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Apples and Icebergs

One of my mother’s favourite expressions is: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. This can be taken in several different ways but in the case of me intending to write more blog posts (and not doing just that) I’ve created a lot of expectations from myself that have been rather impossible to […]

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AWESOME!!! I have friends in London, Amsterdam and Berlin, they love to take photographs of everything on their travel, they all are amateur travel bloggers and photographers. I’m sure they will be very happy to have a FREE photography seminar by YOU :D and they always love to ‘follow’ me, LOL

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Hi Ken, I really admire photographers like you who dedicate so much of their time to travel around the world, and in your case, creating such an amazing photographs. I’m in London if you are coming by shout out.

Hi Ken,

You are an absolute inspiration to me! Your photographs are fantastic and I am learning a lot by looking at them. I am currently travelling in Vietnam and am also a photo enthusiast – check out my latest post on the food in Hoi An!

I am awestruck because of that EPIC photograph of yours with a wonderful iceberg. To be honest, I earlier thought that it is an outcome of Photoshop. It seems so peaceful and calm :) Well, Amsterdam is always fun for travelers!

One of your mother’s favorite expressions is mine as well except I say the pathway to hell. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and trips. All of the photos you shared are amazing and I never imagined Amsterdam being as beautiful.

The Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Even after three weeks in Japan I feel like I just barely grazed the surface of what there is to discover in this beautiful land. It’s not just the beautiful sites that captured my heart but also the hospitality, grace, and kindness of the people in Japan. There’s nothing quite like exploring a place for […]

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Art Lover

Ken, if your picture of the Bamboo Forest in Kyoto is an indication of what else is to follow from Japan then I am holding my breathe.

Art Lover

I am taking away the “e” in my breathing.

You had me at the bamboo forest: I remember walking through a Bamboo Forest to a waterfall off the road to Hana in Maui, and I’ll never forget the sound of the wind moving the bamboo stalks while we walked through the darkened, canopied forest. Soft ‘clack-clack-clack-clacks’ as the stalks hit each other..incredible memory.
Looks like you’ll have a few of your own from Japan.

Stunning! Love the parallels between the soaring bamboo forest and the high-rise building. Both beautiful in their own way.

Japan seems beautiful. Looking forward to photos to come!

Love love love that first shot!
It’s like it goes on forever.

Really awesome..!!! Greenery all the way… full of adventure..!! Like it..!!

Ken, I just got back from Japan too. Unfortunately, mine was a working trip so I did not have a lot of time for photography. But your impressions of the country were so similar to mine. I can’t wait to go back, but with more time for photography. I am also interested in your impressions of the Fuji system. I have decided to go Sony, mainly because of the A7R. My street camera is the NEX 6 but I am about to change to the A6000. However, I am sorely tempted to go Fuji for the street camera. Being a part time photographer, having 2 cameras that are almost identical in terms of controls and menu just makes it easier. The lens range on the Fuji is tempting though.

Interesting info and of course great photos! Thanks.

Hey Piers,

The Fuji lens line-up is hard to beat for a mirrorless system and trust me when I say that it’s only going to get better. MUCH better :)

I’ve just come back from 3 months in Tokyo. I can’t agree with you more. The time I spent there will stay with me forever. Sadly I didn’t have much time off from work, but I did manage a few day trips. Simply amazing. The food, the RESPECT, the transit systems, the people. Every time I looked for something, I found it and much much more. I will return!

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That skyscraper is truly insane … it’s at the top of my list when I get to Kyoto!

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Creating a life that satisfies your soul

Quite the title of a blog post but it’s been a while since I posted and figured I’d come back with a bit of an explanation of why I’ve been away. You’re so lucky! I get a lot of messages on all my social media accounts as well as via email from incredibly nice people […]

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I struggle with time as well. I see it slip away every day, much of the time because of my own aloofness or distraction. I never have enough time a location. I just did a RTW trip…6 countries in 6 days that only illustrated to me how I tend to run from place to place…how pervasive my impatience and how it does nothing to serve the work. I can only keep going, keep working, keep trying to get to wherever it is I am headed. Sometimes I think during the moments of frustration or doubt…it’s all we can do.

I tend to love quotes myself…I don’s share as many as you, but this one has deep meaning for me whether people tell me I am lucky or brave or stupid or crazy. I just don’t know yet if it refers more to them or me.

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

I understand completely what you’re saying! I hear this all the time and get so many e-mails about how adventurous and lucky I am. I wish people weren’t so afraid to persue their dreams. Anything is possible :)


When I was a secretary to the MDs, I learned how to ‘screening’ appointments and phone calls before I passed to them. When I received phone calls which they didn’t want to answer for some reasons, I would tell the callers they were having meeting, if anything important please leave a message which I put on a message pad. NOTHING left on my trays at the end of the day. I organised the MD’s messy office life style. I called myself ‘Supersecretary’, LOL

I can see where your coming from, thanks for sharing your perspective :)

Ah Ken, I know where you are coming from my friend. It is a constant struggle lately to find the time to do anything creative or productive that is for me and not for clients. Enjoy Japan, as I am sure you will and let it be the renewal for your creative soul. Until SF. :)

Great write up. I cant wait to read all about your crazy adventures in your coming trip. Good luck and safe travels. Take lots of pics, we also need some inspiration :)

Nicely done Ken and glad things are moving forward. Love the Socrates quote BTW, and this post reminds me of one of my faves, from WJ Davison:

The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time.

