Town of Perast along the Bay of Kotor, at dusk

Marketing in Paradise

What do you sell when you are already in Paradise? As we crossed over the dry high plateau that covered most of the Republic of Srpska into Montenegro, all we encountered was an hour long wait, with none of the smart talk that we had experienced while entering Bosnia, even though our own President had […]

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The Ottoman Old Bridge (or Star Most) across the Neretva River in Mostar

Welcome to Bosnia, Mr. Trump

We left the hip town of Split quite early in the morning, and hurriedly drove to the Croatia-Bosnia border. I wanted to cross the border, drive through the town of Pocitelj and reach Mostar well before sundown. It was as if I was planning to enter the battle-ridden town of Mosul instead of the gem […]

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Blue hour and sunset around the town of Rovinj in the Istrian peninsula of Croatia

Rovinj to Goa

Our last evening in Istria was spent wandering around the artistic and beautiful streets of Rovinj, slowly making our way up the narrow alleys to the top where the Church of St. Euphemia stood with its imposing bell tower modeled after St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. It was early July but even at 6.30 pm, […]

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Car against the massive red rock formations approaching Monument Valley

When should you upgrade your camera?

What we have heard time and again – camera doesn’t matter, the photographer does. duChemin does this with stunning proof. But like all claims, there are constraints, assumptions, and boundary conditions. Yes, one can make stunning photographs even with a pinhole camera if one desires, but boy, will it make your life difficult. The state of the art […]

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Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea at Sounion (Sounio) against the Milky Way

Even better than the real thing : In the world of image AI

(with apologies to U2) “That’s fake fog.” “That photograph has a fake sky, blended from somewhere else. ” “The skin tones on that portrait are completely plastic. Are we looking at a human face or Barbie?” “The color gradients on this image look so unnatural. ” As we flip through photographs on our Facebook or Instagram feeds, 500px […]

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An itinerary for traveling to Greece

A sample family travel itinerary for Greece for about 15 days. We took this journey with kids through mainland Greece and 2 islands out of the 3000+ that Greece has. The primary purpose was to delve systematically through Greece’s 4000+ year old history and see the significant sights in that timeline. Over 15 days in […]

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The Crow and the Egret

There are 3 premier castles in Japan – all UNESCO World Heritage sites – Kumamoto, Himeji and Matsumoto. From what we had seen in Google Maps, Google Images and 500px, the two castles definitely worth visiting were the Crow and the Egret – that is, the Matsumoto and Himeji Castles, respectively. And in our opinion, the […]

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Every camera failed me

Kyoto on a cold winter evening. Add to that, torrential rain. The usually cold, silent, brooding dark alleys become even more mysterious, suspiciously reflecting the red lights of the paper lamps that line these alleys, welcoming passers-by to peer into the curtained doors of the restaurants and tea-houses that are scattered all throughout Gion, one of the oldest neighborhoods […]

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Traveling to Japan for the first time – An itinerary

How long For our first visit to Japan, we wanted to target the highlights but still seek out a few culturally and historically significant locations which initially seemed a bit out of the way for a first timer. We spent a total of 10 days, including the days lost to travel, and as with every […]

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An Itinerary for Spain with Kids

“This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour nap in the afternoon, and at night go out and have that life. Go out and see your friends and eat tapas and drink red wine and be in a beautiful […]

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Google Maps is trying to kill me

Remember the launch of Apple Maps? Placing you at unknown destinations, instructing you to drive on non-existent roads, or through built-up structures? For our 7 year old, Google Maps in Crete got close to the infamy. Not inaccurate, but suboptimal. Close enough that at one point, overwhelmed by fear, frustration and disbelief, he screamed, “Google Maps is […]

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Blue Amsterdam

  Walking around the lanes of Amsterdam along the serene canals at blue hour offers a plethora of opportunities for photography. Plus, there are amazing restaurants hidden amongst the narrow streets and houses that are worth exploring. One such restaurant we found out by accident was The French Connection, tucked away in the basement of […]

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