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June Wallpaper and India workshop update

Udaipur is known as “The Venice of the East” and will be just one of a handful Indian cities we will be exploring on the workshop in November.

As I have been planning for the Photo workshop in India I have been thinking back to some of the great cities that we will be exploring. One city I have enjoyed in the past is Udaipur, which is called “The Venice of the East”. Now I don’t think it quite measures up to Venice in the sense of waterways and ambiance, but it is still an amazing city, which is why I chose to have the June wallpaper be of this great Indian city. To download the wallpaper, click here.

I also wanted to give you a quick update on the Photo workshop to India. The workshop is going to be from November 1-9, 2012. That means we will have nine days together of shooting and the total length of the trip will be 11-13 including travel time to and from New Delhi, depending on where you are coming from.

We are still working on nailing down the final price but we will get that to you as soon as possible. Here is an itinerary of the trip so far:

Day One: Old Delhi
During our first full day we will take some time to get to know each other, discuss the itinerary, philosophy and details of the workshop as well as venturing out to begin exploring Old Delhi.

Day Two: Old Delhi and Nizamuddin Dargah
We will spend the morning of our second day continuing our exploration of Old Delhi. After lunch at Kareem’s, a famous lunch spot in Old Delhi, we will head to Nizamuddin where we will spend the afternoon and evening wandering through this neighborhood and shrine.

Day Three: Jodhpur
Our journey to Jodhpur, “The Blue City” will begin with a quick flight from Delhi. We will spend the rest of the exploring this wonderful city filled with blue houses, great markets, forts and more.

Day Four: Desert Safari
Leaving early in the morning, we will spend the day on a desert safari, exploring the desert landscapes around Jodhpur and enjoying local Rajasthani food and hospitality.

Day Five: Jodhpur to Udaipur
We will leave Jodhpur early in the morning to make the full day’s drive to Udaipur. Along the way we will stop to explore the beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temple, admire the incredible beauty of the Aravalli mountain range and the wonderful countryside of rural Rajasthan. In the evening we will explore the city of Udaipur at night.

Day Six: Rural Udaipur
Leaving early in the morning, we will venture south of Udaipur where we will spend the day exploring the picturesque landscapes of Rural Udaipur and village life.

Day Seven: Udaipur
Known as “The Venice of the East”, Udaipur is home to many waterways, ghats, palaces, temples, markets and more. As we wander through this wonderful city we will enjoy an early morning boat ride and a tram ride to the top of a hillside fort at sunset affording us wonderful panoramic views of Udaipur.

Day Eight and Nine: Jaipur, The Pink City
We will end our adventure together wandering through the wonderful markets, mosques and more of Jaipur which is known as “The Pink City”.

You are not going to want to miss this trip so mark off the dates on your calendar!


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May Desktop Wallpaper

I wanted to try and have this out on May 1st but I was still on a plane at that time. Since then I have been swamped with processing images and getting caught up so finally I am getting this up.

The clouds in Ethiopia were just awesome and here is one image of some of them over a volcanic lake with a lone fisherman. To download the full-size image just click on the image below to open it up in another window.


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March wallpaper

On this past trip to India I only had about two hours to shoot on the famous Ganges river in Varanasi. Nevertheless, even in that two hours I had some great fun. If you have never been to the Ganges it is really like no where else. There is constant motion and noise, but it is still possible to single out quiet and simple moments like this one of a boat captain inspecting his boat.

I hope you enjoy this month’s wallpaper. To download it click here.


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February 2012 Wallpaper and a Thinktank Photo Streetwalker giveaway!

I have been meaning to get this wallpaper up for a couple of weeks, but have felt more inclined to write about other things. Nevertheless, I finally decided to just bite the bullet, so here it is.

I made this image early one morning in Varanasi, India while I was teaching the NGO staff I was working with to single out simple frames amidst the constant chaos and complexity of places like Varanasi, India. Enjoy!

Be looking for the giveaway of one fabulous Thinktank Photo Streetwalker backpack in the next week or so!

Also I wanted to let you know that in the next week-and-a-half, I will be giving away a Thinktank Photo Streetwalker backpack to one lucky and random winner thanks to my great friends at Thinktank Photo!

If you want to be included in this random giveaway, leave a comment on this post sometime over the next week-and-a-half and tell me why you think you deserve this stellar bag.

Good luck yall!


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India on my mind

As I prepare to return to India for the 3rd time on January 18th, I find myself thinking about this country I love a lot! With that in mind I wanted to send out the wallpaper for this month. There is just something about the bikes and walls of India. Maybe its that both of them often have so much color and texture. Anway, enjoy!

Download the wallpaper here