Stockografie, the X100T and Marrakesh Part 2

Preliminary

This is part II of a two part blogpost on a visit to Marrakesh. If you have not read Part I please do so. All photographs where taken with the Fujifilm X100T. Some of them are Jpegs OOC and some of them are edited raw files using Lightroom 6.

Day 4

On day 4 it was time to hit the streets of Marrakesh again. The Fujifilm X100T with the Artisan & Artist 103 camera strap and the lens hood mounted on it where slung around my shoulder. It was time for a cooking class today. My wife and I had booked this with the great help of the guys and girls of Riad Aguaviva. I cannot repeat often enough how helpful they were.

Need a donkey?

Need a donkey?

The cooking class was great. First off we learned a lot about the spices which are in the Tajine we were going to cook. After that it was time to hit the local market and grab all the goodies including choosing a live chicken. If you wanted you could take a look at the chicken being slaughtered and then also being cut into it´s peaces. Yes I know that sounds cruel but we should all be aware of the fact that if you eat meat it comes from a living animal in the first place.

Cutting the chicken

Cutting the chicken

Fresh fruits

Fresh fruits

Vegetables

Vegetables

After buying all the ingredients for the evening meal it was time to leave the Medina of Marrakesh. Fatima took us to a quiet place about 10 km outside of Marrakesh.

Need some eggs?

Need some eggs?

After arriving there and a glass of fresh mint tea it was time to get the meal ready. I won´t go into all the detail of cooking, stirring and frying. This is what the Tajine looks like on the fire place.

Tajine on the fireplace

Tajine on the fireplace

While the Tajine was cooking we got some other goodies ready.

Cooking, stirring and frying

Cooking, stirring and frying

And then I had a few minutes for myself to play around with my Fuji X100T, the great f/2 lens and classic chrome film simulation.

Roses and Classic Chrome

Roses and Classic Chrome

After enjoying a great meal we all had realized that time had just passed by so quickly and that we all had to head back to the Medina of Marrakesh for the later evening. On the way back to our Riad I took a few photographs. Once again the Fuji X100T did what it should do.

Street photography

Street photography

Pink

Pink

Mercedes W126

Mercedes W126

Mercedes W123

Mercedes W123

Looking for a cab?

Looking for a cab?

The entrance to our Riad

The entrance to our Riad

Our Riad from the inside.

Roses and the light

Roses and the light

Chill out zone

Chill out zone

Chill out zone the second

Chill out zone the second

Day 5

Time was flying by and before we knew it day 5 had come around the corner. It was time to see Majorelle Garden. This park like garden is the place where Yves Saunt Lorene lived in Marrakesh. The whole garden is a wonderful, peaceful area. I do advise you to be there early. About eight or nine is a very good time to go. It is not too hot and there are not too many other visitors there either. At about eleven it started to become very crowded. I think I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Take a rest

Take a rest

Small waterfall

Small waterfall

Flower bokeh

Flower bokeh

Blue and yellow

Blue and yellow

Blue and yellow and the door

Blue and yellow and the door

Flowers in front of the blue wall

Flowers in front of the blue wall

Entrance

Entrance

Can you see her?

Can you see her?

Blue house

Blue house

Blue bokeh

Blue bokeh

Summer flowers

Summer flowers

It was time to head back to the medina. It was very hot in the Majorelle Gardens so we decided to go and have a rest . On the way back to to the Riad Aguaviva I took some more snaps. I would love to know what you think of them.

In the evening we just walked the streets of Marrakesh and found a nice little place for an evening meal. I did not take many shots there so I will not be showing anything from day 5´s evening.

Black and white taxi

Black and white taxi

Mirror, mirror on the car

Mirror, mirror on the car

Old and new, they are both middle class Mercedes but apron 35 years apart.

Old and new, they are both middle class Mercedes but apron 35 years apart.

Walking by the guy washing his car

Walking by the guy washing his car

Bicycle

Bicycle

Repair guy

Repair guyas

Day 6

Day 6 and our vacation in Marrakesh is slowly coming to an end. On day 6 my wife and I decided to take a day trip to the harbor city of Essaouira. We had a wonderful privat driver who took us all the 180km and back again. He was such a friendly guy.

