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Canon 5D Mark III Dynamic Range

I could care less about the Nikon vs. Canon argument, specifically the D800 vs the 5D Mark III. The ONLY reason I bought a 5D III is that I already have a bunch of Canon lenses, and the 5D seemed like a pretty good camera. The D800 seems like a pretty good camera too, and […]

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Trans Siberian Railroad

I’ve finally finished blogging the Trans Siberian Railroad, a journey that took me from Shanghai to Moscow by train between Oct-Nov of last year. If you want to jump right in, start with my post on Shanghai. Otherwise, read on! I’ve traveled a lot over the last several years. I mean a lot. And despite all my […]

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A Guide to Startrails

One of my favorite things about photography is it allows us to see things we would never be able to with other media. To actually see the movement of stars over the course of hours is really incredible. If done right, startrail shots will be some of the most beautiful images you will ever capture. The thing about startrails is […]

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The Southern Beaches of Sri Lanka

Jan 18-29, 2012 I sometimes get my heart set on going to a place but can’t go there because I don’t have the right combination of time off, money, or travel buddies. Sri Lanka had been one of those places for years – I was so curious about the culture, the people, and the place […]

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Trans Siberian Railroad: Moscow

Nov 10-13, 2011 There are many options for train travel in and out of Moscow – we chose an overnight train in the hopes of getting some sleep and saving the cost of a hotel. By now we were quite accustomed to sleeping on trains and while 6hrs of sleep on a moving train can’t […]

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Trans Siberian Railroad: Nizhny Novgorod

Nov 8-9, 2011 After Omsk’s relative lack of tourist attractions we were ready for something new. Situated along a river and build upward along hilly terrain, Nizhny Novgorod was perhaps the most picturesque of all the cities we visited. Closed to foreigners during the Soviet era, today it has plenty to offer: good restaurants, walking paths, […]

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Trans Siberian Railroad: Omsk, Russia

Nov 5-7, 2011 Omsk. Nearing western Siberia and close to the boarder of Kazakhstan, it’s about as central it gets in Russia. Omsk doesn’t offer much for the tourist. It’s as big a city as you’ll find in Siberia, but the guidebooks give it simply a passing mention. It’s just another stop on the way […]

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Trans Siberian Railroad: Beijing

Oct 20-24, 2011 After 3 days in Shanghai I took a high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing. It’s a 1318km / 819mi journey that takes just under 5hrs at about 180mph (300kph.) By comparison, the Beijing-Ulaanbaatar train is about the same distance, but takes 29hrs! Pollution started getting bad as the high speed train […]

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Trans Siberian Railroad: Shanghai

Oct 17-20, 2011 The flight from Chicago to Shanghai takes 14.5hrs. I had a middle seat in coach and no, international coach isn’t much roomier than domestic. Shanghai is 10 time zones from Chicago and there definitely is an adjustment period. Everyone is different but a rule of thumb is half a day for each […]

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