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Join me in Chiang Mai for a Photography Workshop on January 11th

Interested in leveling-up your photography?

I'm back in my adapted home of Chiang Mai (Thailand) and facilitating a workshop on industry leading Adobe Photoshop Lightroom .  During this one-day workshop, I'll be going through the process of establishing an efficient workflow to speed up your time working with your images, so you can spend more time capturing them out in the world.

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Hot Air Ballooning in Bagan: Balloons Over Bagan vs Oriental Ballooning

Updated October 2017

Seeing hot-air balloons flying over Bagan is one of the iconic images of Myanmar / Burma.  The massive scale of the over 3000 temples on the Bagan plain mean that you can only truly witness the scale of it all from the air, and a slowly floating over is the best way of doing it.

For years, there has been only one company providing the experience.  Balloons Over Bagan and their red balloons can be seen in any number of a photo, including a bunch in my house.  However, in 2013, Oriental Ballooning began flying their balloons as well, bringing some much needed competition to the space.  I've flown with both, and I'll give you my take on them.

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Abstract Backgrounds to Spice Up Your Devices

While I'm most known for my travel, landscape, and cultural photography, one of my real passions is creating more abstract images with my camera.  I'm looking to create moods, often by "smearing" or "melting" colors.  I've been attracted by the more abstract in art and imagery for quite some time, and most of the paintings and artwork I've collected around the world for myself fit the same sort of mold.

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What Advice Would You Give Your 33 Year Old Self?

I recently came back from a backcountry hike in British Columbia, and a curious thing happens when you get away from mobile phone coverage...

We tend to go deeper.

Deeper thoughts.  Deeper questions.  Deeper conversation.

There were five of us on the 4-day trip, and everyone else was a generation older than I was.  After dinner one evening, I posed a question:

If you could, what advice would you give your 33 year old self?

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Your Lonely Planet: Myanmar is Lying to You

Updated Feb 2014

I'll start by saying that I'm not a huge fan of guidebooks.  In the age of the internet and nearly limitless access to information, the printed word is often out of date by the time it's still hot off the presses.  For example, the latest Myanmar Lonely Planet (11th ed.) was published in Dec 2011, with much of the research likely done 3-12+ months prior. As of May 2013, the information could be 2+ years out of date.

That said, I've had my Lonely Planet for Myanmar since my first big trip to the country in early 2012, and...

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How to Deal with Currency in Myanmar (Burma)

UPDATED October 2017

One of the most common questions I get has to do with how to deal with money as a traveler in Myanmar (Burma).

While in the country, you'll use a mix of US dollars and Myanmar kyat.  Most hotels, domestic airfares train tickets, and entrance fees will be in USD, while everything else (food, souvenirs, uses etc) will be paid in kyat.

Until very recently (Nov 2012) there were no ATM's in Myanmar due to the economic sanctions...

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How to Overstay Your Myanmar Visa

Updated December 2016
Most people will need to apply in advance for a Visa to travel in Myanmar / Burma (there are very few select circumstances where a visa may be available on arrival).  A typical tourist visa, which is what I'll talk about here, is good for 4 weeks (28 days) from arrival.

But that's just a taste!

Fortunately overstaying a visa in Myanmar is a relatively cheap and painless affair.  Here's the scoop...

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Travel Photo Roulette Round #45: “Surreal”
We have a winner!
It was a great round!  Check out my choice for best surreal photo, and my top 5 here.

A few exhaustive travel days, and the past 3 mornings up before 5 to shoot photos meant I was in a dream state already. Early this morning, 12600 monks descended on Chiang Mai to collect alms for the flood victims in the south. An entire street was blocked off as waves of orange robes came down from one end to the other. This dreamy shot taken with a lensbaby summed up how the morning felt. Surreal. It wasn't until days later that I was able to look back at the enormity of the situation and process it for myself.
It's been a long time coming, but I hereby present you with a new round of Travel Photo Roulette once again.  I actually won the first ever round of Travel Photo Roulette, launched by Jeremy over at Living the Dream almost 2 years ago with a photo of a camel's ugly mug.  More recently, Travis from Flashpacker HQ choose my dreamy photo of monks in the street in Chiang Mai for the last contest "Once In a Lifetime"  
If you don’t know what Travel Photo Roulette is, here’s the idea:
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