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HIGHLIGHT: Samoa, a gem in the south pacific

Thousands of kilometres from the nearest major land mass, in the heart of the South Pacific, sits a hidden gem barely touched by tourism, called Samoa.

Erta Ale, the gateway to hell

“The gateway to hell” locals call it. One of the world’s most bizarre, dangerous, rare and impressive sights this planet has to offer. A magma pit bubbling straight from the Earth’s core, located deep in the Afar Depression, northern Ethiopia.

Hallett Cove, South Australia

Welcome to my local: Hallett Cove Beach, South Australia. Here on Adelaide's metropolitan coastline, residents are rewarded most nights with beautiful sunsets over the sea that saturate the sky with an array of warm colours. Hallett Cove, one of the southern suburbs,...

Trekking Patagonia, Argentina

Without stepping foot in Antarctica, the furthest south on the planet you can go is southern Patagonia. Things are different down there at the end of the world. The windswept landscapes are ruled by grass and shrubs, where the trees that do grow, do so at 45 degree...

Turquoise Waterfalls and Moon Bears

30 kilometres south of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, enshrouded in the jungle is a beautiful cascade of small turquoise waterfalls and dozens upon dozens of bright blue lagoons called Tat Kuang Si. Consisting of many different levels, the upper begins as a huge 60m...

Photos in the Spotlight for April 2014

Early morning, southern Uganda Early morning in the south west corner of Uganda, straddling the border of the DRC, in a 4WD, we made our way down a bumpy mountain track towards our starting point to go Gorilla Tracking. The mountains here were absolutely stunning, and...

It’s all about the eyes!

Nothing makes you smile more than looking at a cute little animal with a nice blurry background! But what makes that shot even better? If those big round eyes are in tack sharp focus! There's many different ways to take shots of living subjects (like people and...

Adding the Human Element

It’s no secret that landscape photography is my favourite. There’s nothing quite like laying your eyes on a nice punchy landscape with a lot of visual impact. However, sometimes it’s actually really hard to get across to the viewer the enormity of what they are...

Gorilla Trekking, Uganda

Uganda is home to one of the most amazing experiences one could possibly get. It's a place where you can come face to face with the largest, most powerful, yet shy and gentle primates on the planet. Unfortunately, they are also the most endangered as well, with only...

Google Hangout with the Patels

Hey everybody, guess what? ...I'M BACK IN OZ! SURPRISE!! And here's some even better news; in a few days I'll be getting personally welcomed back in a live interview by none other than the amazing landscape photographers Jay and Varina Patel. How lucky am I! Jay and...

Photography Starters Guide

So, you're interested in getting into photography, but just don't know where to start? Then you've come to the right place! By the end of this article you should have a good understanding of the basic items you'll need to get a good start, a long with a basic...

Exposure Bracketing: What, Why, When & How

In this article I'll cover everything there is to know about what Exposure Bracketing is, why and when you'll need it, and how to successfully take a exposure bracketed shot. An essential procedure in creating a high dynamic range (HDR) shot. Have you ever looked at...

Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

This sectioned off gem in the heart of Bangkok is home to some amazing architecture and temples. Architecture fans, you'll definitely love this place.In order to get this photograph, I had to wait quite a while for people to clear the area between the rocks and...

Heart of Bangkok, Thailand

Right in the heart of Bangkok, a short walk from Khaosan Road  you'll find the entrance to the Piazza of Wat Thepthidaram. Several manicured (heavily) trees line the outside. #Bangkok   #Thailand   #SouthEastAsia   #Asia   #TravelPhotography   #StreetPhotography  ...

Zanzibar Sunset, Tanzania

Another stunning sunset on Zanzibar, an island off the coast of eastern Africa. Every night we would sit on the beach, sipping on our cocktails or beers while watching these beautiful colours light up the evening sky. This is where I had my 30th :-) This long exposure...

Sony A7r In-Depth Review!

Our trusted photographer and extensive equipment reviewer +Gordon Laing has come through with the goods yet again with a thorough in-depth review (probably the first) of the muchly anticipated full frame mirrorless cameras by +Sony!Being a bit of a travel photographer...

Tat Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang, Laos

This stunning jewel of northern Laos consists of several dozen beautiful turquoise lagoons, and countless small waterfalls. You can spend hours searching through the foliage finding many hidden lagoons.I took this photograph by getting down low with an ultra wide...

Little girl with Balloons, Bangkok

For the Kings birthday, the entire of Thailand erupts in a giant festival, with Bangkok at the heart of the celebrations. A man helping a little girl to a helium balloon for the King's birthday.Walking around the streets with my 50mm prime, I tried to capture...

Happy Birthday Carl Sagan!!

A legendary astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, science educator, author, and surely one of the most inspirational persons to have ever lived. It's been nearly 17 years since the world lost Carl. If he were alive today he would be 79. Carl achieved more than...

Elderly Local in Hoi An, Vietnam

A woman sits out the front of her house, just watching life unfold on the tranquil town of Hoi An in central Vietnam.I took this photograph late afternoon while exploring this colourful little place. I thought the desaturated look gave this photograph a nice touch......

Morning Light in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

A long exposure of temples bathed in first light of the morning as dawn breaks, lit up by a full moon overhead.In order to take this photograph, I had to get up 2 hours before first light, ride an hour on a half broken bicycle through the heat (yes, even this early -...

Monk in solitude, Laos

Inside Tham Phu Kham cave, a monk kneels in solitude while deep in thought, with light shining perfectly over him from a hole in the cave wall above.This is not a staged portrait. In order to get this photo I noticed both the light and the monk at a similar time time....

Sunset over Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

A 30 second long exposure of the waves crashing on the rocks of Playa Maderas in southern Nicaragua. A picturesque beach with interesting cliff formations and waves all day long for those surfers out there...In order to get this shot I used a long shutter speed to...

Twilight Waterfall, Laos

Located in the Bolaven Plateau in Laos, in the crater of an ancient volcano that erupted millions of years ago. The area spans 50 km of Southern Laos most dense jungle area. I absolutely love the rich colours and soft light that twilight hour brings.To get this...

Tikal, Guatemala

This group of temples and pyramids are in the central heart of Tikal's main plaza. These momentous structures date back as far as the 4th century B.C.This shot was taken quite early in the morning (around 7am) which was great for having no one in the photograph,...

Everyone loves a monkey!!

Though, this little bugger stole our lunch just after I took this shot, ran up a tree and then ate it in front of us... lol #thailand #monkey #southeastasia #southeastasiaphotography #thailandphotography #travelphotography #naturephotography...

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