Kathmandu Night Street Photography

Kathmandu Night Street Photography

Kathmandu is a special place, both during daytime and at night. Not just for tourists, but especially for photographers. And if the opportunity arises to do some Kathmandu night street photography, Chris is right on the ball. This opportunity came up around the Boudanath Stupha, when the 2014 Everest Trek group stayed for an additional night in Kathmandu before taking off to Lukla airport in the mountains. It’s amazing how busy the streets can be after dark. You can buy anything, from butter lamps to meat, from incense to Fanta. And of course the ubiquitous Tiger Balm. Our hotel was just a few minutes away from the market that surrounds the big stupha, so we snuck out to see what the night life in this part of town had to offer. And Kathmandu didn’t disappoint, especially when it came to street photography. The merchants had their shops open, each one specialized in their own field.

By the way, there are no street lights, so after dark all that illuminates the roads is the light from the shops, which makes street photography even more interesting and a bit of an exposure challenge. The shops light the streets even when there’s a power outage – which does happen on a daily basis. The shops then simply bring out their own little generators.

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It’s here! Discover Lightroom – Video Workshop with Chris

It’s finally here! 6.5 hours (!) of DRM-free HD 720p video that works on almost any device and that covers almost everything that’s there to know about Lightroom. Comes with demo files, so you can try everything that you see in the video with the same files Chris uses.

What’s best: watch over half an hour of free previews – and you choose the price!

Discover Lightroom - Video Workshop with Chris Marquardt

Future-proofing Tips from the Top Floor


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Let us take you to Mt. Everest

If I had to choose the one single things that I’ve done in the last five years that I have the fondest memories of, it would *have* to be the Everest Treks. The things I experienced there were so amazing on such a profound level!

We will go again in May 2014 – and we will take a group of photographers with us.

And as Jon Miller keeps saying (and rightfully so!), it’s a life-changing event. And an adventure that you’ll come home from with the most amazing photography. I will personally make sure of that!

Registration for the 2014 Everest Workshop Trek will open at 9am MDT on October 1st, 2013. (that’s 5pm German time). Space on The Team is limited.

» more information and registration

Some pictures from the last treks:










Spring 2014: It’s Time To Go Back To Everest

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We’re doing it again!

We are planning another photographic adventure to the Himalayas and you can be a team member on the Everest Trek in the spring of 2014. This trip will take you to places like Lukla, the Thame Valley, Ranjo Pass, Gokyo Valley, Cho La Pass among others.

And of course to Mt. Everest Base Camp!

» more information here