Today’s photo walk also takes us to the red city or the Pearl of the South – better known as Marrakech. I don’t get tired of repeating how spellbound I was by this city. I don’t know if you know this feeling but some places simply are different. They have their charm and without realizing you get spellbound.
So far not many cities have delighted me as much as that one. Besides Istanbul and Hanoi, Marrakech definitely belongs to my favorite photo cities.
today I’d like to show you some more impressions of my days in Marrakech. After the Djemaa al Fna, where you’re about to get 1000 different impressions ranging from snake charmers to mobile shops and unique odors, and the souqs, a showcase of interesting handcrafts, there’s of course a lot more to see.
Another of my true highlights was the Jardin Majorelle or the Blue Garden. It was created by French painter Jacques Majorelle in 1923. Today the artist and his art have largely been forgotten, however, his garden belongs to one of the places in town that’s worth to be visited. Another interesting detail about this magical park is the fact that it was purchased in 1947 by famous fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his boyfriend and business partner, Pierre Bergé.
This year I already felt like getting on the plane in January to escape the daily routine for a couple of days. I wanted to go to a city where I wouldn’t have to rush from sight to sight but where I can simply enjoy the atmosphere. I wanted to stroll through the narrow lanes and the lively squares, enjoy some sun and have a unique view from nice rooftop terraces. Some good coffee and tea, fresh-squeezed juices, a different kind of cuisine, diligent handcrafts and amazing colors… A few days in Marrakech, the “red city”, the “pearl of the South” combine all these aspects for me!
After the first long-awaited snowfall I didn’t want to stay in my apartment any longer last weekend. In order to have light and flexible baggage to carry this time I decided once again after a long time for my compact all-round lens, the SIGMA 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM. With this lens I had a wonderful range of fixed focal lengths suitable for every subject. The intense consistent open aperture of 2.8 allows nice bokeh and a great depth of field even though it’s an APSC camera.
For some weeks I’ve been searching for winter desperately, for some snow on the trees, for some icicles hanging down the rooftops, for children walking through the winter landscape wearing snowshoes or trailing their toboggans. All I’ve found so far was sad sceneries, barren meadows and anything else but a winter fairytale atmosphere.
As I fell into my bed exhausted yesterday evening and dared to glimpse out of the window before closing my eyes, the image was totally different from this morning. During the night snow finally surprised us for the first time this winter. I was happy like a little child the way I always get happy when everything is white.
Driving home for Christmas“. Every year I listen to this song on the radio in December, I’m really looking forward to Christmas, the season of the year where I can go home to my family and find plenty of time for everyone without being stressed. Besides the sparkling Christmas tree, the sweet smell of cookies, frankincense and cinnamon and the funny, long and simply beautiful afternoons in my parents’ living room I also enjoy the silence of nature while being home. So in the past few days I went for some longer walks in the forest and through the town with the Christmas decorations.
However, as probably most of you, I kept looking in vain for the snow in the fields and on the trees.
After giving you a little impression of the SIGMA Art 50-100mmf/1.8 DC HSM lens on my photo tour in the zoo and the photos I was taking there, today you’ll get the extensive review of this new lens which I promised you. My descriptions and technical information will be highlighted with a lot of pictures I took in the zoo so you’ll get a proper insight into how things work out in practice. With the photos you’ll also receive the metadata to get a real impression. The camera I used was the Canon EOS 600D.
In the city this winter is gray. Everything’s gray, the tall buildings, the sky and even sometimes the people appear somewhat gray to me because of the murky atmosphere. The snow never remains and that’s why there’s never a real winter feeling, except for our cold fingers and a red nose.
That’s also the reason why I grabbed my camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark III) and my new SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens to go out of town. However, unfortunately I still wasn’t able to find a real winter. 😉
One Model – one Location – one Lens. To have the right equipment for my upcoming photoshoot, I look through my objectives for a suitable portrait lens.
Back then, as a beginner in the photography, I bought the light strong Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens. Now, I unpacked it again and to have a closer look. In comparison with my Canon 50mm F1.4 is the fixed-focal-length from Sigma with 800g significantly heavier and therefore handier, what I really like.
For me, there has to be a city trip at least once in a year!
This year it was time for Istanbul, but before I start to tell you what I liked the most about the city, how great the food tastes there, about all the great impressions and the amazing photo motifs I came across, I want to tell you something else.
Something, I enjoyed, from a photographers point of view, as much as visiting all the touristy sights.
I’m talking about CATS! 😉
I’ve never before, been in a city that inhabits more cats than Istanbul. Every single corner, every park and in all the streets, no matter how busy, you’ll find them – Istanbuls’ street cats.