Essaouira is a great place to go for a day trip and some fresh fish. Once again I had my X100T with me. By the way, the Fujifilm X100T was the only camera I took with me to Marrakesh. I decided on this very deliberately as I could not decide which lenses to take with me with my X-T1. Should I go wide? Or just take the Xf 18-55? Or all of my gear? Well after thinking so much about which gear to take and after getting a headache over it I went to my gear, picked up the Fujifilm X100T with the Lensmate thumbrest mounted on it and it struck me with lightning. This was the camera to take to Marrakesh. Small, unobtrusive and yet powerful enough to take all the photographs I wanted. And I can tell you. Only having one focal length is definitely not restricting me. It was very relieving not having to think about which lens to mount on the body.

The X100T is a camera that looks at you and tells you the following.

„I have a 23mm f/2 lens, great high ISO capability. So there you have it. That is what I am throwing at you. Take it and get to know me and I will reward you with the most wonderful photographs you can think of.“

Anyway, back to what you are here for. To look at my photographs which I took on a visit to Marrakesh and in this case the day trip to Essaouira.

Need some gas?

Need some gas?

Landscapes of Morocco

Landscapes of Morocco

Black and white goats

Black and white goats

Goats in a tree

Goats in a tree

Boats using Classic Chrome

Boats using Classic Chrome

Entering the harbor

Entering the harbor

The harbor, Classic Chrome

The harbor, Classic Chrome

Sorting the boat

Sorting the boat

Tied up ships

Tied up ships

Not in use

Not in use

Lift off using Classic Chrome

Lift off using Classic Chrome

In full flight

In full flight

Small boats, Classic Chrome

Small boats, Classic Chrome

Streets of Essaouira

Streets of Essaouira

Catch of the day and our dinner

Catch of the day and our dinner

Day 7

The last day before it went back home was an all local day. We started the day with another wonderful breakfast at the Riad Aguaviva. After that it was time for a wash. My wife and I went to a local hamam. And when I say local  , I mean local. That was not a place tourists would usually go. I can tell you though that this was and is one of the most interesting experiences I have ever made in my life! I cannot describe in words what I felt while being there and after.

It opened my eyes to this culture and made me realize even more that the muslim culture has nothing to do with terror. These people are friendly, open and have a very warm heart inside there chest!

After visiting the hamam it was time to walk the streets of Marrakesh one more time before entering a restaurant for a last evening meal with another breathtaking sunset.

But first let me show you the view I had every morning when entering the roof top terrace for breakfast. Can the day start any better?

View to the rooftop terrace where we had breakfast every morning

View to the rooftop terrace where we had breakfast every morning

Tasty fruit salad

Tasty fruit salad

Playing the drums

Playing the drums

Street shot into the sun

Street shot into the sun

Take a look up

Take a look up

Wonderful blue sky

Wonderful blue sky

Sun coming from the side

Sun coming from the side

Warm light

Warm light

View over Marrakesh

View over Marrakesh

Sunset

Sunset

Can you see the high Atlas?

Can you see the high Atlas?

Back home again

Back home again

Once again a vacation has come to an end. It was full of great experiences, meeting new people. Very friendly people. The Moroccans are just so friendly. I can only advise any one of you readers to visit this city. Yes it can be hectic and loud at times but it can be just as quiet and peaceful at others.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and especially looking at the photographs I took on this vacation. I can assure you that I had a great time taking them.

The Fujifilm X100T did not disappoint me once! It performed absolutely flawlessly. Any time the camera would not perform like it should do was absolutely my own mistake. Thank you Fujifilm for making this masterpiece of photographic gear.

If you should have any questions, remarks or just want to drop a line please do so in the comments section below.

Thank you

Your

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  6. Thank you so much for the wide variety of shots you posted, it really gives a complete view of what is possible to achieve with the Fuji x100T. I am going to Mororcco for 10 days in October, with my Fuji x100s and my xt-1, but I suspect the x100s will be doing most of the work!

    • Hi Lorraine,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      Yes the Fuji X100 series is a very versatile camera. You will love Morocco. I missed nothing while being in Marrakesh with just the X100T.
      Have fun and let me know when you are back and where I can see your photographs.

      Stockografie

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