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I was walking in at a town's market near Yangoon which as absolutely packed.   It was shoulder to shoulder, slow and really hard to navigate.   I had my camera in my hand (dangerously so as I somehow always do) and I was enamored with this young lady.   I had to quickly shoot her actually without looking through the eyepiece and got lucky.   It was crooked and I had to crop, but I caught her at a good time looking back at me.
 
A Face in the Crowd
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Fri Dec 23, '11 02:37PM
Posted Thu Oct 04, '12 08:25PM
Views 400 / Comments 2
 
This was taken in Dhukur Pokhari (3240m) on our way to Upper Pisang when my girlfriend and I were doing a hike in Annapurna Circuit.
 
An Innocent Smile
Photograph ©
Captured Fri Oct 14, '11 03:58AM
Posted Thu Oct 04, '12 10:27AM
Views 414 / Comments 1
 
Playing in the rapids of the Potomac River, as seen from Great Falls Park in Virginia.
 
Determination
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Tue Sep 25, '12 07:47AM
Posted Wed Sep 26, '12 08:39AM
Views 465 / Comments 2
 
The Mudmen from Asaro are a famous tribe from Papua New Guinea in that they bring a unique presence to the PNG Sing-Sings.  Apparently their enemies, many years ago, drove this tribe into the swamp where they were covered in mud.  When they emerged, they scared off the attackers as it appeared they were spirits, thus the continuance of this manner.  The mud helmets are actually quite heavy and we saw many different types and patterns.   Also, they used the bamboo for the extra long nails for added fright.   They did not dance, but slowly and spirtually crept around the area to spook the enemies.  But..under the hood, they were really nice men.
 
Asaro Mudmen at Paiya Festival, PNG
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Thu Aug 09, '12 03:34PM
Posted Sun Sep 23, '12 03:48AM
Views 407 / Comments 2
 
Whilst setting up my camera I was sheltering in between two huts on Brighton beach and did not have a cllue what was coming my way. So this is a shot that I did not anticipate to take. But there we are...
 
If that's the way you feel about it...
Photograph ©
Captured Fri Mar 23, '12 10:43AM
Posted Sat Sep 22, '12 07:42AM
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Inside almost every village along the PNG's Sepik River exists a Spirit House.   These are reserved for men only and contain many of the villages spiritual ornaments, such as canoes, masks and chairs.   This is one of the keeper's of the Spirit House that allowed me in for a small fee.  He was actually a gentle man and had grandfatherly manner about him.   I was trying to capture him with the traditional chair in the background, but my DOF was too off as it was quite dark.  Hopefully you can make it out in the back right.   No one is allowed to sit in the chair as they just place offerings there to the spirits.
 
The Spirit Keeper
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Mon Aug 06, '12 10:34AM
Posted Sat Sep 22, '12 12:23AM
Views 453 / Comments 3
 
Taken at the Natural History Museum in D.C. I would have liked more facial profile but couldn't resist the tutu and the pose - and I liked the colors with the lines.
 
Wave
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Sun Dec 05, '10 09:35AM
Posted Wed Sep 19, '12 08:23PM
Views 428 / Comments 2
 
My friend's daughter celebrated her first birthday on a beautifully clear day and I was there with my camera. This shot is of a setting sun on her face with the clear blue sky beyond.
 
Quincy
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Thu Nov 11, '10 12:33PM
Posted Wed Sep 19, '12 06:18PM
Views 410 / Comments 7
 
This isn't related to Travel per se, but I photographed a young band in Baltimore Saturday night. It was their first live performance on a stage of any significance. I got some excellent live performance images.
 
Ignite The Fire
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Sat Sep 15, '12 06:22PM
Posted Tue Sep 18, '12 02:11PM
Views 377 / Comments 2
 
 
Lady in red
Photograph ©
Captured Sun Sep 09, '12 11:15AM
Posted Wed Sep 12, '12 01:01PM
Views 510 / Comments 4
 
 
Face of hope
Photograph © George Njoroge
Captured Sun Nov 15, '09 06:02AM
Posted Tue Sep 11, '12 03:01PM
Views 455 / Comments 2
 
While roaming areas of Manila, we were near the Intramuros (old Spanish fort area) and among some of the oldest Catholic churches in Asia.   During our visit, a wedding was finishing up and the bride and groom exited the church.   Part of their ceremony was to release two doves.
 
