Fog-breathing Fire-Dragon

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. Don Quixote said to his squire, “… Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them …” “What giants?” asked Sancho Panza, “Those over there are not […]

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Cafe Madrid

  El Paseo – or the post-dinner walk. A centuries old Spanish tradition, being morphed and expanded in scope into what is now commonly known as Tapas bar hopping. But it was more than that. It was a way for Spaniards to walk out and socialize, especially in the long summer months. It was a way for […]

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El Albaicin

The view of the Alhambra from Albayzin in Granada with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada looming in the backdrop is one of the most magical sights of Andalusia, Spain. Granada, with the Alhambra, was the last stronghold of the 700 year long Moorish (Muslim) rule of Spain that finally ended the same year Columbus sailed from […]

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Venezia at Dawn

For all the bustling and bursting at the seams that Venice experiences throughout the hot and muggy day and long into the warm yet pleasant nights way past midnight, it is the silent spiritual mornings that stir your soul. With over 22 million visitors a year, the number surges to more than 80,000 visitors a […]

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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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