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Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II + Canon EOS 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Since monday night I am back from my trip to morocco, and am already in the middle of processing the shots. My 10 days of vacation add up to around 2450 images and a few photos, totalling around 72GB.
I am quite new to processing images of this size, as its my first vacation with my 5D2, but honestly, the quality and processing opportunities that come with the 21MP sensor are worth every bit of struggle.

My trip led me through a good part of Morocco. I visited 5 cities and saw a lot of the rural landscape in between them.
I started in Marrakech, which did not even come close to what I expected.

So I continued to Casablanca, where I stayed with an amazing couchsurfer.
Ali led me around all the cities amazing spots, and even organized for us to get to the top of an amazing apartment tower, from where we were able to overlook the whole city (and shoot a lot of stupid stuff). Thank you Ali!

After that I continued on my own to Fés, the city with the oldest medina and the longest history.
It was OK, but personally, I did not enjoy it. Its much too big, has much too many hustlers. Many others I met liked it a lot, so it may be my own fault, but I left at the next day.

I took a bus to Chefchaouen, a small city in the Rif mountains of north morocco.
This was simply fascinating. Almost all houses are painted blue, the people speak mainly spanish (rest of morocco is mainly arabic and french) and the mountains around it were the perfect opportunity for an amazing hike, that gave me and my compagnions the chance to overlook the whole city and surroundings.
This, together with the people I met there, definitely made it the coolest place I visited.

After staying there for three days, I left and made my way through the whole country to my last destination, where I also shot this image: Essaouira.
Essaouira is a middle sized city at the west coast of morocco, and the reason I wanted to go there was only on: The harbor.
I saw some images and decided I can not return to germany without visiting this place.
The port is filled with dozens of bold blue fishing boats, people who are busily working whereever you look AND: Hundreds of hungry seagulls.
The combination of the single factors made this place almost my home for the time I stayed. I spent every free minute there, from the first sunrays in the morning, until the sun was setting again.

Essaouira in my opinion is definitely the best moroccan place for photographers (at least from what I have seen) and you should definitely go there.

I am more than happy with my images, and I think that I never had such a high number of images that I liked after such a trip. I am very picky on what I publish, but I think, during the next week you will be bombarded with images from this amazing country in north africa. I hope you dont mind!</a></b>

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