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Visual Hotel Review: Farewell Harbour Lodge, Canada Taking a deep breath as I sat on the boat’s bow, sunshine as warm as the tea in my hand beaming down, water lapping gently on the hull and my camera already filled with images of Grizzly Bears. I closed my eyes and began to imagine what this scene must appear like when viewed from above… There we were, a little boat floating amongst towering mountains rising from an archipelago of islands in a calm water cove where bears roam the shores while humpbacks and orcas cruise the seas. A palette of greens blending into blues within the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world! Opening my eyes again proved this place is in fact a reality… Welcome to the Great Bear Rainforest of Canada and in particular, one very special corner of it called Farewell Harbour Lodge on Berry Island. Here the word lush takes on a new meaning as forests home to some of the oldest and largest trees meet waters so full of life you can barely travel a few minutes without seeing seals, dolphins or the gentle giants of the sea cruising by. Words fail to describe the calmness...

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Getting snap happy in Whistler this summer! Fresh mountain air…there’s something so inspiring about being surrounded by it, letting it fill your lungs as you hike, paddle or simply sit and stare at the scenery. Alpine regions have long attracted photographers for their rugged landscapes and on a recent trip to Canada, I explored one of the best, Whistler. Long known as the number one ski resort in North America, Whistler has been attracting international crowds for years, in fact it’s quite a challenge to walk down the main street without hearing the odd Aussie accent. Whether you can ski (I can’t!), snowboard, mountain bike or regular old hike there’s something to fulfill every adrenaline junkie’s dream but there’s also some very photogenic experiences that funnily enough involve sitting down. I’ll confess, when I set out to write this guide I had a list of the locations and adventures I wanted to share, then I noticed that there was a comfy little connection between most of them…they involved sitting on your derrière and snapping happily away as the magnificent scenery passed by. Can photography get any better than that? Actually it can, there’s always the chance of seeing a bear...

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Photographing Upper Antelope Canyon + Photo Tips for Inside Long before photography became part of my life I saw an image of Antelope Canyon that drew me in. The lines, the light, tones, vibrancy and marvels of nature in one photograph. It was an image that perhaps unconsciously inspired my path within landscape photography and for this reason Antelope Canyon has been on my wish list ever since I purchased my first camera. Antelope Canyon is somewhere that defies the imagination. Carved by water over centuries as it gushes through the canyon, the formations within are otherworldly. On a recent visit to Arizona I couldn’t resist a tour of Upper Antelope Canyon despite knowing that it’s one of the most visited sights in the US, something that usually turns me off in preference for more remote locations. I’ve written here about how to visit a secret slot canyon without the crowds, but for now, wanted to share all about photographing inside Upper Antelope Canyon; the good, the bad and how to be prepared to capture beautiful photos.   Where is Antelope Canyon? In the American Southwest, located a 10 minute drive from Page, Arizona. You’ll need to book a guided...

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Photographing the Secret Slot Canyon of Horseshoe Bend Slot canyons are a magnet for photographers and if you’ve read my previous article, you’ll know most flock to just one, Antelope Canyon. However, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Actually…I can’t tell you the location or the name but can share that there’s a secret canyon and YOU can visit WITHOUT the crowds to photograph at your own pace! Seeking an alternative option to the crowded canyons I was given the details of a new company that leads tours to a lesser known slot canyon just a few miles from Page, Arizona. Hesitant at first because all I’d seen were images of Antelope and wanted to get those epic landscape shots, I needn’t had worried because I can assure you, the tour is ideal for photographers and I’m so excited to share it with you. Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours are young, dynamic and a creative company with professional guides that take you into the slot canyon for one of the best photography experiences you can have in Arizona…or even the US. The Tour Experience – Opting for the morning tour, we set off at 8am and...

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Northern Arizona Photography Locations Expansive, inspirational and naturally beautiful, Arizona had me at A. Arizona photography locations include desert landscapes that meet canyons, mountains and even lakes to form one of the most photogenic regions I’ve ever visited, this guide is going to share some of the highlights. From the mighty Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, these locations are possible to visit over a few days provided you’ve got a car to get around and battery charger for your camera because you’ll need it! They’re iconic, wow inducing wonders that have to be seen to be believed and even then you’ll need to stare pretty hard to comprehend just how insanely immense these spaces are. As always with my photography location guides scroll down to find a map that lists all the spots mentioned within this guide, you can open it up in Google Maps and take it with you! MONUMENT VALLEY Rising in darkness, knowing you’re surrounded by natural monuments that will soon catch the morning light is one of the most exciting experiences a photographer can have. Monument Valley is one of Arizona’s highlights and a must visit location if you’re interested in Navajo culture and landscape photography. ...

