Colours of Marrakech

Marrakech has been long on my wanderlust list of places to visit and we managed to squeeze in five days on our recent trip. Walking through the labyrinth of the medina, you’re instantly confronted with an overload to all of your senses, which is intensified by the overwhelming heat. 

Jardin Marjorelle Marrakech

Exotic sights, intoxicating smells, unique sounds and rich tastes – you won’t encounter anywhere else in the world quite like it. Each tile more intricate than the next, each souk more chaotic as you draw closer to Jemaa el-Fna, the main square of Marrakech.

Colours of Marrakech Jardin Marjorelle  Ben Youssef Madrasa Marrakech 

I’ve focused a lot on still content these last few months, but decided to switch the focus to video for this particular leg of my trip. As you know I’ve been using the Sony RX100V for the last few months and thought I’d share with you one of my favourite features that we had lots of fun playing with in Marrakech – slow motion.

I should first let you know that it took me a few goes before I got the hang of the ‘end trigger’ function, but once you do, it’s almost second nature to use it. If you’re used to using the slow-motion function on your iPhone then you’re probably thinking you’ll need to hit record once the action starts…but it’s the reverse on the Sony RX100 V. Once you place the camera into what’s called ‘standby’ mode, it will start recording. It’s once the action is complete – whether it be diving into a pool or running down a sand dune – that you hit record. The camera will take the previous few seconds of action and save this to the memory card using high frame rates.

Colours of Marrakech   BE Marrakech Riad

True story, it took my partner three runs down steep sand dunes before I actually got the hang of the function. Let’s just say by the fourth run, he was ready to give up on me after breathlessly climbing back up the dune and on the verge of an asthma attack (which is hilariously what I ended up getting footage of). Lesson for the day: play with the function before you send your partner sprinting down the hill. The things to note with using the high frame rates function on the Sony RX100 V is that it works best with an abundance of natural light and that you will need to allow 20 seconds between shooting clips to save to your memory card.

When you’re in a city like Marrakech it’s hard not to want to take pictures of every corner of the Medina. Culturally Moroccans dislike having their pictures taken so being mindful is incredibly important and having an inconspicuous camera like the RX100 V can be incredibly handy.


Colours of Marrakech


My biggest worry when I previously travelled with large SLR cameras was the portability and how tediously heavy it gets after walking around for a whole day through crowded streets whilst trying to protect the lenses. Having a small camera that sits comfortably around your wrist and slips in and out of your bag quickly can make an incredible difference to your travelling experience. I’ve heard stories where people have had things stolen out of bags or fall out whilst rummaging for their cameras and here’s my quick fix – switch to a compact that can either sit around your neck or wrist without causing aches.


What camera do you like to travel with?



Check out the first post of my Colour series with Sony here in Hong Kong. 

This post has been created in collaboration with Sony.


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Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • Great post! I travel with an Olympus pen pl8 camera and love how lightweight and small it is.

  • Helen your Marrakech photos are beautiful!! Did you stay at le Riad Yasmine? I stayed there when I was in Marra last month and it was incredible! With your camera, is it mainly a vlogging camera?
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

  • Aw, I’ve always wanted to visit Marrakech as well, it looked so colorful, with the local culture, people. Your dress is so pretty as well. I loved the vlog you did with your Sony RX and the slow motion feature is really great! I will have to check out this camera for traveling needs.

    xo Sheree

  • Christine

    I love this video and such a succinct but perfect way to feature the Sony RX. We are traveling to Europe in the fall and this would be the perfect small camera to take along and also catch videos of our travels. I love the vibrant photos and that slow motion feature sounds great. It would definitely be interesting to learn all the tricks especially the video taking since it is opposite of an iPhone, but I love the way it captures the moment. Marrakech is somewhere that has been on my list of places to visit too and what an incredible adventure you experienced! xoxo, Christine

  • Wow this is so cool! I personally have never been to Marrakech but I’ve heard very amazing things about it. These pictures are so breathtaking. And every single building seems like a great place to take pictures and make memories. I’m really loving all of the bright and vibrant colors that are around you especially that dark blue wall! As of your outfit, I love the choice you made, very appropriate for the occasion. You got the totl tourist look, I love it! Thanks for sharing:)


  • I don’t really travel anymore but I was always the girl with the camera in her bag back in the day. Now I lug my DSLR everywhere and I really need a smaller one again. For that I just use my phone but sometimes you need a little more. Marrakech looks gorgeous! And it seems like you mastered the Sony RX100V beautifully.

