Exploring the souks
North of the Djamaa el Fna lie the souks, a rabbit warren of lanes, many of them shaded with a lattice of wooden staves. They are both tourist attraction and local shopping centre, and the further you go from the square, diving into their depths, the more of the latter you will experience. We explored a small area on the western fringes on our first day but after that were limited to the lanes leading off the square because of my injury. These are said to be the least good, both in terms of character and the quality of the goods on sale, but we were happy with our limited explorations, and with the couple of items we bought here. I particularly love my bright pink shoulder bag :-) Traditionally each area specialised in a certain craft – dying in one part, leather in another and pottery in a third. Although these distinctions have become muddled with time there is still a distinct dyers’ souk (which sadly we didn’t get to) and even elsewhere you will suddenly realise that every other shop in this row sells almost the same things. Even if you don’t want to buy anything at all you can spend many happy hours here, soaking up the atmosphere, looking at the colourful displays and taking photos. And if you do want to shop, remember that haggling is as much a game as it is a transaction. Don’t take it too seriously, but do stick to what you feel is a reasonable price and don’t be lured into paying more than you think an item is worth. The usual advice is to start with an offer of about a third of that being asked and aim to finish at about the mid-way point.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2011-01-11 0:53
Excellent place, wonderful information. Fine shot. Good contrast and sharpness, very good POV and DOF.
Excellent capture and frame.
Splendid effect. Well done!
krzychu30 (15512) 2011-01-11 1:01
very nice daily life scene.Excellent composition and despite the poor lighting-beautiful colors.Congratulation.
besnard (56030) 2011-01-11 1:18
Un bon cliché de ce souk où chacun doit pouvoir trouver un souvenir à ramener. Tu nous proposes beaucoup de choses à regarder.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jhm (150742) 2011-01-11 3:02
Everyone can here find a lovely copper or other souvenir.
Splendid interior picture.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent taken.
Very well done, TFS.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-01-11 3:27
The title is justified to describe this shop full of typical objects. Very good exposure for this photo not very easy to do. Bravo.
Have a nice day. Happy New Year!
snunney (96721) 2011-01-11 4:12
It could indeed be a scene from 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves'. I like very much the atmosphere offered by the mix of lighting. The image is well exposed in difficult circumstances. There is much to be observed in great detail. Well done.
Sergiom (76276) 2011-01-11 6:18
J'adore Marrakech. C'est une de mes villes préférées..Le souk est superbe et on pourrait passer des mois à le parcourir pour découvrir toutes ses richesses.Absolument magnifique comme image.
ifege (10367) 2011-01-11 12:51
Great night photo (or was it just a dark corner?) of a souk but where are all the crowds? It captures the style of the souks with the masses of goods on display and shining in the light.
ManuMay (36097) 2011-01-12 7:03
Marrakech is a wonderful place filled of magic and charming corners, like this one..And you have catured this atmosphere and mood really well, superb definition in difficult light conditions, excellent quality...great shines and colour tones...
Silvio1953 (139811) 2011-01-12 12:06
Ciao Csaba, great composition with a lot of intersting things, splendid light, excellent clarity and fine details, very well done my toung friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6636)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-31
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, ZeissVario-SonnarT*14,3-71,5 f/ 2,8-4,8, Soligor Blueline UV 67mm
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/10 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-11 0:48