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Bye Bye B. B.

The great B. B. King has sadly passed away at the ripe old age of 89 after a lifetime of dedication to blues music. He has worked non-stop throughout his life and in terms of live performances every year has probably out done everyone else. Even in later years in his 80's he was doing 100 nights a year ...... just incredible. His contribution to blues music and his musical legacy will live on for ever.

I was lucky enough to see B.B. twice .... once in the early 80's while a student in Edinburgh where I was amazed at the way he could totally capture and motivate the entire crowd. Much later when living in Singapore I saw him in concert where he had slowed up and needed to sit for some of his performance but nevertheless was an incredible performance.

Play some B. B. King music today and celebrate the incredible life of the King of the Blues.

"Let The Good Times Roll"
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Happy Vesak Day

The Leshan Giant Buddha (simplified Chinese: 乐山大佛; traditional Chinese: 樂山大佛; pinyin: Lèshān Dàfó) was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.

Although you can visit the site of the Giant Buddha by climbing down the steep rock face to the base of the statue probably the best way to view this magnificent facade is to take a boat trip giving you a panoramic view of the entire structure in the cliff face.
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Awe inspiring. And Happy Vesak Day
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Thoughts & Prayers to the People of Nepal

With now more than 3,300 people confirmed dead in Nepal following the devastating earthquake who knows how many more fatalities will ultimately be recorded especially in the more remote regions of Nepal like here. This scene shows a train of yaks making their way down the Everest Trail into Tengboche with a stunning view of Mount Everest in the background. Let's hope the beautiful Tengboche Monastery and the people of Tengboche have survived this cruel catastrophe. With numerous deaths at Everest Base Camp further up this trail who knows what the real impact has been on these remote villages along the Everest trail that we walked 2 years ago.

‪#‎earthquake‬ ‪#‎disaster‬ ‪#‎Nepal‬ ‪#‎Everest‬
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Our thoughts go out to all those in Nepal who are suffering with the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit close to Kathmandu and is the worst earthquake in that region for 80 years. With close to 900 already reported dead and 1700 injured I'm sure we will see this number rise as events unfold. There have been many historical buildings in Kathmandu destroyed and the Government have declared a state of emergency. There has also been a related avalanche at Mount Everest which has severely damaged the Base Camp there.
The photograph here is the famous landmark Durbar Square in Kathmandu which has many unique and historical buildings and which have suffered damage due to this earthquake.

#earthquake   #Nepal   #Kathmandu  
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Blue Light 'Til Dawn

Early morning tai chi at the beautiful West Lake, Hangzhou, China.
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Joss Stick Maker

Lee Beng Chuan is one of the last joss stick makers in Malaysia. His handmade joss sticks are made from powdered sandalwood and he makes a large variety of these joss sticks from his pre-War shophouse in the middle of Georgetown in Penang.
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Afternoon Tea

As you trek between Lukla and Tengboche on the Everest trail you come across many of these small tea houses. A perfect place to rest and try the local tea.

My thoughts go out to all the people in these small villages along the trail in the aftermath of the recent earthquake and hope that they are recovering.
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Top of The World

BBC News reported today that Everest climbs this season are "almost impossible' because the routes have been damaged by avalanches triggered by last month's earthquake in Nepal. 

2 years ago I trekked from Lukla to Tengboche on the Everest trail and had this spectacular view of Everest and the other high Himalayan peaks. I felt it appropriate to re-post this image and associated text as a reminder of the beauty of this remote region and the dangers of these high mountains. 

This is an annotated view of the major peaks as seen from the Tengboche Monastery, Tengboche, Nepal. Although Tengboche is at 3867m it doesn't seem high as you are surrounded by these spectacular, high Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Lhotse Shar (8383m) and Ama Dablam (6812m). 

Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level and the 5th tallest mountain measured from the centre of the Earth.[8] It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. Its massif includes neighboring peaks Lhotse, Nuptse, and Changtse.


Nuptse is a mountain in the Khumbu region of the Mahalangur Himal, in the Nepalese Himalayas. It lies two kilometres WSW of Mount Everest. Nuptse is Tibetan for "west peak", as it is the western segment of the Lhotse-Nuptse massif.
The long east-west trending main ridge of Nuptse is crowned by seven peaks. The main peak, Nuptse I, was first climbed on May 16, 1961 by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi, members of a British expedition. After a long hiatus, Nuptse again became the objective of high-standard mountaineers in the 1990s and 2000s, with important routes being put up on its west, south, and north faces.
While Nuptse is a dramatic peak when viewed from the south or west, and it towers above the base camp for the standard south col route on Everest, it is not a particularly independent peak: its topographic prominence is only 319 m (1,047 ft). Hence it is not ranked on the list of highest mountains.

