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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

The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York

I am slightly disappointed to find that the "floating market" is actually on solid ground, and only "floating" in the same sense as the "floating crap game" in Guys and Dolls. However it’s still a bustling, vibrant place, with lots … Continue reading

Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Drifting Along

A decent night’s sleep! I am obviously now so knackered that I have just “tuned out” the boats. After breakfast we go to a different area of the lake, to watch more leg-rowing fishermen but who use a different style … Continue reading

Friday, February 17, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

A Broader View

I really shouldn’t complain. I know the sleep deprivation thing is a bit annoying, but it’s just become a running joke. On the other hand, I am getting the opportunity to see and photograph some rather magnificent sites. Here, and … Continue reading

A New Twist

The "Light and Land Burma Sleep Deprivation Experience" (TM) gains a new twist. While theoretically we have an extra hour and a half in bed, at almost exactly 4.43 am the little boats start powering past the hotel, single-cylinder engines … Continue reading

Thursday, February 16, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Land, Sea (Well, Lake) and Air

Today we have a welcome opportunity to sleep a bit later. Unfortunately the Pavlovian conditioning has well and truly kicked in and I wake up at 4.43, although I do manage to get back to sleep for a bit longer … Continue reading

Capture and Visualisations

Today was not quite as restful as planned, and tummy grumbling slightly – this trip is quite hard work. That said, it’s another excellent day of photography. After an early start – quel surprise – we go back to the … Continue reading

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

On the Road to Mandalay

Lie in.  Until 5.35. After breakfast we go to Bagan airport and got the flight to Mandalay, which took 25 minutes ground to ground, followed by a bus drive of well over an hour through the city to the hotel. … Continue reading

Monday, February 13, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Cheerfully Manic

Sunday. We started the day very early (again!), with a pre-dawn shoot at one of the temples, which ended with watching the balloons take off in the rising sun. After breakfast we went into Bagan’s main market town (Nyaung U … Continue reading

Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

Brilliant Balloons, Terrific Temples, and a Hip-Hop Heffalump!

There’s a pattern starting to emerge for this trip: late meals, short sleeps, and then amazing visual experiences which make it all worthwhile. After a somewhat slow dinner last night and a very early alarm this morning I woke with … Continue reading

Early Starts

Just in case there’s any risk of our body clocks getting back in line, we have a 5am start to return to Swedagon Pagoda before sunrise. This is essentially a reverse of last night, with the buildings initially under artificial … Continue reading

Friday, February 10, 2017 in Myanmar Travel Blog, Travel

In the Air Again!

I’m off on my travels again – another photographic trip with Light and Land, this time to Myanmar (formerly Burma). Having recently downloaded a copy of Canned Heat’s Greatest Hits I was tempted to call this blog “On the Road … Continue reading

A "Found" Quadtych

The blog has been looking a bit light on pictures recently. Meanwhile I’m beavering away trying to finish tidying up the Bhutan pics before I’m off to Burma in February. This morning I discovered a series of four similar close-ups … Continue reading

Friday, January 6, 2017 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Splash of Colour

No deep philosophical observations today, but with the weather swinging between cold and misty, and mild and murky, I thought it would be nice to brighten things up a bit. I’m working through the remaining shots from Bhutan, before another … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Does a Photograph Portray the Subject, or the Photographer?

Mike Johnston (no relation) over at The Online Photographer has recently run a number of articles discussing the extent to which the photographer adjusts the “look” of a photograph (see What Should a Photo Look Like?) His primary examples were … Continue reading

Monday, March 28, 2016 in Cuba Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

My Travel Page

Some things don’t scale. You start off doing something, but before you know it it’s outgrown its usefulness and needs to change. So it is with website design… I started off with lists in a couple of places on this … Continue reading

Thursday, March 10, 2016 in Photography, Travel, Website & Blog

Backing Up

Coming up with a reliable backup policy is a challenge as data volumes grow. My approach is as follows. On a weekly basis I do a full backup of the system disk of the more "volatile" PCs in our collection, … Continue reading

Thursday, February 4, 2016 in PCs/Laptops, Photography, Santorini, Thoughts on the World

A Surprisingly Tricky Subject

This really shouldn’t difficult. The image above is from the entrance to the Rinpung Dzong, in Paro. It’s a series of pictures of Buddhist deities which have been painted on bits of cloth, glued to the wall, and joined at … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Bhutan: What Technology Worked, and What Didn’t

Bhutan isn’t especially demanding on equipment. If your style of photography is similar to mine you will need a wide range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide (for when there’s limited space in front of a large building) to long telephoto … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Last Light

Bhutan: What Worked and What Didn’t Sorry it’s been quiet for a couple of weeks. Inevitably there’s catching up to do on the return from a trip, plus I’ve had a couple of practical challenges before I could start properly … Continue reading

Friday, December 11, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

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