Wedding of the Philippines
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Fri Sep 07, '12 08:38PM
Posted Tue Sep 11, '12 08:39AM
Views 491 / Comments 2
 
A Puerto Rican band plays in the capital city of San Juan during a street festival a few ears back. I loved the dedication that each musician gave to their instrument and music. There was a carefree rhythm that belied their intense concentration.
 
Que Rica
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Sat May 19, '07 02:10PM
Posted Fri Sep 07, '12 09:48PM
Views 481 / Comments 1
 
I thought I had best have a play around with off camera flash and remote flash today since I haven't done either on the Nikon system as yet (and have a wedding to shoot on Saturday!).  Works wonderfully and so very simple compared to Canon, which is rather handy.
Fortunately I have a couple of willing subjects around the place ;-)  Lachlan today... Hamish is a bit young as yet!
 
Off Camera Flash
Photograph © Rob Sutherland
Captured Wed Sep 05, '12 07:15AM
Posted Wed Sep 05, '12 04:22PM
Views 477 / Comments 5
 
During my visit to the Mt Hagen Sing-Sing in Papua New Guinea, I had the pleasure of spending two days with over 54+ tribes.  Of all the wonderful local people we visited, I was perhaps most fascinated with this gentleman, the Chief from the Pimaga tribe in the Southern Highlands.   As opposed to most other tribes, he was primarily made up of black "paint" with a little yellow band across his nose, therefore I thought I would try the sepia tone.  He never smiled, but was always interested with what I was doing as he also did not speak English.   Those are the feathers of a Cassowary bird on top of his head.
 
The Chief
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Sat Aug 11, '12 02:13PM
Posted Tue Sep 04, '12 05:41AM
Views 493 / Comments 4
 
We were able to meet with many of the tribes before the festivals in Papua New Guinea before they go out as they apply their makeup.   This was one of the more interesting situations where he was applying the dense, semi-fine, scratching charcoal to his face.  The top is some of their hair shaped as it is.  This guy was a character and was really fun to be around.  We have several great shots of him.   I wish I knew what tribe he was from as they did not have a sign, but he was from the highlands (as opposed to the river tribes).
 
Would you want to do this?
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Thu Aug 09, '12 01:13PM
Posted Sat Sep 01, '12 04:54AM
Views 490 / Comments 2
 
 
Sing me a song
Photograph ©
Captured Sun Nov 06, '11 01:48AM
Posted Fri Aug 31, '12 06:47AM
Views 395 / Comments 4
 
The image has been taken in old quarters of Udaipur
 
Chai walah
Photograph ©
Captured Sat Nov 12, '11 07:37AM
Posted Thu Aug 30, '12 03:58AM
Views 461 / Comments 1
 
Last Friday I visited one of the members of CHIN (the organisation I volunteer for in Lusaka). It was on the other side of town and Bestone (my colleague) told me it was a small place, an orphanage that took in orphans from the street. He did not prepare me for the scene that I found: there were a total of 17 orphans; 10 girls had to sleep in a room that was about half the size of our living room and the 7 boys shared another cupboard. There was one living room with a couple of old, torn sofas and a TV. The kids looked clean and had big smiles on their faces. They were happy to talk to me (in English). I suppose this was a big improvement compared to their previous existence on the street. For me, a guy from a prosperous country and used to a luxurious lifestyle in comparison, their living conditions were awful. This visit, although difficult for me at an emotional level, was a great motivator. I know that by being involved in making what we might consider small changes CHIN can have a big positive influence on the lives of these kids.
 
Hopeful Faces
Photograph © Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Captured Thu Aug 23, '12 06:59AM
Posted Tue Aug 28, '12 01:44AM
Views 447 / Comments 2
 
 
Bharatpur boys
Photograph ©
Captured Sat Nov 19, '11 04:01AM
Posted Sat Aug 25, '12 08:29AM
Views 484 / Comments 2
 
Well....likely to be one of the surprising encounters I ever had in my travels and certainly totally unexpected (I mean WOULD YOU??), there they were, three of the finest dancers from the Lido in Paris at a PNG Sing Sing looking as marvelous as ever.   Apparently a French producer is putting together a documentary on combining the different cultures and seeing what comes of this.   So, the Wigman (from earlier image I displayed) had two of them go to Paris and then three Lido dancers came with them back.   So...here you go!  More coming on this strange, but wildly fascinating occurance later.   And...all this equipment for the documentary....with it being "filmed" on a Canon 5D Mark III.
 
