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Towards the end of 2014 I was contacted by Panasonic UK who asked if I’d be interested in trying out one of the mirrorless cameras from their range – the Panasonic Lumix G6 – as a part of their Lumix G The One programme.

For those of you not au-fait with a mirrorless camera, it offers many of the advantages of a traditional SLR camera – interchangeable lenses, great image quality – in a much smaller and lighter package. Not having a mirror inside the camera body means manufacturers can really trim the fat.

I was of course interested to try a mirrorless system out and see how it fit into my normal travel photography workflow. As you probably know, my normal photography gear is kind of bulky and not exactly subtle, so having something light and easily portable as an option was very appealing.

Wanders with my Panasonic Lumix G6, and some thoughts on the camera

Snowy landscape finland Panasonic G6

Towards the end of 2014 I was contacted by Panasonic UK who asked if I’d be interested in trying out one of the mirrorless cameras from their range – the Panasonic Lumix G6 – as a part of their Lumix G The One programme.

For those of you not au-fait with a mirrorless camera, it offers many of the advantages of a traditional SLR camera – interchangeable lenses, great image quality – in a much smaller and lighter package. Not having a mirror inside the camera body means manufacturers can really trim the fat.

I was of course interested to try a mirrorless system out and see how it fit into my normal travel photography workflow. As you probably know, my normal photography gear is kind of bulky and not exactly subtle, so having something light and easily portable as an option was very appealing.

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New Year’s Eve for me has often involved good parties in the company of friends at someone’s house. The times I’ve gone to pre-arranged events haven’t always been great – everything is costly, the crowds are intense, and I never seem to be in the right place at midnight.

Take London for example. I was there for New Year’s once, with the plan of watching the fireworks. Unfortunately, I didn’t leave early enough, and so ended up being able to hear the fireworks, but not actually see them. Slightly frustrating way to start that year off!

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay–The world’s best New Year’s Party?

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New Year’s Eve for me has often involved good parties in the company of friends at someone’s house. The times I’ve gone to pre-arranged events haven’t always been great – everything is costly, the crowds are intense, and I never seem to be in the right place at midnight.

Take London for example. I was there for New Year’s once, with the plan of watching the fireworks. Unfortunately, I didn’t leave early enough, and so ended up being able to hear the fireworks, but not actually see them. Slightly frustrating way to start that year off!

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I have to admit that 2015 has started off rather well. I spent the New Year celebrating in Edinburgh, at one of the world’s most impressive New Year’s Eve celebrations – Scotland’s Hogmanay. My thoughts and photos from that adventure will up coming up on this blog soon.

After that, I took a road trip with some fellow travel photographers up to the Scottish Highlands, and specifically Glencoe. Marred with a tragic history, this also happens to be one of the most spectacular locations for landscape photography that I’ve ever had the privilege of visiting. Plus, I had some quite wonderful lighting conditions.

I was only in the area for a couple of days, but I managed to get a fair few shots to give you an idea of why you need to fly to Scotland, hire a car, and just visit as soon as you can. Let me know if you agree by the end of the photo essay!

The Stunning Landscapes of Glencoe

Glencoe sunset reflection ice water mountain highlands scotland

I have to admit that 2015 has started off rather well. I spent the New Year celebrating in Edinburgh, at one of the world’s most impressive New Year’s Eve celebrations – Scotland’s Hogmanay. My thoughts and photos from that adventure will up coming up on this blog soon.

After that, I took a road trip with some fellow travel photographers up to the Scottish Highlands, and specifically Glencoe. Marred with a tragic history, this also happens to be one of the most spectacular locations for landscape photography that I’ve ever had the privilege of visiting. Plus, I had some quite wonderful lighting conditions.

I was only in the area for a couple of days, but I managed to get a fair few shots to give you an idea of why you need to fly to Scotland, hire a car, and just visit as soon as you can. Let me know if you agree by the end of the photo essay!

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It’s time for my end of 2014 post! It’s been a heck of a year – starting in Ecuador and finishing in Scotland – with so many moments and adventures in between. It’s not all been highs though, 2014 has had it’s lows as well.

It’s also been a great year for photography, so rather than two separate posts, I thought I’d intermingle my highs and lows of the year with some of my favourite photos from the year, in case hearing me go on about my year is less interesting to you than my favourite photos. It’s ok, I don’t mind.

Read on to find out what I loved, loathed, and took pictures of in 2014!

2014: Highs, Lows, and my 11 Favourite Photos

Fano pier Italy le marche sunset

It’s time for my end of 2014 post! It’s been a heck of a year – starting in Ecuador and finishing in Scotland – with so many moments and adventures in between. It’s not all been highs though, 2014 has had it’s lows as well.

It’s also been a great year for photography, so rather than two separate posts, I thought I’d intermingle my highs and lows of the year with some of my favourite photos from the year, in case hearing me go on about my year is less interesting to you than my favourite photos. It’s ok, I don’t mind.

