Nepal Is Safe After The Quake

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.

Kids go to school.

Kathmandu Education, Nepal Jun 2015
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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.

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People of the Himalayas Fundraiser: $15,000 And Counting

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Donations have also gone to the Chyangmiteng Social Welfare Group to buy supplies for the villages outside of Kathmandu

Thanks to you, the most amazing community on the planet, we have now been able to collect $15,000 through our People of the Himalayas photo book fundraiser. Here is a note that I received from the President of the Maya Sherpa Project, one of the organizations we have given funds to:

“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!”

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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.

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As Monika prepares her next episode of Monis Motivklingel (her photography podcast in German) Chris talks to her about the topic of this episode: anger in photography. Marcus wonders how to price his photography and it’s a bit more involved than one might imagine. You’ll have to think about your cost of doing business, the photo gear you buy, the rent you pay, the time you spend, the training you might need, any markup that you might need to charge in order to be able to re-invest back into your photography. Last but not least, Sonny of Pocketlenses brings us some great tips for smart phone photography.

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