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What Is Burning Man? Erica Martin, Photographer

“So, what’s Burning Man?” people often ask me, since I’ve been a few times.  “Isn’t it that wild rave thing in the desert?  Where they burn something?”  What is it that compelled over 50,000 people last year to travel from all over the world to one of the more inhospitable parts of Nevada in the […]

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Oahu Travel Tips

We stayed at the Ala Moana Hotel as we’ve done many times. It’s five minutes from the hectic Waikiki strip but close enough to walk to beaches, historic downtown and open-air restaurants.  Owned by the Outrigger hotel operators its nice with mountain or ocean views. When other hotel rooms are at $350-400 a night the […]

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Cayucos Essentials

When traveling to California’s Central Coast we aim to chill out so while most visitors go to popular Morro Bay or Cambria we stay in Cayucos off the beaten path. It’s an unassuming beach town with a few restaurants, locally owned grocery store, a pier and one surf shop. At night you hear nothing unless […]

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Review: Lowepro Fastpack 100 – When you’ve finally had it with the basic camera bag.

The Woes of the Basic Camera Bag When I purchased my first DSLR camera it came as part of a package deal from the retailer including a memory card, a lens, and a basic camera bag.  At the time it seemed like I had everything I needed to successfully shoot anything I needed to.  It […]

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South Africa Itinerary

For a 3 week – 21 day trip. Our objectives were to experience a Safari, Cape Town, Wine Country, Great White Shark Dive, Whale Coast, Garden Route, and Addo Elephant National Park. We want to get great photographs, have some adventures, learn about South African culture and connect with people. In search of new African […]

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Khayelitsha, Black Township in South Africa

Overlook the warnings that it’s too dangerous to go there except on an organized tour. We stayed a night at Thope Lekau’s B&B www.kopanong-township.co.za learning about South African apartheid history, meeting the people who live in this lively community, and making lots of new friends including a fun-loving adventurous couple from Germany. Our initial greeting was […]

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What storage to take on a photo safari

Go straight for the 16 gigs or better yet 32 gigs…forget about anything smaller. We like to shoot RAW plus large Jpegs and so we need lots of space. Take several cards and label before hand so after your afternoon game drive you can put the camera aside and enjoy your “Sundowner” instead of racing […]

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Tanda Tula in the Timbavati Reserve

Rating Awesome. Not only did we see and photograph all the Big Five – Elephants, Lions, Leopard, Rhino. and Cape Buffalo in addition to giraffe, hyena, warthogs and a plethora of colorful birds we also spotted and photographed the rare Ground Hornbill, an extremely shy caracal and the elusive wild dogs. Thrilling games with Dale, […]

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African Photo Safari – Self Guide or Group Photographers Safari

When planning your first African photo safari you have several options; you can book a specific “photographers safari” 12-18 months in advance, or you can do the research on the various safari camps then request a guide who has a serious interest in photography or is a photographer himself, or you can do a self […]

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Itineraries that create transformation in your travel and photographs

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber Travel should transform. Your itinerary can lead you to adventures of the heart and soul if you plan for opportunities to meet and interact authentically with people. Localizing, as they say, is the best way to gain access for unique experiences, […]

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