Landscape photography, Morocco Landmarks, Mirleft Hill Fort

Landscape photography and Morocco landmarks!

While walking back up the hill to our lodgings in at Les Trois Chameaux in Mirleft, Morocco one evening I spotted another beautiful Morocco landmark. This time it was an abandoned hill-fort standing proud looking across the surrounding countryside and out over the seaside village of Mirleft. A perfect vantage point for incoming marauders, and one to sit for a while and contemplate view for a while after the walk!

Landscape Photography - Morocco, Mirleft Hill FortIt wasn’t too far off so I decided to hike up and take a look. I’d thought I had the place to ourselves but noticed a couple of locals sat talking, they noticed me us and offered to show me around. I got the two minute tour, which actually made the hike even more worthwhile as I came away having learned some interesting local history! Thanks guys!

One thing that struck me though about this, and other beautiful Morocco landmarks, is how much of the old stonework had been removed. I’m not sure if local landmarks are protected in Morocco but it would be nice to know these beautiful and historic landmarks across Morocco are being protected. Hopefully they will be left standing for future generations to experience. 

Back to the Landscape Photography! I made a few exposures as the Moroccan sun was setting. Although still not quite set it was bright enough to warrant a couple of ND filters. I wanted to capture the way the sun illuminated the stonework, throwing shadows of the fort walls through the archway. I think maybe the first exposure captures the light in the most revealing way.

Not long after i took this the clouds rolled in to obscure the sun, literately turning off the warm textures of the stonework. It also helped drop the surrounding temperature for the walk back down, phew! Time to study the map to scout out more Morocco Landmarks, my visit to the beautiful Rock Arches at Sidi-Ifni is going be hard to beat!


Picture details:

Canon 5d MKII
EF 16-35MM USM II @ 16mm
1/250 sec @ f /6.7, ISO 200
Lee 0.3ND soft Grad, Reversed for the ground
Lee 0.6ND hard grad
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments, a little dodging and buring


Thanks for looking,




Barney Delaney is a photographer specialising in landscape photography prints from the UK and abroad. He is based in Lichfield, Staffordshire, in the UK.

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4 Responses to “Landscape photography, Morocco Landmarks, Mirleft Hill Fort”

  1. DarrenSeptember 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Nice picture and site bro


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