Myanmar – Balloons over Bagan

Watching the balloons at sunrise from the ground

In February 2018 I was lucky to travel to Myanmar for just under two weeks on a photography trip. As part of the tour, we spent a couple of nights in Bagan – an ancient city in the Mandalay region.

Bagan is famous for having over 2,200 ancient temples and pagodas, and the best way to view many of these amazing structures is from above, in a hot-air balloon. So of course I had to give this a go, and take my camera with me! Continue reading “Myanmar – Balloons over Bagan”

A Photography and Driving Tour of The Alps

Stelvio Pass at dawn

Over the years, I’ve done many driving trips around Europe, including a lot of Alpine passes. While I’ve taken a large number of photos with point and shoot cameras and my phone, I’ve never taken the time to pack my “proper” camera and photograph the Alps properly. I’m not sure why it’s never occurred to me to do this, as I’ve travelled the world with my camera to take amazing photos, yet some of the most beautiful scenery is only a day or two’s driving from the UK!

So when I was planning a 10 day driving trip for August/September 2018, I decided spend more time in various Alpine locations so I could do more photography. Instead of just driving, I wanted to be in the right place at the right time for the best lighting conditions. This blog is going to be slightly different to reviews of other trips I’ve done, and will mostly focus (excuse the pun) on the photographs I took rather than a day-by-day description of the route. Continue reading “A Photography and Driving Tour of The Alps”

Short Photography Break in Tuscany – May 2016

Sunset over the Agriturismo Baccoleno near Asciano in Tuscany

One of my favourite places to visit is Tuscany in Italy. The beautiful scenery, great weather, fantastic wines and amazing food mean it’s always a pleasure to spend time there. My first visit was in 2003, and since then I’ve been back a number of times. The amazing scenery makes it a great place to go on a photography trip too.

My last visit was in September 2015 as part of a driving tour, but as it was a short stay I didn’t really have enough time to do any photography. Therefore I decided to return in early 2016, along with camera and tripod, to take some photos.

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Travel Photography – Camera Gear on the Road

Travel Photography

When I travel, I like to take photographs. I enjoy taking both holiday snap type shots as a record of places I’ve visited, and also “proper” photos of particularly interesting sights. For the last 10 years or so, I used a Canon 1Ds II for anything special, and a succession of Canon pocket-sized cameras for general snaps, but this year was time for a change! Continue reading “Travel Photography – Camera Gear on the Road”