First trip to Slovenia!

So it was long weekend (again) here in Bavaria, aren’t we lucky? We decided to go and see Slovenia, which is pretty close to us. We sent off Saturday morning by car with my camera gear, tent and sleeping bags bound for Bled, Slovenia.

Lake Bled at dawn. 5D Mark III | 45mm 2.8 TS-E | B+W CPL

Unfortunately, we soon realized we would not make Bled early afternoon as planned… the traffic was horrible. All of Germany was driving south. The highways were completely clogged. It took us until 6pm to get there. Note to self – go earlier next time! Anyways, we made it to Bled just in time for some dinner and some evening photos.

Lake Bled at dusk. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II | B+W CPL | Lee Pro Glass 0.9 ND

Bled is a wonderful area, and we spent a bit of time there, checking out the town, castle and surroundings before moving on to the south of Slovenia to see the world famous caves. The weather was awesome, and it was great to sleep under the stars. Next day we went to Skocjan caves, it cost 21 Euros each for the extended tour. While the cave was pretty awesome, paradise cave in Vietnam is more impressive. The main problem I have with Skocjan caves is that no photography is allowed in the main section.. even without flash. Yet, people can use flashlights in the cave. Lame. So all my photos is from the second part of the caves, where photography was allowed.

Škocjan Caves, Slovenia. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

We just had enough time to also see Slap Savica waterfall and surrounds. All is all it was really a great trip. Very friendly people, great scenery. Would highly recommend!

Chick here to see the full album from Slovenia!


Watch Tales by Light!

I have just finished watching Tales by Light. I must say it was really cool, and very inspirational. There are few films on photography, and even less worth watching. Tales by Light was done by Netflix and Canon Australia. It follows renowned photographers around the world as they chase the shot of their dreams. Its very travel and adventure related, and that makes it very interesting for me. If you like travel photography, culture, adventure and nature, this is a must! The episodes are around 20-25mins each, but are quite feature packed. Watch the trailer below.

It is obviously sponsored heavily by Canon, and there isn’t another camera brand in sight throughout the series. It does not ruin the series, and should be something for Canon fanboys to watch late at night. What I really like about it is the international feel, and the focus on inspiration and the fundamentals of how photography makes us feel. I’m glad there is little gear talk by some “experts” because they usually makes me sick. These photographers are just practicing their craft, and are all very talented and inspirational.

I would highly recommend the series to all photographers. Its not only eye candy, and beautifully made, it was very thought provoking for me, and struck at the roots of what I love about travel and photography. This series is about what photography is, and not what consumerism has made it.

Find out more about the series here! Tales by Light

Season two is coming!

Reflecting on Travel

Hi all! I decided to make a fun photo and use it as a new featured photo in my travel albums landing page. I thought it would be cool if it was a pile of old maps and travel stuff…

My travel junk… or is it memories?

To be honest, I could have done a better job technically, and used some flashes and stuff, its a bit unevenly lit.. but anyway. I have a heap of travel books, maps and old stuff lying around which I got from my many travels. It turned out to be more about reflection on travel experiences than anything else! You can click on the image to make it larger. Some of the stuff in there includes:

  • My collection of travel books… I currently have 40+ Lonely Planet books. I just ordered another one, ‘Great Britain’. Although my favorite which I use for inspiration is Lonely Planet’s ‘The Travel Book’, its super cool and has a couple of pages for every country in the world. Lonely Planet
  • Some Polish money which I got from a friend while on university exchange in Norway… Never actually been to Poland yet. Although I’m told I’m going this summer :s.
  • A gangster style roll of Vietnamese money. We have been there so many times, and always have lots of notes left over. Due to inflation the roll is worth about 4 bucks… and not worth stealing.
  • Some iron-on patches. About 10 years ago I thought it would be cool to have patches from all the places I visited all over my bag.. never happened, and now I don’t like the idea.. Anyone want some patches?
  • The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek flyer. This is from Cambodia, where we visited the sights of Pol Pot’s regime. Very chilling, and worth a visit. Thousands of people were murdered here with primitive tools, include women, children and babies. See here for more information. We also went to s21, the school that was converted to an execution processing center. See here for more information.
  • Some boarding passes for an Etihad flight. Not a huge fan of Etihad, but its who we used to relocate to Germany from Australia just over a year ago now.
  • A trail map of ‘Mueller Hut Route’ in New Zealand. Many years ago, my friend and I hiked up to the Mueller Hut, in the Mt Cook region of New Zealand. We camped on the snow at around 2000m. Interestingly, 30mins from the hut lies Mt Oliver. This was the first peak that Sir Edmund Hillery ever climbed. He would later be the first to scale Mt. Everest in 1953. See here for more info.
  • Fraser island map. Fraser Islands has world heritage listing and is one of the biggest sand islands in the world. Located just off the coast of Harvey Bay in Australia, its a magnet for holiday makers, and 4WD enthusiasts. Its great for camping and the interior lakes are crystal clear and incredible for swimming. Info
  • Da Lat city map. Da Lat is one of my favorite places in Vietnam. This mountainous village is nice and cool, and has great markets. Its famous for its flowers and fruits, and there are also a number of waterfalls to see in the region. Best way to see it is by renting a motorbike. Info
  • Japan rail card. No visit to Japan is complete without experiencing the bullet trains. The train system in Japan is among the best in the world. Its quite expensive, but get a JR rail pass when you visit to have access to anywhere in the country. Info
  • My trusty GPS. This is an older one now, but you can still load all kinds of maps to it. Great for exploring. I bought this tax free on board M/S Norröna while in international waters, headed for Iceland. Info
  • Faroe Islands bus schedule. Public transport is pretty efficient in Denmark. Even on its extreme territories, there is good public transport. The Faroe Islands has a population of just 25,000 people, and yet taking the bus was a good way of getting around. Info

So whats next?

Well I certainly plan to continue my travels long into the future! There are so many places still to see and experience! This summer I plan to get some short trips in around central Europe. We also plan to visit the UK this summer for a couple of weeks. I really want to see Scotland. In autumn, I have no idea… but I know we are hosting Christmas this year in Bavaria.. Something about a visit to Vietnam in February for Tet, lets see what happens. Here is my ultimate bucket list for the next 3-5 years!

  1. A visit to Greenland – min 4 weeks
  2. A visit to Iceland – minimum 2 weeks
  3. A visit to Borneo – min 2 weeks
  4. Take the Trans-Siberian railway to Beijing
  5. A visit to the Pacific Islands – min. 4 weeks
  6. A visit to Burma – 2-3 weeks
  7. Visit the Falkland Islands and South Georgia
  8. Visit North Africa, including Tunisia and Morocco.
  9. A visit to St. Petersburg
  10. A visit to Croatia and Greece.
  11. A visit to Costa Rica
  12. A visit to Patagonia.

Looks like I’ll be busy! Happy shooting and hope you enjoyed my memories!

Oh yes, nearly forgot! Here is where I used the photo! Travel Photography

Eibsee, Bavaria

Its finally getting warm and nice here in Bavaria. The grass is green again and the flowers are blooming. Most people who visit here come in Summer, and most people visit the castles, beer gardens, and perhaps see Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. One little place thats very near to Zugspitze is Eibsee, a lake at the foot of the mountain, and about 10mins from Garmisch. I’ve been meaning to check it out, so yesterday I finally did!

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 16-35mm 2.8L II | B+W Polariser

The lake is about the same size as Alpsee near Schwangau, where you will also find Neuschwanstein. Eibsee has got crystal clear water which appears green in the shallows, and number of very cute islands in the middle and great montane forest surrounding it. The backdrop of the lake on two side is towering mountains.

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 50mm 1.4 Art | X4 Polariser

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 180mm 2.8 Macro

We arrived early in the morning when the water was completely flat. It was such a reward! We saw perfect reflections of the mountains above on the lake. The weather was completely clear, and I used a polarising filter to enhance the colour in the sky and in the forest.

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 16-35mm 2.8L II | B+W Polariser

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 16-35mm 2.8L II | B+W Polariser

Despite the nice colours, black and white conversions have also worked very nicely. Although it is almost a shame to remove the rich colours in scenes like the one below.

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 16-35mm 2.8L II | B+W Polariser

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 180mm 2.8 Macro

I also brought along my 180mm 2.8 Macro lens, which I only do on occasion. Eibsee is a great place to get some close up images. The one above is water droplets stuck in a spider’s web at 1:1 magnification (life size). There are also many nice wild flowers to photograph.

