A year is a long time. Sure it feels like it goes by quickly, but for Lisa, a year is over half her life to this date. Sometimes we worry that for her a year of travel with only her parents as company must feel like an eternity. That's why we're always thrilled when she gets a chance to meet some other children.
Our DSLR is the camera we use most of the time, but there are certain situations that call for a mirrorless camera. The main advantages of a mirrorless are that it is small and quiet. This means that they work well when you either don't want to carry a lot of weight, like when we are out scouting or when we just want to enjoy ourselves and don't want to think about photography too much, but we want to have something with us anyway, just in case (like this post). It also comes in handy when we want to take photos in a restaurant or a museum and we don't want our photography to appear intrusive.
Some photographers struggle when trying to choose between color and black and white. If you're familiar with our work, you probably know where I stand. Our photos are usually filled with vibrant colors. I feel like in travel photography color is especially valuable since the world is a prism of culture and geography that often expresses itself visual hues.
"Collect memories not things" has become sort of a catchphrase for travel enthusiasts. It's a call to live a life filled with enriching experiences, seeking out the emotional and the intangible over the commercial and superficial. Photography certainly has a role to play in this endeavor, but make sure you use your camera to emphasize what it is you actually value about travel.
There's a temptation to treat your photo album like a trophy case. There are plenty of grand monuments, natural wonders and towering skylines to photograph. But you only spend a few seconds of your trip standing in front of buildings and staring at the camera. This is especially true for slow travelers like us who spend weeks in one city at a time, trying our best to get a feel for the place before moving on.
Our time in London are short (eight days), and we have spent most of it shopping and eating. Who knew that London would have the best vegetarian food we'd seen so far on our trip? After six months of travel, everyone in the family needed a little break, and that's pretty much what we've been doing. Though we'll probably regret backing off the photography a little during our time here, we have throughly enjoyed our down time.
On our way from Paris to Avignon, we stopped overnight in the town of Beaune, France. It was a welcome break from the road, and from the string of highly touristed cities we had been frequenting for the last two months (I'm talking about you, Venice and Rome). After parking and unloading our bags into our hotel room - at Hotel De La Cloche, a pleasant little hotel with polite service and a quaint feel - we set out to see what the town had to offer two tired photographers on a tight schedule.
The Appian Way, was just a short bus ride from the heart of Rome. Having biked for a bout a half a mile and dismounted for a rest, we relished the quiet of the countryside. Dannie and I hadn't ridden a bicycle in some time (let alone with a toddler sitting above the handlebars), and we both felt a little more comfortable on the ground. Lisa was loving every minute of the experience, and if she was happy, so were we. Our happiness was compounded by the sight of Lisa finally getting a chance to play with other children.
For my birthday, Jake surprised me by booking at a Glamping Resort just outside of Venice, Italy. It started some month ago, when I was planning for our Venice trip. I usually do a very extensive research of the place we will be traveling to. When Canonici Di San Marco popped up, I showed it to Jake and jokingly said I would love to celebrate my birthday there. Then in May, here I am. arriving at Canonici Di San Marco with a suitcase packed full of new dresses we spent a week picking out in Venice.