On the Way to Algeria

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You have no idea where camels really come from

Well, maybe you do… but I found this to be a complete surprise! It also reminds me that I should watch more TED talks!

Daily Photo – On the Way to Algeria

When I was in Morocco, I decided I needed to get way out of town into the Sahara desert to really lean into it. I rode a camel and everything. Believe me, riding a camel is not fun at all. I thought it would be a bit like riding a horse, but it definitely wasn't. I've now ridden on about five different camels in various countries (Morocco, Egypt, Oman), and I can tell you every experience was negative. I tried to have a good attitude about it and embrace the romance and adventure of it, but not even my positivity to overcome a continually negative experience. Just over those dunes there in the distance was Algeria. I almost crossed over, but my guides there warned me it was a bit dangerous.

On the Way to Algeria

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-08 06:48:40
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length70.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Entering the old bits of Fez, Morocco

Video How-To with Dotzsoh

When I was in Singapore, the local influencer we met up with was @Dotszoh and we spent a few days shooting together. One time to get out of the heat, we went back to process photos together. I decided to go ahead and record one of our post-processing sessions for you! Enjoy!

Daily Photo – Entering the old bits of Fez, Morocco

Well, all of Fez is old, but the oldest part is the labyrinth-like bazaar. There are a few entrances to this place, and this is one of the grand gates. It's unbelievable how lost you can get inside the old bazaar! But there's really nothing to worry about. Whenever I had four hours to go out and shoot, I would wander randomly for three hours and then leave myself the last hour to find my way out. Sometimes I'd end up at a completely different gate, completely turned around. But that was part of the fun! And, I typically have a Very Good Sense of direction… I think this is because I play so many first-person shooter games!

Entering the old bits of Fez, Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-03 23:46:52
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1000
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Lost in Chefchaoeun

Book suggestion: Wool

I’ve recently added this to my book suggestions and I encourage you to get it if you are into post-apocalyptic fiction. I decided to read it, because it turns out I’ll be walking with the author, Hugh Howey, on the Camino in September. He’s one of an interesting assortment of about seven people to join the group!

Daily Photo – Getting Lost in Chefchaoeun

This is probably in my top three towns to get lost inside. And boy, is it ever easy to get lost. You're never in any great fear of getting lost for days on end, so there's a bit of a safety net there. You can always head downhill and you'll find yourself at the base of the city, then you can work your way back up to your hotel or whatever. Seeing all these cool doors gave me the idea to take photos of about 50 doors and make a little collage. I never followed up on that idea, though, and got distracted by getting more lost!

Getting Lost in Chefchaoeun

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-05 06:07:51
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/60
  • Aperture8
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Mohammad’s Tomb in Rabat

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Daily Photo – Mohammad's Tomb in Rabat

This is the second photo that I have edited from this tomb, and I believe I like this one better. It's amazing how much better I've come to learn Aurora HDR in just the past few years. In fact, I can't even remember if I edited the other photo from this tomb with Aurora or Photomatix. Man, my memory is the worst. THE WORST. I hope Google hurries up with their AI because my HI is really leaking like a sieve.

Mohammad's Tomb in Rabat

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-01 21:24:43
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Overnight in the Middle of Nowhere

Burning Man Photo Walk Photos

I posted a lot of my Burning Man Photo Walk Photos are inside the special FB event we made there. Feel free to go check it out. And, if you joined us, come post some of yours too! 🙂

Daily Photo – Overnight in the Middle of Nowhere

There in the distance, you can see a small camp. Even though it looks remote, this photo does not capture the absolute remoteness of it all! Wow I was really in the middle of the Sahara desert. After riding on a camel for hours and hours, I was exhausted. Riding on a camel is much harder than it sounds, by the way. I used muscles in my torso I didn't know existed. You might think it sounds like riding a horse, but it's not. It's kind of like riding one of those electric broncos in a honky-tonk bar. Even if you've never done that, you can imagine it.

Overnight in the Middle of Nowhere

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-08 06:44:10
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length120.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Best of Morocco

I loved my three weeks in Morocco. It was Time Well Spent! I got lost, got found, ate amazing street food (way too much), traveled the desert with locals, and stayed in amazing riads. Wow, everything happened there. I’ll start with a video I made with SmugMug while I was there, then share a few favorite photos.


Conjuring Thoughts Deep in the Desert Berber Camp

An Amazing City Of Blue

Crossing the Sahara

Exploring a Strange Land with Curious Shadows in the Night

Berber Man In Morocco

Chefchaouen From Above

Where Daenerys Recruits

Plotagraph Pro

Thanks again to everyone that is enjoying Plotagraph Pro. Here is a link to my “Plotagraph Galleria” – some of my favorite works I’ve put on there. You can click into each one to see them full screen. Note that it might take a little bit for the animation to load! 🙂

Daily Photo – Where Daenerys Recruits

I assume there are a few Game of Thrones fans in the audience here? I visited this place in Morocco several years before they started making the show. I was actually reading the books at the time and thinking, wow, this would make an awesome set for Daenerys to recruit her army. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw it appear in the actual series. Also, some of you may remember this place from the Gladiator movie too. I think it's where Russell Crowe was taken away to in the beginning of the movie.

Where Daenerys Recruits

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-11 00:10:55
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/750
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length180.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Chefchaouen in Morocco

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Daily Photo – Chefchaouen in Morocco

Two days in a row for Morocco photos! You can probably tell by now what a colorful country this is. It makes me think a lot about the west, and how drab and neutral-colored our homes can be. It's not quite like that in Morocco, where they are not afraid of color! I have a soft-spot for that, of course, being the HDR-kinda-guy I am! 🙂

Chefchaouen in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-06 00:25:23
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/350
  • Aperture9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Getting Mint on the way to the Leather Tannery

Getting Lost in Fes

This is my best recommendation here! First of all, you barely even need to try to get lost. It’ll happen quite naturally. You’ll eventually find your way back… or, if not, just take a business card with you from your lodgings and the locals are more than friendly.

Daily Photo – Getting Mint on the way to the Leather Tannery

This is one of the best places to photograph in Fes, but it's not without its downsides. I went here three different times, and it was always a different experience. There are plenty of people milling around outside, convincing you to buy some mint sprigs to keep close to your nose and mouth so you don't choke on the fumes. I tried it once, and it helped, but I didn't mind the smell so much. Maybe I'm just strong-minded or something. I figure all those workers out there could handle it, so I could to!

Besides the mint thing, each time a different guide took me up. After taking photos, they would guide me out a 5-story leather shop… really giving me the hard-sell! It's almost like they don't understand that photographers are only there to take photos and not to buy anything. Maybe other non-photographer tourists will buy things… The prices seemed pretty good, but I'm not much of a leather-guy. I guess I'd look pretty cool in a leather suit, but it was about 100 degrees and it didn't seem very practical.

Getting Mint on the way to the Leather Tannery

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-16 01:29:40
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/2000
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

Editing “old” photos

Today’s daily photo I took about five years ago but never got around to editing. By now, you all know about Aurora HDR, and it was fun to take the original three brackets and jam them in there to see what happened. I fell in love with the result immediately and was quite surprised.

Daily Photo – Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

This is one of my new favorite photos! I took this quite randomly in Morocco. I was driving from the Sahara desert near Algeria over towards the Atlas Mountains. I probably stopped to go to the bathroom or grab a snack or something. While walking outside the car along the road, I saw this scene, and thought, you know, THAT would make a good photo! So I went to fish my camera out of the car to capture this.

Colors of the Countryside in Morocco

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-03-05 02:04:22
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/1500
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO320
  • Focal Length210.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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