  • Oh wow! I usually will travel with a DSLM but the photo quality will be rather compromised.. My hubs prefer using iPhone on everything haha. And wow that camera looks amazing – watched the video and it’s artistically taken 😉 And kudos for making your partner run down the sand dunes before you figured out how to use the camera function! Mine would have “killed” me after the first try haha!

  • Amanda N Dustin Smith

    Girl! This video shot with Sony RX100V is absolutely incredible! I need a good Vlog camera! I love the size of this one! It fits perfectly in your bag! You look so amazing and the colors of Marrakech are so vibrant and beautiful! Definitely a place for you since I feel like you are always so bold and stunning really playing with color! The sand dune was DEFINITELY worth it! One of my favorite parts of the video! I’m the same way when my husband shoots. Im all in and I figure it out later!

    Manda |

  • Hahah I can just imagine your partner running down those sand dunes! That totally sounds like something I would have made my boyfriend do too 😛 A smaller camera is always a great idea whilst traveling and the video you caught with the Sony is fantastic quality. The slow motion video looks especially awesome 🙂

    Rachel xx

  • Jill Wright

    What a cool little video. Your Sony sounds great. I love the slow motion feature… you’re making me wonder if my camera has similar. The editing is really well done and the lighting is perfect. Marrakech is on my list of places to travel. The colour are incredible and what scenery. Look forward to seeing more of your videos! J. x

  • Very fascinating, I love the explosion of colours in every photo. Seems like a really good compact camera, might worth checking out since I’m always carrying a heavy dlsr.

  • Lisa Mao

    Wow this place looks like it plays on all your senses, definitely so exotic and I can see why it was just a MUST on your wanderlust bucket list! I’m super amazed by how absolutely visually stunning this place is. It’s true, If I were you, i’d definitely feel like i’d want to stop and take a picture of everything in my path too haha.
    For me, I carry around my Canon 60D but it’s so heavy – I brought it to disneyland one year and man my back was hurting from carrying it all day. But the compromise for high quality photos right?!


  • Candace

    You have been talking about that camera for a while now, so it must be pretty amazing and it shows in your photos! Sorry for your poor husband who got exhausted from you sending him back and forth lmao. I had no idea Moroccans get offended by you taking their picture. Now I know not to do that when I visit one day!

  • Tandya

    Aww I wasn’t able to play the video! I am not sure what is wrong with my laptop! I have been thinking about switching to a smaller camera. As you said, th SLR cameras are so big and it is very tedious lugging it around when traveling. I have been dying to go to Marrakech mainly because of the beautiful tiling and colors around! I hope to visit one day! Thank you for the heads up on using the Sony RX100 V.

    Thank you!

  • Hey Darling,
    Hows you?
    Ohhh Marrakech is on my List, Love the Vivid photos and The video:)
    My hubby a photographer and Videographer so He has Canon and one Sony too:)
    The Photos are so Gorgeous, I am in Love with your Photos always:)
    Happy Friday
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  • Hi dearest!

    I traveled to Marrakesh few months ago and I absolutely loved it!
    Such wonderful, bright photos you took there. I even get nostalgic right now!
    I used to travel with Canon Mark 2, but it was stolen some months ago.
    So, now I can’t wait to buy new camera: )

  • Warren Pasi

    Great post helen especially the video!!! Marrakesh looks amazing, it’s definitely on my must see places. Hope you’re having a fab week XOWP

  • Roxana

    Just amazing! Hopefully I would go and visit it soon! In love with the Moroccan colours!

  • Eliza Armand

    Marrakesh has always been a place that I wanted to visit. Just to feel the vibes, to smell all of the exotic fragrances, to taste all of the spices and to be intoxicated by the East. Your short video is just wonderful, I bet you spent an amazing time there!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  • Robin Rue

    I always have my Canon Rebel with me. I usually bring 2 or sometimes 3 lenses with me and it’s worth the extra weight 🙂

  • Beautiful photos! We hope to be able to travel here some day.