The tanneries in Fez are a well established subject for photography in Morocco, so I really felt the need to try a different approach and show something new.
I had been prepared for a strong smell but was relieved to find it was not too overpowering. That allowed me to take my time composing shots and wait for workers to wander into frame to add scale and reference. Once I had a set of good standard shots covering most angles, I felt free to experiment. I started by shooting several frames to stitch together as panoramas later on.
Then I decided that, with the richly colored dyes, a soft painterly effect was called for. I usually use my Lensbaby for head and shoulder portraits with the pleasing effect of accenting the sitter's eyes. However, it is an incredibly light and small lens so it tends to stay in the camera bag.
I focused on the center of the image at f11 as I did not want to overdo the special effect it produces. The dreamlike quality of the shots echoed my feeling that here was a scene that had not changed much for hundreds of years, indeed possibly from biblical times.