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Using Infrared to improve your color photos: Cutting through fog

Russian Ridge View in Fog with IR Layer OverlayInfrared is its own special kind of photography, and can provide plenty of really great images on its own. In addition to making great images of temples and landscapes, Infrared images can also be a tool to improve your color photographs. Currently the techniques in this article are a little advanced, and require some fairly specialized camera hardware, but if they catch on then it is only a matter of time before they are embedded in popular cameras and software solutions. In the meantime, for those willing to do some extra work, the result can be seemingly impossible photographs. Read more »

Myanmar (Burma) Trip Report: Images and their stories from our recent photo tour

pl_baganaerials_1356After our visit to Cambodia and the temples of Angkor, we headed to Yangon in Myanmar, to meet the rest of the group and begin our trip through some of the major historical and culturally important areas of the country. We began in Yangon, by far the largest and most important city in Myanmar. Called Rangoon by the British, it was restored to its traditional name after independence. Read more »

Cambodia Trip Report: Images of Angkor Wat & Environs

ev_asiajan2013_0004We’re just back from a very successful photo tour of Southeast Asia – Cambodia and Myanmar. The first part of the trip found us exploring the Angkor and Rolous temple complexes in Cambodia, along with some of the surrounding countryside and villages. Having been visiting, photographing, and leading trips to the area for nearly a decade, the increase in tourism has been noticeable. Fortunately, there are still plenty of lightly visited temples for those energetic enough to get away from the main tour routes. Read more »

George Orwell’s House: The Ultimate Future B&B

Former home of the British Club in Katha, setting for much of George Orwell's novel, Burmese DaysTucked away in a corner of Myanmar (Burma) away from most tourists is the once sleepy town of Katha. Famous mostly in the West as where George Orwell was last stationed in Burma, and in the literary world as the setting for his novel, Burmese Days, the town is now something of a trading hub on the Irrawaddy River. Somewhat lost in the town’s growth are the house in which Orwell lived, and the home of the British Club – center of social life during the Colonial period and central to the novel. Read more »

Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR Lens: Compact and Competent

img_productNo lens has been more of a workhorse in the Nikon lineup than the mid-range pro zoom. Starting life as an 80-200mm f/2.8 lens for film, it has gone through many iterations until the current Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II Lens version. However, its $2400 price tag, 8” length, and 3.4 lb. weight mean that it isn’t right for everyone or for every situation.

Enter the sleek, slender, but still well-built Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR Lens. At 1/4 the price and less than half the weight of its bigger brother, with a built-in focusing motor (AF-S) for fast focusing, the lens is a tempting alternative for travel assignments or everyday use. It’s extra range (300mm versus 200mm) also means that it doesn’t require a teleconverter to bring distant subjects into the frame. Read more »