Top 5 Photography Websites

Flickr: One of my favorite websites to scout out the kind of photographs, photo ops and locations for good views, before I embark on any trip. The #2 on this list, 500px, has comparable, if not better, photographs, but the search functionality of Flickr seems to generate much more relevant results. 500px: Very good quality photographs, […]

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Top 5 Photography Books

Image: Designing Effective Pictures – Michael Freeman THE book to possess, even before you take a single picture. THE book to possess, even after you have a portfolio which is bigger than your ego. This book talks about the basic philosophy of graphic design in photography. Ignore that, and your images will suffer terribly. Nature […]

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Immersed

  A smaller rock. A little more daring. A little deeper in the water. A still-dry camera. Somehow I still prefer the previous image.

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Bring it on!

  Last year, I set out to photograph ocean waves from the Sea of Cortez crashing against the rocks in my usual attire – shoes, shorts and tshirt. What was I thinking? I ended up capturing the crashing waves via the long end of a 70-200 mm lens, like wildlife in the distance, since I […]

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Todos Santos

  How Gringo can Los Cabos be? A visit to the town of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and its adjoining towns will convince you immediately that Los Cabos (The Capes) is primarily a US-run economy. There is a Costco there, for heaven’s sake! But the real proof point for me came from a town almost two hours away […]

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Medieval Manhattan

Between the 12th and 14th centuries, the town of San Gimignano in Tuscany, Italy, underwent a Manhattan-style skyscraper building spree, fueled by local family rivalries, resulting in 72 towers that were up to 230 feet tall! Having searched the web beforehand, it was clear that to get a full-frontal view of this Medieval Manhattan would not be […]

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Always look back

A long time ago, I heard a photographer quip that whenever you are standing at a sunrise photo-op, jostling for space amongst entangled tripod legs, with a horde of Nikons and Canons pointed at the obvious, always look back. While the crowd continues to busily snap away, you may end up getting a very different […]

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Luck

Some of the best images in my collection – and I am betting this is true of every photographer – are due to sheer luck. Not to say that we don’t plan – plan for bad weather (not a joke), good sunrises or sunsets, difficult locations, appropriate seasons, and the like – but sometimes its […]

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The case for a little weight

The best guidebooks on Europe stress traveling light as the only way to enjoy Europe. Add to that two kids in Brownian motion, and you get the 11th Commandment – thou shalt pack less in thy backpack. Even so, I ended up packing two camera bodies (the 50D and the 6D) and a whole variety […]

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Rialto Bridge, Venice

  For some surreal images of this well-known icon, I placed a tabletop tripod on the gondola we were on, and snapped away at exposures of 3-5 seconds in length, rendering the boat super-sharp and making the Rialto dance to the shake of the gondola. It’s not the fast lenses, nor the full-frame camera body […]

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Cast Iron and Glass

  Outdoor markets started getting converted to permanent housing made out of cast iron starting around the 1850s through the early 1920s, like the Burroughs Market in London which was built between 1851-1860 with additions all the way through 1932. The Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain, was built in 1916, and though not […]

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