Leaving today for another trip to Bhutan with Redpoint Collective, and looking forward to returning to our favorite country to tour.
We’re always asked why we would return so many times to the same place. It’s for a number of reasons, but primary is the inherent contentment that is apparent in everyone we meet there. Certainly the country is changing and becoming more modern, but it’s a culture based on quality of life over consumerism. Their respect for the environment, the slower pace of life and their daily recognition through words and actions that respects and nurtures all people makes this the most amazing place in the world for us. We love to share this unique country with other people who are well-traveled and will recognize how special this place is.
We limit the groups we take to small numbers so we can move easily through small villages and monasteries. We specialize in preparing participants in the culture so they’ll know what to expect and appreciate what they see. We make sure everyone gets great photos there, if that means sharing our lenses with you, teaching some new skills before we go, and helping you while we’re there, we make certain you are in the right place to capture great images. We use one guide for every two people to be sure you have a great experience every step of the way.
Here’s a link to some of the highlights of our Bhutan itinerary as well as galleries of the photos Brud Jones and Shari Hartbauer have taken there.
Digital Labrador teamed up with Redpoint Collective over the weekend to visit National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Joel has turned his passion for the environment and the animals who live here into a very ambitious project – Photo Ark. Bravo to Joel for finding a way to use his photography in a way that can help protect endangered species. Check it out and do what you can to help.
For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction. The goal of the Photo Ark is to show what’s at stake and move people to save species while there’s still time. Learn more.
Any photographer who grew up with National Geographic arriving in their mailbox each month, knows there’s still nothing quite like the motivation and inspiration that comes from seeing the beautiful images in every issue. Who didn’t wish they could be a Nat Geo photographer when they grew up?
We still subscribe to the print magazine, but the National Geographic magazine for the iPad is one of our favorite apps of all. It enhances and adds on the printed magazine, including behind-the-scenes videos about the stories or photographers. Like this one – Photographers on Photography.
A long line of photographers have used simple backgrounds to make portraits, see Richard Avedon, Marc Hauser, Irving Penn and our buddy Clay Enos. Digital Labrador’s Brud Jones went on a safari recently and came back with his own brand of portraits featuring the guides and warriors who traveled with him. If you’re interested in learning more about how his trip, check out Royal Africa Safari. They’re doing it old-school with tents that are actually packed up and moved in the style of the old safaris.
By the way, Brud is using one of the new Photoshelter templates for his website – the one called Marquee.