Da Nang and Hue in black and white

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Da Nang and Hue in black and white

Here are series of photographs taken on the trip to Hue and Da Nang converted to black and white. They are mostly street and candid photographs taken by small Fuji cameras processed with Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. I cannot stress enough the advantage of having a small camera for this kind of shooting. In many occasions subject had no clue they are being photographed. Also I often shot from hip or any other awkward position without being noticed at all. Vietnam is very picturesque country and there is lots of things to be photographed. It is a never ending source of inspiration and country of awesome coffee :).

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In Da Nang and Hue

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In Da Nang and Hue

This is third time I am going to visit Vietnam. I have been north and south before so it was time to pay visit to Central Vietnam. With 5 days to spare (including flights) there was not too much time but I was hoping to see some of Da Nang ans Hue. This was also the first trip I solely relied on small cameras, in my case Fuji X100S and Fuji X-E1 with 35mm Fujinon lens. I figured the Nikons are to heavy for street walkabouts and I left them at home.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

I landed in Kathmandu, Tribuhvan international airport on 21st December 2012 early afternoon. After getting through immigration and picking up the baggage I went through exit door looking for my friend Agasta who is awaiting me. Soon I spot him in the crowd. It was nice warm greeting after two years. We took the tiny taxi from airport and of we went to infamous Thamel district in central Kathmandu. Not much has changed since my last visit. City looks like war zone. Lots of dirt, rubble, dust, bad roads and traffic.

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Kathmandu, the gateway to heaven

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Kathmandu, the gateway to heaven

Or is it? I would say yes and no. With the only international airport in the country, Kathmandu is the only destination for all international flights to Nepal and so all tourists visiting Nepal and the Himalayas have to go to Kathmandu. Most tourists get settled in the infamous Thamel area in the center of the city, with its narrow streets, markets, trekking shops, and the nearby Durbar Square.

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Preparing for Annapurna base camp trek

I am very excited about my second trip to Nepal. In 2010, I had the opportunity to visit the country for the first time, and I made it up to Kalapattar, just across the valley from Everest. This time, I've decided to visit the Annapurna base camp which is the second most popular destination after the Everest base camp. I am doing it off-season in winter, so I am hoping for less tourists and more snow. Let’s see how it comes together.

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On the trip with Fuji X-E1

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On the trip with Fuji X-E1

Short look at Fuji X-E1 and hands on experience during my trip to Myanmar. This is not a technical review and I am not a professional photographer, I just wanted to share my thoughts and impressions on the camera and maybe help other readers who need more insight about how it handles and feels in real life situation.

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Myanmar, The Golden Land

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Myanmar, The Golden Land

I was sitting on the plane to Yangon, excited about upcoming adventure in Myanmar. As plane approached the land, I was anxiously looking out of the window looking at flat land with lots of green paddies, very few roads or signs of industrial development. Then first buildings of Yangon emerged from behind clouds as plane entered the final stage of approach. Few more minutes and plane has touched down. It is October 19th 2012 15:00, Friday afternoon local time.

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On the road with Nikon D800 Part 2

had the Nikon D800 with me on two trips now. Except Indonesia I took it for short weekend getaway to Vietnam where I photographed scenes in Mekong Delta. It is still not enough to get fully familiar with all the quirks  however there are definitely things that I can say about this camera. I am not experienced reviewer and I am not attempting to do a full review (Full review at dpreview.com). I purely describe my experience shooting with D800 for couple of days.

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At Gunung Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

This article is the second part of my Indonesian trip coverage. In first part I visited and climbed  Gunung Semeru. Since I was in the area, I decided to pay the visit to Bromo as well (Bromo and Semeru are not that far apart). I have been there once in 2009 and I can say it is very nice and photogenic area. It is far more "touristy" as it is easily  accessible by car. There has been an eruption in 2010 and I was quite curious how the place looks like now. The day after we returned from Semeru, we soon got ready to leave for Bromo. After quick breakfast we jumped into 4WD Toyota and made our way to Tengger Caldera, which is part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

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Climbing Gunung Semeru, East Java, Indonesia

I don't know why but I have weakness for volcanoes. There are couple of them in Indonesia (in fact about 130 active). I just had to pick one. So I did. Gudung Semeru is the one I set as my target. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and it is also the highest point of Java at 3645m.

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