The World’s Worst Panorama – 2015

It’s become a bit of a tradition that on the last night of these trips I try and take a panoramic picture of the group, usually under lighting, compositional and alcohol level challenges which would try a saint! I’m quite … Continue reading

Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Return to Kathmandu

We have an early start to our return journey, bidding farewell to Bhutan in the dark. The flight back to Kathmandu is eventless, except for a slight argument about which mountain is Everest! Between somewhat poorer viewing conditions, an unfamiliar … Continue reading

Oh Well…

You’d think that with tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment, umpteen years of experience and an undying dedication to their art, 12 other photographers could take a nice picture of me. However, this was the handicraft of a … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

To The Tiger’s Nest

Well I did it! This is Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the Tiger’s Nest, a monastery founded in the 15th Century which sits on a cliff edge over 1000m above the floor of the Paro Valley. Apart from the obvious … Continue reading

The Return to Paro

Another fairly early start. I’m feeling a bit wobbly, as are some of the others, but we put this down to maybe a bit more beer than ideal last night, as a form of anaesthetic after the long drive. We … Continue reading

Monday, November 23, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Just So You Understand What I’m On About

Typical roadside shot. Note the vehicle coming the other way… I’m full of admiration for our driver, Chorten, who has managed long drives in very difficult conditions, safely, accurately and as smoothly as the roads and vehicle allow! Continue reading

Co-operative Macaques

These friendly fellas were just sitting on the roadside yesterday, part of a larger troupe, but this is one of the best shots. Apologies for the somewhat obvious maleness of the one on the left, but given the number of … Continue reading

Bread Delivery

Some of you will know that I have an unerring knack to home in on bread, wherever it is and in whatever form. I couldn’t possibly miss this shot! Continue reading

On the Road Again

We have a 4.30 start for the long drive back to Punakha. I grumble a bit but this turns out to be a good call and our misty and cold but unaccompanied drive to Tsonga completes in an hour less … Continue reading

Bhumtang Yiddle-I-Po

Well, Bhumtang may well be a land of breath-taking sweeping vistas and intriguing details, but my room overlooks the local timber yard, and it looks very cold out. I start the day with a bath. The hotel is a triumph … Continue reading

From Nobgang to Bumthang…

Via Nobding (with more phalluses) – I couldn’t make this up if I tried! Today was essentially a very long and somewhat boring drive, to the “alpine” bit of Bhutan. Although start and end are probably only 50km apart as … Continue reading

The Monastery Institute

After a somewhat later start, we drive up a steep mountain road to Nalanda Monastery Institute, basically a training school for Buddhist monks, with several of the initiates only 6 years of age. It’s ironic that these boys are entering … Continue reading

Friday, November 20, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Tantric Temple

After a very meagre breakfast (breakfasts are getting steadily worse while the other meals may be improving slightly), we have a short drive and then start off by walking up to a temple which nestles on a hilltop below some … Continue reading

In Close

I’ve discovered that I’m tending to go to extremes with my lenses on this trip. The shot in the previous post used the 12-35mm at 12mm. This shot was taken down into the Punakha valley from above, using the 100-300mm … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Of Temples, Portals and Knobs…

We leave Thimphu via a small mountain road which climbs rapidly our of the city towards the north-east. We are treated to great views of the Buddha, which although below the summit is brilliantly positioned and visible from all over … Continue reading

The Golden Bhudda

Self explanatory, I hope! Continue reading

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Culture and Food

We’ve had another good day. We start at the National Memorial Chorten (a sort of shrine), which is very busy but I get some good shots of old ladies cleaning all the brass lamps, and then the brass lamps burning. … Continue reading

To Thimpu

6am: I’ve just woken up and we have to repack and get out early, and there are no lights, so while I can see to type (and the Wifi is working, oddly), I can’t see a bloody thing otherwise. This … Continue reading

Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Long Drive, but Worth It

On Saturday we do a long loop drive via the Chelela Pass, which links the Paro Valley to the one which borders Tibet, and then back round the end of the valley. The pass is at 13,000 feet, and the … Continue reading

The Rinpung Zhong

While I rather liked the detail shot from yesterday, I realised that I should really post something showing the grand buildings, so here is a view of the Rinpung Zhong from the nearby river. The interesting thing is that the … Continue reading

Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Getting Shooting

After all the travelling, it was good to get our teeth into a solid day of photography. The day starts with a pre-breakfast, pre-dawn wander around the hotel. However as a result of an extremely cold bedroom my night’s sleep … Continue reading

Friday, November 13, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog

After the Overture, the Performance

It turns out that the descent into Kathmandu was just a warm-up act. The flight from Kathmandu to Paro is only about and hour and a quarter, in a 50-seat propeller plane, but I can’t think of any short, scheduled … Continue reading

Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

The Road to Kathmandu

Almost exactly two years after Morocco, my cameras and I are back on the trail again. Where? I originally booked to go to Patagonia, but after Top Gear were run out of town on a rail that got cancelled. Then … Continue reading

Mississippi Minimalist

Not much to say about this one. I’m just catching up with some shots from our USA trip last year (trying to clear the decks a bit before the Bhutan trip which is now less than a week away). I’m … Continue reading

Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

SharePoint: Simply C%@p, or Really Complicated C%@p?

There’s a common requirement for professional users of online document management systems. Sometimes you want to have access to a subset of files offline, with the ability to upload changes when you have finished work and are connected again. Genuine … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development, Thoughts on the World

The Tail End

Day 16 A much better night’s sleep. Washingtonians obviously follow the "Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting" rule, and cause less trouble on other nights. I’ve also developed a hybrid bath towel and pillow scheme which fares rather better in the … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Photography, USA 2014

Washington – The Monuments

Day 15 A rubbish night’s sleep. Between stupid pillows (of which more later), shouting drunks in the street, private cars beeping horns and the local emergency services insisting on using full sirens and horns throughout the small hours neither of … Continue reading

Monday, October 26, 2015 in Photography, USA 2014

The End of the Road

Day 13 A day of odd contrasts. We awake to fog so thick we can’t see Abbot Lake from our room, a distance of about 30m. It’s still thick by the time we’ve had breakfast and checked out, and the … Continue reading