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Crucifixion in Tuburan Philippines: Good Friday 2014

Yesterday, in Tuburon Philippines, on Good Friday, 54-year-old Gilbert Bargayo was nailed to a cross during a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. This year marks Gilbert’s 20th crucifixion. He has been crucified in different locations in the Philippines but since last year, mayor Democrito Diamante has hosted the event in the town of Tuburan, about [...]

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Ring Train Yangon

Yangon’s “circle line” or “ring train”, circumnavigates Myanmar’s largest city, on a 46 Kilometer, 39 station route that connects Yangon’s satellite towns. The system is heavily utilized by the local populace, selling about 150,000 tickets daily, providing cheap transportation for Burmese and an interesting and engaging cultural immersion for the few intrepid adventurers who hop [...]

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Southeast Asia Photo Tour 2014

My apologies for the long hiatus during the holiday season, I was taking some much needed time off.  Now that 2014 is in full swing, I’m back to blogging, starting with my annual Southeast Asia Photo Tour. Southeast Asia has long been a favored destination for adventurous travelers. This trip is what I’d call our [...]

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Myanmar Photo Tour Sept 2013: Ring Train

Yangon’s “circle line” or “ring train”, circumnavigates Myanmar’s largest city, on a 46 Kilometer, 39 station route that connects Yangon’s satellite towns. The system is heavily utilized by the local populace, selling about 150,000 tickets daily, providing cheap transportation for Burmese and an interesting and engaging cultural immersion for the few intrepid adventurers who hop [...]

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Battambang: Cambodia’s Second City

Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city and the capital city of Battambang province in northwestern Cambodia. Founded in the 11th century by the Khmer Empire, Battambang is well known for being the leading rice-producing province of the country. ‘Dambang’ means ‘stick’, and ‘bat’ means ‘to lose’ – so, translated literally, Battambang means “town of the [...]

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Cambodia Opposition Leader Returns From Exile

I’m in Phnom Pehn Cambodia today, having just finished a photo shoot for The Asia Foundation. There’s quite a buzz in the country because election day is July 28th. The big news for today was the arrival of Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy who’s been living in exile until he was recently pardoned by King Norodom [...]

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Angkor Wat: The Last To Leave

Every day, just before sunset the Apsara Authority personnel make a final sweep from east to west through Angkor Wat. Since 2001, I’ve been coming to Angkor and whether I’m alone or with workshop and photo tour participants, I always visit Angkor Wat in the late afternoon and then linger until asked to leave. The [...]

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Thoughts On Being An Innovator

Do you remember your first girlfriend/boyfriend, your first car, motorcycle or camera?  I’m guessing you do.  Now try to remember your second, third or fourth?  Hmmm….not so easy, eh? Now, think about all the brands that have become synonymous with their function: Scotch tape, Kleenex, Xerox.  It’s no accident they were also the first. When [...]

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From The Cutting Room Floor

Sorting through and editing images while traveling, in order to create blog posts, is a fast, furious and often “messy” process, given the fact that there’s such limited time to work with. From my days working as a stringer for newspapers in Southern California, I’ve learned to be somewhat “brutal” in my selection of photos [...]

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Myanmar: Finding The Light & Working The Shot

This will be the final post for the 2013 Amazing Myanmar Photo Tour and I’d like to touch on two concepts that I try to instill upon participants during my photo tours.  The first is “finding good light” and the second is “working the scene”.  Each day, before each photo shoot, I stress the importance [...]

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Myanmar Part 4: Mandalay to Bagan

It’s been a few weeks since my Myanmar tour ended, but today, here in Hoi Anh Vietnam, I’ve finally found [...]

Myanmar Part 3: Around Mandalay

I hope you don’t mind if I just reprint a few lines of Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem “On the road [...]

Myanmar Part 2: Mandalay

“Mandalay” is the name of a famous poem by Rudyard Kipling that was first published in 1892. The poem colorfully [...]

Myanmar Part 1: Yangon and Bago

Greetings from Yangon. We’ve just arrived from Inle lake. The main tour is just ending today and the optional extension [...]

Southeast Asia Photo Tour 2014: Part 3

Here’s the last post from the Southeast Asia Photo Tour, starting with a few shots of the waterfalls outside of [...]

Southeast Asia Photo Tour 2014: Part 2

Greetings from sleepy little Luang Prabang Laos! After leaving Bangkok, our group headed to northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle where we [...]