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Thunder Gods || Venice

One night in Venice, we stood in place - transfixed by the beauty of an incoming turbulent thunder storm… A few moments later though, that fascination led to our clothing and camera gear being soaked to the core. ;)

Though I’ve made many trips to Venice over the years, it’s a city that always provides me with something new - whether that’s something photography related or just simply an experience. I believe that this ancient Italian city has a pulse, a heartbeat, a soul - and with its profound mix of old world charm and new, it’s easy to understand why I’m drawn here time and again.

On this particular night, I remember feeling the cool breeze as the pressure and temperature dropped with the incoming squall. I obviously knew that staying here would result in getting drenched but I just couldn’t help myself. I wanted to watch the lightning as it illuminated the ancient structures.

I've recently teamed up with the team at Fstoppers to create a video tutorial series that teaches my entire photography workflow from start to finish. For more information visit: www.fstoppers.com/elialocardi

#Venice #Italy #Thunder #Storm #TravelPhotography
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Snapchat Stories || Stunning Osaka Castle

It's unbelievable how impressive the cherry blossom season was this year. I can honestly say that it was one of the best timed trips we've ever made here for the Sakura.

With flowers and trees in full bloom, Osaka Castle was certainly no exception. The entire castle grounds became a photography playground and we took full advantage of the spectacular weather.

In this Snapchat Story, I scout the entire castle grounds and reveal the locations of my most famous portfolio shots. I also find a new location that requires a bit of technical setup and focus stacking. If you're planning on visiting here yourself, or you just want to be entertained, check out this video.

What an awesome night we had as we captured some epic photos together! 
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Had a chance to visit there as well early this month :D https://www.instagram.com/p/BEOAoPRxEYt

Japan was truly stunning during sakura season.
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Snapchat Stories || Himeji Castle

Our Cherry Blossom Photo Tour in Japan has been going extremely well and a few days ago, we led our group to the incredible Himeji Castle - the oldest castle in Japan. 

Lately, I've been taking a slightly different approach to my normal Moments Between Image Series and producing daily video stories instead. 

In this story, I scout the castle grounds and identify beautiful areas to shoot for the special cherry blossom lighting event. I had a lot of fun finding unique compositions! 

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#snapchat   #themomentsbetween   #japan   #sakura   #video   #himeji  
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Colors of Kyoto 京都の色 || Japan

Out of the many countries I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, there are precious few that draw me in as much as Japan, and even now, having visited this country multiple times over a series of years, my desire to explore has only increased exponentially with time. That’s why it’s so exciting to be back here for the next three weeks, enjoying my fourth Sakura season in a row.

This shot of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto was captured in 2013 during my first Sakura season and looking back, the combination of being there both at the peak of the cherry blossom bloom, during the festival light up, and with zero wind was a total stroke of luck!

If you’re interested in following along with me in Japan as we chase the beautiful cherry blossoms this season, I’ll be creating consistent real-time content on Snapchat, and sharing behind the scenes both on-location and in post-processing. :)

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#kyoto #japan #sakura #cherryblossom #travel 
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Vd. tiene la habilidad de captar la magia del entorno. Felicidades!!
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I was very excited to find out that my photo of Osaka Castle was recently featured as a double page spread in National Geographic!

I captured this photo with my Fujifilm X-E2 during the 2014 Sakura Season when Naomi and I first began scouting for our Japan Dream Photo Tour. With that photo tour starting in less than two weeks, this publication holds an extra special meaning for me. It's also the perfect prelude as Naomi and I are about to spend our fourth consecutive year in Japan for the Sakura season! ☺️

#Sakura #Japan #Osaka #Castle #photography #Fujifilm #phototour

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Fantásticas fotografías!!
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The Moments Between || Smugmug Films Part 1

The past few days in Japan have been a whirlwind of travel excitement as we’ve been filming in some of my favorite destinations with the Smugmug Films team! From Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Osaka, we’ve been capturing some awesome footage and having a blast in the process.

I’ve been a huge fan of Smugmug films since they first began and I’m excited to say that we’re currently working on a video that will highlight our location independent professional photography lifestyle. We’ve been planning it together for quite some time and we couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to start than Japan during the Sakura season.

