SeaLegacy Photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier Prepare for the North Pole Summit 2017

This July, a limited number of polar-passionate travelers will be breaking ice, pushing barriers and leading change alongside the world’s top Arctic climate change experts. The inaugural Quark Expeditions North Pole Summit 2017, on board one of the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreakers, is a transformative 14-day journey from Murmansk, Russia, to 90°N at the top of the world. As a participant, you’ll learn firsthand about our most pressing environmental challenges and be inspired by the brightest thought leaders in polar conservation to take action. SeaLegacy photographers Paul Nicklen…

Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

In 2016, I moved to Oaxaca for a few months and ended up signing a lease for a lot longer stay. Part of this decision came down to my battle with chronic pain, but also to the fact that the city is beautiful and delicious. After years in Asia, it is a big change. But a welcome one, as I’ve long wanted to improve my Spanish from its inauspicious, embarrassing beginnings. To end 2016, I wanted to share some photos from the last year. In 2015, I posted my favorite pictures from the prior 12 months. This…

DJI Mavic Pro: Best Drone For Travel? (Plus Tips & Tricks)

DJI Mavic Pro Drone Review Gear Review Drones are incredible tools for capturing images & video in a totally different perspective. With the new DJI Mavic Pro, we finally have a drone that’s easy to travel with too! The other day I was kayaking at a stunning blue lagoon in Mexico. To capture its beauty, I brought along a…

PHOTO: Saint Mary’s Basilica and Main Square in Krakow, Poland

Click on the title to view photo in large format. The Main Square in Krakow, Poland, is one of the largest medieval town squares in Europe. Three large buildings dominate its central open space: St. Mary’s Basilica, with its soaring Gothic towers (shown in the photo); the historic Cloth Hall; and the Town Hall Tower. The entire square is surrounded by historic townhouses. During the spring, summer, and fall, the Main Square hosts all manner of festivals and performances. But nighttime is when this public space really shines… (Visited 75 times, 75 visits today) The post…

17 Useful Travel Photography Tips For Improving Your Photos

Useful Travel Photography Tips Photography Looking to improve your travel photography? I’ve spent the last 5 years shooting photos in exotic locations around the world, and these are my favorite travel photography tips. Some people collect souvenirs when they travel, I prefer to collect beautiful images with my camera. Travel photography is like a time machine, freezing memories …

PHOTO: Sun Sets Over Port Lympia in Nice, France

Click on title to view photo in large format. While most of the focus in Nice, France, is on the town’s beaches and the historic Old Town, the nearby Port Lympia is worth a stroll. Port Lympia was once a bustling commercial port. These days, one of the few commercial activities that occurs at the port is shipment of cement, an important export in the area. Beyond the cement plant, however, the port is a veritable showcase of luxurious yachts, sitting side-by-side with …

Lensbaby’s Velvet 56 Lens Delivers Buttery Soft Travel Shots

Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I firmly believe that photographers fall into one of two camps. There are those who’ve never heard of Lensbaby. And there are those who have a suitcase full of Lensbaby lenses already. If you’re in the former camp and are new to the company, they offer an extensive line of purpose…

ASK: How is Your Gear Photography Done?

ASK is a series of posts answering questions asked by readers about vagabonding. Contact me to ask your own or view all ASK posts. QUESTION: ANSWER: I’m no pro photographer nor do I use any specialized gear. As a vagabond, I try to keep my packing list as light as possible. So all I use is a smartphone and some apps. But it’s not as simple as “point …

PHOTO: Cours Saleya, the Famous Market Street in Nice, France

Click on title to view photo in large format. View down the Cours Saleya in Nice, France. Every Tuesday through Sunday, vendors selling fresh cut flowers and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables take over this street in the historic center of the city. Sidewalk cafes tucked among the kiosks are ideal for people watching while sipping the first espresso of the …

PHOTO: Beautiful Oppede-le Vieux, a Hilltop Village in Provence, France

Click on title to view photo in large format. Oppede-le-Vieux is one the lesser known but very beautiful hilltop towns scattered across Provence, France. These towns emerged during medieval times, when it was common for bands of raiders to sweep through the plains, pillaging and killing everything in their wake. The locals…

PHOTO: Traditional Yukata Worn on the Streets of Kyoto, Japan

Click on title to view photo in large format. Many Japanese still wear the traditional Yukata, a casual cotton version of the more formal silk Kimono, as everyday attire. I found this to be so in Kyoto more than in any other place I visited in Japan. The streets were full of Yukata-wearing men and women. And while those in the city center were likely authentic, I learned that many Japanese rent their ensembles at one of Kyoto’s ubiquitous Kimono rental shops. For a price between 3,500 and… (Visited 20 times, 20 visits today) The post PHOTO…

PHOTO: Wedding at Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima, Japan

Click on title to view photo in large format. Lovely Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima, Japan, was created in 1620 by Ueda Soko, a renowned master of the tea ceremony. Located near the hypocenter of the Atomic Bomb blast, the gardens were extensively damaged during WWII. In the months following the bombing, the gardens were closed to the public and used as a refuge for victims of the war. In 1951, they were restored and reopened. Shukkei-en Garden is an oasis of serenity, with meticulous landscaping surrounding Takueichi Pond,… (Visited 19 times, 19 visits …

HITCASE Shield For iPhone

This is the world’s thinnest waterproof iPhone case by the makers of the world’s best action / adventure photography iPhone case. *SHIELD ; iPHONE ; CASE H I T C A S E I’ve had and extensively used every single iPhone case that HITCASE has come out with since their inception. In fact, most of the action pics on this site and my socials are taken with a HITCASE equipped iPhone. What attracted me to their cases was their true waterproof capabilities, shockproof reliability and GoPro-like capturing interchangeable lenses. The HITCASE Shield, their newest model, is…

PHOTO: Portstewart Strand (Beach) in Northern Ireland

Click on title to view photo in large format: The golden sands of Portstewart Strand sweep more than two miles along the Coastal Causeway in Northern Ireland. In addition to being popular for surfing, body boarding, and swimming, the beach is also a favorite with bird watchers. With new toilets, external showers, improved first aid facilities, and an on-site restaurant, families find it particularly attractive. Portstewart Strand has been awarded a Blue Flag award for the management, cleanliness and quality of its water, and it…