La Masella Skiing Pyrenees_by_Laurence Norah-7

I’m a big fan of skiing, even if I haven’t been for a while. Recently, Jess and I were invited to experience winter in the Spanish Pyrenees, specifically the region near to Barcelona and Girona. Jess doesn’t ski, but enjoys the snow, and we built an itinerary around skiing, winter activities, and exploring some of this beautiful area – sampling four of the main resorts in the area.

Jess is going to be writing a post all about going on a skiing trip if you don’t ski, and if the Spanish Pyrenees are a good choice for that. Keep your eyes open for that over on her blog. Meanwhile, I’m going to be sharing with you my experiences skiing in the Pyrenees.

Skiing in the Spanish Pyrenees

La Masella Skiing Pyrenees_by_Laurence Norah-7

I’m a big fan of skiing, even if I haven’t been for a while. Recently, Jess and I were invited to experience winter in the Spanish Pyrenees, specifically the region near to Barcelona and Girona. Jess doesn’t ski, but enjoys the snow, and we built an itinerary around skiing, winter activities, and exploring some of this beautiful area – sampling four of the main resorts in the area.

Jess is going to be writing a post all about going on a skiing trip if you don’t ski, and if the Spanish Pyrenees are a good choice for that. Keep your eyes open for that over on her blog. Meanwhile, I’m going to be sharing with you my experiences skiing in the Pyrenees.

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Hey guys! Today I’m delighted to be giving away one of my travel photography courses, plus in partnership with Trover, we’re giving away a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher as well! This is open to anyone around the world.

Entry is super easy, all the details are below. If you’re itching to enter, feel free to scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s a quick overview of what you’re going to win!

The Prizes

There’s going to be one winner, and they are going to win a copy of my online travel photography course, and a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher.

My Travel Photography Course

I am often asked for help and advice from people around the world with their photography, and I have led workshops and given talks at events and destinations around the world. It turned out though, that not everyone who wanted to come to these could make it, so I decided to put everything I knew about photography into an incredibly comprehensive online course.

The course assumes zero starting knowledge, and walks you through everything right from the basics. With 33 lessons, it’s really got something for everyone, with all the basic knowledge you need to master your camera, through to information on gear, advanced photography techniques like long-exposures, astrophotography, and HDR. It also covers post-processing, mobile photography, and even how to turn your hobby into a profession, and how to start making a living through photography.

I poured nearly half a year into creating the course, and feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. You can check the course out here.

The Expedia Voucher from Trover

As you may know, I’ve been talking about Trover for a while here on the blog. In case you’re not up to speed, it’s an app and a website to help you discover all the awesome things around you – be those attractions, places to eat, or just a great view.

I love how easy the app makes it to find fun new places in the world around me – I’ve discovered new locations in destinations I thought I knew well, and used it to plan whole days out. They also run regular competitions (like this one!) with fantastic prizes, so definitely a community worth checking out and joining.

Trover is part of the Expedia family, they’ve kindly donated a $250 Expedia voucher as a prize to the sweepstakes winner.

How to Enter

Entry is super simple!

All you have to do is head over to the Trover website and upload an image along the theme of “Finding the Universe”. That’s a pretty broad description. The idea is that you share some of your favourite places in the world with the Trover community, and pop in a description as to where it is and what makes it so awesome. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you!

Then, at the end of the description, put the text: #FindingtheUniverse  That part is super important as it lets us find the images that were entered.

The winner will be picked at random from all the entries, and yes, you can enter more than once – just use a different photo each time! The contest is running until the 26th February at 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT – so get uploading!

Let’s run through that:

  1. Head over to Trover
  2. Sign-in (or sign-up, if you’re new!)
  3. Choose “add a photo” from the top navigation bar
  4. Pick a photo you want to upload and upload it
  5. Enter a snazzy description of the photo
  6. Include the text #FindingtheUniverse in your photo description so I can find it!

Note that only new uploads to Trover will count as entries, adding the hashtag to photos you’ve previously uploaded won’t be counted as entries.

That’s it! Good luck!

 

The Inevitable Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Finding the Universe

2.Finding the Universe contributors, Trover and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition including helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. The sweepstakes is open worldwide except in countries where participation is against the law

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this sweepstakes.

5. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are via blog post on Finding the Universe

6. Closing date for entry is 18:00 GMT 26th February 2017. After this date no further entries will be permitted. Multiple entries per participant will be considered. Only new uploads to Trover will be considered. Incomplete, incorrect or otherwise invalid entries will not be considered. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The prize for the winner is as follows: one Expedia Travel Voucher worth $250 USD and 1x Photography Course, worth $99.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice and for any reason. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be drawn at random by Finding the Universe from all valid entries received on the Trover website

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The winner consents to their name, postal address and mobile contact number to be passed on to Trover for the purposes of fulfilling the prize.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by UK law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the UK.

