Destination Morocco: Want to Join Me?
Nov21

Destination Morocco: Want to Join Me?

After a very successful photography tour and workshop in Peru this May, I’m excited to announce my next big photo adventure tour.  We’re going to Morocco!  Want to come along for the ride? About Photography in Morocco Without a doubt, Morocco is one of the most photogenic countries I’ve ever travelled.  It seems like there is a worthy photo around every corner.  From an architecture standpoint, you have the stunning mosques, exciting medinas, beautiful Berber villages, and impressive cities like “The Blue City” of Chefchaouen.  As far as nature is concerned, Morocco is incredibly varied.  You have prairies, gorges, high-altitude mountains, stunning coastlines, and the Sahara Desert.  And, of course, the people themselves make for fantastic subjects. In Morocco, you’ll definitely fill your fare share of memory cards, but you’ll also have a great opportunity to dive deep into this country that’s so rich in culture and history. How Can you Join? Like the tour in Peru, I’m taking on a maximum of 12 participants.  We’re running things on a first-come first-serve basis, so sign up quickly as to not miss out! You can sign up, and get much more in depth information on the tour/workshop here. What’s the Itinerary? The tour starts and ends in Marrakesh.  It begins on the 6th of February, 2016 and runs for 13 days.  I’ve included a very brief description of the tour below, but if you’d like the full in depth itinerary, you can download the pdf version of it here. February 6 – Arrival in Marrakesh February 7 – Photo tour of Marrakesh February 8 – To Chefchaouen via Rabat and Casablanca February 9 – Full Day in Chefchaouen February 10 – To Fes via Volubilis and Meknes February 11 – Photo tour of Fes February 12 – Free Day in Fes February 13 – The Sahara via The Middle Atlas Mountains February 14 – The Sahara February 15 – Dades Gorge via Todra Gorge February 16 – The High Atlas Mountains February 17 – Marrakesh via The Atlas Mountains February 18 – Tour ends in Marrakesh Who are the Instructors? I’m really excited to this time be joining forces with the incredibly talented Jeff Bartlett.  I’ve known Jeff for ages, and not only is he a fantastic photographer, but a great person, and very good photography instructor. Check out Jeff’s portfolio here. What is a Photography Tour/Workshop? For those not familiar with my trips.  What I do is take your classic adventure tour and place a photography edge to it.  Moreover, not only is the trip set up with photography in mind, you’ll have 2 professional photographers along side providing instruction.  We offer...

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Video: Kruger National Park
Dec14

Video: Kruger National Park

About 10 minutes after posting this video from Kruger National Park to YouTube I realized that I actually had way more wildlife footage from my 5 days in the park.  On somewhat slow internet, I was completely unwilling to re-do this video to get them in, so I’m sorry if there isn’t as much wildlife footage as I’d like in this video of the safari through Kruger.  I also have to say, filming wildlife as a photographer is a chore.  Basically, I’m more concerned about getting photos so I’ll take as many shots as I can, and if the animal doesn’t disappear, then I’ll take some video. Anyways, this video is shot in its entirety inside Kruger National Park which is obviously South Africa’s biggest draw card for tourists.  Maybe seasoned safari travellers will claim Kruger to be too crowded and developed. And on weekends, I can see that being the case for sure. For me, however, I thought it was fine.  Of all the other big African safaris I took part in, this one had the most diverse wildlife as well as the most diverse geography.  In fact, in one day I managed to see the entire big five in Kruger, I don’t think there’s another park nearby where that would be likely. Kruger National Park wildlife is not only high quality but very accessible. I had a bit of an adventure in Kruger National Park too.  I spend nearly an entire day fighting to get my keys out of my car at one of the campsites since I somehow managed to lock them in.  Still despite my own stupidity, I managed to have an incredible time in the park.  I covered basically the entire Kruger National Park map from bottom all the way to the top and spent nearly all of the daylight hours out searching for wildlife.  It really was intense.  I loved it so much, there was a point I seriously considered just moving into the park permanently to become a full-time wildlife photographer. Ok, so that’s it from Kruger.  I have a couple more videos from South Africa still to come, so stay...

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Video: The Night Train to Johannesburg
Dec11

Video: The Night Train to Johannesburg

  After spending a good part of time along the coast of South Africa, and taking part in one of the many safaris in South Africa at Addo National Elephant Park, I finally headed inland via the train from East London to Johannesburg.  I didn’t really know what to expect with this train because I really hadn’t heard of any travellers taking the train. Most backpackers in South Africa tend to pile themselves into the Baz Bus.  However, the train was much cheaper, and from the looks of it was more comfortable as well. The train was a bit worn down, definitely in need of some serious upgrades.  The train was also really slow.  I was told it was going to be about a 12 hour trip and it ended up being 16 hours.  That being said, it really was a pleasant journey, and I’d take a 16 hour train ride over an 8 hour bus ride any day.  The train from East London to Johannesburg had food available, drinks, and the staff came by with optional linens for the beds if you wanted them.  Sleeper cars have 4 beds in each, but I just had one other person in my room with me, so it really wasn’t that bad at all. Anyways, in the next video I go on safari in Kruger National Park, so stay tuned for...

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Video: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
Dec04

Video: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

After spending a couple weeks exploring the Garden Coast of South Africa and being completely surprised by what I was seeing (in a good way), I made my way inland towards one of South Africa’s lesser travelled parks, Addo Elephant National Park. Addo Elephant National Park, as one could assume from the name of the park, is famous for it’s elephants.  Now, obviously, there are plenty of elephants in South Africa, but what makes these special is their colour.  The elephants in Addo coat themselves in the red earth of the region to give them a beautiful colour of red rather than the typical grey.  My luck, however, in finding elephants was quite bad.  I saw a couple in a heavily forested area, but had to move on for safety reasons.  I had better luck with other animals, however.  I saw a caracal which was maybe my favourite sighting my whole time in South Africa.  I also managed to see some more typical wildlife like Kudu, Zebra, and some warthogs. Following my self-drive safari in Addo Elephant National Park, I headed back down to the sea to the Wild Coast.  In coming episodes, I continue to skirt down the Wild Coast, and explore more of South...

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Video: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Dec02

Video: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

  I stayed at a lot of really amazing hotel properties during my time in South Africa, and this hotel in Plettenberg Bay was no different.  After checking out the view from “The Heads” I drove down the Garden Coast of South Africa to the town of Plettenberg Bay where I stayed at the impressive Beacon Island Resort.  The hotel is basically right out on the rocks and every single room on the property has an amazing sea view. After dropping off my gear at the hotel, I headed to one of the most popular attractions in Plettenberg Bay, Robberg Nature Reserve which is famous for it’s amazing coastline, beautiful landscapes, and fur seals.  And well I didn’t get to see any of the fur seals, I did have a perfect time wandering around the reserve. The day was capped off with some photography around the Beacon Island Resort, and parts of Plettenberg Bay. Stay tuned for the next episode of the video series when I head even farther along the coast of South Africa to explore some of the Wild...

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