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Elia Locardi
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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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We will be there on the 6th... doh!
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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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The Moments Between || Shooting Singapore

After flying a long 11,500 miles beginning with a 5:00AM flight out of Orlando, I finally arrived in Singapore this morning—one of my favorite cities in the world.

Though I'm only here through the weekend, it's great to be back and I just couldn't help but shoot the spectacular (and constantly growing) downtown skyline.

Here I have my very compact Fujifilm X-T10 attached to my RRS Multi Clamp—a cool little product that I helped design. Sometimes it's nice to travel light! 😊

#themomentsbetween #singapore #reallyrightstuff #fujifilm #X-T10
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Hey Elia, any photo walk while you are here? Do let us know, it'd be fun to get together again!
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Wishing a Happy Birthday to the lovely and talented +Naomi Locardi as we also prepare to celebrate our 17th year of marriage.

From the lows and the highs, to the moments of fear and moments of pure elation - no matter where we happen to be on this beautiful planet, there's not a day that goes by where I'm not thankful to have you in my life.

You're not only my wife. You're a piece of my heart, my soul. You're my friend, my travel companion, and my occasional co-conspirator to gain access to sneaky photography locations. ;)

More still - You're the driving force that helps to plan and perpetuate our 100% mobile lifestyle. You're also the brilliant mind and loving heart behind the success of our company, Dream Photo Tours.

Thank you for everything you do. ❤️

Photo taken by Anna Tenne while we were scouting our upcoming Dream Photo Tour in Bhutan. 
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Tempest || Dubai

Every once and a while, certain events in life can line up so perfectly, that it renders you speechless. Sometimes, it can all boil down to one specific moment in time that once seemed so improbable, that it’s a profound experience to see it materialize into a reality.

As a photographer, I spend my life seeking out some of what I believe to be the most beautiful destinations on the planet, and while positioning, patience, timing and technique are all crucial elements to my craft, sometimes it all just comes down to having a bit of luck.

I’ve been visiting Dubai for more than five years now and with each visit, I always hope for some beautiful clouds, a rare rain storm, or better yet, the elusive phenomenon of low moving ground fog at sunrise. Just witnessing one of these events alone can be extremely special - two together even more unique, but capturing all three combined in one scene? Well, in my opinion, this many elements coming together so harmoniously is a photographers dream.

So while I was perfectly positioned at 4:45am, setup on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Dubai Hotel with my Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Really Right Stuff TFA-01 tripod and PG-01 Panoramic Gimbal, I was ready to capture the sunrise. The rest - the fog, rain, and clouds - were all variables that I could only hope for but never control.

#MeAndTheViewAt42 #travelphotography #dubai #uae #fog #burjkhalifa
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The Moments Between || Flying The Greek Islands

I’m excited to say that between Meteora and Santorini, we’ve successfully wrapped up shooting our first video project in Greece, and tomorrow, we’ll begin a new project that will take us to a five different islands in the Cyclades. While I can’t talk about the first project yet, the second one is tourism and imagery based so I’m stoked to have the opportunity to put my Inspire Pro and X5 to good use on these stunning Islands.

Last night, I took a beautiful flight over Oia, the most famous village in the Greek Islands. Having visited here a few times over the years, it was amazing to see this stunning Aegean paradise from a new aerial perspective.

Thanks to +Naomi Locardi for being there with her Fujifilm X100T to capture the moment for me.

#DJI #Drone #Aerial #Greece #Video #Photography #TheMomentsBetween
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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:

www.elialocardi.com

#oia #greece #cyclades #santorini #sunset
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The Moments Between || Allure of Singapore

I regularly visit Singapore and while I often refer to it as one of my favorite places in the world, it's not just because of the beautiful city itself. My love for Singapore truly stems from the relationships I have with so many wonderful people who live there. Really, I can't thank everyone enough for making me feel so at home over the years and I'm already looking forward to my next visit. Next time I promise I’ll stay longer. 😊

This behind the scenes shot was captured during my last evening in town and it overlooks the entire downtown core. My Really Right Stuff Multi-Clamp is using its two flat edges to attach perfectly to a thick piece of plexiglass, and combined with the Fujifilm X-T10, it was the perfect shooting configuration for this location.

#singapore #themomentsbetween #RRS #clamp #photography #city
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The Moments Above || Cycladic Paradise

From Meteora to the Cyclades, after an outstanding month of shooting in Greece, it's hard to say goodbye to these phenomenal islands and landscapes.

It was almost as if the Greek weather gods were on our side the entire time as every single project went perfectly and as a result, I couldn't be happier with the imagery I was able to capture. And as an added bonus, I was also able to sample much of the local food and wine - which was definitely a plus!

Though I can't talk too much about the details of what I worked on in Greece quite yet, if all goes well I'll be sharing some of the results very soon!

Next, it's time to transform from pilot into passenger and catch a series of long flights to Singapore. ✈️+🍷 = nap time. 😉

#dji #inspire #x5 #themomentsbetween #photography #aerial #drone #greece #cyclades
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I’m a huge fan of astrophotography and over the years, I’ve had a great time incorporating star trails into my portfolio.

Here’s a post I wrote that explains how I achieve a few of the different styles in my night sky photos. And as always, if you don’t feel like reading, you can just browse through the photos. ;)

#astrophotography #stars #startrails #milkyway #night
Photographing the stars can yield beautiful results. Let's examine some techniques that help us capture awesome Astrophotography and star trails.
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Preciosas Tomas. Felicitaciones, Elia.
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The Moments Between || Above Folegandros

Well, the first thing I can say about flying over Folegandros last night is that it was extremely challenging working in 55-65kph winds! In hindsight, I admit that it was a bit crazy to attempt - even by my standards.

Thankfully though, even though the wind gusts tried to tear it out of the sky, my DJI Inspire Pro handled it like a champ and I was able to come away with some seriously stunning photos and videos from this unique island paradise.

The plan was to fly again today but now the winds are up to 75kph! So, I’m thinking flying might not be the best idea. I guess I’ll have to relax instead. :)

#drone #aerial #photography #themomentsbetween
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The Moments Between || Meteora + Coffee = Awesome

The video project in Greece is going great so far in Meteora and yesterday I happened to run into an Italian tour bus. And aside from having a nice conversation with a few of the travelers, their bus was fully equipped with a proper espresso machine! I’ll let you guess what my answer was when they offered me a cup. :)

We’re wrapping up production in Meteora tonight and tomorrow we’ll be heading to Santorini to continue the project. A huge thanks to my wonderful friends here in town for making us feel so welcome and at home. I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Photo by: +Josh Haftel

#meteora #themomentsbetween #greece #coffee
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Really a nice place to have a cup of coffee......... :D
You look fantastic too.... :)
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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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