Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure
May21

Join Me in Peru AND Bolivia for a Photo Adventure

It’s with great pleasure that I announce that I’m now booking a second photo tour in South America in 2015! Since the booking for the first workshop – which is taking place in Peru, May 2015 – has been so successful, we decided to add another date to accommodate the people that couldn’t make the first trip’s dates.  Specifically, we had in mind the many teachers who let us know that they could only...

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Great Success! Photos from our Peru Photography Tour and Workshop
May20

Great Success! Photos from our Peru Photography Tour and Workshop

Well, I can’t really believe how quickly that went. I suppose, in comparison to the 56 day tours I used to lead in South America, 14 days is a blink of the eye. But, it still seemed to whip through really quickly. Every day I kept waking up and thinking, “damn, it’s already day 6!”. I really couldn’t be happier with how the tour went. Yes, we had some issues to deal with like any trip; there was a railroad strike,...

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The Cactus Flash: An Off-Camera Flash Game Changer?
Apr30

The Cactus Flash: An Off-Camera Flash Game Changer?

Before leaving Canada this winter, I wandered into my local camera shop and asked if there was any “cheaper” pocket strobes that they might be able to recommend.  The salesman, who I can never manage to leave the shop without chatting photography gear with for over an hour with, told me that there was a cool product called Cactus Flash that was meant to arrive any day.  This flash, he told me, works with a hotshoe...

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A Day Trip to the Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia
Apr17

A Day Trip to the Las Lajas Sanctuary in Ipiales, Colombia

About 3 years ago, on a trip to Ecuador to visit The Galapagos Islands, I made a stop at a place called Ipiales – just north of the Ecuadorian border with Colombia.  I had been told of a stunning church that crossed a river valley and was back-dropped by a waterfall.  How could I miss that?  Thus, I made a visit to the Las Lajas Sanctuary, which must be one of the most beautiful churches in all of South America. This trip down...

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Is Salento, Colombia South America’s Next Big Tourism Destination?
Apr14

Is Salento, Colombia South America’s Next Big Tourism Destination?

They often say that backpackers lead the way, when it comes to tourism.  I can understand if you don’t believe backpackers have anything to do with growth, but there are quite a few places in the world that it appears to be the case.  For example, many of the surf locations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua were first regular stops by backpackers before more traditional tourism sprung up.  If you believe that backpacker’s lead...

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Back in Medellin, Colombia
Apr09

Back in Medellin, Colombia

I made it back to Medellin.  Maybe about 2 years later than I had hoped, but back nonetheless.  If you’ve been following along on my travels for a while, you’ll know that I was based in Medellin, Colombia for a fairly long time.  In fact, since becoming a travel journalist almost 6 years ago, this is the place I’ve spent the most time.  It’s also the one city that almost made me stay.  It’s the one place...

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