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Road Trip USA - Yellowstone

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Road Trip USA - Yellowstone

After an awesome night in Elko we finished off the rest of Nevada and proceeded to drive through Idaho, into Montana for a spot of lunch before finally arriving at Wyoming to setting up camp in Yellowstone National Park. Being the oldest National Park in the USA we thought we were in for something special, which although stunning and very beautiful didn't quite have the same "wow" factor that Yosemite did. 

Still, it was pretty cool to be able to stop the car on the side of the road to see an relaxed elk chilling in the open or a badass bison growling at us when trying to walk past. Weather may have cut the visit short but it was still an impressive visit and one I wouldn't mind doing again in the future - just, maybe with a bit more time and better waterproofs! 

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Road Trip USA - Chicago

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Road Trip USA - Chicago

So after driving for 4,485 miles across the width of the USA in 18 days, through 17 states, staying at 9 different locations and collecting over 5 different beer coozies you could definitely say we had seen another side of 'Murica. Along the way we took numerous photos - too many to really edit and share all at once - so I'll be periodically uploading selections of them all here. 

First up, Chicago.

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Po Toi

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Po Toi

Taking advantage of the July 1st public holiday we took the ferry over to one of the southerly outlying island for a short walk and a spot of lunch. We headed over with the threat of a T3 warning, which when walking around seemed like nonsense, however just as we headed off back to the ferry the skies opened and we got soaked! Still, was nice to get off Hong Kong Island and do something different for a change. 

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/13, 1/500, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 30mm, f/13, 1/320, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/16, 1/320, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/16, 1/320, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/13, 1/500, ISO 400

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 17mm, f/13, 1/320, ISO 400

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Hong Kong's Inflatable Duck

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Hong Kong's Inflatable Duck

Before the inflatable duck left Hong Kong harbour I made sure to head down there and grab a photo of it. Late one afternoon, a few days before it was scheduled to leave, we decided to charge up the cameras and head down - after all it isn't often you get to shoot a six-storey inflatable duck in the Hong Kong Harbour.

We took a time lapse from a few locations on top of Ocean Terminal and while it make for a long evening there were definitely a number of keepers. Let me know which is your favourite angle .. I prefer the second

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 16mm, f/13, 6.0s, ISO 320

Canon 5D MK III, EF 16 - 35mm f/2.8L II; 17mm, f/13, 6.0s, ISO 320

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New York, New York

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New York, New York

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I've been digging the archives and going back over some of the older photos in my library. Not too long after I got my first DSLR I got a chance to go to New York - it was a graduation present from the parents after finishing Uni. Thanks!

New York is a cool place and much of what I remember is about the vibe I had when there - very chilled, cool city. I would love to spend some more time there and hopefully not too far down the line I'll get a chance to return. This was taken on the Manhattan Bridge looking back at Manhatten and the Empire State Building. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f13, 1/100, ISO 100

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Videos & New Project

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Videos & New Project

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I've been back in Hong Kong for a bit now as the extensive travelling has slowed down somewhat. Before it begins to start up again towards the end of the year my brother and I have a new project on the go. Whilst I don't want to let it be known right from the off we will be sharing shots/ updates as we progress through. 

This first one comes from Kowloon promenade as you look back at Hong Kong - always a favourite spot for the tourists and Hong Kongers alike. With the late summer sunset we're able to finish work and make our way over without missing any of the good light. It is a must for any visitor to witness.

Canon 7D, Tonika 11 - 16mm; 11mm, f8, 20s, 0.67ev, ISO 160

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Fireworks over the ICC

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After a quick redesign - thank your squarespace for making this so easy - I'll feel it is only right to upload a new photo. More changes will be happening down the line. As today is the last day of Chinese New Year it is only appropriate to share a photo from the celebrations.

Reaching the front of the harbour, right under the apex of the Convention Centre an hour before the fireworkds started we found that it wasn't as full as expected. The front row was filled but we easily found a spot that looked towards the ICC and over the heads of a small family. After a short down poor, areas beside us opened up which we quickly moved into - ignoring the fact we were getting rather wet in the process (no umbrella).

We had a perfect view of the fireworks and I managed a few shots - this was the first set of fireworks to head off. It was an amazingly loud 24-minutes of fireworks.

Canon 7D, EF 24 - 105 F/4 IS; 24mm, f7.1, 4.0s, ISO 160

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Footstep Forwards

Copper Mountain has a couple of bowls that aren't directly accessible from ski lifts, which means that when a snow dump arrives there is always 1 or 2 areas you can guarantee fresh tracks - at least until later morning/lunch time! 

This fantastic because fresh "pow" is best snow to ski through - so much more enjoyable than groomers or a completely skied out groomer. Having said that, these areas are always very difficult to access. The best location for powder at Copper Mountain was an hour hike that included a couple of traverses and hikes. At 3,000m high I felt sick by the time we reached our point to start skiing. 

This was taken at the start of the climb - we went up to the top, turned left and round the bowl, which is out of view. It was worth it though - the skiing (and the view) was fantastic!

Canon 7D, Tamron 18 - 200mm; 73mm, f16, 1/250, ISO160 

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Stepping Down

This week is the start of the Eastbourne International, a tennis tournament I worked on last year. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it back for the event this year, however there are a couple of photos that haven't been shared, which now seems appropriate to release. You can check out the current photos over on the Eastbourne page.

Last year I only managed to squeeze in time for one walk along the Eastbourne promenade. Thankfully, I caught the best of the sunset. The non black & white photo has some fantastic colour in the colours but I've found I much prefer the converted photo. The textures are much more dramatic than the colours in my opinion.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f4, 1/160, ISO 200

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