Our man in the Karoo, Lebohang Mashiloane, photographer on the current leg of the Times Explorer has been busy, firing on all cylinders. Check out his two slideshows – Through the valley and beyond: The road to Graaff-Reinet in pictures, and Desolation Angels - to see what the Explorer team has been getting up to.
It seems SAA DID note last Saturday’s anniversary of the Flight 295 crash off Mauritius on 28 November 1987. A reader, Sam van der Walt, who lost both parents in the crash, left a comment about an internal email sent around at SAA. The crew are mentioned, but not the passengers.
[No gas. Photo: Paul Ash]
Good travel photography is a black art. It’s much harder to take great travel photographs than write a good travel story (unfortunately, many, many people – more than you might imagine – who’ve ever been on holiday or just mooned around somewhere exotic seems to think they’re suddenly travel writers, or photographers).
Spare a thought for the long suffering picture editors (like our hard pressed Aubrey) on the newspapers and magazines of the world who every day have to wade through the swamp and find pictures that are good and that we can use.
Since the age of the digital camera and the tanker-truck explosion of online photo sharing sites, wading has become swimming. Or, more accurately, drowning, not wading.
A great travel photo has to tell the whole story in a flash and create an emotion. For that it has to be properly composed, well lit, and have that je ne sais quoi that sets it apart from the humdrum.
This is easier written about than done but if you’re willing to learn, then read Outisde magazine’s great story on how to do it.
For some reviews of giant-killing cameras, click here.
["Doc" Paskowitz eases a surfboard through a Gaza checkpoint.
Source: Surfing For Peace]
Great story this morning about two dedicated surfers from Gaza. Two lifeguards, Ahmed Abu Hasiera and Mohammed Abu Jayyab picked-up the sport from TV and taught themselves to surf on a battered board. Read More…
Patrick Smith is an airline pilot. He is also the voice of reason behind Ask The Pilot, a punchy and accurate column on the world of commercial aviation, which is the kind that affects us travellers.
In the wake of Air France 447 – about which Smith has thoroughly rubbished some of the hysteria and conjecture currently circulating in forums and rumour mills – Ask The Pilot should be required reading for everyone who flies, whether they are nervous fliers or old pros. Read More…
Privately-owned Nigerian airline Arik, which commenced daily flights between Joburg and Lagos this week, has astonishing baggage allowances: 60kg (yep, sixty) for economy class pax, and 90kg in Premium Class. Plus babies get a 10kg allowance. Oh, and you’re allowed 20kg of hand luggage too. Read More…