 at 8:02am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time8
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-1

Lamp Shopping in Fes

Your Favorite Travel Collection?

I’ve started bringing back little goodies with me when I travel to places… and I wish I had started a long time ago. But anyway, better late than never… what’s your favorite “goodie” you collected on some travels then brought home?

Daily Photo – Lamp Shopping in Fes

I love Moroccan lamps! I love them so much that I bought nine of them while I was in Fes and had them shipped back here. Now that was a real fiasco because of customs. I think I paid about $500 for the lamps and $600 just to get them in the country! It's so maddening… I know that the name of this blog is Stuck In Customs, but that was meant to be a bit playful… now all that seems to be Stuck In Customs is my lamps and my money! :(

Lamp Shopping in Fes

Lamp Shopping in Fes

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 4, 2014 at 6:03am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.7
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-2

Fes in the Night

Recommendations

Thanks again to everyone that recommended that I go to Fes for exploration! You were right on. I loved so many cities in Morocco, but this was the biggest one I went to where I didn’t see a bunch of tourists. Marrakech seemed to have about 10x or 20x more tourists! It’s not that tourists are necessarily bad, but it does kind of take me out of the scene a bit, you know?

Daily Photo – Fes in the Night

I arrived here late at night, so this was the first thing I saw. The train ride took way longer than expected, and it is often a strange feeling to arrive at a foreign place at night. Everything has a patina of mystery and you really feel like you're on another planet. I was happy to be up high to get a view of everything… the clouds were very low, and the pink & orange lights from the city gave everything an odd but magical glow.

Fes in the Night

Fes in the Night

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 3, 2014 at 12:33pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time15
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Woman in Fes

Comment Problems

We’ve been having tech problems — we’re trying to figure it out now! Apologies!! :(

Most exotic clothing?

What culture would you say has the most beautiful clothing? I can’t say I know for sure. Maybe it is some remote tribe or distant Asian province. I didn’t really think about this too much until I was in Morocco and started looking at how interesting the outfits were — and all the variety therein.

Daily Photo – Woman in Fes

When I am in places like this and everyone is in rich, colorful outfits, it kind of makes me wish the whole world was like this! Wouldn't it be cool if everyone was dressed exotically all the time? I guess you'd have to rotate the cultural styles every year or so… because I doubt any culture considers itself to be exotic. But this plan would require everyone to be constantly buying new clothes as the rotation period comes around. On second thought, it is a terrible idea (but not my worst).

Woman in Fes

Woman in Fes

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 13, 2014 at 6:22am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/3200
  • Aperture
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Quadcopter Over Fes

Updated SmugMug Review

If you’re interested in seeing the first video I did with SmugMug, head over to the “SmugMug Review” here on the site. If you haven’t seen it in a while, then you’ll also get to see all the new stuff that has changed since the launch of their new product!

Daily Photo – Quadcopter Over Fes

It was so awesome when Anton Lorimer from SmugMug joined me in Morocco! He brought his DJI Quadcopter and we tried some crazy things with it! He's really fearless with that thing, and he had it fly over me in many places there… We had such a good time with it! In this photo, you can see Anton and Ana (his assistant for the week) below controlling it. I believe he's editing together the video for it now… I'm looking forward to seeing his final edit!

Quadcopter Over Fes

Quadcopter Over Fes

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 15, 2014 at 7:50pm
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/20
  • Aperture19
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tanneries in Fez

A sprig of mint

If you ever visit one of these tanneries, be sure to take a little branch of mint with you. It may just keep you from retching… I don’t know how those guys work in there all day long!

Daily Photo – Tanneries in Fez

I had an amazing time watching everything in these leather tanneries. This is the first time I've ever seen anything like this, and it was mesmerizing. The men would work these areas and move leather from one area to the next to be dried, cured, died, and every other stage in between. The smell was rather noxious (quite a bit of fermenting urine), but it was great for photography! I took a ton of photos… this is one of them for you!

Tanneries in Fez

Tanneries in Fez

Photo Information

  • Date TakenMarch 16, 2014 at 12:50am
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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