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Where the Heck are all Your Photos?

Beginning Photo Management is something any photographer should get a handle on before taking thousands of photos. This video is Photo Management Part 1 and is about my frustration with all of the backup services trying to own my cloud storage. Modern cameras let you take the image straight from the camera to a mobile device, make edits, and then …

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Ha Long Bay at Sunset

To wrap up this trip through Ha Long Bay, our boat docked at an island with a beach for everyone to do their tourist thing on an exotic beach. I’m not one for sitting on the beach so I took a quick hike to the top of the nearest vantage point for a higher look at the bay. The sunset …

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Landscape of Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay Vietnam is a beautiful place. I booked a cruise at my hotel in Hanoi and hopped on a bus to Hai Phong not knowing what to expect. We left the bay in mid day sun and I was immediately on deck taking photos. Usually mid day pictures are too harsh for my liking, but a nice black and white …

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Ha Long Bay Fishing Village

Cua Van Fishing Village in Ha Long Bay Vietnam is one place where people are born, live and die without ever stepping foot on land. I was incredulous to hear this and gave a look of total disbelief to the guide who told me. These people really do live their entire lives in this floating fishing village. Even the buyers …

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Get the Local Perspective

Getting the local perspective can be hard, but sometimes it finds you. I was wandering around Hanoi on my own on the first day I arrived. Walking onto the grounds of the Presidential Palace I snapped a few photos. This was before my serious photography days so I had a small point and shoot with me and not my full …

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Oldest Pagoda in Hanoi

The oldest Pagoda in Hanoi Vietnam is an unassuming tower called Chua Tran Quoc with multiple tiers of Buddhas. I had no idea what it was when I took the  picture. What is there to say about this site? It was moved once to preserve it and also restored more than once so it must be important to the Vietnamese people …

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Hanoi Traffic Strategy

  If you’re new to travel in southeast Asia, don’t plan on renting your own car to get around. I guess if you stick to the countryside and aren’t planning to drive in any cities you might be okay, but don’t count on it. Even if the country you’re visiting drives on the same side of the road as you’re …

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McGan Monument at Truc Bach Lake

McGan Monument at Truc Bach Lake in Hanoi Vietnam is a prized monument commemorating bringing down a U.S. fighter pilot during the Vietnamese War. I debated about whether or not to share this as some people get negative feedback for anything related to war or international incidents. My “tour guide” in Hanoi drove me around on the back of his motorcycle …

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Cormorant Fisherman on the Yulong River

A Cormorant Fisherman in China isn’t unusual but on this trip I had no plans of getting a photo of them. I finished digging through my Yangshuo pictures and I guess I did have a picture of a Cormorant Fisherman from my stop on the Yulong River. It’s not the typical sunrise picture with the lanterns that photographers pay these guys …

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The Value in a Cinemagraph

I originally wrote an article about this effort for the MartianCraft Syndicate blog comparing some footage shot on my Sony a6000 edited with Flixel Pro to what I hope to be able to do with Live Photos from Apple. I’ve updated it a bit for my site here. As cameras in mobile phones improve I do sometimes take my iPhone along …

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First Visit to China’s Great Wall

This was my first visit to the Great Wall of China. I was there with a few thousand Chinese who were on vacation. What would you do on vacation? Go and see the national monuments of course. I crammed into a corner at the top of a tower and took this shot with a small point and shoot camera. I’m …

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Ming Tombs in “Valley of the Kings”

This is China’s equivalent of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. The Ming Tombs was my first stop on my very first trip to Beijing. I’m itching to return here with a proper camera. This was with a little Canon point and shoot. I was trying to zoom on that temple on top of the mountain, and with a small camera …