Himba Culture, Namibia



We visited two Himba villages on our Namibia Photo Tour. Villages that are not visited by groups very much. We met the Chief in this village, and then were welcomed in to walk around and observe daily life as lived by the Himba. It’s a really interesting experience. It was a very dusty day, so the light was soft and warm as it fell on the women and children; adding that to their ochre-coated bodies, and combined with the sepia and burnt umber tint to most of their clothing, they were a study in earth tones! I’m still working through my pictures from the visit, but when I came across this one I had to post it. With all those fancy hair extensions on the mother, the poor child doesn’t have much room for its head/face when hung on the back of its mother. When it peered out at me, I had the moment I was looking for.

Visits to these villages are a special experience. The people are wonderful – we can’t speak each others’ language, but they know why we are there through our interpreter. We learn how they live, we photograph them doing their daily routines, and we take gifts of flour, corn, coffee, and other things that they need as a thank you for our visit.

We are in the process of setting up next year’s tour. Stay tuned for more information!


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Cuba: Heart and Soul Revisited



I’ve done a lot of traveling this year – Cuba for a month, Morocco, Alaska, Namibia, and a bunch of places within the USA – but I am so excited to be returning to Cuba this January with 12 intrepid travelers! Well, actually 11, as of this post we had a cancellation so there is space for one more! (It could be you!) It’s an amazing, colorful place. This picture expresses the entrepeneur spirit the people have – they set up shop with whatever they can manage – bicycle cards assembled from various other ‘vehicles’ that move. The wall behind embodies the culture and the art of Cuba, expressed at every corner, on every face, in every soul.

It represents why I keep going back – for the scenes, yes, but also for the vibrant energy of the people and the scenes of live being lived on the streets and in the homes of genuine Cubans.

Join me and Jed Manwaring this January 4-13 and picture yourself here! We’ll work with you to make your best pictures, and share our favorite ‘haunts’ of the cities. Check out Strabo Tours’ page for information and call them to register.

Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!



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Having a great guide makes a difference…



In a photography tour having a great local guide is essential to a successful photography tour. They set up the access to places, arrange for models, meals, transportation, etc. They know what to do when things change unexpectedly, as they often do when in developing nations and remote locations. And if you get all of that plus someone who knows photography, well, that just adds so much value to the tour. Often, you can find a great guide who knows the route, the history/culture, etc., but they don’t ‘get’ photographers’ needs so much.

We’re lucky – for our Myanmar Photo Tour, February 1-15, 2015, we have a wonderful guide. Win has been a professional guide for many years, and learned photography along the way so that he could guide for photography groups from around the world. He has his own business of selling his images and self-publishing books and calendars and his own tours. He has led tours for a host of professional photography leaders, I’m thrilled to have him as our guide! So today, I wanted to celebrate the fact that our tour will be led and managed by an efficient, experienced and knowledgeable guide who just happens to know what creative light is!

Our tour will encompass many of highlights – please read the itinerary and click on the Register Now button to go to Strabo Tours’ site for more information, and to register.

With both me and Win you can be assured you’ll have not only great photo opportunities, but also the help to make the best picture you can of the moment.



Bagan Panorama




Thanks to Win for working out all the logistical details that allowed us all to focus on photography while we were there.

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