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The World’s Worst Panorama 2018

Here’s my traditional end of trip contribution to the world of fine art photography. Peter Lik watch out! From the left: Alison, Yours Truly, Nigel, Keith, Paul, John L, John B, Ann, Lee Continue reading

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Namibia – What Worked and What Didn’t

Here are some facts ands figures about our trip, and some guidance for prospective travellers and photographers. Cameras and Shot Count I took around 2900 shots (broken down to 2788 on the Panasonic G9, 78 on the GX8, and a … Continue reading

Monday, December 10, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Normal Service Will Be Resumed After Completion Of This Rant

The last day of any trip is always a bit sad, and hard work with the travel. However this year three separate organisations covered themselves in something which is not glory, and I have to get this out of my … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Humour, Namibia Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

The Andrew Johnston Iceland Camouflage Masterclass

The trouble is, there’s a recurring theme here… Continue reading

Monday, December 3, 2018 in Humour, Iceland Travel Blog, Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Typically Tropical!

Well, a line, anyway. We’ll all be back over the line sometime tomorrow, when we fly back. That’s sad. From the left: Lee (group leader and owner of Photo Adventures), Ann, John B, Paul, Alison, Keith, Nigel, Tuhafenny (our excellent … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The Twin-Lens Reflex :)

I noticed while gathering for the bushman walk that five of our group were "packing" a pair of Canons. This shot was inevitable. Thanks to John B for the title – excellent photographer’s joke. I am happy to explain if … Continue reading

Into the Kalahari

Having been out until gone 11pm doing the night photography, I boycotted the dawn shoot back in the quiver tree forest, had a bit of a lie in, and joined the party at breakfast. We then moved off north. On … Continue reading

The Quiver Tree Forest

Sadly we’re into the last few days of the trip and have to spend most of the next few days hacking back from the extreme south west of Namibia to Windhoek which is well to the north. Monday started with … Continue reading

Ghost Towns

Today we visited two ghost towns based around diamond mines. In the morning we visited Elizabeth Bay, which is about half an hour from Lüderitz behind a substantial security screen as it shares its location and access road with an … Continue reading

Monday, November 26, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The British Government Reviews Its Brexit Strategy

Sorry it’s a bit fuzzy and not properly focused, but that’s nothing to do with my photography! Continue reading

Sunday, November 25, 2018 in Humour, Myanmar Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Empty

Lee agreed that we could all have a lie-in, so of course I woke up at 4, and was just getting back to sleep at 6 when the sun rose over the mountains and shone straight into my room. Bugger… … Continue reading

Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

The Wolwedans Game Drive

We’ve been a bit spoiled by the game drives at Okonjima, where it was almost a challenge not to see a great variety of game. The Wolwedans equivalent was less productive: after 4 hours in the jeeps under a blazing … Continue reading

And Another Dead Tree…

There’s a long-running joke between Frances and myself that I like to use a dead tree as foreground interest in my photos. In Namibia, it’s often the only viable target, and I’ve found that I’m in very good company. We … Continue reading

Into Wolwedans

My cunning plan to have a lie-in worked, and I had a great night’s sleep, sorted myself out, and had a leisurely breakfast. Those who had chosen the "third 4.15 start in a row" option got back looking distinctly frazzled. … Continue reading

Deadvlei

Deadvlei is the home of the iconic Namibian desert image: a dead tree on a salt plain with an orange dune in the background. Despite the ubiquity of such images, in practice it’s a single relatively small location, a bowl … Continue reading

Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Oryx from the air

‘Nuff said. Continue reading

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Nice Chopper (Ride)

Up at 4.14, but in a very worth cause, our helicopter flight over the Namibian dunes. We had to take it in turns, as the company only have one helicopter with three passenger seats flying at this time of year, … Continue reading

We’re On The Road To Nowhere

Playlist for today: On The Road Again : Canned Heat Highway Star : Deep Purple Bright Side of the Road : Van Morrison Call Me The Breeze (I keep blowin’ down the road) : Lynyrd Skynyrd Goin’ Down The Road … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Hot Dry Desert, Cold Damp Desert

Despite the distractions of the chalet’s canvas roof I eventually got an OK night’s sleep, and woke up ready for action. With the sun just rising we had a great pre-breakfast shoot at Spitzkoppe, with the rock formations beautifully lit … Continue reading

Thrills and Disappointments

5am call, quick cup of coffee and back in the big FWD for "leopard tracking". This was a dawn game drive with a tracker for the radio collars fitted to the park’s other leopards. On the way we stopped to … Continue reading

Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

A Long Drive, then a Great Opener

It’s looking like we will spend a lot of time on the road. Once our transport arrived on day 3 we drove back out to the airport to collect the final member of the group, then back past our hotel … Continue reading

Back On The Road

I’m off on my photographic travels again, this time to Namibia. I’m travelling with Lee Frost of Photo Adventures, as I did to Cuba and Morocco, and it promises to be an interesting mix of landscape, wildlife and general travel … Continue reading

The Hut of Alleged Towels

The Crane Hotel, Barbados has a hut whose purpose is to take in used beach towels, and dispense fresh ones. It has no other purpose. It is staffed during daylight hours by a helpful young chap, but on our recent … Continue reading

Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Barbados, Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

What Are Your Waypoints?

How do you remember the waypoints and landmarks on a journey? What are the key features by which you can replay in your mind, or to someone else, where you went and what you did? Like any good Englishman, I … Continue reading

Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

3D Photos from Myanmar

I’ve just finished processing my 3D shots from Myanmar. If you have a 3D TV or VR goggles, download a couple of the files from the following link and have a look. http://www.andrewj.com/public/3D/ Continue reading

Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Travel Blogging and Photo Editing

I’ve been asked a number of times recently how I manage to write my blog during the often hectic schedule of my trips. It is sometimes a challenge, but it’s something that I want to do, and so I make … Continue reading

Monday, March 6, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good. I’m not sure who first explained this to me, but I’m pretty sure it was my school metalwork teacher, Mr Bickle. Physically and vocally he was a cross between Nigel Green and … Continue reading

Monday, February 27, 2017 in Agile & Architecture, Myanmar Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Myanmar Musings (What Worked and What Didn’t)

Well, I’m back! Apart from a mad dash the length of Bangkok airport which got us to our plane to the UK with only a couple of minutes to spare, the flights home were uneventful and timely. Here’s my traditional … Continue reading

Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Photography, Thoughts on the World, Travel

The World’s Worst Panorama – 2017

As per tradition, I’ve compiled a group photograph from a series of hand-held shots taken by the members of the group in turn, in low light and high alcohol conditions. I’m moderately pleased with this year’s which was taken using … Continue reading

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel