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Elia Locardi
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After multiple visits to this truly wonderful country, I’m so proud that our first official Dream Photo Tour to Bhutan is being run this October!

If you’re interested in joining us on this unique Himalayan adventure, there are only three spots left and registration closes very soon on August 1st, just 6 days from today.

I know I’ve mentioned before how much I’ve fallen in love with the Kingdom of Bhutan, and I’d like to share a quote with you that I read recently from His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during his coronation address to the nation that really struck me:

“Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit and kindness, justice and equality.”

These are not words I can imagine hearing from a politician in the West. These are sincere words spoken from the kind and loving heart of a benevolent leader.

#bhutan #phototour #travelphotography 
Nestled between India and Tibet, the remote and breathtaking Kingdom of Bhutan first opened its borders to tourists in 1974. Hidden for centuries, this high himalayan paradise, with its ancient monasteries, unique architecture, untouched glacial mountain regions, subtropical forests, and diverse spectrum of various climates and terrains has continued to capture the imaginations and hearts of even the most seasoned of travelers.This tiny and mysti...
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Melody of the Cyclades || Santorini

I feel like there are infinite possibilities for photography in the Greek Cyclades, and Oia—on the island of Santorini—obviously has become famous for the phenomenal views. But this spring, I had the fortunate experience of also visiting many other islands in the chain that are incredibly beautiful as well. This part of the world is truly special and what I’ve come to realize is that even though I’ve traveled around quite a bit now, I’ve barely scratched the surface, and I can’t wait to get back there to explore some more.

In truth, this was a bonus shot because the sky was so overcast, dull, and boring that we knew we’d get some good footage for our Adobe video project but we had no idea that the sky would explode with color and light. That was just an added bit of luck on our last day of shooting on Santorini.

Shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 - Edited partially in Lightroom Mobile, then synced and finished in Lightroom Desktop, with an additional exposure blended in using Photoshop.

#greece #oia #santorini #cyclades #travelphotography

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Wow beautiful place never left the uk but wish I could afford too. But my fella would rather get stoned instead and can't go myself as he won't let me go anywhere x 😥😖
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Bedtime Stories || Meteora

First of all, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone for all of the kind words and birthday wishes over the past few days. I’m overwhelmed with all of the love and support. It really means a lot to me. :)

With multiple projects in Greece including working with the testing and recent releases of the Fujifilm X-T2 and Adobe Lightroom Mobile (plus a few more things to come), it has been a wild few months where I’ve had to keep many secrets about what I’ve been working on. This includes images like this one that I’ve been really looking forward to sharing.

Greece is such a phenomenal country and Meteora was one of the very first locations I traveled to when I was building up my photography portfolio, so it has an extra special place in my heart. At the time, I couldn’t afford a camera and with our very minimal finances, we could only afford to be in Greece for a few days. I will always remember the kindness of my close friend John Mclaughlin for lending me his camera so that I could start capturing the images I would need to kick start my career in travel photography.

Even though many years have passed since then, Meteora is as beautiful as ever.

This was shot with the Fujifilm X-T2 and edited in Adobe Lightroom Mobile with a little clone stamp touch up in Photoshop.

#greece #meteora #kalambaka #kastraki #travelphotography

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I’m very excited to say that today, the Fujifilm X-T2 has officially been announced!

I’m proud to be one of the few photographers in the world that has had the opportunity to field test the X-T2, and over the past few months, I’ve traveled from Japan, to Italy, Greece, and Singapore, to put this camera through its paces, report my findings, and see what shots I could capture along the way.

Here’s my detailed review of the new features as I also dive into just how far we can push the new 24MP raw files in post-processing.

And just like all of my reviews, if you don’t feel like reading, you can just enjoy all the nice photos. :)

#fujifilm #X-T2 #XT2 #travelphotography #review #camera
Fujifilm just announced the new X-T2 Camera. Get all the details, read my in-depth complete review, and see the beautiful photos I captured in Greece.
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A huge thanks to B&H Photo for adding my name to this list of truly inspirational photographers. If you have a few minutes, it's worth checking out some of the beautiful images here.
The theme of travel is infectious on Instagram, given the more than 100 million posts boasting a “#travel” hashtag. And things get decidedly more complicated from there, since the American spelling of traveler/traveling, and the British spelling with double l’s yield similarly stratospheric figures. Not to mention numbers for synonyms such as #adventure, #voyage, and #wanderlust.
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So calming but so cold 😊😩
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Tranquility || Santorini

Even though Naomi and I left the Greek Cyclades a few weeks ago, I feel like in some way, they still haven’t left me. For a brief moment every morning when I wake up, I instinctively feel as though I should still be there, awaking to the soft golden light of dawn, the calls of the birds and the melody of the Aegean Sea. There’s a harmony in those early hours of the day, especially on some of the more outward and touristically quiet islands we visited. I truly believe we found a form of simplistic paradise there and it seems to have stolen a piece of my heart.

Don’t get me wrong, Oia—the shining gem of the Island of Santorini and shown in it’s splendor here—is a paradise well deserving of the international attention it receives. Unfortunately, that same attention results in the influx of millions of people, causing the streets to become way too crowded to walk, the hotel prices to raise, the restaurants too expensive to justify purchasing simple meals, and the chances of having a personal connection with this beautiful city much less likely at all times other than the early morning hours.

