Gorgeous Mount Washington
And bam! It’s fall: it’s 8am, and the skies are dark. It’s super gloomy outside, and I’m wondering if I need a jacket for this morning’s bike ride into work (which I really should get moving on — I don’t know why the inspiration to blog is striking just as I should be walking out the door). In honour of the changing of the months, I thought I’d find a photo from an earlier October of Toronto, something showing off the prettiness of the city as the leaves change — but I have nothing. Which is odd, I really need to fix that this weekend.
What I do have are photos of my trip to BC a few years ago when I went to visit a few friends who lived scattered around the province. One of the highlights of the trip was the day my friend Tom took me around his mountain on Vancouver Island to show me where he lived and worked (lucky bastard!).
These birds were wild, and ate right out of the palm of our hands
Who’s a pretty birdy?
My friend Tom
Me, feeling a little like Snow White
Take off, eh?
Flopped out in the Colca Canyon, Peru
I don’t know what it is about today that has me so sluggish, but man, am I ever having a hard time getting going this morning. I was trying to think if I had any photos from my travels that suited my morning so far, and this one was the closest — which is a good thing, as it means days like this are few and far between!
This photo was taking in my notorious Colca Canyon trip in 2011, where I was rocked with altitude sickness. This was day two of feeling like I was going to pass out any second, and Christmas Morning no less. We’d been up since before the crack of dawn to drive out to the lookout to see the condors, a few hours’ drive (and several hundred meters lower, thank God) from our base in Chivay. By the time this photo was taken I’d not only soldiered through a rough morning, a 3 hour drive, but also a 1km hike that felt like a marathon thanks to the oxygen depletion going on in my system. I made it though, and I was crazy proud of myself for having done so. If I can do that, then I can get through today, right?
Island Bay, New Zealand
I’m missing the ocean today something fierce. This is Island Bay, in Wellington New Zealand. While it’s technically the Cook Strait (the bit of water that separates the North and South Island), it’s still the Pacific and I miss it.
Somewhere in Iceland
I miss travelling so much; some days the desire to be away can be overwhelming. To cope, I fire up Lightroom and play with my photos, applying new techniques and tricks for post-production to photos I once considered to be sub-par. Always shoot in RAW, my friends — it will give you pixels to play with when the urge strikes! Not too long ago I learned how to use graduated and radial filters in Lightroom, and since then my photos have come alive!
I visited Iceland two years ago this month, on my way home from a trip to England and Paris. I was thrilled to visit this small and chilly nation, and disheartened when after only one day the skies clouded over and it rained for the remainder of my 4-day stay. These photos are among some of my new favourites, photos I once was disappointed by but now feel like they’re maybe something special.
The colours of Iceland were both muted and vibrant, often at the same time. I found it very hard to photograph with my Lumix point and shoot, even though it had full manual control. It was on this trip that I vowed to not travel without my DSLR ever again, because the quality of the light captured in the photos wasn’t … right. I ended up buying a Fuji X-E2, which I adore, but maybe all I needed to do was learn how to up my post-production game?
The Binge Cave from Noah
A station house, opposite Skógafoss
More photos of Iceland
I’m seriously thinking of ditching WordPress for my travel writing, and using a new photography community called Exposure. The free account gives you three posts, here’s the first: a recap on my Denver trip (which Im sure you’re all tired of hearing about by now, but that town is just so amazing I cant stop writing about it!).
If I go this route, I’ll try and find a happy way to embed the content from Exposure here as well as an alternate way to display my writing. Has anyone out there used this service? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.