The Time US Customs Found Nitroglycerine on My Cell Phone

Confiscated Toothpaste airport security check

I love Americans and I love visiting the US. The people are friendly, talkative and (mostly) clever, and they love Australians, so why shouldn’t I love them back?! There’s just one problem- and that’s that American airline companies and airport security don’t love me. At all. A case in point is the day US Customs found nitroglycerine on my cell phone. Read More →

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Watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

FIFA Fan Fest, Copacabana Beach, 2014 World Cup Final, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although I love to travel and had a good old time at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, I have very rarely travelled for a major sporting event. This all changed recently when I headed to Brazil to get married to my Brazilian girl. We timed the wedding for the week after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, so that we and the guests could have a second reason to visit Brazil. So.. how was the World Cup in Brazil? Read More →

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Sydney Harbour Illuminated-

Sydney Vivid Festival 2014

Sydney Opera House with Universe Projection during Vivid Festival 2014

If you were ever in any doubt that Sydney possesses the world’s most beautiful natural harbour, this year’s Vivid light festival would have reassured you. Now the biggest festival in Australia, Vivid encompasses music performance and an ideas forum, but the real drawcard for the visitors in their millions is the projected lightshow. I rarely need an excuse to go down to Sydney Harbour for a gander so I thought I’d get on down and put my Canon EOS 6D through its paces. Read More →

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The Time I Boarded the Wrong Plane

Flying over New Zealand's South Island

With airports supposedly a model of organisation, checking in, passing through security, reaching your gate and being cleared to board the correct plane is a walk in the park, right? Um, well actually… Read More →

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Danke Andrej Sacharov, Dmitri Vrubel, East Side Gallery, Berlin

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Danke Andrej Sacharov, Dmitri Vrubel, East Side Gallery, Berlin

This work "Danke Andrej Sacharov", by Dmitri Vrubel of Russia, depicts the Russian physicist and father of the Soviet nuclear arms program who was also an anti-Soviet dissident and human rights activist.

Though today we speak of the "Berlin Wall", there were actually 2 walls. To escape to the West, you had to first scale the wall on the Eastern side, and then scale another wall placed just before the Western territory. The only problem is that in the middle of the walls was a no-mans land of guard towers with orders to shoot to kill, automatic machine guns, guard dogs, tanks, spikes, landmines and tripwires. When the "wall" came down, there were sections that did not get removed. One of the most famous of those sections is located on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain and is now the East Side Gallery. Berlin is one of my favourite places for its killer combination of art and history and the East Side Gallery showcases some of the World's best street art. This work "Danke Andrej Sacharov", by Dmitri Vrubel of Russia, depicts the Russian physicist and father of the Soviet nuclear arms program who was also an anti-Soviet dissident and prominent human rights activist. I spent ages with my camera documenting the artworks of the Gallery but it was tricky to get a shot without a bunch of tourists posing for cheesy pictures or coming to look at the image close-up. This time however, a man inexplicably took a good look inside Sacharov's ear and I thought it bizarre enough an act to preserve in perpetuity. On the other side of this wall was the death strip, then another wall and then the River Spree. Across the river was the West. The death strip is now a pleasant riverside park and there are a number of beach bars where it's nice to sit with a beer in the afternoon sun. How times change. See more pheatured photos →

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Why this FIFA World Cup 2014 Means More to Me than Most-

Getting Married in Brazil

Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

As the world’s eyes turn towards Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I’m getting excited not just for the football on display but for a passion of a different kind. I’m heading to Brazil for the World Cup Final, and the week after that, I will be getting married. In Brazil. To a Brazilian. Read More →

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Malaysia to Singapore Overland via Kuala Lumpur and Malacca-

Canon EOS 6D

Towards the end of 2013, I needed to take yet another work trip to visit a company in Singapore. Now I love Singapore, but….. I have just been there too many times! And I shook my head and thought “this time I am going somewhere I have never been before”. So I took a look at the map, let my eyes trail north of Singapore and began Malaysia dreaming. Malacca caught my gaze. I’d always wanted to see it- something about that olde world spice of the colonial age. The romance of the Malacca Straits. The Orient of yesteryear. But to get there I’d have to first fly to Kuala Lumpur- the Oriental megalopolis of today.

This is the video of my trip from Malaysia to Singapore via KL and Malacca- overland. Featuring the music of Cypress Hill, The Beatles, Beastie Boys and Woods.

Also check out my stories from this trip: 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur and The Colonial Romance of Malacca: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Overland.

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How You Can Be A Better Travel Photographer

Part 2: The Art and Technology of Modern Photography

Monument Valley Panorama, USA

Rob Gibbs is an Australian travel photographer, wedding photographer and former police forensics photographer who has been shooting what he sees for 40 years. Last week in Part 1, he discussed buying a camera and using aperture, shutter speed and ISO to shoot better travel photos. This week, we’re going to dive into the art of photography- metering, composition, post-production, and presenting your work. Read More →

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How You Can Be A Better Travel Photographer

Part 1: What to Buy, What Settings to Use, and When

Tree on Norfolk Island, Australia

Photography is a unique blend of science and art. If you are artistic, this will help you to grasp some of the more technical aspects of photography, and if you are a more analytical person, you may need to bone up in the creative areas of subject matter and composition. The word ‘photography’ literally means light drawing. This is extremely important to remember. Think of the image sensor in your camera as a canvas to capture the wondrous things you will encounter in your travels! Read More →

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The Colonial Romance of Malacca:

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Overland

The romance of Malacca. The River Klang at night.

Something is troubling me as I land at Kuala Lumpur late at night. It’s not nervousness at being in a new city, or wondering how I’m going to get from the airport to my hotel. I’m worried about how I’m going to get to Malacca. By the time we my driver Roger and I stop at the 2-and-a-half hour mark, palm trees all around, Roger again asking “you need piss?”, I’m beginning to wonder if we will ever arrive in Malacca. Because Malacca is where I really want to be. Read More →

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