Gay Paris!! The Lido!! NO..Try PNG
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Thu Aug 09, '12 05:23PM
Posted Fri Aug 24, '12 04:56AM
Views 467 / Comments 2
 
Five years ago, Mer hired me to shoot her and her boss for some promotional materials they were putting together for their communications company. I had never done that kinda work, never been to the location and didn't know the company owner from Adam, but I accepted the job anyway because of my friendship with this subject. Then I got so lucky with everything you see here!
 
My Friend Meredith
Photograph © Patrick Flynn
Captured Fri Jan 04, '08 11:47AM
Posted Wed Aug 22, '12 10:27PM
Views 501 / Comments 4
 
I met this woman in the South African city of Stellenbosch.  I struck up a conversation with her because my mother used to weave rag rugs on a large loom in our basement.  I'm always reticent to take photographs of people who I don't know, but this woman actually invited me to take her picture, and she didn't ask for a tip.
 
The Happy Weaver
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Fri Aug 10, '12 06:17AM
Posted Tue Aug 21, '12 04:45AM
Views 404 / Comments 3
 
 
Great View From The Top
Photograph © Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Captured Sat Aug 18, '12 04:27AM
Posted Tue Aug 21, '12 01:36AM
Views 1686 / Comments 2
 
One of the absolute highlights for me on the recent trip to PNG, was to take my Canon Selphy printer with battery.  Although another item to lug around, the rewards were beyond my expectations.  I was able to do things that normally are hard to do as I asked different tribes if they would want a print of their group (usually through an interpretor).   I was able to capture group images of the tribes and then sit with them as I printed their image.  The sights and sounds of watching them see their image print on this little machine was priceless.  I got more smiles and gained so many friends as I continued throughout the festivals.  I probably shot over 30 tribes in this way.  On the second day of the Mt Hagan show, tourists were coming up to me and saying.."Oh, you are the printer guy!".    The ability to get in close with each tribe and share this with them was something I will never forget.
 
One of the Best Travel Things I Have Done
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Sat Aug 11, '12 03:39PM
Posted Sun Aug 19, '12 08:54PM
Views 451 / Comments 2
 
A photograph of wee Lachlan since I have been remiss in updates for a while!
 
Looking Through
Photograph © Rob Sutherland
Captured Sat Aug 04, '12 09:32AM
Posted Tue Aug 07, '12 04:21PM
Views 469 / Comments 3
 
This soldier told me to move on and I wasn't going to argue. Those machine guns and bullets are not toys!
 
Move On!
Photograph © Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Captured Sat Aug 04, '12 09:42AM
Posted Sun Aug 05, '12 12:01PM
Views 527 / Comments 4
 
Seeing what Roger did, I went back this week to review a few of my past trips to see if I missed images as I believe I am becoming more aware of what to look for.   Although I doubt I willl match Roger's "attention" on this site (well deserved!), I did find this young girl in CatCat valley around the Sapa area of Northern Vietnam.  I totally missed this previously and actually made me glad to see that I focused on her wonderful, childish eyes.   I desaturated this with NIk Software and brought out some grain and roughness to portray the envirornment.
 
CatCat Girl
Photograph © Richard P Schoettger
Captured Thu Dec 23, '10 07:22PM
Posted Sat Jul 28, '12 04:13AM
Views 510 / Comments 4
 
I see this girls everyday on my walk to work. Today either tiredness or the boringness of what she was reading overcame her.
 
Tired Egg Seller
Photograph © Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Captured Fri Jul 27, '12 09:36AM
Posted Sat Jul 28, '12 02:28AM
Views 431 / Comments 3
 
This is the situation that I took the previous photo from.
 
Dancing in the street
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Sat Jun 23, '12 12:46PM
Posted Wed Jul 25, '12 03:00AM
Views 398 / Comments 0
 
Couple dancing in the streets of Paris during the Jazz weekend .
Close and intimate
 
Do U promise not 2 tell
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Sat Jun 23, '12 01:48PM
Posted Wed Jul 25, '12 03:00AM
Views 480 / Comments 2
 
I shot this way back in 1994 during my very first glamor photography workshop, which was sponsored by my camera club.  There were about 10 photographers from the club plus two paid models.  I was surprised by how difficult it was for me to decide how I wanted the models to pose and to give them direction.  Back then I was using a manual 35mm film camera that was manufactured by GAF Corporation (the makers of the Viewmaster!) and I probably had my 50mm Chinon lens attached for this photo.  I used Kodachrome slide film for this shoot, most likely ISO 64.  I've been sorting and filing several thousand of my stored slides for the past week or so, which is what made me think of this photo.
 
