From the peaceful Kep in SW Cambodia we took the bus to Kampong Cham from where we are continuing to Mondulkiri province in E Cambodia. Because of the late arrival in the city we decided to spend the night in a guest house and hit the road in the morning. While exploring the city searching for dinner we thought that it would be a waste not to spend at least one day and explore the surroundings. We weren’t wrong, there is so much to be seen here in a day. Continue reading Visiting Kampong Cham in one day
From the high Himalayan Mountains of Nepal we decided to go down in the warmer places in Asia, first stop is Cambodia. If you are also a person that wants to escape the crowd and the drunk young tourists that are occupying Sihanoukville, you should definitely go to the Kep and visit its surroundings. Continue reading Things to do in Kep, Cambodia
We’ve just finished Trekking the Annapurna circuit in Nepal and decided to share with you our notes, highlights, photos, memories and the things we used and helped us a lot to finish this trek in record time as beginner trekkers, hope you find these informations useful. Continue reading Trekking in Nepal – Annapurna Circuit
(Updated – November 07, 2016)
For all those who are interested in the photo equipment I use for my travels, this is what I have with me at all times:
On my neck & in my pocket
1. Smartphone – iPhone 6S
- Great for quick snaps, panoramic shots, videos and instant photo sharing.
- Make sure you have a solid case for it, you are going on a adventure and there are big chances that your phone will fall on the ground few times.
+ Canon 5D Mark III
- 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
- DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
- 61-Point High Density AF
- Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
- Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
- Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
- Up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
- Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
- Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM – I have a passion for documenting faces of the locals from the developing countries that I visit and this lens has helped me achieve what I want. Great for close ups and portraits, the photos are sharp and clean with beautiful blurry background, just perfect. I hardly ever remove this lens from the body, for other types of photos i use the GoPro.
In my Backpack
All of this equipment is stored in the LowePro 250 Fastpack. There is a slot for everything from the list above, plus there is a space for the chargers, adapters, papers, money and other smaller things that you need for the trip.
GoPro – Hero 4 Silver edition (Hooked on the top of the bag)
- It is light, it has water protection case, it can do videos, time lapse, and burst shots. I am a solo traveler so it is a must that I have a pole so I can do selfies, also with extending the pole you can get closer to something you wanna take shot of, I use it to get close to wild animals. It has an intergraded display.
- The POV Pole I use is by SP-Gadgets (link) – Your GoPro® camera can be directly attached to it without any extra parts. The dual-diameter grip keeps the pole firmly secured in your hand
- Make sure you have spare battery and spare SD Card.
2. MacBook Pro 13in – Retina display
- The battery holds 5-6 hours, the display is paradise for photographers and its light as a feather.
- Use the Aperture, the Apple software for photo editing, the amazing thing is that you can add map to your photos and share them instantly wherever you want, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter … to bad you can on Instagram
- Long time I was using and external hard drive as primary storage solution for my photos, but recently I was robed and I lost many photographs were not duplicated on some other storage device, I was devastated. Then I learned about Google Drive, and now for 10$ I have 1TB online storage, and every night when I come back to the hostel/hotel I upload the photos from the day there. If i stay more days in the wild, only then I use the hard drive, but when I connect to the internet I am instantly uploading the shots.
- Sigma 24-105mm F/4 DG OS HSM Art – A new lens that I bought so I can get more wider images and to get close to some subjects when I can’t approach them by foot. The price was 900 euros (in Macedonia) which was little bit expensive, but is worth it.
The sharpness of the lens is amazing, has a fast auto focus and solid made body. The only negative thing is the weight (885g), when is attached on my Mark III and I am Trekking/Hiking for longer hours and distances (Langtang region in winter), I have big problems with my neck in the end of the day.
From many reasons, over time, some cities have totally died. Some because of the wars, some because of natural disasters, third because of human mistakes. However, their residues remain to testify for their life and history, but we can agree, they act very creepy. Continue reading The 5 most visited “Ghost Towns” in the world – #1 will give you chills
Which country has the happiest population, research has shown me these results: Continue reading Research: The 5 Happiest countries to live in
Faces of the world +Lonely Planet
- Canon 60D
- Lens: EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
- ISO: 100
- Shutter speed: 1/2000
These are the videos that are helping me in organizing my trip.
Orm is a monk that lives in the not so much famous Wat Srisoonthorn, north from Phuket town. He doesn’t speak English and doesn’t wear the traditional orange robe, but he is one happy person who just want to sit among people. He has a dark past that is still haunting him and because of that he has some minor mental disabilities.
When i arrived at the Wat(temple) there was nobody around, only sleepy dogs who were too lazy even to bark for welcome. But suddenly a happy face jumped, walked towards me and started talking on Thai language. I didn’t understand a word he was saying but he just knew what i wanted to see.
Orm took me to one board that was placed near the statue so i can read on English the meaning of the paintings. All the time he was looking at my cameras, i guessed he wanted to pose because the tourists only take photos of the monks wearing the orange robe, and he doesn’t have one because of his criminal past. The story of his life was told to me by one other monk that i found just outside of the temple.
After i finished taking photos of Orm he took me to the top of the Wat where reclining Buddha is placed, the statue is huge and you can even enter in it. They say that this temple is not visited as the other ones because it cannot be found in many of the guides used by travelers and there aren’t many reviews on the social networks. Anyway, if you are a passionate temple hunter as i am, this is a place to visit! Admission free and you can take photos inside of the temple. Ask for Orm if you want special tour.
Wandering in Cambodia
Dragan Tapshanov (09.08.2014)
It has been more than six months since i’ve returned from the Kingdom of Cambodia (or the Khmer empire to sound more adventurous) and i still can’t stop dreaming of the land. Continue reading Wandering in Cambodia