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.

» get the ICELAND 2015 WALL PAPER PACK here

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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tfttf670 – Primes Are Great Teachers – Q&A

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Chris shares his most important tip on buying a smaller camera, Paul wants to find out what the deal with prime lenses is, Ryan asks about composition guidelines for panorama pictures and Tony wonders what the best photo backup strategy might be.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
May 2015: India - Darjeeling First Flush
Oct 2015: San Diego, CA
Oct 2015: New York City
Sep 2015: Ireland - Donegal Dreamscapes
2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
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Galapagos anyone?

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Photo: Vasilis Tsikkinis

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.

tfttf669 – Highway Or Back Country Road

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Chris gets on a tiny little soapbox and talks about tools. How they are there to be a means to an end and not the main purpose of photography. He provides plenty of examples to illustrate this point.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
May 2015: India - Darjeeling First Flush
Oct 2015: San Diego, CA
Oct 2015: New York City
Sep 2015: Ireland - Donegal Dreamscapes
2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
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tfttf668 – The Smallest Camera You Own

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Chris talks about Donegal, Ireland, about speeding up Lightroom on the new 5k iMac and Sonny Portacio of Pocketlenses.com joins the show to talk about shooting with your smartphone.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
May 2015: India - Darjeeling First Flush
Oct 2015: San Diego, CA
Oct 2015: New York City
Sep 2015: Ireland - Donegal Dreamscapes
2016: Ethiopia - Danakil Desert
» all workshops