Travel

How to Save Your Photos While Traveling

Protecting Your Photos Simply and Cheaply You will be taking a lot of photos on your travels.  Many of these photos will be really nice and some of them are likely to be spectacular.  Losing your data would be a damn shame at best, and catastrophic at worst.  Let’s talk

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Trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp

The Basic Information Distance: 75 miles round trip Starting Elevation: Lukla (elevation 9,383 feet) Maximum Elevation: Kala Patthar (18,514 feet) Base Camp Elevation: 17,598 feet (5,364 meters) Time Required for Trek: 11-12 days (ours was 12 days, with 9 going up and 3 coming down) Acclimatization Days: 3-4 (4 for us). Average high temps: 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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Getting to Machu Picchu

For many, going to Machu Picchu is a dream trip.  It was for us.  The idea of a lost city on a mountain in the clouds just seems too cool for words.  And it is.  But getting there is tricky.  You cannot just fly there, there will be at least

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The Joys of Packing Light

I take packing light fairly seriously.  I never check a bag, even on trips of two weeks or more.  I’ve been to Peru with nothing more than a small photo backpack.  I know that sounds braggy, and I’m sorry for that, but I need to show you right up front

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Making Your Dream Trip Happen

I want to give you one simple method that will take you from dreaming about a trip of a lifetime to actually making it happen. First, I want to talk about making good whiskey.  Bear with me because this will actually have some application to what I just mentioned.  When

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Ireland

Photography Gear for Your Ireland Trip

Let’s get you set up with the right photography gear for your trip to the Wild Atlantic Way.  Before we talk about that though, let me caution you against rushing out and buying a bunch of new gear for your trip.  I wouldn’t do that.  It is very likely that

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Rainfall in Ireland: What to Expect

Here is a question you probably have about the weather in Ireland:  “Is it going to rain all the time?” Everyone asks that.  And, to be sure, Ireland is known for being rainy.  It couldn’t be the Emerald Isle without a healthy amount of rain.  But no, it isn’t going

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Spotlight on Kylemore Abbey

  In the remote western side of Ireland, in a wild region called Connemara, sits an abbey called Kylemore. There is a photogenic castle, and it is an easy place to get a great picture. Today I want to tell you a little bit about it so when we visit

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Spotlight on Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael is a small island, often referred to as a sea crag, off the coast of the Iveragh peninsula in southwestern Ireland.  You reach it by boat – usually from Portmagee – at the tip of the Ring of Kerry.  It is famous for its remoteness, its scenery, and

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Iconic Photos on Ireland’s West Coast

  It is said that you can capture a great photo anywhere.  While that may be true, there are certain places in Ireland that sure make it a lot easier to do.  In this post, I want to share with you a few of the places to do that along

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Things to Do in Dublin

Your Trip to Ireland Likely Starts and Ends in Dublin, So Make it Worthwhile Most Ireland trips begin and end in Dublin, if for no other reason than it is where Ireland’s main airport is.  Dublin also happens to be the capital of the Republic of Ireland and its largest

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France

Spotlight on Mont Saint Michel

Perhaps the most spectacular place in all of France – and perhaps one of the most spectacular in the entire world – is Mont Saint Michel. Mont Saint Michel is a an island with an abbey surrounded by a small town and large medieval walls. It is a UNESCO World

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Packing for Your Paris Trip

Planning your trip to Paris is half the fun.  And a big part of planning the trip is planning what to pack.  So let’s talk about that.  While we are at it, we can also talk about some things to leave at home to keep things light.  Plan your packing

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The Best Overlooks in Paris

As someone who loves creating pictures based on wide views, I have spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the best overlooks of Paris.  I suppose I do that in every city, but Paris in particular.  That’s partly just because I have spent a lot of time there in

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Podcasts

Episode 6: The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are some of the more impressive cliffs in the world.  In this podcast, I will talk about why your should visit and give you some tips for how best to spend your time there.  I will also talk about how best to photograph them.

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Episode 5: Inis Mor

All about visiting the largest of the Aran Islands off the coast of County Galway: Inis Mor.  It is the home of Dun Aengus, the town of Kilronan, and much more.

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Episode 4: The English in Ireland

The English occupied Ireland for 800 years (well, actually they still occupy a part of it, but that is another story).  Obviously, that had a huge impact on Ireland’s development.  It will also impact what you see and experience on your trip to Ireland.

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Photo Stories

A Walk on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

A Drive in the Pyrenees

Life in the Sacred Valley