tfttf672 – Leonard Nimoy, Photographer

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, he played one of the most iconic roles on TV and directed movies. And he died this morning. I’m of course talking about Leonard Nimoy. And I’m sure as many of you did, I grew up with him on TV, obviously in Star Trek as Mr. Spock.. and I was actually planning to skip this week’s episode because of just so many things going on here right now, but when I heard the sad news, I thought I had to bring up another side of this man, that’s very relevant to this little show.. and that’s the fact that in addition to being an actor, Leonard Nimoy was also a photographer.

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There’s his The Full Body project, the Shekhina series, he released some poetry and photography and he even exhibited in the Emerson Gallery in Berlin.

So when I started thinking about what I could say here.. I actually remembered a video that I saw a year ago, where Leonard Nimoy gets interviewed by Pharell Williams on the Reserve Channel… and in addition to talking about Star Trek and other things, Williams asks him about his photography, so let’s hear it from Leonard Nimoy himself

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The New Wall Paper Pack Is Here!

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It’s here! The new ICELAND 2015 WALL PAPER PACK has been released, you can get it at tfttf.com/icelandwpp and if you use code THIRTYOFF, you’ll get 30% off your purchase.

The wall paper pack includes 20 high quality pictures at 12 different resolutions, including a 5k Retina resolution version of each picture, pixel perfect for Apple’s new 5k iMac display.

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PS: 20 pictures at 12 resolutions, that’s 240 files. Quite a bit of work. On the next episode of TFTTF I will talk about how I did this, what tools I used, what issues I faced and how I overcame them.

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Galapagos anyone?

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Okay, so this is a completely unexpected development for me, but one that I’m very happy about. Some opportunities seem to come from nowhere. Or maybe I helped a bit by doing some networking.

I’ve been networking a lot over the years, which in the end enabled me to take photographers to all three Mt. Everest Base Camps (thanks Jon!), to Hokaido, Japan (thanks Martin!) and to Iceland twice (thanks Tim!). Next up is the Darjeeling First Flush tour in May (still a couple of seats available here) and I can’t wait for September to explore Donegal, the stunningly beautiful north-western tip of Ireland.

And there are more in the planning. I still haven’t seen Iceland in summer, so there is now a possibility that I’ll be able to offer a summer 2016 Iceland tour through the highlands, including flights over the streams to take stunning aerial photography.

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But then, just a few days ago I was offered something that floored me: the Galapagos islands. On board of an exclusive beautiful yacht. Approx. 10 days. Which is about the extent of information that I have for now. Four spots are already booked, which warrants one photo instructor. Six or more filled spots would allow for a second instructor and that second instructor would be me. And I’m very excited about this prospect.

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I don’t know a lot of details so far, other than that the tour starts in Quito (which in itself is said to be stunning) and that the sea wildlife must be spectacular. We’re also probably talking about a small group of less than 10 people. I’ve heard stories of clear water, big swarms of clown fish (hi Nemo!) and snorkelling with penguins and whales.

I don’t even know the price yet. I guess I’ll brace myself for impact.. Still, if you’re interested, I have started a list and if you shoot me a quick mail (chris@chrismarquardt.com) I’ll put you on that list and let you know as soon as I have more information about the tour.

Update: this tour will not be part of the official list at discoverthetopfloor.com, I’m happy to send you all information, including price and a detailed itinerary as soon as I have received that information.

Darjeeling First Flush – Tea-Themed Photo Tour/Workshop

While getting ready for the Iceland tour (starting in 3 days), I’m also in the process of arranging details with our Indian tour operator for the May 2015 Darjeeling First Flush photo tour.

Important: we have TWO seats left for the tour. You can find more information about the tour here.

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This is the only photo tour focusing on photography and the tea culture around Darjeeling.

You will see some of the most famous tea plantations in the world, as the tour will take us to the wonderful Sikkim area in North Bengal, home of the Bengal Tiger. We will get to Darjeeling right around the end of the first flush harvest and the beginning of the second flush harvest. You will find out how tea is being picked, processed, learn to taste some of the finest teas and meet and photograph the people behind the tea.

You will encounter a rich and colorful culture, and visit gems like the Sangacholing Monastery, which was built in 1697.

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While we are in the North Bengal area, the Kingdom of Nepal is only a small hop away. At the end of the India leg of the tour, you have the choice to continue on with us to Kathmandu, Nepal for a six-day adventure. We will spend time to explore Chitwan National Park, photographing in the jungle with elephants and other wildlife and of course we will see Kathmandu and its rich culture and religion.

This is an experience not to be missed, including an amazing photographic variety of people, landscapes, culture, cities and wildlife, guided by a reliable local tour operator and two professional photographers who will make sure you return with stunning photography.

Oh, and no major hiking and no camping. Promise :)

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tfttf666 – Manual Macro Selfie Stick

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Chris talks about visual storytelling, selfie-sticks (yes, again), finding the right macro lens (or faking it) and finally: how to do manual exposure the right way? Follow along with his walk-through to learn something today.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2015: India - Darjeeling First Flush
Sep 2015: Ireland - Donegal Dreamscapes
Oct 2015: New York City
2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
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