Tag archives for photography

How to Photograph Lions

No matter where our plane lands on the globe, we run into family. Indeed, the real perk of National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary Expedition is the chance to meet up (almost everyday) with our crack team of National Geographic Explorers–in the field. In Palau, we had Sylvia Earle, and when when we arrived in Botswana, we…

Four Seasons of Travel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: travel is so very personal. Each of us has our own idea of what constitutes a great destination and a great time. Indeed, it’s the beauty of changing seasons is how each one caters to our personal fancies, be it Paris in the spring or Alaska…

Ask Annie: 12 Questions for a National Geographic Photographer

For the last 10 days, I have had the very good fortune of traveling with legendary National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths. Though our expedition around Iceland been a fascinating adventure into some of the most beautiful corners of that country, the real gift of this trip was how much I learned from this illuminating woman…

Annie on Ice

Iceland is a bit of a misnomer. The country’s frigid name was a bit of a knee-jerk response by the old Norse explorer Flóki Vilgerðarson, who, after suffering a calamitous winter in the West Fjords, climbed a mountain in hope for some hopeful sight and instead encountered a bay that was filled with icebergs (most…

How to Photograph Horses

I am glad the ground is soft—until I realize that I am standing in a pile of horse manure. I step aside and knock my boots against the post, then lean into the fence, clicking my tongue and calling to the horses beyond the fence. The animals are beautiful—black, bay, chestnut, cream and white, with…

Little Purple Flowers

“Just look at this light!” exclaims Annie, amazed by the unfettered arctic sun. We are lucky with the weather. Our ship has landed in the empty bay of Aðalvík, in Hornstrandir, the remote northern tip of Iceland’s West Fjords. On a map, we’re at the top of the world, far away from any cities or…

Angry Birds

A few summers ago, I was attacked by a batch of furious birds. They dive bombed me from above—such vicious arctic terns with sharp and vengeful beaks, who struck the top of my head with such force that little drops of blood trickled down the side of my face. It really hurt. Now—all these years…

Mexico City by iPhone

Though my life resembles a nonstop vacation, it’s not very often that I simply take a trip for the sake of taking a trip. Travel is always thrilling for me, but it’s also my job, so I was grateful for the chance to take a few days off and explore Mexico City, sans internet or…

Galápagos Underwater

I am not David Doubilet. We are Facebook friends though, which is how I messaged him from my cabin aboard the National Geographic Endeavour begging for some tips on taking photos underwater. Taking a (good) camera underwater is a first for me and I was eager to experiment in this watery nature reserve. Many of…

10 Tips for Photographing Wildlife in Galápagos

Darwin didn’t have a camera, but he would have made a superb photographer.  His sketches and lengthy descriptions of animals in the Galápagos reveal a traveler who observed everything with curiosity and recorded in colorful detail. We should all learn from him. To this day, I am more of a traveler with a camera than…