I personally disagree with the treatment of the Pamplona bulls, and would like to see an end to the alleged practices used. Whether or not this festival can occur in the same manner with humane treatment of the animals is something I can't comment on. What I do hate is the position that these festivals cause for travel writers, photographers, and tourists. I love that the city of Pamplona and the country of Spain are internationally recognized for having a popular festival that generates millions of dollars for the tourism industry, that in turn, helps local businesses and families. After all, that's what we do here at Resource Travel. We try to fuel the tourism industry and help our readers discover the world's most remarkable destinations. But I hate that the attention the festival receives and financial gain it brings to the city and country may come from the mistreatment of animals. So what to do? How can you end the alleged mistreatment while retaining the excitement and revenue that the Running of the Bulls generates? I do not have those answers, unfortunately. I wish I did. But my job as a writer and editor is to provide all sides of the story and let the reader make their own decisions.
We would love to know your thoughts on this controversial matter. Is the treatment of the bulls inhumane? If so, how do you think the festival and it's positive aspects can live on without the alleged mistreatment? Let us know your opinions in the comments, and please, keep all discussion civil.
When Brian saw capture a wedding on a glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve, Rueb thought he could do more epic. So he conquered his fear of heights and hiked 16 miles round trip and 9000 feet of elevation changes to capture a wedding in one of the most amazing places on the planet, Half Dome in Yosemite National Park...all while crying and wetting his underoos. Read Brian's hilarious story on Resource Travel!
#Yosemite #Wedding #HalfDome
So I thought I would start it off about what inspires me. I thought long and hard about this piece (over a month in the making) and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, my work with The Giving Lens and children around the world continues to inspire me day in and day out. "Never did I dream that sharing my passion of photography could have life changing effects, not only for the students that I work with but also for me."
Please give it a read and let me know what you think. This piece means a lot to me, and I am so excited to continue to bring you the stories of some of the world's most inspirational travel photographers and filmmakers.
#Wildlife #Photography #Africa
My obsession with photography began in January 2007 while searching my favorite time-killing site, Flickr. I stumbled upon a set of amazing images that were captured by an Austin, Texas-based photographer named Trey Ratcliff, otherwise known as "Stuck in Customs". Trey mastered and helped popularize a form of photography known as HDR (High Dynamic Range), which is widely practiced today by thousands of talented photographers. I was immediately drawn to the brightness, detail and overall intrigue in HDR photos. After reviewing his tutorial, I became addicted to practicing day after day, sunset after sunset. Even though I was shooting with a Canon point-and-shoot camera, I was able to produce beautiful images that further fueled my addiction. With much practice and many purchases of "real" photography equipment, I have finally found my niche in this exciting world of photography. With my photography skills maturing, I have begun to attempt to master the art of many photography forms including: weddings, portraits, events, black and white, water, and long exposure. The list is endless, and this is what intrigues me most about the art of photography. No matter how hard you practice, how many exposure you shoot, you will never be perfect. But the dream of that elusive "perfect shot" keeps us coming back for more, even though, as every photographer knows, there is no such thing.
When I am not at SmugMug with my best buddy Rocky, You can probably find me globe trotting and helping to lead photography workshops with The Giving Lens, where we as a group, combine our love of travel, our passion for photography, and our deep desire to give back to those in need. Come join us on a future adventure.
In the rare occasions that you can find me without my camera, I will most likely be at either A San Francisco Giants, or San Francisco 49er game.
I love talking photography, so if you ever have a question or just want to chat, please feel free to send me a message!
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- Michael Bonocore PhotographyProfessional Photographer, 2013