Read on to find out what I loved, loathed, and took pictures of in 2014!

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Recently I’ve been doing some work with Panasonic UK, who have kindly sent me their mirrorless Panasonic G6 to play with. It’s a lovely little camera, especially for travel as it is so light.

They also invited me to pop by the Luxury Travel Fair which is held every year in London, where I had the pleasure of meeting one of their resident photographers, Hugh Hastings. Hugh was an inspiration to meet – he’s been shooting for decades, and was even the official photographer for Chelsea Football Club for a decade. He was a big fan of the Panasonic gear, and listening to his enthusiasm for photography and the Panasonic gear was infectious!

A bit of Luxury in London with Panasonic’s #LumixGTheOne

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Recently I’ve been doing some work with Panasonic UK, who have kindly sent me their mirrorless Panasonic G6 to play with. It’s a lovely little camera, especially for travel as it is so light.

They also invited me to pop by the Luxury Travel Fair which is held every year in London, where I had the pleasure of meeting one of their resident photographers, Hugh Hastings. Hugh was an inspiration to meet – he’s been shooting for decades, and was even the official photographer for Chelsea Football Club for a decade. He was a big fan of the Panasonic gear, and listening to his enthusiasm for photography and the Panasonic gear was infectious!

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Dubai. I’ve recently visited for the second time. The first time round, I spent a lot of time in a conference hall talking to the travel industry about travel blogging.

My glimpses of the city were snatched from the air conditioned confines of taxis, and my impression was of a shiny land in the midst of a desert, offering a lot of style but not a great deal of substance.

On my second visit, I discovered that that impression was wrong.

What To Do In Dubai

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Dubai. I’ve recently visited for the second time. The first time round, I spent a lot of time in a conference hall talking to the travel industry about travel blogging.

My glimpses of the city were snatched from the air conditioned confines of taxis, and my impression was of a shiny land in the midst of a desert, offering a lot of style but not a great deal of substance.

On my second visit, I discovered that that impression was wrong.

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I’m starting to notice I wander a lot. I wandered in Sri Lanka. I wandered through Bologna. I even wandered through Wellington.

I do very much enjoy a good wander, particularly if time isn’t on my side. If I’m limited in that resource, then my first choice will always be to just wander around a location and take some photos, to see if I can get at least a feel for the location – to get my first impression of it.

Impressions of Le Marche: A Wandering Photo Essay

 Rotonda a Mare Senigallia Italy pier

I’m starting to notice I wander a lot. I wandered in Sri Lanka. I wandered through Bologna. I even wandered through Wellington.

I do very much enjoy a good wander, particularly if time isn’t on my side. If I’m limited in that resource, then my first choice will always be to just wander around a location and take some photos, to see if I can get at least a feel for the location – to get my first impression of it.

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Hey folks! Ever been to India? Well, I haven’t, but the nice folks at Southall Travel would certainly like you to think about it.

They’re one of the leading UK experts on travel to India, and would love to give you guys the chance to win a GoPro Hero 3 White edition, the perfect travel companion for your trip, in return for answering a question. More on that further down.

Southall sent over some text to explain why you might want to go to India. Personally, the photographic experiences would be enough for me!

Win a GoPro Hero 3 White Edition with Southall Travel! (UK residents only)

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Hey folks! Ever been to India? Well, I haven’t, but the nice folks at Southall Travel would certainly like you to think about it.

They’re one of the leading UK experts on travel to India, and would love to give you guys the chance to win a GoPro Hero 3 White edition, the perfect travel companion for your trip, in return for answering a question. More on that further down.

Southall sent over some text to explain why you might want to go to India. Personally, the photographic experiences would be enough for me!

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Oh Italy. You never cease to amaze.

When I visited Milan earlier on in the year, I wasn’t expecting a great deal to be honest – general feedback was that it wasn’t the most wonderful of Italian cities, being more industrial than some of Italy’s hotspots, with not quite so much to offer the visitor.

I was pleasantly surprised therefore to find that, in fact, I really loved the city. Waterways, cobbled streets to explore, a gorgeous pile of churches, and the feeling that this is a city that is really lived in with people and stories to discover. You can read more on all that in this post on Milan.

Sirmione: An Essential Lake Garda Experience

sirmione view from castle ramparts italy garda lake

Oh Italy. You never cease to amaze.

When I visited Milan earlier on in the year, I wasn’t expecting a great deal to be honest – general feedback was that it wasn’t the most wonderful of Italian cities, being more industrial than some of Italy’s hotspots, with not quite so much to offer the visitor.

I was pleasantly surprised therefore to find that, in fact, I really loved the city. Waterways, cobbled streets to explore, a gorgeous pile of churches, and the feeling that this is a city that is really lived in with people and stories to discover. You can read more on all that in this post on Milan.