Win A Photography Course and $250 with Trover!

Hey guys! Today I’m delighted to be giving away one of my travel photography courses, plus in partnership with Trover, we’re giving away a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher as well! This is open to anyone around the world.

Entry is super easy, all the details are below. If you’re itching to enter, feel free to scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s a quick overview of what you’re going to win!

The Prizes

There’s going to be one winner, and they are going to win a copy of my online travel photography course, and a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher.

My Travel Photography Course

I am often asked for help and advice from people around the world with their photography, and I have led workshops and given talks at events and destinations around the world. It turned out though, that not everyone who wanted to come to these could make it, so I decided to put everything I knew about photography into an incredibly comprehensive online course.

The course assumes zero starting knowledge, and walks you through everything right from the basics. With 33 lessons, it’s really got something for everyone, with all the basic knowledge you need to master your camera, through to information on gear, advanced photography techniques like long-exposures, astrophotography, and HDR. It also covers post-processing, mobile photography, and even how to turn your hobby into a profession, and how to start making a living through photography.

I poured nearly half a year into creating the course, and feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. You can check the course out here.

The Expedia Voucher from Trover

As you may know, I’ve been talking about Trover for a while here on the blog. In case you’re not up to speed, it’s an app and a website to help you discover all the awesome things around you – be those attractions, places to eat, or just a great view.

I love how easy the app makes it to find fun new places in the world around me – I’ve discovered new locations in destinations I thought I knew well, and used it to plan whole days out. They also run regular competitions (like this one!) with fantastic prizes, so definitely a community worth checking out and joining.

Trover is part of the Expedia family, they’ve kindly donated a $250 Expedia voucher as a prize to the sweepstakes winner.

How to Enter

Entry is super simple!

All you have to do is head over to the Trover website and upload an image along the theme of “Finding the Universe”. That’s a pretty broad description. The idea is that you share some of your favourite places in the world with the Trover community, and pop in a description as to where it is and what makes it so awesome. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you!

Then, at the end of the description, put the text: #FindingtheUniverse  That part is super important as it lets us find the images that were entered.

The winner will be picked at random from all the entries, and yes, you can enter more than once – just use a different photo each time! The contest is running until the 26th February at 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT – so get uploading!

Let’s run through that:

  1. Head over to Trover
  2. Sign-in (or sign-up, if you’re new!)
  3. Choose “add a photo” from the top navigation bar
  4. Pick a photo you want to upload and upload it
  5. Enter a snazzy description of the photo
  6. Include the text #FindingtheUniverse in your photo description so I can find it!

Note that only new uploads to Trover will count as entries, adding the hashtag to photos you’ve previously uploaded won’t be counted as entries.

That’s it! Good luck!

 

The Inevitable Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Finding the Universe

2.Finding the Universe contributors, Trover and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition including helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. The sweepstakes is open worldwide except in countries where participation is against the law

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this sweepstakes.

5. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are via blog post on Finding the Universe

6. Closing date for entry is 18:00 GMT 26th February 2017. After this date no further entries will be permitted. Multiple entries per participant will be considered. Only new uploads to Trover will be considered. Incomplete, incorrect or otherwise invalid entries will not be considered. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The prize for the winner is as follows: one Expedia Travel Voucher worth $250 USD and 1x Photography Course, worth $99.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice and for any reason. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be drawn at random by Finding the Universe from all valid entries received on the Trover website

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The winner consents to their name, postal address and mobile contact number to be passed on to Trover for the purposes of fulfilling the prize.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by UK law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the UK.

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_by_Laurence Norah

In my ongoing series of photography tips, today I want to answer a question that many of you have – namely, what is a Neutral Density Filter?

If this isn’t a question you had, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not. I’m going to break it down simply for you.

Let’s start off by answering the question – what is a filter?

Photography Tips: What is a Neutral Density (ND) Filter?

_by_Laurence Norah

In my ongoing series of photography tips, today I want to answer a question that many of you have – namely, what is a Neutral Density Filter?

If this isn’t a question you had, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not. I’m going to break it down simply for you.

Let’s start off by answering the question – what is a filter?

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Farm and Table Restaurant Albuquerque New Mexico by Laurence Norah-7

As part of our five week adventure exploring New Mexico we spent a number of days in Albuquerque, both to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and also to explore Albuquerque itself.

We had a lot of fun doing both of those things – but one thing I’ve so far failed to mention is all the excellent food we had in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight, with a focus on the chilli plant, and we were thrilled to eat at some fantastic restaurants during our time in the city – me for my first time, and Jess returning to a city she used to live in.

16 Of the Best Places to Eat in Albuquerque

Farm and Table Restaurant Albuquerque New Mexico by Laurence Norah-7

As part of our five week adventure exploring New Mexico we spent a number of days in Albuquerque, both to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and also to explore Albuquerque itself.