Why is this only part one? Well, tomorrow we’re all catching an early flight from Osaka to Rome, as we continue the film in Tuscany and Liguria. :)

I would highly recommend checking Smugmug Films at:

www.youtube.com/smugmugfilms

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We had such an incredible two weeks exploring some of the most beautiful places with our group on our first Photo Tour in Japan!

After four years of visiting Japan during Cherry Blossom season, I can honestly say that we had amazing luck on this tour with perfect timing in nearly every location we visited. Some people here in Japan have been calling it a 'blessed sakura season' and I definitely agree.

Together we made many beautiful stops as we travelled from Miyajima to Tokyo as we shared a lot of laughs, countless plates of delicious food, a seemingly endless amount of sake - all the while creating images and memories that will no doubt last us all a lifetime.

Of course we couldn’t leave Tokyo without treating our participants to a special visit to Fujifilm HQ, where they treated us to a personal tour of their extensive camera museum. Our common passion for photography brought us all together, so it was a great experience to share Fujifilm’s long legacy in the photography industry and the history of their cameras, lenses, and technology with our group.

A huge thanks to everyone for helping to make these past two weeks so incredible!

www.dreamphototours.com
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And I traveled to the Washington DC area and although I missed the Cherry bloom in DC, I got some in National Harbor, MD.
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The Moments Between || Let The Fun Begin

What do 3 weeks in Japan, 2 weeks in Italy, 1 Week in Meteora, and 4 weeks in the Greek Islands all have in common? Well, they’re all locked in on my calendar to make up one heck of a schedule for the next two months! Oh, and the projects I have scheduled throughout are also going to make good use of of all of this gear! :D

From Cherry Blossoms to sandstone mountains, ancient architecture to white sandy beaches, my Spring to Summer transition is going to be filled with some truly epic locations and scenery.

All the while, I’ll be creating daily stories on Snapchat, as well as producing live photography and flying tutorials in the field. So if you want the ultimate behind the scenes look at my lifestyle and workflow, that would be a great place to start.

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The Harmony of Spring 和の春 || Osaka Japan

There’s something special about the Sakura season in Japan that has drawn me there for the past 4 years in a row. It’s a feeling harmony - a perfect balance as both nature and weather align themselves for just a brief moment to reveal something truly spectacular.

While spring in Japan can be beautiful, these harmonious moments in time are often fleeting as the fragile cherry blossoms can often fall victim to the unpredictable and turbulent weather. That fragility is part of what makes capturing the cherry blossoms so special, and one of the reasons I return time and time again, always seeking that perfect moment with the perfect conditions.

And, of course, if those moments of perfect harmony never come, there’s always sake!

Our fourth Cherry Blossom season also marks a very special occasion for us, as we set out to lead our first Dream Photo Tour Japan. I’m really looking forward to sharing these beautiful locations with everyone that’s attending. Oh yes, and of course the sake too!

#osaka #castle #japan #sakura #cherryblossom

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After two wonderful visits and nearly 6 weeks of thorough scouting, I’m excited to announce the launch our 2016 Bhutan Dream Photo Tour!

Nestled between India and Tibet, the remote and breathtaking Kingdom of Bhutan has both captured our hearts and left us with a strong desire to bring others to share in the experience. This high himalayan paradise, with its ancient monasteries, unique architecture, untouched glacial mountain regions, subtropical forests, and diverse spectrum of various climates and terrains all blend beautifully with a wealth of pristinely preserved cultural heritage.

The Land of the Thunder Dragon has quickly become one of our favorite travel destinations in the world, and if you’re interested in joining us, follow the link below to find all of the tour information. Or, if you just want to see a bunch of beautiful photos, that’s an option too! :)

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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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I’m excited to say that tomorrow will mark a huge milestone in our lives as Naomi and I will be celebrating our 4th year of being 100% location independent!

And how are we celebrating this special occasion? With 18 hours of flying to our next destination, of course! ;)

Looking back, it seems like a lifetime ago when we made that crazy decision to sell nearly everything we owned and adopt a life filled with travel photography. In a way, it really was a lifetime ago because we were completely different people back then living very different lives; two people with a dream of what could be, teeming with optimism, but with no real idea of how it would all work out in the end.

Last year, we teamed up with Fstoppers to tell the story about how we became location independent and the struggles we had to overcome to get to where we are today.

#travelphotography #global #homeless
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your always welcome to crash with me in Norway.
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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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