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 180mm 2.8 Macro

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 70mm 2.8 Macro

Finally, the surreal scenery is also a good place for portrait photography! The ‘beach’ is kind of small stones, and is a nice stage! Here is one with the 135mm f2L lens.

Eibsee, Bavaria. 5D Mark III | 135mm f2L

If you find yourself in the area, its totally worth a visit. We finished up with lunch at a cafe on the lake, very nice!


Photography Tips:

  • Bring a few different focal lengths, its a cool place to be creative.
  • You need a polariser!
  • In summer bring your swimmers and a waterproof case!
  • You can hike up to a look out if you want a view of the whole lake.
  • If you want the best images you should bring a tripod.
  • You can hire boats which might be good for photography as well!



German Tank Museum

I have always been a WW2 history buff, and especially I’ve always loved tanks. When I got a chance to visit the Deutsches Panzermuseum in Munster on my way up to Denmark, I had to drop by.  It is one of the few places where you can see some of the rarest ww2 tanks. Some of which there are only a couple left in the world. I have always been interested in the technology that was developed in ww2. It was a race between nations, a race to be the first and the best at everything. Many advanced technologies were developed in this time such as; TV, radar, the first jet fighter, the assault rifle, the swept wing, first rocket powered aircraft, medical penicillin, helicopters, freeze dried coffee, computers and much else. Many house hold names owe themselves to advances made in WW2. The AK47 assault rifle is a late derivative of the German MP44 assault rifle. The MiG15,  the most advanced jet fighter of the 1950s was based on German drawings of a prototype Focke-Wulf Ta 183, and even had a copy BMW 003 jet engine in it.

Late model Tiger tank, Munster Panzer Museum. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Germany fielded many different tanks in ww2, they were constantly improving and changing designs. Although numerically very few, many German tanks were extremely deadly. The Tiger and Panther became well known names to allied tank commanders, and became armor to avoid! The German Tiger tank had much greater armor plating than regular tanks, and a much more powerful gun, which could destroy most tanks at more than twice the distance they could. On the eastern front Tiger crews recorded 14:1 kill death ratios. Munster specializes in German tanks from 1917, and has many of these rare beasts.

For its time, the Panther tank was very advanced and led the way in tank development for years to come. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Impressive armor plating of the Jagdpanther. Many allied tanks had great difficulty in dealing with the Jagdpanther. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

These heavy tanks were developed as a result of the German experiences in Russia in 1941. The German army enjoyed very fast progress initially, as they had before in the blitzkrieg era, but that all changed when they ran into good Russian tank designs like the KV and T34 tanks. To deal with these threats Germany developed specialized tank hunter tanks like the jagdpanzer and increasingly heavier tank designs.

A collection of tank hunters. Here we see a Hetzer in the foreground, and two Jagdpanzers along with the Jagdpanther. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Jagdpanzer IV with L48 gun. Its low profile made it a very hard target to hit, it became almost invisible when used defensively. It also packed a powerful punch. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

This is a Hetzer tank based on a Czech tank design. It was very small, but highly agile and had a powerful cannon. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Germany could never match the mass production of the soviet union and the USA. The US produced 53,000 Sherman tanks in the war years, while German produced 1300 Tigers. The T34 Russian tank was the greatest threat, and while a very formidable tank, many were lost with poor crew training, lack of communications and inexperience. As more and more waves of soviet tanks hit the battlefield, the Germans were finally pushed back. Russia paid a high price for this, and it can be seen on some of the exhibits at Munster. There is a T34/85 there where you can see the rush under which is was made, the welding and general assembly of the turret is very poor.

Turret of a Russian T43/85. The Russian tanks were very roughly made, had poor optics and communications, but were very numerous, highly reliable, had good protection and a good gun. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art.

As well as the main battle tanks, there are also many other interesting vehicles on display at Munster. The car below is a Schwimmwagen, made by VW. This was an amphibious car with 4×4. The tracked vehicle below is a Goliath. A remote controlled mini tank packed with explosives designed to bring down fortifications.

