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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Dorne, Seville

6 months ago, we visited Seville and the Andalusian White Villages (Pueblo Blancos) and heard about Game of Thrones for the first time in our pitiful non-HBO existence so far. As we drove around Andalusia we kept hearing about the actors, scenes and shoots from the locals. We came back to the US on January […]

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Photographing a fashion photographer

It was a hot and humid New York afternoon in mid May, when we decided to take a cab from Battery Park across the Brooklyn Bridge to grab a bite at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria near the Brooklyn Bridge Park with the intent of spending the evening in the park and hopefully getting a few decent images […]

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All about New York

We took a quick trip down to New York City with the kids over the Memorial Day weekend. This was their first visit to NYC and they were enamored by the place – to the extent that both of them decided to blog about the trip on their own without any bribes or threats from […]

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The Ignorance of Mass Tourism

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” — Paul Theroux We were sitting in the Spanish Consulate General’s office to get a visa to travel to Spain last year when we started chatting with the couple in front of us who were also heading there around the same time as us. […]

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Shot on iPhone 6 : High Dynamic Range (HDR)

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 really matters. If there are apps or gizmos that can be used with the iPhone to compensate for this breakdown in image quality or capability, we will […]

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Itinerary for Traveling to Italy

  Over 13 days in August of 2013, we drove through Italy covering ground from Venice to Rome, traveling through Cinque Terre, Pisa, Florence and including a fascinating journey through Tuscany. Three of these towns also made it to the list of Top 5 smallest European towns we have stayed at. Here is our itinerary, touching […]

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Buonconvento, near Montalcino, Tuscan hills in Italy

Top 5 smallest European towns we have stayed at

Over the years as we visited various countries in central Europe, we have always preferred to drive around instead of taking the trains, especially after the kids were born and we have had to travel with larger suitcases and multiple strollers. It has slowly dawned on us that instead of parking ourselves for the night in […]

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