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Jun 30, 2013 - Africa, Morocco    No Comments

Hassan II

A new picture from Morocco for today. I took this one at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, just after a downpour.
I like the perspective that my ultra wide angle lens gave of the minaret. This is definitely a cool one!

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May 19, 2013 - Africa, Morocco    No Comments

Hundred cannons

This is another shot from Essaouira. On the fortification, there is dozens of european made cannons, facing the ocean.
If you watch the season three of Games of throne, you might recognize this place.
The scenes in the city in Astapor in Slaver’s Bay, are filmed here. They used these fortifications as the walk of Punishment, they just hid every cannon under gallows and cross where slaves are set to die.

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Apr 26, 2013 - Africa, Morocco, Sunset    No Comments

Sunset on Essaouira

After few days of wonderful, clear blue sky, I was longing for some clouds. As a photographer I like my clouds and a bit of drama in the sky.
After the sun came the rain, and with it lots of amazing nimbus. At the end of the day, as expected, the sunset was magnificent with colors going from gold to pink and orange. I was waiting on top of the battlements to have a good view of the ocean and the harbor in the background. As the sun went down I screwed an ND filter onto my lens and took this long exposure shot.

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Apr 7, 2013 - Africa, Morocco    No Comments

The Bedouin

Welcome to Kansai

Hi There, it’s been a long time. Too much adventures, too few wifi…
Anyway after amazing times in Kumamoto, a wonderful sunset on the castle and some exhausting hikes around the volcano Aso-San, I went to Hiroshima. Despite the fact that the city was entirely destroyed in World War Two, it’s a nice place to be. I made some wonderful encounters and we went hitting the city’s bar looking for Stephen.
Long story short, we did found Stephen’s bar after too much walk, too many beers and too much asking around! Now I am in the Kansai part of Japan, wandering around Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

The Bedouin

This is another picture of my brief times in the Sahara desert in Morocco.
After spending the night in a tent in the middle of the desert, we woke up early to go back home. The camels were waiting for us but I wasn’t really happy about the 2 and half hour ride that was ahead of us. I rode horses a few times but don’t really liked it, but the camel was a pain in the ass. You are basically sitting between the two Humps of the beast, with just a blanket to temper the movement… The camel is rocking back and forth and it is not really comfortable for us men, if you know what I mean. At one point I got so bored of the camel that I jumped out of it and just walked along the caravan.
Anyway during our way back we crossed this guy I quickly grab the camera and took my shoot, which is really good I think!

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Mar 23, 2013 - Africa, Morocco, Waterscape    No Comments

Fishing time

Words from Honshù

Hi there, after two days driving all around the mighty Fuji-San, I am in a train passing trough the Japanese Alps on my way to Takayama.
It has only been 4 days but I already had some great experiences, bathed naked with a lot of Japanese folks, slept in a 2m3 capsule, woke up at five to see the Mount Fuji totally hidden in clouds, took a hike in the scary suicide forest… And still, more than 20 days remaining!

Fishing time in Essaouira

Something different for today. I don’t usually take photograph of people, I am not really good at it, and a little bit shy too but big photo lens helps ;D
Today’s pictures are some ordinary scenes that you can witness in the small harbor of Essaouira. Just everyday things, kids helping to take back on the ground one of the many blue fishing boats or a big ship going home after sunset.

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Mar 1, 2013 - Africa, Morocco    No Comments

Hassan II Mosque

I took this one during my trip to Casablanca.
I was hosted by some friends and they show me the city on these rainy days.
We arrived at the Hassan II Mosque just after the call for prayer and we had the chance to witness thousands of believers leaving the Mosque.
The mosque was completed, after seven years of works, in 1993 and built by french company Bouygues. It’s the 7th largest mosque in the world and has the tallest minaret which climb up to 210 meters, it’s 60 stories or 2/3 of the Eiffel tower.
Aside the figures, the place is really huge and beautiful. Even if I didn’t had the chance to go inside, the outside is magnificent. The square is huge and thanks to the rain that soaked it few hours prior to our visit, reflections on the floor were a delight for photography, .

I can really say that this was one of the most impressive contemporary buildings I ever saw. It just feels like ancient and strong. You know the feeling when you are walking around a centuries old monument.
No offense to architects but I think nowadays we aren’t able to construct something that can compete with a old cathedral or castle. This is as close as it can be ;D

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Feb 23, 2013 - Africa, Morocco, Waterscape    No Comments

Blue hour on Essaouira

As you might already know, Essaouira is a small harbor on the West coast of Morocco. The town is really peaceful and inspiring, I spend few days walking around the Medina and I met some wonderful peoples.
Essaouira was buildt in the 18th century on the orders of the sultan Mohamed III to host a harbor and a naval base where his soldiers could launch raid on Agadir to subdue the rebellion.
The construction was directed by a french engineer, Théodore Cornut. He built the city with the help of french prisoner of war who where captured and held by Moroccan after the failed attack of the city of Larache in 1765.
Cornut designed the outer wall of the city just as the walls of Saint Malo, a small fortified harbor in Brittany (northwestern France).

My first Three days I spend all my late afternoon waiting for the sunset on the rocks in front of the town trying to get something close to this picture. After 2 bad sunset and one high tide I finally was able to capture this photograph which I am pretty happy with.

What do you think?

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