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Sharing my experiences of this beautiful world that we live in through photography. And some geeky tech photo stuff.

The Pot Maker of Chandelao, Rajasthan

January 2, 2014  -  Cities, Towns & Villages, Men

The lighting in the morning was perfect for the shot. The sun was rising and lending a soft light into this somewhat dark room - enough to light up the potter and his work behind him.

The Potter.

The lighting in the morning was perfect for the shot. The sun was rising and lending a soft light into this somewhat dark room – enough to light up the potter and his beautiful work behind him. The room was extremely tidy for a workshop and the finished pots meticulously arranged, each made so beautifully. This was photographed about a 45 minutes drive away from the town of Chandelao. It’s not even a village but a few houses out in the desert where this potter and his family lived. Chandelao is a village 90 minutes east of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

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The Fishing Village of Mamallapuram, South India

August 14, 2013  -  Cities, Towns & Villages, World

One of the places I love to get away to in South India is Mamallapuram. Chennai is the closest city to this sleepy fishing village and where most travelers fly into. Chennai, though it has its highlights, is noisy and congested and one feels like getting away pretty quickly after being there for a day or so. Mamallapuram is that perfect getaway from Chennai. It’s right on the beach on the Bay of Bengal, quiet and unhurried, littered with ancient temple ruins that date back over 1,300 years, and filled with artists. A great place to chill, have a cup of chai and watch the fishermen bring in their haul each morning.

The fishing village will be our first stop on our spiritual adventure in South India next March.

Fishermen bring in the morning haul with the gorgeous 1,300 year old Shore Temple standing majestically behind them at the Bay of Bengal.

Fishermen bring in the morning haul with the gorgeous 1,300 year old Shore Temple standing majestically behind them at the Bay of Bengal.

Freshly woven flower garlands.

Freshly woven flower garlands.

The beach at Mamallapuram is covered with colorful fishing boats

The beach at Mamallapuram is covered with colorful fishing boats

Mamallapuram is full of talented artists.

Mamallapuram is full of talented artists.

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Hills Golf Course, Queenstown, New Zealand

March 23, 2013  -  Cities, Towns & Villages

A few days ago I was in gorgeous Queenstown, New Zealand, to present at a conference and had the opportunity to visit the Hills golf course. The golf course, owned by Michael Hill, is located about 25 minutes or so outside of Queenstown. It is beautiful and the art work scattered around the property simply special. One massive display truly caught my attention. A pack of cast iron wolves attacking a Chinese warrior. The statue of the warrior weighs 3-tonnes I was told. It was laid out on the course with an amazing natural background. So creative and beautiful.

All photos below were shot using an iPhone 4s.

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Along the Ganges River, Varanasi

February 8, 2013  -  Cities, Towns & Villages

Another great day it was today in India. Though I have been to Varanasi numerous times I love it every time I am here. The traffic is another story altogether but by the ghats it’s absolutely divine if you pick the quiet spots. For the less quiet areas you’ll be asked if you want to hire a boat or a priest about a hundred times before you are even able to finish your chai. That said I had a lovely day taking photos from dusk to dawn. Yes, not dawn to dusk.

I hope you enjoy them.

Rajasthani ladies stand on a boat and dry their saries in the wind after taking a dip in the sacred Ganges river.

Rajasthani ladies stand on a boat and dry their saries in the wind after taking a dip in the sacred Ganges river.

A priest is showered by marigold petals that he threw into the air at the nightly Ganga Aarti ceremony.

A priest is showered by marigold petals that he threw into the air at the nightly Ganga Aarti ceremony.

An elderly Hindu lady worships the Ganges river at dawn.

An elderly Hindu lady worships the Ganges river at dawn.

At 5 frames per second the Nikon D600 is able to catch this sadhu washing out his mouth along the Ganges River.

At 5 frames per second the Nikon D600 is able to catch this sadhu washing out his mouth along the Ganges River.

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Kolkata’s Spectacular Flower Market

February 7, 2013  -  Cities, Towns & Villages

Kolkata’s flower market is a feast for the eyes. Located below and adjacent to the Howrah bridge that spans the sacred river Ganges, the market is bustling from the wee hours of the morning. Countless vendors and buyers exchange money for flowers and countless laborers carry bales of flowers that are at least twice their weight. Here are some photos from my visit to the flower market yesterday.

Many of the laborers that work at the flower market carry heavy loads of flowers, delivering them from the suppliers trucks to the vendors in the market.

Many of the laborers that work at the flower market carry heavy loads of flowers, delivering them from the suppliers trucks to the vendors in the market.

Most vendors are surrounded by piles of flowers

Most vendors are surrounded by piles of flowers

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A vendor has chosen the location of his stall to be under the Howrah bridge, shading him and his flowers from the Indian sun.

A vendor has chosen the location of his stall to be under the Howrah bridge, shading him and his flowers from the Indian sun.

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Kolkata Flower Market viewed from the Howrah Bridge.

Kolkata Flower Market viewed from the Howrah Bridge.

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Kolkata, India’s enigmatic city

January 12, 2013  -  Cities, Towns & Villages

Rich in history with a colorful and vibrant present Kolkata conjures up more mixed feelings than a 7-year relationship gone bad. And you’ve never truly been to an Indian city unless you’ve trudged your way through this enigmatic city.

Victoria Memorial, one of Kolkata's most beautiful buildings.

Victoria Memorial, one of Kolkata’s most beautiful buildings.

It’s a kaleidoscope of mixed emotions, stirring every sense in every way, from its dazzling array of sumptuous street food to formula one drivers racing through the streets in diesel belching buses to an out of this world flower market and historic monuments. It is also the birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel prize winner, and home to over 15 million colorful souls making it India’s second largest city that appears to be busting at its seams.

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Formerly known as Calcutta, this city is where our spiritual and photography adventure will begin on February 5th. For more information about our photography tour in North India click here.

A taxi driver takes a nap on a shady street in bustling Kolkata.

A taxi driver takes a nap on a shady street in bustling Kolkata.

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