Schwimmwagen, amphibious car. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Goliath, remote controlled bomb. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Germany’s history with tanks began a in WW1 where they captured a British tank, one of the first in the world. A German version was soon developed and became the A7V. These early tanks were more mobile bunkers than anything else. They were very slow and had very little mobility. New tactics first visualized by the British, and developed by Germany in the 1930s called for a mechanized army with fast mobile tanks spearheading enemy positions with great shock and confusion. This became known as Blitzkrieg tactics which proved very successful and led to the collapse of Europe.

WW1 A7V tank from 1918. Germany’s first tank. Crew of no less than 18 people was needed. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

First of the German Panzers. This is a Panzer I  from the mid 1930s. Had two machine guns and weighed just 5.4 tons. The Tiger II produced in the last years of the war had an 88mm cannon, 185mm thick steel plating and weighed 70 tons. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

The final tanks to be made by Nazi Germany were monsters. The Tiger II or King Tiger tank was one of the heaviest tanks ever made. It weighed 70 tons, had 185mm think steel plating and packed a very powerful gun which could destroy tanks at 2000 – 3000m. Some Tigers are known to have had a 14:1 Kill/Death ratio. Equally insane is the Sturmtiger. Weighing 68 tons, this tank fired a 380mm rocket propelled artillery shell which was designed to destroy fortifications and buildings. The shell is shown in the foreground.

King Tiger tank. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Sturmtiger with 380mm rocket propelled shell in foreground. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art.

Munster Panzer Museum also has more modern tanks including the Leopard I, right up to the present day. Its a great museum, especially if you are interested in WW2 tanks. I would highly recommend a visit to any history buff! Below are a few pictures from the day! Hope you enjoy and please don’t forget to follow my blog.

Official website is here:

Location information:

Photography information:

  • The museum allows photography with no limitations that I am aware of.
  • All the photos here were taken with a 5D Mark III and 24mm 1.4 lens.
  • The light is pretty good, I used f1.4 and iso400. So if you have a 2.8 lens you will likely need iso 1600.
  • 24mm is the widest angle I would use so that you don’t distort the subjects too much.
  • It costs 8 Euro to get in and the museum is open 6 days 10:00-18:00.
  • Fully guided tours are available upon request.



I had seen a lot of cool shots of Hallstatt, and decided that we needed to check it out. Our first stop was Salzburg (click for photos!). We then headed for our overnight halt near Hallstatt. We thought we would use the tent, and do it backpacker style. Sleeping under the stars was really nice, but it was a pretty cold night! That evening we thought we would check out Hallstatt even if there wasn’t much going on, at least we could get dinner and a few long exposures.

Hallstatt, Austria. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Hallstatt is a very cosy village perched on the steep banks of Hallstätter See. It is a very popular spot for tourists, so much so that the Chinese have made a scale replica back in China apparently. I can understand why as the town is really quite charming. Should be mentioned that you can’t actually drive into the town, you need to part a little outside the village.

Hallstatt from the lake. 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

Next day we came back and took a 50min boat trip which was a good way of seeing the town from the water. I think it was about 10 Euro per person. 35mm seemed to be a good focal length from the boat. There is lots of see the do in the village, and when we were there there was a marathon on.


Best flower pots I’ve seen. 5D Mark III | 35mm 1.4 Art

Coolest tree I’ve seen. 5D Mark III | 14mm 2.8

Like many villages like this, there are walking tracks throughout the town, and it takes a while to learn your way around. We eventually made it to the church which over looks the town. From there you have a look view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Vistas from the church. 5D Mark III | 14mm 2.8

All in all a nice place to see if you are in Austria!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the two days:



View of Salzburg from the Fortress. 5D Mark III | 24mm 1.4 Art

Last weekend my wife and I decided to have a short road trip to Salzburg and Hallstatt in Austria. Salzburg is just 2:15 from where we live, and we had not been there before, but heard a lot of good things about it. I ended up with a lot of photos from the two days, so I”ll split the posts – so here is Salzburg!

Salzburg souvenirs! 5D Mark III | 45mm 2.8 TS-E

Salzburg was pretty amazing, but lots of tourists… After a while I get people phobia, so if you are like me, make sure you arrive early! Salzburg has lots of rich history, and its wealth came from salt mines in the region. Salt was used extensively in the past as a food preservative.  Today Salzburg is a vibrant city, with cool markets, a lovely river and cosy cafes. The main reason tourists come here however is to get a glimpse of the Salzburg’s glamorous past, which is easy. The city has many wonderful old buildings, small alleyways and imposing courtyards.