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When I had a real job that involved me wearing a suit and tie every day, I spent two and a half years living in a major brand chain hotel as a result of a project I was on.

When it got to the point where I was invited to the staff Christmas party, I realised that perhaps it was time to move on with my life. Although I did have some pretty excellent holidays thanks to all the rewards points I’d been able to accumulate, so that was good.

As a result of that experience I was, for a long time, sort of over hotels except in necessity. Give me an apartment, or a funky hostel, or, well, anything which doesn’t have seemingly endless corridors of carbon copy rooms.

Experiencing Arabian Hospitality with Rotana in Dubai

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When I had a real job that involved me wearing a suit and tie every day, I spent two and a half years living in a major brand chain hotel as a result of a project I was on.

When it got to the point where I was invited to the staff Christmas party, I realised that perhaps it was time to move on with my life. Although I did have some pretty excellent holidays thanks to all the rewards points I’d been able to accumulate, so that was good.

As a result of that experience I was, for a long time, sort of over hotels except in necessity. Give me an apartment, or a funky hostel, or, well, anything which doesn’t have seemingly endless corridors of carbon copy rooms.

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As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

How To Take Better Landscape Photos

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As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

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Meteora first caught my eye in April 2014, when a chap wandered past me with an iPad showing some pictures of landscapes that I knew I had to find time to photograph. I asked him where the pictures were of, and he said Meteora.

Fast forward a few months, and I found myself in Athens again doing a whole host of exciting photography related activities, from teaching through to the official event photography for Europe’s largest travel blogging conference, TBEX.

All a lot of fun, but you as guys know that my real passion is landscape photography. Even if taking pictures of beautiful people have a wonderful time does come a close second.

Visiting Meteora: A photographer’s paradise

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Meteora first caught my eye in April 2014, when a chap wandered past me with an iPad showing some pictures of landscapes that I knew I had to find time to photograph. I asked him where the pictures were of, and he said Meteora.

Fast forward a few months, and I found myself in Athens again doing a whole host of exciting photography related activities, from teaching through to the official event photography for Europe’s largest travel blogging conference, TBEX.

All a lot of fun, but you as guys know that my real passion is landscape photography. Even if taking pictures of beautiful people have a wonderful time does come a close second.

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Pierre Soulages Museum, Rodez, France

The Aveyron region in France is dense with villages holding the title of the “Most beautiful towns in France”, but the reason I decided to go on a trip there was that the itinerary foresaw a visit to the contemporary art museum of Pierre Soulages in Rodez.

If you are like “Who? What? Where?” now – so was I. Ye olde Internet was fired up to provide some background information, which let me know that Pierre Soulages is a (super famous) painter who likes the colour… black. Which is really the absence of colour.

Pierre Soulages: The Painter of Black

Pierre Soulages Museum, Rodez, France

The Aveyron region in France is dense with villages holding the title of the “Most beautiful towns in France”, but the reason I decided to go on a trip there was that the itinerary foresaw a visit to the contemporary art museum of Pierre Soulages in Rodez.

If you are like “Who? What? Where?” now – so was I. Ye olde Internet was fired up to provide some background information, which let me know that Pierre Soulages is a (super famous) painter who likes the colour… black. Which is really the absence of colour.

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Milan Duomo day time

Milano! That’s where we recently went, because it was… wait for it… Fashion week! Okay, so that’s not at all the reason we went. But although we were told that all through the year Milan is full of fashionable folk (I don’t doubt that – hey, it’s Italy!), we saw some pretty far out people. Actually, some of them might have been aliens. Am I still talking about fashion? So sorry! Let’s get down and dirty with Milan!

What to do in Milan

Milan Duomo day time

Milano! That’s where we recently went, because it was… wait for it… Fashion week! Okay, so that’s not at all the reason we went. But although we were told that all through the year Milan is full of fashionable folk (I don’t doubt that – hey, it’s Italy!), we saw some pretty far out people. Actually, some of them might have been aliens. Am I still talking about fashion? So sorry! Let’s get down and dirty with Milan!

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Time to share another series of some of our most popular photos as shared on the site’s Facebook Page! We love sharing these images from our travels – and almost 300,000 folks are following along now, which is pretty awesome.

Since the last update, we’ve travelled to Dubai, Milan, Finland and Spain, so naturally photos from those locations have been featuring, as well as other shots from our travels.

21 Spectacular Photos From Around the World: XVI

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Time to share another series of some of our most popular photos as shared on the site’s Facebook Page! We love sharing these images from our travels – and almost 300,000 folks are following along now, which is pretty awesome.

Since the last update, we’ve travelled to Dubai, Milan, Finland and Spain, so naturally photos from those locations have been featuring, as well as other shots from our travels.

