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Shooting Sunrise at Meili Xue Shan

Shooting Sunrise at Meili Xue Shan

Iconic mountains capped with snow and untamed by man. Of all the legends that circulate around the newly named Shangri-La county, the "Snow Mountains" known simply as Mei Li are easily the most convincing. Majestic peaks alter the weather and thrill the crowds. There are no certainties about getting clear skies for sunrise, but true landscape photographers are a patient lot anyway.


Spinning Stars

Spinning Stars

An update to last year's feature on shooting star trails. By combining a "bright frame" with the trail you can achieve a smoother and more pleasing look to your trails.


Uluru for Photographers

Uluru for Photographers

This magnificent monolith in the heart of Australia's Red Center is one of the world's most inspiring locations for a photographer to visit. Be warned however, it is also a subject that demands care and respect.


The Best of Dordogne

The Best of Dordogne

My favourite thing about France is travelling through a nice rural region. A few good medieval castles perched on hilltops, some classic views of a chateau and the fabulous cuisine that lures both your taste buds and your camera.


Star Trails at Sunset

Star Trails at Sunset

This is the third evolution of my star trails guides, a small refinement but one I plan to use quite a lot in future. This feature adds onto the previous two guides which go deeper into the technique of capturing and stacking a star trail sequence.


Yunnan Beyond the Yaks

Yunnan Beyond the Yaks

China's increasing middle-class growth is putting pressure on the traditional flavour of tourism across the country. In Yunnan there are still plenty of gems to be discovered, but expect to dig a little deeper to find them.


Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

Angkor Wat and Siem Reap

Angkor is special. Crowded, popular, humid, hot and special. There are a lot of people who visit this place, but because it's special. It's one of those places that lives up to the hype. Hordes of tourists and scores of relentless souvenir sellers are the serious downside, have no doubt. But despite these impedances you can get great shots of the ancient ruins and contemporary culture.


Canal Town of Xitang

Canal Town of Xitang

Xitang is a taste of old China, old Shanghai and old charms. Hidden away from the madness of Shanghai and its every expanding skyline, the remnants of Xitang's old town is something of a rarity. The town is both popular but photogenic, a genuine attraction for tourists and photographers that is close to Shanghai, yet worlds away.


When The Stars Come Out

When The Stars Come Out

Photographing the night sky is easier than you think, provided you can find the darkest of nights and stay away from city lights.


An Elephant in my Tuk Tuk

An Elephant in my Tuk Tuk

After a decade of journeys through South-East Asia and countless encounters with elephants in the jungles of Thailand the question of whether tourism is good for these graceful creatures is still an important one. Exploring the culture of elephants in Thailand makes for a wonderful journey, and if you chose with care, your travel dollar can greatly improve the lives of the elephants as well.


Bangkok for Photographers

Bangkok for Photographers

Bangkok is a big city that evokes an immediate reaction from visitors, usually a polarised preference somewhere between heaven and horror. For photographers Bangkok is a challenge of chaos and confusion. My advice is to simply slow down.


Ancient Kingdoms Photography Tour

Ancient Kingdoms Photography Tour

The Kingdoms of Siam, Laos and the Khmer date back thousands of years, and we explore that history through the perspective of the lens. Bangkok is the bustling heart of Thailand and the starting point for our journey. We travel north to the ancient capital of Chiang Mai, the golden temples of Laos and then conclude our tour in Cambodia's majestic Angkor Wat region.