Travel Photography

When is a mask not a mask? » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

When is a mask not a mask? » Gale Photography As CV-19 continues to wreak havoc across the world, life somehow must go on.  In order to protect ourselves, things that we would have scoffed at in January are now a habit.  Photography can be used to record them for posterity. Until 2020 my main use for masks was when editing images in Photoshop, but now we must wear a mask when we go shopping.  I’ve found that the best…

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This too will pass. » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

This too will pass. » Gale Photography I went for some exercise recently.  The lockdown rules in the UK allow the use of a vehicle to drive a “reasonable distance” to where a person will exercise.  I drove a few miles to the Ridgeway.  The car park I arrived at was empty, so I considered it reasonable to park there and walk.  It was a glorious day, and eventually I arrived at a place called “Wayland’s Smithy”.  It’s a Neolithic…

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Street is neat (again) » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Street is neat (again) » Gale Photography There are as many stories at our feet as there are at eye level or higher.  It’s definitely worth looking down at your feet for images.  If you are afraid of the journey I’ll take you there gradually… This image shows that one department, the pavement painting one, has not communicated well with the sign installing one.  Ignoring the oddly proportioned bicycle, the sign/painting combo might tend to confuse obedient walkers and cyclists. …

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2019 in the Rearview – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

2019 in the Rearview – ptanphoto Writing a look back on the past year hadn’t crossed my mind this time, not to mention my complete overlooking of the fact that another decade had just flashed by. I only realized this after the deluge of posts by friends online, listing their accomplishments, highlights and lowlights. Photographically speaking (since this is technically a photo blog), 2019 was a year I spent capturing my experiences, vs. actively seeking out sceneries to photograph. There’s…

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A week on a Raja Ampat diving liveaboard – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

A week on a Raja Ampat diving liveaboard – ptanphoto What an incredible week we just spent living on the Blue Manta, a diving liveaboard that is currently sailing the waters of Raja Ampat, from the Dampier Strait to Misool and back. A pod of at least two dozen spinner dolphins accompanying our sail to Dampier Strait Life underwater there is so rich, teeming with enormous schools of fish that is heartening to see. Many dives, we were swarmed by…

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First (Street) among equals? » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

First (Street) among equals? » Gale Photography Last weekend I was up in Manchester for a social event.  I stayed in the First Street district, which is all shiny new office and entertainment buildings.  There’s a lot of glass, and a lot of rectangles.  I popped out one morning with my Lumix TZ-100 compact camera to try and capture the feel of the area. Some of the architecture is a bit disturbing, such as this, the INNSIDE hotel.  It’s a…

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Things are looking up, and down. » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Things are looking up, and down. » Gale Photography A few days ago I was out for a walk in the glorious countryside near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Avebury in Wiltshire.  There are various Bronze Age barrows/burial mounds in the area, (some as old as the Pyramids!), that are almost ignored due to the amazing Avebury stone circle and Silbury Hill nearby.  Quite a few of them have clumps of beech trees on them, and they are atmospheric…

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7 Tips For Shooting More Interesting Travel Photos With Your iPhone – iPhone Photography Article

7 Tips For Shooting More Interesting Travel Photos With Your iPhone How do you capture more interesting travel photos with your iPhone? How do you avoid taking the same cliché vacation photos that everyone else takes? I recently interviewed Steffen Geldner – a talented iPhone photographer with a passion for travel. In this article, Steffen reveals 7 tips for shooting beautiful travel photos that will preserve the amazing memories of your trip. Read on to discover how to take better…

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It was a moving experience » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

It was a moving experience » Gale Photography Last week I led my final 2019 photography holiday for HF Holidays.  It was up in the Lake District at their Monk Coniston house near Coniston Water.  (It’s a curious anomaly that only one body of water in the Lake District is called something Lake, or Lake something – Google it).  The holiday was all about capturing movement; that’s camera movement or subject movement (or both!).  Our first exercise was all about…

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Our eyes don’t see in rectangles » Gale Photography – Fine Art Photography Article

Our eyes don’t see in rectangles » Gale Photography I don’t know about you, but my eyes don’t see things framed by rectangles.  Cameras, on the other hand, do see in rectangles and we have to take that into account when we take a photograph.  Having forced the view of the world into the rectangle defined by our camera sensor, you can use the edges and corners as strong compositional elements. This rather wonderful building in the Hauser and Wirth…

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500px Blog » What’s Trending in Licensing: Travel photography and the freedom of solo travel – Photography Article

The month of July marks some of the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It also marks one of the busiest travel months of the year, encouraging a major travel trend we see starting to gain momentum: Solo Travel. In 2018 alone, Dublin Airport reported that 31.5 million travelers (57%) passing through their airport were traveling alone. This indicates that there is an increased need to market to individuals embarking on their own solo adventure. Solo travelers…

