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How To Take Great Travel Photos!I love photography - it's definitely one of my passions... as is travel, of course! But how do you get amazing photos of the places you visit? How many times have you been somewhere stunningly beautiful but when you've looked at your photos back home, it just doesn't look anywhere near as fabulous as it did in real life? If this has happened to you, read on for my best travel photography tips... Always have your camera/phone to hand! It sounds obvious, but if you don't, you could miss a great photo opportunity! [caption id=attachment_3480 align=aligncenter width=761] There were lots of photo opportunities whilst boring round the souks of Marrakech, Morocco [/caption] Learn to shoot on manual If you're using anything other than a phone to take photos, you need to learn to shoot in manual mode to give you more control. Your camera has a limited range if left to its own devices so you need to tweak the settings to get the best photo you can. You can make some corrections later, but it is quicker and easier to take the best shot you can get in the first place. So, read your camera's manual or, even better, book on a photography course. [caption id=attachment_3901 align=aligncenter width=760] Shooting on manual gives you much more control over your shots[/caption] Pay attention to composition The key to a great photo is great composition. Think about where everything is positioned in the shot and ask yourself if that is the best layout. Could you move slightly to get a better angle, for example? What about breaking the rule of thirds (where you split your shot into three and position the focal point off-centre)? [caption id=attachment_3897 align=aligncenter width=756] Don't be afraid to take photos from unusual angles[/caption] Think about the point of your shot What are you trying to capture? A beautiful landscape? A striking building? People? Atmosphere? Decide what the main feature is then compose the rest of the shot around it. And don't put yourself in EVERY shot - people know what you look like and would probably prefer to see where you've been! [caption id=attachment_3900 align=aligncenter width=744] I love the shape of the roof of the Winter Gardens in Sheffield[/caption] Get the lighting right The right light can make or break a shot. If the light is not good, can you come back later when it may be better? Think about the golden hours of photography - shortly after sunrise and just before sunset - as these times provide the most flattering light. Nighttime shots can look really effective, but you need to get your camera settings right. [caption id=attachment_3895 align=aligncenter width=583] I took various shots of Radio City in NYC but this is the one that I felt worked best[/caption] Tell a story Take photos that capture what is going on around you. Capture a moment that speaks to you... and that will speak to others too! Really look around you for interesting shots... you just never know what you might spot. [caption id=attachment_3894 align=aligncenter width=629] You can tell how content Freya is in this shot without even seeing her face![/caption] Be original Try not to take the same shots that every other tourist takes! Look for different views of your travels that are unique to you... try taking close-ups or spontaneous shots that capture the mood of a place. [caption id=attachment_3892 align=aligncenter width=775] I loved these brightly coloured spices in Marrakech, Morocco[/caption] Taking great travel photos (or any type of photos) is often a matter of trial and error - the more you experiment, the better your final results will be! So don't be afraid to try lots of different approaches! Do you like photography or do you have any great tips for budding travel photographers? Let me know int he comments below... Happy Snapping! Kate
Boat Charter Komodo: Exploring Kalong IslandWhen you embark on an adventure to Komodo National Park you probably only expecting Komodo to be the only unique creature that you might find on land. But there’s a small island located near the border of Komodo National Park called Kalong Island. Usually, when you went with Boat Charter Komodo, they will take you there for a short trip before entering Komodo Island. Visiting Kalong Island via Boat Charter Komodo is the simplest way Kalong in the Javanese language means Bat. You might already guess why the island is called that by now, but yeah… the reason Is that there’s a large population of bats inhabiting this island. Other than bats, there’s also a group of dangerous animals like snakes roaming the island. Therefore, going to this island by yourself is certainly not safe. That’s why you will need a guide while traveling the island, and the cost for one day can reach IDR 3 million. Considering there’s not much to explore on the island, it’s really not worth spending that much on one day. So alternatively you can join a trip with boat charter Komodo and the fee for the guide is already included in the package, it’s more convenient that way and you can also guarantee to get a professional guide. What’s to see in Kalong Island? Kalong Island is surrounded by mangrove forests, and the bats can be seen on the trees during daylight shielding themselves from the heat of the sun. But do we come all the way here just to see bats hiding in the trees? Of course not. Well, there are some bats that already flying around at noon but the real attraction begins after sundown, at around 6 PM. By that time, you can hear faintly the bats are making a screeching sound to communicate with each other. And after a while, hundreds of them start flying from the trees into the skies. These bats are flying towards Flores island, where there are lots of fruit trees and plantation to get food, and then into the Komodo Island. You can enjoy the sight of this unique phenomenon near the shores or in the boat. You can even request the captain to adjust the boat to get a better view. I mean, where else can you see a swarm of bats flying in the sky while enjoying your drinks right? More Komodo Travelling Tips: 17 essential items for your awesome Komodo Liveaboard trip Komodo Cruises Labuan Bajo: What to Pack on a Liveaboard Green Travelling with Komodo Cruises Labuan Bajo Other activities to Do with Boat Charter Komodo Aside from its population of bats, this island also has a good snorkeling and diving spots. Like Manta Point, there are population of jellyfish in the area. Although not as beautiful as other diving spots, the sight of jellyfish swimming through the coals can truly be a sight to behold. So, what are you waiting for? Witness yourself the magnificent Kalong Island and make your holiday something to remember! Contact Boat Charter Komodo nearby and prepare to meet these flying creatures dancing through the night sky!
