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18 Jun
Wanganui – New Zealand

So I had the pleasure of visiting Wanganui on the way down to Wellington NZ.
It was………………interesting?

So I had the pleasure of visiting Wanganui on the way down to Wellington NZ. It was………………interesting?

18 Jun
Slideluck Potshow London II (Shoreditch House)

A selection of around 40 of my street photography images are going to be displayed at Shoreditch House this Saturday (19th June 2010) put to the soundtrack of  the Mad World Remix – Doc Brown & Lowkey. The event is called the ‘Slideluck Potshow’ which is a gathering of emerging & professional photographers who put together slideshows of their work to music (you are also supposed to cook and bring your own food to share).

If you want to know a little more about SLPS, you can find their website Here
You should be able to go along if you RSVP on This page or if you join the Facebook Group.

Try to get along if you can, as I think the drink is sponsored!


A selection of around 40 of my street photography images are going to be displayed at Shoreditch House this Saturday (19th June 2010) put to the soundtrack of  the Mad World Remix – Doc Brown & Lowkey. The event is called the ‘Slideluck Potshow’ which is a gathering of emerging & professional photographers who put together slideshows

16 Jun
Atacama Desert

I found this old bus in the Atacama Desert Bolivia/Chile border. If you look closely (see toilet paper), you can see that this is infact a toilet for the locals.
This place was freezing.

I found this old bus in the Atacama Desert Bolivia/Chile border. If you look closely (see toilet paper), you can see that this is infact a toilet for the locals. This place was freezing.

07 Jun
Peruvian Culture – Arequipa

After booking a trip to the Colca Canyon (arguably the deepest canyon in the world, twice that of the ‘Grand Canyon) just north of Arequipa, we were picked up from our hostel at 2am to start the long drive up to see the Condors at ‘Cruz del Condor’. After about 1 hour of driving in the pitch black in the middle of nowhere on the side of a mountain, our driver decided to fall asleep and slowly drift over to the edge of the road.

Thankfully it wasn’t the edge of the mountain, but the side of the upwards slope that the driver was pointing towards, and with a massive sudden jolt of the wheel, and a minivan full of gringos snapped out of their sleep, I forced myself to stay awake and watch the driver for the remaining 4/5 hours of the journey.


After booking a trip to the Colca Canyon (arguably the deepest canyon in the world, twice that of the ‘Grand Canyon) just north of Arequipa, we were picked up from our hostel at 2am to start the long drive up to see the Condors at ‘Cruz del Condor’. After about 1 hour of driving in

01 Jun
Train Graveyard – Uyuni

First stop on the tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats is usually this place, the Train Graveyard.
Construction on the network was started in the late 19th Century but abandoned before work was completed, leaving the train lines to fall into disrepair.

Technical and geographical difficulties, disputes with neighbouring countries over lost territory, and more recent Western interests have all taken their toll on Bolivia’s rundown railways. This wasteland, bereft of guards or fences is the cemetery where Bolivia’s once proud locomotives have found their final resting place.

First stop on the tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats is usually this place, the Train Graveyard. Construction on the network was started in the late 19th Century but abandoned before work was completed, leaving the train lines to fall into disrepair. Technical and geographical difficulties, disputes with neighbouring countries over lost territory, and more

27 May
Cobra Show – Thailand

I cant say I’m the biggest fan of HDR processing in the world. In most cases I think people see it as an easy win or an easy way to make a photo look dramatic without much effort. I always find myself looking at terrible examples of over use, but people still seem to love the ‘wow’ effect it can give to a photo.

That said, there are also some very impressive uses of the technique by some of the pro’s, and I think like most things moderation is the key. Not just using HDR processing on an image, but to using it to compliment your other post processing techniques I believe is the answer to the best use.

This is an example that I created in CS5 using the new HDR features combined with some other filter, blur, curve & level tweaks.

I cant say I’m the biggest fan of HDR processing in the world. In most cases I think people see it as an easy win or an easy way to make a photo look dramatic without much effort. I always find myself looking at terrible examples of over use, but people still seem to love

26 May
Marching Powder

I any of you have had the chance to read Marching Powder you’ll no doubt have heard of the infamous San Pedro Prison.

Renowned and notorious as being on of the most dangerous and yet bizarre prisons in the world, San Pedro Prison is home to cocaine factory’s, market stalls, restaurants, hair dressers and even a hotel. Being in La Paz late last year, I had to go there, but I didn’t feel totally confident in taking lots of photos in front of the shotgun wielding Bolivian guards, so I could only get a couple of shots from the outside.

Apparently if you leave your passport with the Bolivian police & pay them some money you can get hold of a visitors pass to go inside, but I was feeling like a bit too much of a Gringo that day so I passed.

I any of you have had the chance to read Marching Powder you’ll no doubt have heard of the infamous San Pedro Prison. Renowned and notorious as being on of the most dangerous and yet bizarre prisons in the world, San Pedro Prison is home to cocaine factory’s, market stalls, restaurants, hair dressers and even a hotel. Being in La Paz late