Seduction
Photograph © Roger Maki
Captured Tue Jul 24, '12 02:46PM
Posted Tue Jul 24, '12 06:49PM
Views 733 / Comments 4
 
17th Floor, Flanklin Tower, La Defense. With E-TTL radio triggers, it is possible to set the slave flash regardless of master flash placement . Even better, it overcomes the obstacles to a maximum distance of 15 meters. Since I purchased these toys, I experience fanciful shots to measure its potential. I decided, then, to photograph a consultant through the wall of Franklin Tower.
 
A manager from Franklin tower
Photograph ©
Captured Tue Jul 24, '12 11:23AM
Posted Tue Jul 24, '12 11:23AM
Views 2429 / Comments 4
 
Canon 5D, 70mm, 1/160  f/2,8 - 100ISO
Childhood is the age of curiosity and wonder. In France, when I walk with my young my daughter, she observes with a force and insistence that impresses me. 
She looks male or female, talk to them using their eyes. Maybe she also sees angels or wizards that I can not see.
At Jodhpur, the Indian child saw me as his mother is focusing on its way. Children are not blind ...
Photo : Serge Bouvet
From : http://sergebouvet.com/galerie-2/vision-du-rajasthan/
 
Child with her mother (Jodhpur, India)
Serge Bouvet
Photograph ©
Captured Sat Jul 14, '12 07:03PM
Posted Sat Jul 14, '12 07:03PM
Views 3489 / Comments 3
 
Trimmed my beard and had my hair cut short in preparation for the Zambian climate. At the moment it is a cool 23 degrees there, but it can be very hot and humid later in the year. This should do for the six months that I'll be working there.
I will try to keep posting on TPN, but it depends on the quality of Internet conectivity in Lusaka. I am told that a dongle + ISP subscription can be obtained easily and that quality is good, but I suppose 'good' is a relative concept. I will also do a blog here: http://ruudseye.wordpress.com/ 
PS Walter made me post this!
 
Pre-Departure Self Portrait
Photograph © Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Captured Sat Jul 14, '12 06:42AM
Posted Sat Jul 14, '12 10:49AM
Views 412 / Comments 2
 
Canon 5D, 50mm, 1/400  f/1,4 - 100ISO
Photo : Serge Bouvet
From : http://sergebouvet.com/galerie-2/vision-du-rajasthan/
 
Portrait of peasan from Jodhpur (India) Black & white version
Photograph ©
Captured Fri Jul 13, '12 12:16PM
Posted Fri Jul 13, '12 12:16PM
Views 3443 / Comments 6
 
Canon 5D, 50mm, 1/400  f/1,4 - 100ISO
Photo : Serge Bouvet
From : http://sergebouvet.com/galerie-2/vision-du-rajasthan/
 
Portrait of peasan from Jodhpur (India)
Serge Bouvet
Photograph ©
Captured Thu Jul 12, '12 04:40AM
Posted Thu Jul 12, '12 04:40AM
Views 3511 / Comments 5
 
In a small village in the South of France not far from Nice
The shop sells wines and I chose to wait until someone walked
down the street with packages from the grocery  :)
 
Looking for Wine
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Sat Jun 30, '12 08:20AM
Posted Wed Jul 11, '12 01:05AM
Views 406 / Comments 2
 
I cropped the original portrait version into a 4:3 landscape. It cuts out the extraneous head, and I don't mess the vegetation in the top of the original. What do you think?
This fellow must go to the Boathouse Bar at Central Park every sunny day of the year. He appeared to be in his 50s, had a bottle of wine next to him, and had an iPod Mini and Jukebox to plug it into. He would pick songs from the Rat Pack era and start singing them, then tell a story to his friends sitting all around him. I had to take his picture.
 
Singing in Central Park (II)
Photograph © Walter Rowe
Captured Sat May 19, '12 12:31PM
Posted Tue Jul 10, '12 07:04PM
Views 466 / Comments 4
 
 
Content
Photograph © Avi Hirschfield
Captured Wed Jun 27, '12 03:53PM
Posted Mon Jul 09, '12 12:11PM
Views 446 / Comments 2
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