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Besalu Bridge Costa Brava

I am quite excited because the title rhymes. Most things that rhyme are pretty good, right? Apart from that, you probably don’t have the faintest idea where the heck Besalú is, but guess what: that already makes you smarter than me, because I had in fact been there two years ago and the name still didn’t ring a bell when we went back this summer.

‘What a memorable place this Besalú must be!’, you might be thinking to yourselves now, unaware of my incompetence when it comes to remembering names. Also, when I say that I had already been there, I by that mean: arrived, jumped out of the bus, had half an hour to take pictures of a bridge, jumped back on the bus, off we went.

What to do in Besalú

Besalu Bridge Costa Brava

I am quite excited because the title rhymes. Most things that rhyme are pretty good, right? Apart from that, you probably don’t have the faintest idea where the heck Besalú is, but guess what: that already makes you smarter than me, because I had in fact been there two years ago and the name still didn’t ring a bell when we went back this summer.

‘What a memorable place this Besalú must be!’, you might be thinking to yourselves now, unaware of my incompetence when it comes to remembering names. Also, when I say that I had already been there, I by that mean: arrived, jumped out of the bus, had half an hour to take pictures of a bridge, jumped back on the bus, off we went.

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Naturaki Can Martinot Costa Brava loft bedroom wooden

When I lived in the UK, friends and I would often band together and go on holidays to giant houses in remote parts of the country, including the Scottish Highlands or the Lake District.

We usually hired extravagantly huge houses for these adventures. I remember one on a 10,000 acre estate which came complete with its own Scottish Loch (prehistoric monster as an optional add-on).

Beyond the optional monster, that one had a 10 mile, hour-long, tremendously bumpy drive between the entrance gate and the actual building, more rooms than I can remember, and an entirely disturbing collection of dead animals on the wall.

How to stay in a Villa for less than the price of a Hostel

Naturaki Can Martinot Costa Brava loft bedroom wooden

When I lived in the UK, friends and I would often band together and go on holidays to giant houses in remote parts of the country, including the Scottish Highlands or the Lake District.

We usually hired extravagantly huge houses for these adventures. I remember one on a 10,000 acre estate which came complete with its own Scottish Loch (prehistoric monster as an optional add-on).

Beyond the optional monster, that one had a 10 mile, hour-long, tremendously bumpy drive between the entrance gate and the actual building, more rooms than I can remember, and an entirely disturbing collection of dead animals on the wall.

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Ah, Rio! It’s an amazing city for many reasons, although one of them might not come to mind as easily as, say for example, the beaches. I’m talking about Rio’s street art, which, once you’re there, you’ll find pretty much everywhere – yes, on the aforementioned beaches, too!

The Street Art of Rio de Janeiro

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Ah, Rio! It’s an amazing city for many reasons, although one of them might not come to mind as easily as, say for example, the beaches. I’m talking about Rio’s street art, which, once you’re there, you’ll find pretty much everywhere – yes, on the aforementioned beaches, too!

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I was in Finland recently for the first time, exploring the wonderful outdoors. During my stay however I had a few days of free time and glorious weather, which I used to explore the Finnish capital of Helsinki

In between making not exactly hilarious word-play jokes about never being “finnished” (sorry), I was able to get a quick feel for the city, and take in some of the essential sights. If you’re heading to Finland, then wandering Helsinki should be on your list. Here’s what I recommend:

What To Do In Helsinki

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I was in Finland recently for the first time, exploring the wonderful outdoors. During my stay however I had a few days of free time and glorious weather, which I used to explore the Finnish capital of Helsinki

In between making not exactly hilarious word-play jokes about never being “finnished” (sorry), I was able to get a quick feel for the city, and take in some of the essential sights. If you’re heading to Finland, then wandering Helsinki should be on your list. Here’s what I recommend:

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I often get asked how I go about finding places to stay. I mean, I travel a lot, presumably I have an awesome system in place for picking the best spots for the best price. A secret system, known only to seasoned travellers.

Obviously to anyone who knows me, I don’t have said secret system.

My travel booking process (although calling what I do a process is a bit of a stretch) tends to start a couple of months out, where I load up a few of the more common booking websites like Booking.com or Hostelworld, get some ideas as to price, get giddy as to the idea of going on a trip, and then get distracted by a kitten on Facebook.

Yonderbound: A whole new way to plan and book travel

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I often get asked how I go about finding places to stay. I mean, I travel a lot, presumably I have an awesome system in place for picking the best spots for the best price. A secret system, known only to seasoned travellers.

Obviously to anyone who knows me, I don’t have said secret system.

My travel booking process (although calling what I do a process is a bit of a stretch) tends to start a couple of months out, where I load up a few of the more common booking websites like Booking.com or Hostelworld, get some ideas as to price, get giddy as to the idea of going on a trip, and then get distracted by a kitten on Facebook.

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