iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/2300s, ISO 25
This beach in Langkawi Island was magnificent, and the tree framing the beach was quite spectacular as well. Turns out there was a venomous snake in the tree, but we only saw it later (and moved away real quick…)
iPhone, 29mm, f/2.2, 1/1600s, ISO 25
Last time I was in Rome I took the time for a long morning stroll in the Villa Borghese, and I stumbled upon this artificial lake (I’m assuming) with a tiny roman temple in the middle. The reflection in the lake gave the impression of two temples, and so I snapped it right up!
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/1.8, 1/400s, ISO 800
A few years ago I was invited by a Greek friend to the christening of his son, and we decided to make a family trip of it. I took many shots during the ceremony and I have to say that I found the ritual fascinating. One thing I really wanted to capture was the smoke form the incense burner, and this shot was a good capture of that.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Taking tuktuks in India or Thailand can be scary, but it’s also a unique way to experience the city. I just love it. At the back of Surinder’s tuktuk in Dehli I kept trying to shoot him in his mirror and this shot was the best one I got. I really like it.
Robes vs Kilts
Canon 1000D, 115mm, f/4.5, 1/800s, ISO 200
Wandering nuns is one of the staples of Rome, but when they cross wandering scottish rugby fans, you know you have a shot. Part of the fun of street photography is capturing these odd moments of life, more frequent than we think.
Gnawa Street Musician
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2.8, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There are street musicians you just want to give money to. This guy had such a smile that you couldn’t resist him. I don’t remember how the music was, but it’s one of the only things in Marrakech that I really liked (the rest of Morocco was much more interesting).
Overlooking the Islands
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
From the top of the cable car station, you have a stunning 360 view on Langkawi and the surrounding islands. It was dusk when we were there, but there was something wonderfully melancholy about this blue on blue landscape.
Broken Stone of Beng Mealea
Fuji Xpro2, 30mm, f/8, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Besides the well known sites around Angkot Wat and Angkor Thom, there are dozens, possibly hundreds of other sites near Siem Reap in various states of disrepair. Beng Mealea was only recently opened to visitors and has not been restored at all. It’s fascinating both because it gives a sense of what the more famous temples must have looked like before restoration and because it truly feels abandoned.
Nature vs. Architecture
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/7.1, 1/90s, ISO 6400
Perhaps the most striking sight in Cambodia, the sign of the passage of time, is these ruins completely overtaken by massive trees, the walls completely encased in roots. I couldn’t find any decent broad shot that would convey the strange majesty of it all, so I went the other way and looked for detailed views. This, ultimately, is a good way of highlighting the fight between nature and architecture.
The Faces of Angkor Thom
Fuji Xpro-2, 50mm, f/2, 1/1500s
The central temple at Angkor Thom is probably the most impressive thing I’ve seen in Cambodia. Other places may have been more majestic or made me feel more like an explorer, but Angkor Thom has a combination of awe-inspiring and mystical. It’s like these faces were universally relevant somehow.