Postcard From Mongolia

In Postcards From..., Travel, Within The Frame Adventures by David22 Comments

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, 2012. A quick hello from Ulaan Bator, Mongolia. We’ve just come in out of the dust and heat after 8 days off-road in the Gobi Desert. What an adventure! We spent time photographing sand dunes and horse races, the so-called White Stupa cliffs, and miles and miles of desert, horses, goats, and Mongolians. We’ve slept in some …

Packed: Mongolia

In GEAR, Travel by David47 Comments

I’m flying to Mongolia tonight. I have two carry-ons; a Kiboko bag and a Think Tank Retro 30. And I have one checked piece, my dented but beloved Rimowa Topaz. For the curious, here’s what I’m packing. And man am I happy to be going in the summer! Last time it was February and much colder than this Canuck likes. …

Vancouver Island

In Emily and I, Life Is Short, Pep Talks, Travel by David24 Comments

Emily in the mud. Vancouver Island. Click to enlarge. What an amazing weekend. It was Canada Day weekend here, north of the 49th parallel, and I celebrated with friends by driving 600 km up Vancouver Island, through old growth forests, logging roads, mud puddles, and coastal views. I went as the new guy on the block, signing up for membership …

Make It Happen

In Just For Fun, Life Is Short, News & Stuff, Travel by David48 Comments

My mother was an officer in the Royal Air Force, a nurse who trained at Florence Nightingale’s St. Thomas’s Hospital in London. She met my father in Cyprus. She’s where I get at least 50% of my wanderlust. This weekend we were wandering around Coal Harbour, in Vancouver, when I made an off-the-cuff comment about jumping on a float plane. …

Above the 45

In Life Is Short, Rants and Sermons by David41 Comments

Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India. 2008 Click to view larger. This is a bit of a rambling one. A couple years ago I was headed to Bosnia, in the process of buying Jessie, my Land Rover Defender, and planning to leave my home for a year in pursuit of stories, adventure, and some fresh air. The day I left for Bosnia …

Kathmandu 2012

In News & Stuff, Travel, Within The Frame Adventures by David3 Comments

Join me, and Jeffrey Chapman, in Kathmandu this November for Tihar, the Nepalese Festival of Light. We’ll be in Kathmandu for 6 days and Bhaktapur for 6 days. As many of you know, Kathmandu is one of my favourite places in the world, a place of colour and texture and life like few other places, and Bhaktapur is all that …

From The Archives…

In News & Stuff, Rants and Sermons, Vision Is Better by David18 Comments

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Scott Kelby’s blog on May 13, 2009. I still believe this revolution is coming. Perhaps not for the photography industry, but for individuals. At least, I hope so… I believe we’re at a turning point in the way we, as an industry, approach our craft. Thanks to the internet, information moves …

Backup Questions Answered

In GEAR, Workflow & Technical Issues by David27 Comments

Dave Delnea downloading images in Iceland, 2010. There’s some great discussion going on in the comments of last Friday’s post, Backups Revisited. I think the topic of backups warrants some attention. We talk so much about lenses and tripods and, frankly, spend a lot of money on this art, that it’s insane not to spend some of that protecting our …

Objects of Beauty, 8.

In Objects of Beauty Series, Travel by David20 Comments

Tara, Bronze. Kathmandu, Nepal. This is Tara, the goddess of compassion. She sits on my dresser in Vancouver, but I found her in a little dusty shop in Kathmandu, and fell in love with her form, serenity and sensual lines. I carefully packaged her up and put her into my duffel and gave her no further thought until she was …