My 2019 in Review... And 62 Book ReviewsThis year was a big year for me, both personally and professionally, but also one of the most difficult. Here’s a pro tip of life advice: know that when following up something insanely successful, no matter how well your next thing does, it will never feel like it was enough. I launched Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope on May 15th. A lot went into it. In fact, I probably overdid it on many dimensions because of my insecurity with following up on The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. My editor once told me that good writing can be summed up in one phrase, “Stop trying so hard.” He said the role of an editor is to tell the author when they’re overdoing it. I probably overdid it in places. It’s a more challenging book—probably more challenging than it needed to be. In hindsight, I think I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. After the success of Subtle Art, I felt this weird itch to prove that I could write a much more intellectual book than just a run-of-the-mill, fun self-help stuff. I still think the book turned out great, but looking back, I probably could have chilled a bit on some of the sections. When it came to launching the thing, I also went a bit overboard. I did 27 speaking events in six different countries. In hindsight, that was probably about 10-12 too many. I physically and mentally destroyed myself traveling. And while speaking and meeting fans were really cool, it probably wasn’t worth doing as many events as I did. All that effort and stress looks somewhat silly in hindsight because what I eventually discovered was that my expectations were so warped, I was going to feel disappointment no matter what happened. The book sold over half a million copies in six months, spent 14 weeks on the NYTimes Bestseller list (including debuting at #1). It was #1 in six different countries. Yet, because of the size of the shadow cast by Subtle Art, it all somehow felt meager and unworthy. I had a mini-breakdown in early June and then quickly managed to get over myself. I feel fine about it now. I’m a young author. I will have 20-30 books in my career. Just learn from this one and move on. Going into 2020, I feel better than I have in a long time—mentally, emotionally and physically. I’ve got an Audible Original Audiobook about relationships coming out in a few months, and work on Will Smith’s autobiography continues to go well (even if it’s slow). Look for that in 2021. In the meantime, I’ve redoubled my efforts to the website. You’ve probably noticed me being more active around here lately. That’s because for the first time since 2017, I actually have time to dedicate to it. It feels good to be back. No matter what I do and how successful it is, this is still my home. My Favorite Books of 2019 But the books… Every year, I list each book I read that year. I write reviews for my favorites and give 1-2 sentences summarizing how I felt about all of the others. You can also find the round-ups for my reading in 2018 and 2017. This year I read 62 books. 56 were nonfiction and six were fiction. Of the 56 nonfiction, a whopping 22 were either biographies or memoirs. I focused on these because I’m currently working on Will Smith’s autobiography/memoir. In total, I read 19,054 pages (far fewer than the past two years), averaging 52 pages per day, and 307 pages per book. I also started and abandoned nine other books (which, you’ll remember, I encourage you to do). I am pleased to announce that, after having been bothered for years by readers, I made an effort this year to read more female authors. In 2019, a full half of the books I read were written by women. Yes, even here we can find equality. What I learned from the effort was… well, not much actually. A good book is still a good book. And a bad book is still a bad one. Anyway, I’m glad I put the effort in, but it didn’t really offer any large realizations. However, I did update my reading recommendation list with more female authors—something I’ve been yelled at to do for years now. OK, on with it. My top five books that I read in 2019 were the following: This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin Hägglund, Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang, Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, Behind …