Know your backyard

A perfect frame of the Acropolis in Athens with a clear view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Odeum) during the coveted blue hour. While researching what to see, visit, do, eat; heck, searching for anything touristy in Athens on Google image search always brought up stunning images of this view. Needless to say, I had to get […]

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Quaking Trees

This is probably how these would have turned out if I had a 10 stop ND filter, was shooting at f/22 or higher, and a healthy 15-20 mph gusty wind was shaking the groves up. Or maybe not. But why go through the trouble when a few simple mouse clicks in Photoshop are at your disposal. Selective motion […]

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Beheading on the Bridge

Born in Damascus, near modern day Syria, a young prince of age 20, Abd al-Rahman and his family were overthrown as the ruling family in a revolt in 750 AD. The rebellion was led by the Abbasids who were ruthless and showed no mercy to anyone. Abd fled with his brother, Yahiya, as the Abbasids […]

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Paris, France

On our first trip to Paris we took the Metropolitain to Place de la Concorde, and as we stepped out of the station, we found pouring rain and an unsuccessful acrobatic attempt by our feeble umbrella to battle the gusty Parisian wind. This was the first week of October. In my last trip to Paris, as I […]

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Fire falls and Almond Blossoms

Except for the heat of the summer – from mid-June to end of September – a trip to Yosemite takes you through a variety of fascinating moods with an element of delight and awe that never fades. Two weeks ago, with the buzz around a potentially spectacular natural fire fall (the Horsetail falls at sunset), we headed […]

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Orange County, Spain

While walking around in Cordoba, Seville and other small towns and villages, if there was an abundance of one thing it was oranges. Every street, alley, pathway and every courtyard or square had orange trees – hundreds and thousands of them. It was as if no other tree existed in these towns, and there was […]

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Waiting for Customers

Over the past few years, as we have been visiting various towns and cities around the world, it has become a personal project for me to capture The Wait – the patience, frustration or joy with which various vendors wait for their customers. Unsurprisingly, it is difficult to capture such moments in Big-Mall America, but […]

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Shot on iPhone 6 : Zooming Out and In

Inspired by the new Apple ad campaign around “Shot on iPhone 6”, we look at where an iPhone (or an Android) breaks down in image quality or capability, and when and why a DSLR, any DSLR, or a mid-range compact (such as the Sony RX100 | Panasonic GX7 | Canon G5X) really matters. We have previously looked at Long Exposure Photography and High Dynamic […]

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Eastern Sierras

One of the most fascinating drives in the continental United States (and possibly the whole world) is Highway 395 that runs along the length of California, on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Whereas there is a gradual slope all the way from sea level to 15,000 feet on the western side, […]

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Last Man Walking

I hate traveling in a large group. You know, the horde of tourists that implode upon a site, swarming out from their mega-buses, buzzing through the site behind their Queen holding up a tiny flag, and then magically disappearing into thin air as quickly as they had descended upon the land. Don’t get me wrong – I have been a worker bee […]

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Ghosts of Spain

About 100 miles east of Madrid lies the town of Poyales del Hoyo, which serves as the backdrop for the gruesome acts of the Franco era Spanish Civil War as described by Giles Tremlett in his fascinating book Ghosts of Spain. On a cold and rainy night in December 1936, a small truck pulled into the muddy […]

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Cliché

There is a certain class of photograph that you see when you visit the home decor behemoths of this country such as a Pottery Barn, Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel or even an IKEA. Something like a beach or a flower close-up theme, horses, or patterns in nature. Its also usually a play on pastel […]

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