Favorite pictures

Take a look at the selection of my favorite shots from around the world and click through to my extensive galleries on Flickr.

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Destinations around the world

My personal count of visited sites on UNESCO World Heritage list approaches 100 and will continue to grow.

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What I Use

I am not a big believer that expensive photo equipment makes you a better photographer but I believe in the power of post-processing.

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A picture from Mantua

Sometimes, small details leave sharper impressions of a place than grand vistas. This picture taken in the Lombardian city of Mantua (Mantova in Italian) is a good illustration.   The location is Piazza Sordello. This spacious main historic plaza is flanked by the local Duke’s Palace, a couple of other ancient buildings, and the Baroque

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Another postcard from Oslo

This picture of the Royal Palace in Oslo proves that sometimes you can get a postcard-quality shot with practically zero effort. When the skies are radiant and the colors are dazzling, all you have to do is press the shutter button.   The palace offers timed limited-number-of-people guided tours, of which only a few a

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A place in my memory: Prague

Among my all-time favorite photographs, this one is the oldest, dating from our first trip to Prague over a decade ago. I fell in love with the city and to this day consider it the most beautiful in the world. I suspect there is not a significant number of people who would argue that Prague

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A postcard from Manarola

Of the five villages that make up the breathtaking region of Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast in Italy, the two most photographed are Vernazza and Manarola. We made Vernazza our base a couple of years ago and I had ample time to build a reasonable portfolio of Vernazza images (the best ones can be

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A postcard from Venice

Venice has been a lot on my mind recently, most likely due to the extended residual envy at not having been able to join my wife and daughter on a recent visit there. My last significant stay there occurred over seven years ago, which is a sufficient length of time for anybody to get wistful.

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Of copyrights and privacy

As banquet photographs go, it was a pretty good one. Anyone who’s ever been to a Russian restaurant party will recognize the concept. There is always an “affiliated photographer” who moves from table to table taking pictures of the party-goers. He or she then tries to sell the printed portraits to you to the tune

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A place in my memory: San Francisco

I visited San Francisco several times in the early aughts, but my last visit there has been over a decade ago. My photographic archives of the city are very limited. Nonetheless, I do possess one shot that perfectly summarizes how I recall San Francisco.   The hill-climbing topography of San Francisco’s streets means that views

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A place in my memory: Siena

Unlike my eldest daughter – who lived in Siena for a couple of weeks on a language-immersion program and even witnessed a Palio with her own eyes – I have never spent a night in town.  I’ve been to Siena on half a dozen occasions but always for an intraday visit.  Each such trip left me with

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A postcard from Oslo

For a city not widely acclaimed as a major tourist destination, Oslo does offer a number of impressive sights. The modern Opera House is near the top of the list for me.     The building is huge and water surrounds it on three sides. When you are near it, there are not enough steps

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Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldn’t: London

I lived in London for three years. As more and more time separate me from that period I find myself feeling increasingly nostalgic. Which is rather surprising given that London is technically not my kind of town in terms of walkability – in a vast city with seemingly unlimited options of paths to take, there

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Bells ringing in Brugge

As I was posting one of my favorite pictures from Brugge, I was reminded of one of the most vivid travel memories I have from anywhere. At least when it comes to aural sense.   On our very first trip to Brugge, climbing its grand tower (featured on this blog before) was one of the

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Service review: Siteground

You need to find a host for your website. If you are like me and prefer your hosting provider to give you all necessary tools, fast response times, and then basically get out of your way while remaining at the ready to help, you can hardly do better than Siteground. I moved through my share

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A postcard from Vienna

I like climbing elevated viewpoints for a bird’s-eye look over town. It is not even entirely about photography, although I take my share of pictures from above. I just love the views. The brilliant expanse of rooftops does not always translate into an eye-catching wide-angle shot, but when it does, it’s a treat. Sometimes the

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A place in my memory: Brugge

Brugge is one of my favorite places in Europe, a picture-perfect place that you cannot help but want to linger around. On our first visit to Brugge, we explored it on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage, and in a canal cruise boat. The latter passes through some fairly central areas of town that are effectively

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San Giorgio, Venice

The out-of-camera version of the photograph below did not make the cut as a candidate for the recent Venice mini-gallery. But through the power of post-processing (in this case, entirely in Lightroom) it became one of the most worthy of “this would be a great print” designation. Few things give me more satisfaction than when

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Gear review: Joby Sling Strap

My most useful photography-related acquisition of all time has nothing to do with the process of taking pictures, per se. Instead, it has everything to do with what I do with the camera in between shots. For years, I carried my camera around my neck, as many other people do. Now, I use a not-so-lightweight

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A place in my memory: Montresor

One of my weaknesses as a photographer is a healthy level of attraction to things grand and significant. That’s not to say that I only take pictures of important landmarks, but I tend to favor compositions that include eye-catching achitecture over those that include only fragments or nothing singularly remarkable. It so happens, however, that

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