Streets of Salzburg. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

A nice way to get around is by horse! 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II


You can spend days in Salzburg, but we only had one. We strolled around on the cities many steep paths and eventually made it to the fort, over looking the city. You can take a tram up to the fort, but you should walk up, as you will see a lot on the way. The fort was built to protect the city and its wealth in salt from its enemies. The fort was expanded many times, and never breached.

The fortress from the city. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II

The city has lots of nice shops to look at. Some are still trading salt today, like to cool and trendy place below. Some good places for coffee too, and if you don’t feel like walking, but can take a horse carriage around the city instead.

Trendy salt shop. Used the super wide 12mm 2.8 Fisheye to maximize the effect of the cool ceiling. 5D Mark III | 12mm 2.8 Fisheye

Posing nicely for the camera. 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II


Here are some more of my favorite photos from the trip to Salzburg!

Going to Hallstatt

Its the long weekend here in Germany, and we going going to Salzburg and Hallstatt in Austria. Will be spending two days checking out the area. Looking forward to it, looks good from photos, see below example by Thomas Straubinger! It will also be our first camping trip this year, which will be interesting because its currently snowing outside…..

Hallstatt, Austria in winter. Photo credit: (Thomas Straubinger)

Salzburg is also supposed to be really nice. Actually I don’t need more photos, as I’m behind as it is on processing! But when you got a 3 day weekend, and Salzburg is only 2 hours away…. can’t really say no. I look forward to seeing what I can get! Since we are going my car ill bring all my equipment, and certainly:

  • 5D Mark III
  • 16-35mm 2.8L II for landscapes
  • Tripod and landscape filters
  • 24mm 1.4 Art
  • 35mm 1.4 Art
  • 45mm 2.8 TS-E
  • 85mm 1.2L II
  • 135mm 2L
  • 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS II

Hoping to do some good landscape photography, a bit of architecture and some general travel shots as usual.

Stay tuned for the results!

How not to get your gear stolen!

Disclaimer! You may or may not get your gear stolen, and just because you read this article, does not mean that suddenly you are invincible. The following tips have worked for me and I am simply sharing my experiences – not guarantees!


Let me start my saying that I have never ever been mugged (with or without a camera), never got into a fight (that I didn’t start). I have been into photography for about 10 years now, and I have never lost anything for got anything stolen (touching wood now..). Some may say this is luck, but it is more than that. I have been traveling to big dirty cities like Melbourne, Berlin, Paris, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Saigon, Phnom Penh etc. It’s not luck, its conduct and awareness.

The Problem

Hi! Credit

The problem is that many people look a bit like this guy when they travel. Typically most tourists also swing about a fancy camera, and generally have money to spend. Especially westerners visiting developing countries, have wealth, just in what they carry equivalent to months or years of local salary. This is something tourists don’t often think about.

This article is not just about protecting your camera, it’s also about conduct, and understanding why you might lose your camera. Because of the, sometimes ignorant and obnoxious bloke on the right, the locals have unfortunately learnt that often it’s quite easy stealing a camera or bag from visitors. If they have get 3 years’ salary from a single camera then that sounds like a sweet deal to me. These people are not necessarily bad, it’s just that temptation got the best of them. Unfortunately sometimes these events can end in tragedy; in 2005 a French tourist was dragged into traffic and killed as a man on a motorbike attempted to take her backpack in Vietnam.

Understanding Money in the third world

I have had many experiences that drove home just how little money some people make (compared to us). Here are some examples:


I think it was in 2013 when we were visiting Hoi An in Vietnam. We had been traveling through Vietnam for about a month, and fancied a stay at one of the resorts on the coast. It was bliss, amazing service, food, pool and location. There was a bar in the pool (as there often is), and the bartender was very friendly. I spoke to him about our travels and family. The conversation shifted to his job. He got $75 USD per month. This man was good at his job, educated, and spoke very good English. He worked for a successful 5 star resort.


