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Tales from my First Safari: Madikwe Game Reserve

I once read a post Gizmodo wrote a post about the Makanyane Safari Resort. There was one photo of a large elephant standing right outside the lodge window. I was sold. I made it a priority to stop here on my epic world trip a few years ago where I attempted to capture 15 countries with my iPhone 4s. Day 2 At 5am, my brief, Bourne Identity dream, in which I play Matt Damon’s awesome krav maga trained BFF is abruptly…

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Happiness is…

Happiness is skating on an outdoor rink in the Canadian Rockies. Before I made apps and took photographs, I was a competitive ice dancer. When I was 20, I suffered a traumatic back injury. For almost 10 years, I was bed ridden and in tremendous pain all of the time. Doctors told me I would never skate again and have difficulties walking. These were very dark days. After a long fight, I am healthy again and able to skate again…

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The Beauty of Tuscany, Italy

Bella Toscana. We spent 3 weeks rolling through the Tuscany countryside enjoying the sights, sounds, and the rich cuisine. Here are a few snaps from that journey. A soft glowing sunset over the Tuscan hills. Mmm fresh made Carbonara. I take many photos of wheat & grass. It’s a problem I’m acknowledging. Basking in the beauty of a Val d’Orcia wheat field. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I am so happy that they have designated this area…

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Photographing Hraunfossar waterfall, West Iceland

A spontaneous change of plans lead to a detour to view this waterfall. Such a magical spot. I spent hours shooting this 2.5 km waterfall in the rain (of course! October in Iceland :P) and really fell in love with it. Behind the Scenes at Hraunfossar waterfall near Husafell in west Iceland. I had beautiful autumn colour, lots of rain and a HUGE puffy jacket on. It was a wee bit chilly that day! Settings: Canon 5DMK3 / 70-200mm f/2.8 II…

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Learn to edit & critique your own photos

Puako sunset, Canon 5DMK3+16-35mm, 1s at f/14, ISO 100. I get a lot of emails from people asking me to critique their photos. I’m always happy to help guide new photographers in the right direction, but ultimately it’s up to you to learn how to critique your own photos. Photography is art and the judgement of art is relative. Almost anyone can tell you whether a photograph is composed and exposed well, but does it capture a meaningful moment, does…

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Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, South Iceland

Shot with a Canon 5DMK2+14mm Rokinnon. The incredible canyon waterfall Gljúfrabúi in South Iceland. Most people miss this one because it’s hidden from the road and about 400m from the famous Selandjafoss waterfall and you have to trek through a stream to get to it. Since I always try to go in the opposite direction of tour buses, I was happy to find this spot even though I got absolutely soaked and none of long exposures pictures came out. Sometimes…

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Getting the Passion back in your Photography

I find that many photographers, especially the perfectionists among us, feel a huge pressure when it comes to their photography. Gaining good editing and photoshop skills, as well as pushing yourself creatively is an important part of becoming a better photographer, but when you start feeling perpetually unsatisfied with every picture you take, you start to lose the passion and love for the thing you love to do. I’ve noticed this with my attitude towards my own photography, so I…

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Selfies are more dangerous than shark attacks

DETTIFOSS, Iceland. The most powerful waterfall in Iceland with 35knot winds and driving rain. I’m pretty brave when it comes to hanging off cliffs to take photos, but the tiny dude in this picture standing at the mouth of that bad boy waterfall was really pushing it. I was up top hunkered against a huge rock because the wind was so strong I couldn’t stand up. I watched him take 1 million selfie stick photos on those insanely slippery rocks…

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