I have been working on this very short (2:06) SoundSlides multimedia on the Barley harvest in Lamayuru for two reasons. The first reason is I am creating a SoundSlides example for an On Field Media Project workshop I am leading in Medan, Indonesia the first week of Dec. The other reason was to use it as a sort of teaser of coming attractions; The 2014 Ladakh Photo Trek. It is very short and frankly, it has no real plot or theme it is meant to be a peak at the harvest. A “day-in-the-life” type of thing. Instead of keeping it to myself, I thought I would share it with you.
By the way, we still have a few spots left on this amazing workshop/tour. Learn more about it HERE and come join us.
I am particularly excite to announce this Photo Trek around Ladakh and it’s 4 day add-on to Kashmir!
Ladakh, India was closed off to the public for years. During that time the Ladakhi culture and its Tibetan influences were kept isolated and pure. These days anyone can visit Ladakh, but only a few know where to find that bit of culture that has stayed authentic. It has been said by some that Ladakh is more Tibetan than Tibet. Join photographers Matt Brandon & Piet Van den Eynde as they lead you on a photographic trek across this isolated region of India known for its monks, monasteries and mountains. Join us for the magic that is Ladakh.
Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan – f/7.1, 1/280 sec, at 14mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1
First, let me say welcome to Fujifilm. Fujifilm is now a partnering with us for the 2014 Rajasthan Photographic Trek. We are so thrilled to have them join us on this adventure of a lifetime. This is such a natural fit. On last year’s Rajasthan Trek, Piet and I shot predominately with our Fujifilm X-series cameras. But this year we are committed to shoot exclusively with them. Trust me when I say, this is not a hardship. Realistically, I have thousands of dollars worth of Canon gear sitting in a dry box in my office that I never touch anymore.
Happy 85th Mom! f/1.4, 1/1100 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1
Yes, it has been a while. My family and I went to the US for two and a half months to visit family, friends, check out universities and start a new non-profit. So while not a vacation, it did keep me away from posting almost anything here on the blog as well as on Twitter and Facebook. But, I am back and have a lot to share with you. With that said, I am not in a position to go into much detail about the new non-profit as of yet.
I am excited to announce one more workshop for 2013. This is another one for the bucket list. I have been bugging Brian Hirschy to host another trip to Tibet almost as soon as the last one ended in 2011. Finally he acquiesced and this is it! This 10 day photography workshop will be led by myself and Brian. This tour will take us well off the beaten path to parts of Tibet that few people travel to. We will be experiencing traditional culture that most travelers to Tibet didn’t know exist. Continue reading →
We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2014 Rajasthan Photo Trek and workshop is open. The 2013 edition of this workshop was such a success that every one of the participants said they would recommend this tour without any reservations. If you are looking for adventure, amazing photo opportunities, luxurious accommodations, and a low teacher to student ratio then look no further: we have you covered. Rajasthan is one of the most colorful and photogenic places on the planet. Continue reading →
This is the last of a series of photos by my participants in the Rajasthan Photo Trek 2013. Several folks have commented this week that it takes guts for a workshop leader to post the images by their participants. I am not sure I understand why, as I feel very proud of my participants. I saw tremendous growth from the first few days of shooting till the last. Continue reading →
Me and my X-Pro1 in Rajasthan. Photo by Mike Alexander
There’s a lot of talk these days, both good and bad, about the Fujifilm X Series cameras: the X-Pro1 and the X-E1. I’ve been using the X-Pro1 for exactly one year now. Back when I first gave my initial impressions I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this camera long term. Well, the jury is out and the verdict is I love it… a lot! So much so, I took it for a month of shooting, an assignment in Africa for The Kilgoris Project then to India for my latest Rajasthan Photo workshop. Continue reading →
The Temple Sweeper. (click the image to see it at 1698 px!)
Full disclosure up front: This image is a composite pano from two separate images.
With that said, I really like this image. I like it for several reasons. When I look at it it evokes an emotion for me. I see a little old man sweeping a huge area with a straw broom, squatting in close to his work, inching along sweep-by-sweep. I like it because of it’s context. You see the vast space he is sweeping. Continue reading →