In 2012 we hired a tuk tuk driver in Siem Reap to drive us around to see all the temples near Ankor Wat. His rate was $1-2 USD per day. He was a very quiet young man. Very polite, but due to the language problems he came across initially as a bit unreliable or uncertain. We used him for 3-4 days. The first day I tipped him $1 extra (a full day’s wage). The next day he didn’t turn up, and I thought; ‘great there goes that, he must think he does not need to work today.’ He finally did come, and looked rather tired. Perhaps he was celebrating the tip? Or more likely he has young kids or family to take care of. As we went out we stopped by a fuel place, and he asked for that day’s pay in advanced, which was fine. It is very typical that the younger generation send money to their family when they have it.


Many years ago in the 90s I was growing up in Indonesia. My family went to visit one of the volcanos on Java. It had recently erupted, and there was wide spread destruction. The volcano was still smoking quite a lot. I remember all the black rock, and grey ash everywhere. I cannot remember how, but we picked up a local and he guided us around. At the end of it, my father paid him for his troubles, an amount I think was about $10 USD or less. The man was completely beside himself with joy, it was incredible to see.

My 5D Mark III with the 16-35mm 2.8L II attached costs around $4800 USD

How does that compare to the above? How many of the locals do you think know that? What would happen if they did? They just know it’s expensive, and perhaps could bring good fortune. Luckily, more often than not, these are good people that understand robbing tourists is; a) Not what they would like to do, b) not a good business model in the long run.


Superman in Action.. Credit

By conduct I mean your conduct, the way you pack your gear, the way you carry your gear and the way you hold your gear. How do you use the strap? How do you change lenses? Where do you change lenses? It’s not just about preventing theft, it’s also about preventing ‘accidents’ from happening, or preventing loss of equipment by being cautious, rather than careless.

I usually travel with a DSLR and 4-5 lenses. For this I use a camera backpack to carry it around. It’s not the most stylish, but I find it the most practical. I always make sure that anything I’m carrying can disappear inside the backpack without space problems. So if it starts raining or if I don’t want anyone to see that I have a big camera, I can get rid of my gear. My backpack’s main compartment can only be accessed if you are not carrying it – zipper is on the back panel. That is nice, as it means that no-one can just open the zipper and pull out the camera gear behind you.

When I’m on the plane, I always carry it hand luggage, and try to always put the bag under my seat in front of me. This way, it can’t fall out of the locker, because it’s already on the floor, it also means that I have my camera available for take-off and landing photo opportunities. One tip: Airlines are always wary of hard case or suitcase style hand luggage, and always weight this and sometime try to check them in. They rarely question or even weigh soft backpacks. I think they have been instructed this way to minimize luggage damage. So when you check in, wear your backpack and smile…

A good backpack is much harder to remove from you than a shoulder bag. As it does not swing about (if worn properly) it’s also much more practical than other bags. You should be clean, tidy and dynamic. Not have 10 things strapped to the outside of the bag, all clinking in the wind. Do not attract unnecessary attention to yourself. If you got a brand new bag, put some mud on it or something… Just kidding. You get the idea.

Good way to use strap Credit

If I need to take off the bag at a restaurant for example, I usually always have it under the table between my legs. Never leave your camera bag more than 30cm from you. Always think about making it inconvenient to steal. Make it difficult for anyone to ‘grab’ your stuff.

In regards to handling your camera, there are many ways now-a-days. Lots of fancy systems and clever straps. I can’t comment on these, I just use a normal strap. But apply simplicity, and remember not to attract too much attention to yourself. If your fancy strap looks expensive it will probably work against you. What I can recommend is that you ALWAYS wear the strap, always. I try to as much as possible, to put my arm through the strap as well. That way the strap is under my right arm, see the photo below. If you wear the strap, but just have the camera hanging around your neck bouncing along on your belly, then it’s really easy to just pull it over your head – gone. Even when you wear the strap, hold the camera in your hand. I have seen a lot of people just hang the camera on their shoulder…like a woman’s hand bag.. and it’s so easy to pull it off them. If you don’t wear the strap, then the strap itself becomes a great way to pull the camera out of your hands. If you don’t wear the strap and you drop your camera – guess what happens… WEAR THE STRAP.