Is Oia beautiful, yes. Is it worth visiting and photographing, of course - but if you want to experience the real Cyclades, jump on a ferry boat and explore some more of these amazing islands as well!

Oh, and on a less ‘Greece’ related note, I’ll be in NYC on July 10th teaching a “Moments in Time” post-processing workshop and this is one of the images we’ll be working with in the classroom. If you’re interested, all the info can be found on the events section of my website:

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#oia #greece #cyclades #santorini #sunset
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Awesome News - The team at +Fstoppers and I decided to give away lesson 1 of my Photographing the World Landscape Photography Video Series absolutely free! Check it out as we battle the crazy winter weather in Iceland and learn how I shoot and post-process my images from start to finish.

with over 12 hours of instructional content, this is the first of 15 lessons that become progressively more difficult as they move through Iceland and New Zealand. We went all-in with the production quality and it took us nearly an entire year to produce! :)

#landscapephotography #tutorail #camera #processing #photoshop #video #iceland
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This was such an awesome video to work on with Adobe. We all poured our hearts and souls into this project in Greece and I think the message shines clearly through.

Photography is not just about capturing moments in time, it's about being inspired in these beautiful locations and experiencing them to their fullest as well. As photographers, we have the ability to convey emotion through our imagery and for me, I find my greatest inspiration and passion while traveling the world.

Thanks to Adobe for helping me do what I love. 
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+Maria Goto thanks so much for the kind words 😊
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It’s my birthday today, and as the ultimate gift, Adobe just announced fully integrated raw photo editing in Lightroom Mobile on iOS! :D

I’m kidding of course. In truth it’s not a birthday present for me, it’s rather a gift for the entire world because now, there are no limitations to where or when we can edit our raw files.

I’ve been working with Adobe on this new version of Lightroom Mobile iOS for the past few months, and through various countries, I’ve pushed it as far as possible to see how it holds up to my on the road lifestyle.

Check out my detailed post for a behind the scenes look at all the features, as well as a bunch of before and after comparison images I worked on during the project. And, as always, if you don’t feel like reading, there are a ton of cool photos to browse through instead! 
Welcome to one of the biggest game changers in mobile photography history as Adobe announces fully integrated raw photo editing in Lightroom for iOS!
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How I became Involved with Pro Aerial Photography

It’s amazing to think that in just a few short years, drone and UAV technology has evolved into such outstanding heights. And all throughout this time as these little marvels of personal aircraft have continued to get more powerful and user friendly, I’ve been able to seamlessly incorporate them not only into my professional photography and videography, but my 100% location independent lifestyle as well.

This article also includes a candid video where Lee Morris from Fstoppers and I discuss how we used a DJI Phantom in 7 different countries to get some of the most epic footage of the entire Photographing The World Video Series.

#drone #photography #videography #DJI #aerial
Drone technology has been evolving immensely. Throughout that time, here's how I’ve seamlessly incorporated them into my pro photography and videography.
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I’m excited to say that I'll be in NYC on Sunday July 10th teaching an all-day post-processing workshop at the B&H Photo Event Space, which is an awesome venue!

This is a newly revamped version of my Moments in Time series where I dive directly into how I blend multiple moments in time together into a single seamless photograph. I demonstrate some of the most recent photos I’ve created as well as the latest tools and techniques that I'm using.

I'm limiting space to keep the workshop personal and there are still a few spots left! Hope to see you there! :)

#photography #workshop #NewYork #NYC
In this workshop, learn the photography and post-processing techniques I use to blend different moments in time together into a single and powerful image.
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A huge thanks to Really Right Stuff, Tiffany Briley, and Landscape Photography Magazine for helping us tell the story of how we made the huge decision to leave our old lives behind, become 100% location independent and travel full time to chase our dreams.

Though things haven't always been easy and our lives have been full of incredible challenges along the way, looking back I wouldn't change a single moment. This is the path we've chosen and we fully embrace it with open minds and loving hearts.

Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support over the years. It means more to us that I can possibly describe. :)

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This interview is sponsored by Really Right Stuff. Interview by Tiffany Reed Briley for Landscape Photography Magazine. Elia and Naomi Locardi take their commitment to landscape and travel photogra…
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Pro travel photographer, videographer, writer, public speaker & educator who spends his life shooting the most beautiful places in the world
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I’m a professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker, and educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspiring destinations in the world. Location independent since March of 2012, my wife and I live a 100% mobile (global nomadic) lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since I began traveling full-time in 2009, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting more than 45 countries while flying well over one million miles.

Throughout this perpetual journey, I enjoy teaching the art of photography on my website www.blamethemonkey.com, while sharing my images and stories across various social media outlets. I also collaborate with many different sponsors, brands, and tourism boards, and lead Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide. Feel free to drop me a line anytime and if I happen to be in a town near you, I’m always up for a good conversation and coffee.

Follow me on Instagram to keep up on my latest locations and projects. I’m also extremely active on Social Media with daily posts and consistent engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and of course Google+.

You can also view my complete Photography Portfolio.


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2014 Photo Tours

2014 Post-processing Workshops

  • ADV Exposure Blending and Luminance Masking” Portland, Oregon - (May 24th)
  • ADV Exposure Blending and Luminance Masking” Cologne, Germany (August TBA)

2013 Photo Tours

2013 Post-processing Workshops


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