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Field Notes: Bangladesh 2019

By Etienne / December 30, 2019 / 2 Comments

For this year’s edition of my annual Bangladesh photograph tour, I was joined by four willing participants. Each member of this quartet had signed up for one clear reason: to improve their photography skills. Which they did. A lot.  As a photography instructor, my favourite students are the ones who absorb all the information I…

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Field Notes: Counting Sheep in Khorasan

By Etienne / December 20, 2019 / 2 Comments

Last month while exploring the Khorasan region of North East Iran, I embarked on what should’ve been a quick two-hour drive between Neyshabur and Kashmar, and what turned out to be an entire day of photography.  The road was simply that stunning. First Sheep of the Day My friend and I left another friend’s house…

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Street Photography in Colombo

By Etienne / December 12, 2019 / 4 Comments

As you might already know, when I run a photography tour in a country, I like to arrive some days before and to leave some days after. This allows me to visit new locations, adjust the tour itineraries, meet local photographers and work on my street photography skills. Because these few days are basically the…

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Sri Lanka 2019: Field notes

By Etienne / November 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

After a great first outing last year, Pics of Asia returned for its second photography tour of Sri Lanka. And once again, the teardrop-shaped island did not disappoint.  What’s great about Sri Lanka is that you can balance luxury accommodation with very non-luxurious locations for photography, such as smelly fish markets and muddy tea fields.…

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Field Notes: Iran Photo Tour, 2019

By Etienne / November 11, 2019 / 6 Comments

Hello from Iran! I’ve just finished another photography tour and thought you might want to know how it went. My karma must be good this year because once again I was blessed with a superb group. Out of five participants, four were returning students (I must be doing something right, right?). So it kind of…

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Putting the TRAVEL back in Travel Photography

By Etienne / October 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

If you join a Pics of Asia photo tour you’re guaranteed to get good photos. Why? Well, because we know the very best locations and we take you there at the very best times. We’re nice like that. 😉 But – and this may surprise you – getting great photos is not actually the main…

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North Vietnam photography tour 2019: field notes.

By Etienne / September 27, 2019 / 6 Comments

One of my favourite trips each year is when I say goodbye to the rivers and lagoons of Central Vietnam and head for respite, into the mountains of North Vietnam. No matter how many times I head north, it still feels like an adventure into the unknown. By the way, you can also check out…

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Vietnam Travel Photography & Sketching Tour 2020

By Etienne / September 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

As we are in the process of building new photography tours for 2020, we also thought that it would be very interesting to create the absolute new experience that you can’t find anywhere else. I only met Anna this year, as she joined one of my central Vietnam photography tours. Needless to say, it didn’t…

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Review of the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 FX

By Etienne / September 11, 2019 / 8 Comments

September 2019 updates: After now over two years of shooting with this lens, I do have a few things to add. I still ove this lens very much, and I mostly use it for portraits, or when the light is very flat. Shooting with a really wide aperture helps to bring back depth in the…

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Seven-Day Hue & Phong Nha Tour

By Etienne / September 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Exploring the land that time forgot After ten years of exploration, I consider myself something of an expert on the Central Vietnam coastline. Which is a region of amazing natural beauty and limitless photo opportunities. However, the area north of Hue and towards Hanoi has remained a bit of a mystery to me. Sure, I’ve…

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