Finally, I just want to talk about changing lenses. As you might know, I’m a prime shooter and frequently change lenses. I try to make it as quick as possible, and I can change lens in less than 20 seconds. 20 seconds is not a long time to be ‘exposed’ for. Nonetheless I try to always find a very quiet corner to change lens. Even if it means walking 20m, its better than broadcasting that you have 6 Canon L lenses in your bag to everyone around you. Also, don’t leave the body cap off for very long. Your sensor is exposed. What you should do is this:

  1. Decide what glass you need before open your bag.
  2. Find a nice quiet area to open your bag.
  3. Undo the end cap of the new lens, so it sits loose.
  4. Remove the old lens from you camera, and put the new end cap on the old lens.
  5. Throw the old lens in your bag (where the camera sits, with its hood attached.)
  6. Mount the new lens – done.

What not to do

  • Don’t assume that everyone around you wants to steal your gear…
  • Don’t leave your camera gear unattended.
  • Don’t not use the camera strap…
  • Don’t check in camera gear on planes..
  • Don’t walk right on the edge of the sidewalk nearest the road, with a camera dangling loosely on your shoulder.
  • Don’t take the lens off your camera lens and then just leave your camera lying there exposed to the elements while you fumble with your bag and lenses or ages.
  • Don’t let people see what’s in your camera bag.
  • Don’t change lens in bad weather.

Forget something? Credit

Right… Credit

Always Remember

  • Try to always use the hood. Hoods protect the lens from knocks.
  • Always point the camera down when it hasn’t got a lens attached.
  • Wear the camera strap…..
  • Pick your camera bag wisely, and get one with a weather cover.
  • Always hold your camera even when you’re just walking around.
  • Put your arm through the camera strap to have more control.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings, and keep an eye out for dodgy characters.
  • Remember, make it difficult for them. Sometimes I tie zippers together loosely. Anything that does not go to plan for them will tip you off that something is wrong.
  • Don’t buy too large capacity SD/CF cards… Do you want to lose photos from all the trip or ¼ of the trip?
  • Always have faith in human kindness! Smile and enjoy the moment!

Happy Shooting!

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger

I woke up this morning and had quite some notifications on my phone from my WordPress app…

Turned out I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Evangelina from She is hugely enthusiastic, and a great blogger, her photography is coming along very nicely. Please check out her blog.

To be completely honest, I had no idea what this award was.. so I quickly Googled it. As first it looked like a silly chain mail thing, but it really isn’t. I found this very useful!

The award is a great way for bloggers to connect, and for new bloggers to get some expose and recognition for their hard work. Its also a great way to find bloggers that share the same interests as you.

Evangelina has been hugely supportive of my blog in recent months. Its really great for have positive feedback about the posts you write, and the photos you take. Its something that I have underestimated. A Huge thanks to Evangelina for the nomination! I appreciate the recognition.

My Blog Journey

I started my site because I wanted somewhere to showcase my photography and share my experiences. I used to post my pictures to Facebook, but I really wanted somewhere a bit more…. Classy. So I made a few pages, some albums and an about page, and it remained like that for a long time. After moving to Germany I found a lot more time and will power to push my blog to the next level. I started to blog regularly and my site is now at a stage where I can say that I’m happy with it – but still lots to do!

As I posted more, I got more feedback, and this is really cool. For all the nervous bloggers out there, I encourage you to keep posting, keep improving your site, and good things will come.

My nominations are:

Kristian has a very lively blog. She seems like a lot of fun, and her site is very tidy. I really like per photographs.

Len has great photos and content on her site. Its very obvious from the moment you enter that he has worked very hard on it.

Bad Fish is a very complete blog, lots of good articles, good photos. Its really the writing that makes this blog special.

Hits home for me! Excellent photography and very clean site. Nice little blog.

Congratulations to the above!

7 Random facts about me

  • I suffer from LAS (Lens Acquisition Syndrome). I currently have 11, and still want more..
  • In my other life, I’m a Business Development Manager and Engineer.
  • I enjoy cold weather, despite living in Australia for more than half my life.
  • I grew up in Indonesia in an expat family and attended international schools.
  • I think of no-where in particular as “Home”. We currently live in Germany.. that’s pretty homely.
  • My book collection is 50% Lonely Planet.
  • My favorite travel photographer is Timothy Allan –

Versatile blogger award rules:

  • Publicly thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog so everyone else can see how great they are.
  • Select up to 15 nominees you think are deserving this award and share links to their sites to share the love!
  • Tell all of these people 7 random things about yourself, and ask your nominees to do the same.
  • Publish Award rules and picture in blog post