Landscape Photography, Morocco Landmarks, Sidi-Ifni Sunset

Landscape Photography, Secret Morocco landmarks.

- Morocco Landmarks, Mirleft, Trois ChameauxMorocco landmarks, hidden and afar. This picture was taken at a place called Les Trois Chameaux, a beautifully converted hill fort lodge overlooking the small beach side village of Mirleft on the west coast of Morocco. A truly amazing place with 360 degree vistas that are wonderful for landscape photography.

The owner Jean-François Bouquillon made me very welcome and also helped me find a few ‘hidden’ gems locally, namely the Morocco landmarks of Sidi-Ifni Rock Arches and the beautiful beaches of Mirleft. I ended up staying here for a few nights during our travels along the west coast.

It’s just the place to truly unwind after driving what felt like halfway across Morocco! Scratch that, it really was half way across Morocco! I thoughtfully recommend a visit if you are in the region!

After an otherwise clear day the clouds started to roll in from the sea and the wind began to pick up, I’d wanted to capture the last few moments of sunlight as it set across the ocean and softened the illumination of the village of Mirleft below.

Technically, pointing into the sun like this forced the meter off the scale, I’d originally tried a 3 stop reduction using a 0.9 ND but it wasn’t slowing down the clouds enough. In the end i opted for a full 10 stop reduction using the Lee big stopper and exposed for 90 seconds.

This slowed the clouds down and dragged them through the frame just nicely. I think this captured the real the radiance of the sun, adding some drama as it softly illuminated the village below on its way under the horizon.

Picture details:
Canon 5d MKII
EF 16-35MM USM II @ 16mm
90 sec @ f /22, ISO 200
Lee ND10 Big Stopper
Single Exposure
Curves adjustments
Dodging and Burning


Thanks for looking, enjoy your day!


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

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9 Responses to “Landscape Photography, Morocco Landmarks, Sidi-Ifni Sunset”

  1. Richard HadleyJanuary 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Great photo…. this would look great on any wall!
    My fav so far!

  2. Chris DoddApril 25, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    During a stay at the three camels in Mirleft we stood watching the sun set in this exact same spot, only time wasn’t slowed down like here. Wonderful composition Barney, what a lovely experience to be taken back in time with such fond memories by your photograph.

    Thany you,


  3. Jess and Brandon
    Twitter: watchmewander
    December 18, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Great post. The picture looks amazing. The landscape is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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