Lhotse & Lhotse Shar

Lhotse is the fourth highest mountain on Earth (after Mount Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga) and is connected to Everest via the South Col. Lhotse means “South Peak” in Tibetan. In addition to the main summit at 8,516 metres (27,940 ft) above sea level, Lhotse Middle (East) is 8,414 metres (27,605 ft) and Lhotse Shar is 8,383 metres (27,503 ft). It is located at the border between Tibet (China) and the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Ama Dablam

Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. The main peak is 6,812 metres (22,349 ft), the lower western peak is 5,563 metres (18,251 ft). Ama Dablam means "Mother's necklace"; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam, the traditional double-pendant containing pictures of the gods, worn by Sherpa women. For several days, Ama Dablam dominates the eastern sky for anyone trekking to Mount Everest basecamp.
Ama Dablam was first climbed on 13 March 1961 by Mike Gill (NZ), Barry Bishop (USA), Mike Ward (UK) and Wally Romanes (NZ) via the Southwest Ridge. They were well-acclimatised to altitude, having wintered over at 5800 metres near the base of the peak as part of the Silver Hut Scientific Expedition of 1960-61, led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan peak for permitted expeditions. The most popular route by far is the Southwest Ridge. Climbers typically set up three camps along the ridge with camp 3 just below and to the right of the hanging glacier, the Dablam. Any ice that calves off the glacier typically goes left, away from the camp. However, a 2006 avalanche proved otherwise. A climbing permit and a liaison officer are required when attempting Ama Dablam. As with Mt. Everest, the best climbing months are April–May (before the monsoon) and September–October.

#Everest   #Himalaya   #Nepal   #mountain   #Nuptse   #Lhotse   #lhotseshar   #amadablam   #trek   #trekking   #climb   #Tengboche   #landscapephotography   #topoftheworld  
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Alive & Well

Just had a call 2 minutes ago from our excellent guide and friend, Bir Bador, who we used while trekking in Nepal 2 years ago. It was a great relief to hear that Bir is well after the terrible earthquake tragedy in Nepal.

This photo was taken at Tengboche on the Everest Trail from Lukla ...... if you look closely you can see me in the reflection of his sunglasses.

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To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of The Kelpies here is an image I took last year under a very heavy and thundery sky making for a dramatic setting. #kelpies #scotland #art
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Love those clouds! Great capture of the texture.
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Chinese Calligraphy in Space

This was an interesting old Chinese calligraphy artist I met at the Longevity Bridge in the ancient town of Daxuzhen, near Guilin, China. We could not communicate but he showed me a magazine picture depicting a group of Chinese astronauts and he kept pointing to his picture and name on the page - I eventually realised he was not an astronaut but he was the calligraphy artist who had won a calligraphy competition for the design of the Chinese space mission logo.
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Visions of Nepal
An old lady at the holy Buddhist site of Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Stuart Taylor of HighlanderImages Photography provides professional freelance photography services focused primarily on Asia and with a documentary and photojournalistic style. Stuart is available for a variety individual assignments or projects such as documentary, photojournalism, commercial, architectural, real estate, industrial, interior design, corporate, or travel photography and can offer some advanced techniques such as HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Panoramic Photography in conjunction with comprehensive post-processing capabilities. 

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Preparing images for a documentary or for journalistic requirements requires detailed research about the subject and some dedicated time onsite to capture required images to fulfill the storyline. As they often say "A picture is worth a thousand words" and certainly in the preparation of any story the images are usually the main driving force and can create the most impact. For many photojournalism projects there is usually a requirement for a fast turnaround of the images, the need for objective and accurate representation of the situation and the provision of some narrative describing the story.

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For interior and corporate photography there used to be a need for a fairly complex lighting set up required to capture the final image. By using HDR techniques there is now no need for this large requirement on lighting equipment. HDR photography is essentially the capture of multiple images at different exposures to capture all the light values or dynamic range in the scene then combining these into one final image. This essentially makes a final image that is close to what our eyes actually see with no blown out highlights and no loss of detail in the shadows. This technique is particularly effective for photographing interiors of houses and offices or in some industrial situations and can be done a lot faster and easier than traditional setups with a large array of lighting.

Panoramic Photography
Sometimes you just can't capture all of the scene you are trying to photograph even by using a wide angle lens so panoramic photography is a technique where you can take multiple photographs covering the whole scene, both horizontally and vertically, then combining these into one final large, composite image. This requires some complex software techniques to provide seamless stitching of the images and preserving the geometry and exposure values across the whole scene. The results however can be very impressive, whether capturing a large landscape, interior of an office or building or an expansive industrial complex.

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High resolution final images can be provided on CD or DVD with smaller low to medium resolution versions made available initially via e-mail. High quality prints can be ordered via my website but can be arranged to be printed locally if required. Multimedia slideshows, videos, DVDs or printed books of collated images can also be provided as to your specifications and design.

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