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Approach to Prambanan

The approach to Prambanan temples honestly feels like you’re entering a sort of amusement park. The temples in the distance look surreal and staged as if they were purpose built for tourists to climb on, over, under and through them. The entrance is beautifully landscaped and there are street vendors selling all manner of knick knacks. It feels like a …

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Green Bay Indonesia – Teluk Hijau

Green Bay Indonesia is a popular place for a local holiday on East Java Island. I was here on new year’s eve, but this wasn’t my destination. I was headed to Meru Betiri park when my driver; Rudy Hartono, pulled into a random parking area and didn’t tell me where we were going or why we were stopping here. He asked me to …

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Maui Twin Falls Lagoon

Maui Twin Falls isn’t the most glamorous waterfall, or the tallest, or the most beautiful. It is easily accessible and a favorite swimming hole for those who live on the north coast of Maui; or so I was told. For that reason it was a perfect stop when I had a day to kill in Maui. The trees on the …

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Local Friends as Travel Helpers

Local friends are made when I connect with them as travel helpers to aid me during a trip. I have written about this before, and the more I travel the more I find that it holds up. These aren’t people I know before I get there, but they often become someone who I would really like to go back and visit …

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Never Delete a Photo

Never delete a photo? Okay, I don’t mean that literally; just don’t do it before you have a VERY good grasp on what a good photo means to you. I have learned this the hard way after I deleted photos from an event or shoot only to wish later that I hadn’t. When you are starting out taking and managing …

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Cuba’s Doorstep Life

Doorstep life in Cuba is the best way to take in the world, keep up with your neighbors, and to pass the time. The life of Cuba is in the streets and for the most part the streets come to everyone’s doorstep. The scenes are a little different as you pass through different cities in Cuba, but the purpose is …

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Don’t Buy Your Followers

Followers on social media channels should not be purchased. Okay, there’s my synopsis and you know where I stand so you don’t need to read on unless you want to know why I feel that way. I can’t be the only person who believes and behaves this way right? I know that social media is heavily commercialized now and growing a …

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International People

International People is more of an idea and an ongoing collection of photos than it is a single entry about my travels. My preferred travel style is to go alone and then connect with someone in that country to show me the sites and help me get familiar with the place. Get the Local Perspective, is a short post about …

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Cuba – City or Countryside?

Cuba’s cities are very diverse. Life in a big city like Havana is different in many ways from life in the rural communities such as Viñales. I didn’t get to any extremely rural corners of the island nation, but the differences I saw were something that could also be felt. Not that this is unique to Cuba. Every country has …

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Photos for a Yoga Studio?

What kind of photos would I select from my library to hang in a yoga studio? Hmm, good question. I used to do a lot of studio/product work but that was all food and jewelry. I don’t have stocky type photos of dew on grass or a balanced stack of rocks. That’s what comes to mind when I think yoga studio. …

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Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Another church; really? Yeah, I often have that response when somebody tells me that I simply have to see the one in their town. Churches are not always a mandatory stop for me. So why see Basilica of the Annunciation?  There is historical significance here, but I enjoyed it for the main reason that most churches draw my attention – the …

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Location Planning – Mar Saba Monastery

Not every location I set out to photograph will be a winner, and every day of travel photography won’t come up sunshine and rainbows. When the weather or circumstances don’t cooperate, there are other ways to make the most of travel photography days. My goals are to find interesting places, events, people and things to photograph, and then to be there at …