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World in Focus Morocco Workshop

 Hassan II Mosque. Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque. Casablanca

In January I had the pleasure of guiding a group of 18 photographer along with fellow mentor and instructor Rachel Rudwall to Morocco.  This trip was sponsored by AFAR & Nikon and is known as World in Focus.  What a fantastic country to explore with photographic opportunity around every corner.  What was great about this trip being sponsored by Nikon, they provided participants digital cameras and lenses for the trip.  They provide the latest cameras on the market, D850's and D7500.  

We started our trip in Casablanca, we had a short tour around the city as well as a guided tour of the Hassan II Mosque.  The Mosque is pretty new, it opened in 1993 and  It can hold over 25,000 worshippers. 

 Inside the Hassan II Mosque.

Inside the Hassan II Mosque.

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From Casablanca, we traveled to the "Blue City" . Chefchaouen, Morocco.  Chefchaouen is nestled in a small valley in the stunning Rif Mountains.

 Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

 Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

 Chefchaouen, Morrocco

Chefchaouen, Morrocco

 Chefchaouen, Morocco.

Chefchaouen, Morocco.

After Chefchaouen, we were off to Fes.  Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco, it is noisy, fascinating and overwhelming.  They also have the mother of all medinas.  Walking through the twisting streets and alleyways can really be confusing.  We were told that there are over 10,000 streets/alleyways within the medina.  Leather is big in Fes, we went to see the tannery with all the dye pits.

 Tannery, Fes, Morocco.

Tannery, Fes, Morocco.

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One really cool part about our trip was riding camels into the Sahara Desert. We rode camels for about 1.5 hours to Yasmina desert camp for an overnight stay.  We did a few night shots of the stars with the dunes.

 Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

 Sahara Desert, Morocco.

Sahara Desert, Morocco.

 Sahara Desert, Morocco

Sahara Desert, Morocco

 30 second exposure, Sahara Desert, Morocco

30 second exposure, Sahara Desert, Morocco

We ended our trip in Marrakech.  We visited the famous Djemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world. 

 Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco.

Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco.

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