Monthly Archives: August 2012

Photo Essay: The Footsteps of Shackleton

Posted by on August 2, 2012

In May 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton climbed over the mountains of South Georgia island in at attempt to get help to rescue the men of the HMS Endurance who were stranded on Elephant Island in Antarctica. He climbed over the uncharted mountains of South Georgia on foot, reaching the Norwegian whaling station of Stromness.

In January 2012, I had the pleasure of retracing the steps of Shackleton, walking the last leg of his journey to Stromness on my G Adventures trip to Antarctica. A three-hour hike in the summer that took Shackleton half a day when the terrain was covered with snow and ice. We also visited his grave at the former whaling station at Grytviken, where he is buried next to his right hand man, Frank Wild.

Being able to hike, for even a short distance, the same route as Shackleton was one of the highlights of the trip. Below are some of the images I captured from the journey.


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Why You Absolutely Need To Be Editing Your Travel Photos

Posted by on August 1, 2012

After Editing

After Editing

You are on vacation. You vist some exotic destination, have a great time and take a ton of photos.

When you get back home you plug your camera into your computer, download your images and declare victory. Maybe you print a few to hang on the wall and the rest you share with your friends on Facebook.

Nothing to it right?

Well, you can leave it at that, but if you take just a little bit of time, you can make those vacation photos really stand out.

I wish I could tell you how often I see bland photos which people take on their trips which could be made much better with just a few tweaks. I’ve seen this happen on Facebook as well as on popular travel blogs. Ugly photos which could be made respectable with less than 60 seconds worth of attention.

The one single thing which any amateur photographer can do to improve their photography is to take the time to edit their photos. It isn’t complicated and many of the tools are available for free online.
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