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A Visual Hotel Review: The Oasis at Death Valley Picture this, you’re driving for over an hour amongst some of the harshest scenery in the world. It’s dry, it’s dusty, there’s nothing but shades of brown in all directions then suddenly, a flicker of green. Are they palm trees!? In the desert! Or maybe I’d forgotten to put my prescription glasses on… Like a true oasis appearing like a mirage, The Oasis at Death Valley was a truly incredible sight to see after photographing in 43 degree heat. Death Valley holds the record for the hottest place on earth and the last thing I expected to see was a lush little paradise sitting pretty, luring me in with it’s promise of air conditioning and a swimming pool.   Feeling a little like a rock star (note; a sweaty, dusty, mess of a rock star), I drove up to the valet and trudged up to reception in my joggers. Classy. Despite my appearance far from equaling the luxurious interiors, I was treated exactly like I’d flown in via private jet. The lovely team at reception had the keys of room 131 in my hand in no time and wow was I...

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Where to Photograph + Things to do in Death Valley Planetesque landscapes await within the depths of Death Valley, officially the hottest place on earth and surprisingly accessible. Within two hours from Las Vegas and a little closer to four hours from the coast of California, this other-worldly region of dunes, deserts and salt flats is somewhere you need to visit with your camera. Back in 1913 a temperature of 57degrees (134F) was recorded at Furnace Creek and once you’ve experienced the heat in Death Valley, it’s actually not that hard to believe this is possible. To describe this place in one word it has to be harsh. Harsh in every aspect from the landscapes to the conditions and somewhere that needs to be taken seriously when visiting, it’s called Death Valley for a reason and that’s so evident when you’re standing in 40+ degree heat with nothing around for shade. This region while being one of the most inhabitable places, happens to be one of the most photogenic. With salt flats, sand dunes, mountain ranges and volcanic lava filled hills, it’s hard to put your camera down…unless of course you’re about to faint from the heat and need a...

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Photo Tips – Camera Care in Extreme Climates When venturing away on a trip with your camera you’ll probably check to see what weather you’re expecting beforehand. If you’re like me, weather forecasting is one of the fun parts about visiting a new destination but the conditions are also something you need to factor in for your camera equipment. One thing to always keep in mind is how your camera will react and how to protect it from any extreme environments and climate conditions out of your control. Now I’m not just talking about the wildest places on earth, you might be heading to the snow for a week of skiing or to a tropical island where you’ll be around a lot of water and humidity. Both environments create the same type of problems for your camera and both just take a little bit of pre-planning in order for your gear to remain in good condition. The main issue effecting cameras is condensation which results from a change in temperature when you’re walking in and out of a hotel room or from an air conditioned car to the beach. Any dramatic change in temperature will also be felt by your...

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An Iran Travel Guide for Photographers For the adventurous, curious and open-minded traveller, places still exist that exude a certain mystery and hidden beauty. Iran is one of those places, not typically found on many wish lists but somewhere that draws interest from photographers seeking a unique destination where natural wonders and architectural marvels meet. Odette Haye, travel photographer and author of the Omnivagant, has been kind enough to create this guide based on her experiences photographing in Iran. From the mountains in the North of Iran to the Persian Gulf, Iran is a country that is filled with the most rugged, pure and unique landscapes. Imagine deserts as far as the eye can see, snow topped mountain peaks and the most beautiful blue waters of the ocean. And while Iran’s nature alone is enough to book a flight to Iran, it is the city and the beautiful architecture of Iran that also should not be forgotten. Palaces, mosques and ancient cities with the most unique and beautiful details, it’s the combination of man made vs. natural sights that makes Iran a dream come true for photographers. Now, let’s get started with the most beautiful photography locations in Iran. To...

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Travel Photography Jobs + Tips for Becoming a Travel Photographer Travel photography offers a broad range of potential career paths that can see you and your camera heading off for endless adventures around the world. From working as a photojournalist to capturing photos at a resort, there are plenty of ways to combine your love of travelling with photography if you’ve got both determination and talent. I’ve been utterly obsessed with travelling since I was in school and first attempted to become a pilot so I can fly myself (and a plane load of passengers) to exotic destinations. That plan fell through when I got violently air sick during every flying lesson so my back-up was to become a travel journalist. You can read about that journey here but long story short, that path led to discovering the art of photography and over the past 15 years I’ve worked a number of jobs under the ‘travel photography’ umbrella and it’s been one crazy, incredible adventure. For those with a creative mind and the motivation to turn their dream into a reality and working business, it may sound cliché but the sky really is the limit. Sure it takes a tonne...

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