Chris talks about his recent travels to northern India, Sikkim, West Bengal and Kathmandu, Nepal. After a bumpy start, his photography tour took him to wonderful places. He visited tea plantations to see tea pluckers at work, he got to experience the culture and people of this wonderful part of the world and he learned how a smile can open doors. Photographically speaking, but also actual ones. Also, one of Chris’ pictures will be displayed in the actual Louvre in Paris, France. Pauline calls in with a wonderful update on how her photo shoot went – and it’s a great message on how to grow as a photographer by stretching your comfort zone. Chris gives you a first listen to a podcast project and asks for your opinion.
It is now over a month after the big Nepal earthquake and I have just returned from two days in Kathmandu.
Let me get this straight right away: whatever you think the current situation in Nepal is, you are probably wrong. Nepal is not one big pile of rubble. Rather the opposite. The country is safe to visit. The hotels and guest houses are open, most of the hiking trails in the mountains are just fine and if you had plans to go to Nepal, there is no reason to cancel them.
Yes, you will see broken buildings and chances are that for months the people and visitors of Kathmandu will hear pneumatic hammers as they tear down badly cracked houses. But the numbers are way smaller than I had expected after seeing the destruction as presented on the news.
Here’s my message after I had a first-hand look myself: normality abounds.
Stuart has a question on compression. And he doesn’t mean JPG compression, but the visual compression that you get when using a telephoto lens. Is it really the focal length that does it? Or the angle of view? Or maybe the distance between the camera and the subject? Chris explores some of these thoughts. Special guest on today’s show is Allan Attridge who thanks to having two kids, has become an expert in children photography.
“Namaste Chris! Thank you so very much for the donations to Maya Sherpa Project! Portions of the founds were used for the food and supplies drive in last week and this week by the Sherpa (Chyangmiteng Social Welfare Group) in and nearby Kathmandu valleys. We will continue to support for the future food and supplies drive. Portions of the donations will be used for helping to rebuilt schools they were damaged by the earthquake in Solukhumbu region!”
Let Chris take you to the rim of a live volcano as he interviews PHow hard is it to focus your camera at night? Or on a white sheet of paper? Find out how to find or create the required contrast to help your camera do it. Or switch to manual mode and use a few simple tricks that will help you achieve your goal. Chris also talks about how to organize your photos so you will be able to find them even years later.