We had a lot of fun doing both of those things – but one thing I’ve so far failed to mention is all the excellent food we had in Albuquerque. New Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight, with a focus on the chilli plant, and we were thrilled to eat at some fantastic restaurants during our time in the city – me for my first time, and Jess returning to a city she used to live in.

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One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

How to Pick The Best Camera for Travel

One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

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Venice Simplon Orient Express %2528129%2529

One of Jess’s dreams has always been to travel on the Orient Express on the overnight journey from London to Venice. And when the opportunity to do just that presented itself, well, obviously we had to take it!

Personally, other than the Agatha Christie novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on either the Orient Express or luxury train travel. I mean, you’re talking about a guy who camped around Australia in a tent living on canned food for a year.

But still, I was willing to make the effort and journey in five star luxury to see what that was like. Plus, we were holding our wedding ceremony in Venice, and this seemed to be the way to arrive! In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my thoughts of our experience riding the Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice.

An Experience on the Venice Simplon Orient Express Train

Venice Simplon Orient Express %2528129%2529

One of Jess’s dreams has always been to travel on the Orient Express on the overnight journey from London to Venice. And when the opportunity to do just that presented itself, well, obviously we had to take it!

Personally, other than the Agatha Christie novel, I have to admit to not being an expert on either the Orient Express or luxury train travel. I mean, you’re talking about a guy who camped around Australia in a tent living on canned food for a year.

But still, I was willing to make the effort and journey in five star luxury to see what that was like. Plus, we were holding our wedding ceremony in Venice, and this seemed to be the way to arrive! In today’s post, I want to share with you some of my thoughts of our experience riding the Venice Simplon Orient Express from London to Venice.

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Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

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Welcome back to our photo series depicting our epic Route 66 adventure. If you missed them, you’ll find the photos from the previous states here. In this post we’re heading through Oklahoma, home to everything from drive-in movie theatres to giant whales! Let’s get started.

Highlights of Route 66 Oklahoma – In Photos


Welcome back to our photo series depicting our epic Route 66 adventure. If you missed them, you’ll find the photos from the previous states here. In this post we’re heading through Oklahoma, home to everything from drive-in movie theatres to giant whales! Let’s get started.
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Hey folks! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll remember that some time ago I told you about Trover – the photo discovery app that helps you find awesome sights in the world around you.

As a quick reminder, Trover is both an app for your smartphone, and a website. In my opinion, the best part of Trover can be found in the app. Since your phone knows where you are, Trover can use that location information to show you all the cool stuff that is around you, sorted by distance..

This “cool stuff” could be anything from a funky restaurant through to a must-see sight – and the best part is that it’s all uploaded by users of the app. Which means you could be sharing all the fun stuff you know about in your neighbourhood with people visiting.

Win $1500 with Trover in their #WinterWonders contest!

Hey folks! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll remember that some time ago I told you about Trover – the photo discovery app that helps you find awesome sights in the world around you.

As a quick reminder, Trover is both an app for your smartphone, and a website. In my opinion, the best part of Trover can be found in the app. Since your phone knows where you are, Trover can use that location information to show you all the cool stuff that is around you, sorted by distance..

This “cool stuff” could be anything from a funky restaurant through to a must-see sight – and the best part is that it’s all uploaded by users of the app. Which means you could be sharing all the fun stuff you know about in your neighbourhood with people visiting.

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Very Large Array New Mexico_by_Laurence Norah-2

We had the pleasure of road tripping for five weeks around New Mexico in 2016. It’s an absolutely fantastic state, with incredible landscapes, mind-bogglingly tasty food and somehow, very few visitors (or inhabitants!). It is one of Jess’s favourite states; she lived here for a year and grew to absolutely love it and wanted to return and explore it together.

New Mexico might be the fifth largest state in the country, but it ranks near the bottom in terms of population. Which means a lot of beautiful wilderness to explore and, more perfectly, road trip through.

We’re going to be writing quite a bit about this state in the coming months because we definitely feel more people should be visiting – and not just for the annual balloon fiesta (although that is pretty cool).

8 Highlights of The New Mexico Space Trail

Very Large Array New Mexico_by_Laurence Norah-2

We had the pleasure of road tripping for five weeks around New Mexico in 2016. It’s an absolutely fantastic state, with incredible landscapes, mind-bogglingly tasty food and somehow, very few visitors (or inhabitants!). It is one of Jess’s favourite states; she lived here for a year and grew to absolutely love it and wanted to return and explore it together.

New Mexico might be the fifth largest state in the country, but it ranks near the bottom in terms of population. Which means a lot of beautiful wilderness to explore and, more perfectly, road trip through.

We’re going to be writing quite a bit about this state in the coming months because we definitely feel more people should be visiting – and not just for the annual balloon fiesta (although that is pretty cool).

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