Postcards From Cuba

Alpha Whiskey likes to have a good time. So when a few female friends invited me to Cuba recently for some sun, swimming and pina coladas I simply couldn’t resist. A fascinating and beautiful country full of contrasts and colour, Cuba offered me such a welcome respite that I took far fewer images on this trip than I usually do, preferring to enjoy the company of my friends while killing infinite brain cells with pungent cigars and delicious cocktails soaked in Havana Club. But beauty is beauty and when I could manage a steady hand I attempted to capture a few postcards.

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How to Deal with the Electronics Carry-On Ban

If you have any plans to travel internationally to any of the ten countries that were banned from bringing electronic devices onboard when flying either to the USA or the UK (see the list of banned countries below), you might be wondering how it will affect the way you will be transporting your camera equipment. Unfortunately, the electronics ban includes everything larger than a smartphone, which includes cameras and laptops. Having recently traveled to Turkey and dealing with the ban directly, I would like to share my experience with how airlines are handling the situation and provide some tips on what to do when traveling to those countries.

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How to Keep Yourself and Your Camera Gear Safe When Traveling

Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, there is always a chance that you might get mugged or get your camera equipment stolen. As photographers, we tend to explore remote locations, some of which might be unsafe to visit. Unfortunately, many thieves and muggers know the value of camera gear and they often target photographers and photo businesses, since they can quickly resell the stolen goods and make a ton of money. After traveling to a number of different countries, I decided to share a few tips on keeping your camera gear safe when traveling that I gathered myself and from our readers who were generous enough to share them with us.

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The Blue Mosque at Sunset

I am in Istanbul for a short while with my family and I could not resist shooting the Blue Mosque at sunset earlier today, especially once I saw the potential for some color in the sky. I only took the Hasselblad X1D with two lenses (45mm f/3.5 and 90mm f/3.2) with me, since I have been using the Fuji GFX 50S quite a bit and this time I wanted to shift my attention to the Hassy. So far, I have been pretty frustrated with the Hasselblad for a number of reasons, mainly due to very slow startup, firmware instability and poor battery life. While I really enjoyed the Fuji GFX 50S as a travel camera, I cannot say that I would recommend the X1D as one. I have missed so many moments waiting for the camera to start up – sometimes it does not properly start up, giving me all kinds of strange errors.

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10 Places to Photograph in Athens, Greece

In this article, I will recommend 10 most scenic places to photograph in Athens based on my three trips to the Greek capital. Everybody associates Athens with ancient temples – notably the Acropolis. I will give you a few tips not only on how to get the best shooting angles for Acropolis but also recommendations on many other subjects that you should not miss. This article is complementary to a great guide on photographing in Greece, where you can find further tips for attractive photographic locations in this country.

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Photography Lecture and Photo Walk in Tel Aviv

For our readers in Israel, I will be teaching a class on landscape photography next Thursday, May 4th at Galitz School of Photography at 6:30 PM. It will be a free event that is open to everyone, so if you would like to participate, please make sure to sign up right here. The auditorium has limited space, so I encourage to sign up sooner than later! In this lecture, I will be going over light, framing and composition, so the material is a bit more advanced. However, I will do my best to keep everything as simple as possible, so that photographers of all levels can benefit from the presented material. In addition to the lecture, I will also be doing a photo walk the following day on Friday, on May 5th to meet our readers from Israel and have a chance to take pictures and dine at a local restaurant after the walk. It is also a free event, so everyone is welcome to come and join us!

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An Eclectic Collection from the Saanich Peninsula

Like many folks I often ‘lose myself’ when I’m exploring, camera in hand. How and why certain things catch my eye is something I’ve never questioned. Trusting my creative impulses adds to the adventure. My wife and I spent a week exploring the Saanich Peninsula in British Columbia in early April. This article shares some of the eclectic collection of images captured during our meanderings, as well as some of the techniques used to create the photographs in this article.

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Jerusalem at Sunset

I am currently in Israel with a few very talented photographers from all over the world, thanks to a photography event organized by Vibe Israel. Although it has been pretty sunny today, two of us managed to get to the other side of Jerusalem and photograph it at sunset. While I have not had a chance to go through the images from today (we toured the city and walked over 15 miles!), I decided to share the last image I captured from the holy city, right after sunset:

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Postcards From Snowdonia National Park

Well, not really postcards since the inclement weather didn’t allow for the most picturesque shots but I did what I could in the brief time that I drove around this spectacular part of the country. Visiting old friends was my primary objective over the Easter weekend and with that accomplished I decided to navigate my way through Snowdonia National Park, an understandably popular and stunning part of Wales. Having lived in Wales for a short time it is a beloved second home to me and after they put Alpha Whiskey out to pasture (not long now) I hope they sprinkle my ashes over this magnificent land of the red dragon.

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