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7 iPhone Camera Accessories To Help You Take Better Travel Photos – iPhone Photography Article

I love using my iPhone as a travel camera. For a while after getting my iPhone, I used it as a backup to my DSLR. But more and more I’m finding myself relying it as my main travel camera. The truth is, your iPhone is a great camera for travel. And it’s about to get even better with these accessories. Here are 7 important iPhone camera accessories that will make your iPhone even more powerful. Make sure you pack a…

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Ambiguity, precarious models and hints of summer – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights ambiguity, precarious models and hints of summer and more visual themes. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related … This…

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Striking shades of blue and moments of innocence and passion – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights striking shades of blue and moments of innocence and passion. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related … This is…

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Tips for Creating Better Documentary Travel Photos – Photography Article

Good documentaries tell a story, often with the help of a narrator. To add interest to your travel photos you can employ the same techniques. Showing your family and friends endless pictures of your recent adventures may seem exciting to you. You were there. You had the experience. They didn’t. If you want them to sit through your latest travel slideshow, you need to make it interesting. I had a lovely conversation with this man. He and his wife come…

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Subject gaze, passion, summer, and wanderlust – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights the tension of a subjects gaze, passion, summer wanderlust and more visual themes. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful… This is…

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Understand Why – Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider – Photography Article

Happy #TravelTuesday everybody! It’s me, Dave Williams, taking over for the day as I do every Tuesday here on Scott Kelby’s blog. Let’s be honest, Scott deserves a break with Photoshop World East coming up soon, and I’m pretty excited to get over there and hope to see some of you! Let’s start by addressing a little myth that’s circulating social media right now, and that’s the myth that Adobe has scrapped their £/$/9.99 Photography Plan. The answer is: –…

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A week paddling in the Calamian Islands – Linapacan and Palawan, Part 1 – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

A week paddling in the Calamian Islands – Linapacan and Palawan, Part 1 – ptanphoto Second last night of our weeklong trip: We just had a final 15 km to go – easy peasy, compared to the other 25-30 km days we’ve had in some epic conditions. However, our rash guards were starting to smell ripe, despite our best attempts to rinse them out to dry every night. And most of us were suffering from awful itches from sandfly bites.…

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Diving with Hammerheads in Yonaguni – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

Diving with Hammerheads in Yonaguni – ptanphoto It’s an exercise of patience, diving for pelagics. We plunged into the blue waters, the shock of the jump quickly replaced with a sense of calm, belying the rolling seas and biting wind above. At first, our eyes see nothing but blue. Suspended in this blue environment, the bubbles from our regulators are the only indication of which way is up. Our eyes strain for discernable shapes, anything, in this endless blue. Nothing,…

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Full moon weekend in Kiama – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

Full moon weekend in Kiama – ptanphoto We were supposed to go camping in Kiama a couple of weeks ago with a bunch of friends. It was a new-moon weekend, perfect for astrophotography. Alas, I caught a cold at the last minute, so Jeff and I regrettably had to drop out. From the pictures, everyone else looked like they had a blast, so we had a huge case of FOMO. So this past weekend, we loaded our car with snorkel…

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Weekend in Batemans Bay – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

Weekend in Batemans Bay – ptanphoto My mum came to visit, so we went for a long weekend down in Batemans Bay. It’s a gorgeous location – very chill, much more low key than Jervis Bay, an hour to the north. We got an AirBnB down by Surf Beach, where we went to one morning to catch the sunrise. The storm clouds from the day before still hung low above the horizon, but as the sun started to rise, the…

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Diving in Tubbataha Reef, Philippines – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

Diving in Tubbataha Reef, Philippines – ptanphoto We spent the past week on the Stella Maris Liveaboard, plying the remote Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Seas. Belonging to the Philippines, this 130,028 ha atoll was designated a UNESCO site in 1993, and can only be reached by liveaboards 3 months of the year (mid-March through May) owing to rough seas at other times. Despite trying to tamper our expectations, we went with high hopes of seeing tons of pelagics. Whale…

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Underwater in the Adriatic Sea – ptanphoto – Underwater Photography Article

Underwater in the Adriatic Sea – ptanphoto We are just back from a gloriously relaxing holiday in Croatia and Singapore. In Croatia, we spent an entire week aboard the Vranjak I, a thoughtfully and sturdily appointed dive vessel. Our lives on the boat were unhurried and chill: Wake up at 545am for the sunrise, wait impatiently for the bakeries to open to fill our burek cravings, watch the early morning glow on the island towns as the captain starts the…

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