Best, Jim

I love this Bill Watterson cartoon. What an incredibly important thing to remind ourselves every day. My husband and I are in major transition right now, trying to decide the right next step and it’s so great for us to focus on what we really want out of life and not what our titles and salaries are!

WBD, Many of us face the same demons and find it challenging to keep plugging away. Without the challenges it would not be nearly as rewarding though, right? At least I’ll keep telling myself that until I find the balance I seek.

Michelle, You can do anything… Just not everything. Kepp the dream alive :)

Tracy, So far so good here in the land of the rising sun. Feels good to be back shooting and exploring!

Thanks Edin, Not sure how crazy the adventures will be but they are always rewarding.

Jim, Ahhh yes… Love that: “The tragic brevity of time”

Erin, the cartoon is not by Watterson but by Gavin Aung. The text in the cartoon is by Bill Watterson. Hope the transition is smooth and that you find the balance you seek :)


Fantastic blog, and thanks for sharing the strip, so very relevant for us at the moment as we make big life changes to reflect what we see as important for us and our kids. Will refer to this in the future whenever I have one of those panics questioning what are we doing. And keep the amazing images coming…wow, just wow.

Great message. We all need reminders from time to time (or every day).

What a fantastic cartoon – echoes a lot of my own thoughts lately as I ponder a rethink. Hope you find the balance you’re looking for – and enjoy that upcoming whirlwind of travel.

You know what ? I sometimes apply that 80/20 management principle in my life. I focus on the 20% work priorities that brings in 80% of enjoyment and fulfillment.

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Thank you for being back….I missed your beautiful photography
and blog.

I am also a collector of good quotes, scriptures, anything to lift the spirit and encourage others..I’m working on setting my photo’s and quotes into a book/booklet..

I’m looking forward to seeing and reading more of your busy life.

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Brilliant Cartoon. I loved it.

Bill Watterson is one of my personal heroes … thanks for posting this comic :)

I’m honored to have another cover of National Geographic Magazine

Awesome! I know I use that word a lot but there are cases where it is warranted. Having your song reach the top ten on the Billboard charts… yes sir, awesome. Writing a best selling novel… Awesome indeed! Walking on the Moon… Yup, awesome. Having a photograph you took land on the cover of National Geographic […]

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Congrats on yet another awesome cover Ken!

Vicky Stephens

Well done Ken!


AWESOME! This is my first reaction more than I can say when I receive recognition from the competitions and my peers for my photos. Truly feel the same, AWESOME and CONGRATULATIONS!xx

“Until you spread your wings you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.”- Ray Bradbury

“For to have faith, is to have wings” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

The roof always reminds me “Fiddler on the Roof”

Congrats! This is motivating for someone starting out, like me. :)

Congrats on this one Ken, stunning shot


Congratulations Ken, I’m so happy for you. You deserve it!!!


What an honor–so deserved–I predict that there will be many more. Congratulations.

Congrats, you keep on inspiring us
i hope i can someday join your tour

Thank you so much everyone!
This isn’t always an easy job even if the perception is that I’m always out jet setting and photographing the world. Today none of the tough times or bad parts of the job matter though. Today, I’m all smiles and feeling on top of the world. Not a bad place to be if I must say so myself :)

Great, Many many Congratulations :)

Congratulations Ken … well done!

I couldn’t be happier for you, Ken. What an amazing accomplishment (twice!).

I too had the same love affair with National Geographic as a kid. My parents had every issue stretching back to the early ’60′s. And the maps were always the coolest. I’m still a map and atlas geek to this day.

Enjoy this awesome achievement. You earned it!

Congratulations, Ken! I am a lifelong fan of NG as well. I am staying in Florence for a few months, and have been trying to find a copy of this magazine, it’s sold out everywhere I go.

F*cking amazing. But don’t stop at two, I’m expecting one per year from you now. Congrats! :D

Most excellant!!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, my man! So happy for you!!!

I agree with your sentiments about National Geographic in general. My mother has a Masters Degree in Zoology, so as you can imagine, our early years were scattered with National Geographic magazines, thesis docs on larvae, books on venomous creatures, etc. The magazine therefore holds not only a bit of nostalgia for me in each issue, but it’s also the only subscription I have NEVER regretted paying for. (Even if I receive it much later down here in SA.)

From another travel photographer, you are an inspiration. I love the “wait until I tell my mom” part. We are always little kids, aren’t we?

Joe, thank you my friend! I’m also a map geek and always happy to stumble across new maps online. There was and is something special though about the Nat Geo maps/ Unfolding them was almost ceremonial for me each month. I’m even smiling now as I think about how much I enjoyed them.

Lynne, how fortunate for you to be in my favourite Italian city for so long. I can’t wait to get back!

Matt, thanks bro! Really appreciate your encouragement. Your travels are inspirational to me and so many others.

Cheers James!

Esteé, what a lovely childhood you must have had with a mom like that. Such a cool vocation! Hope I can make it to SA one day soon and photograph your beautiful country.

Ann, we sure are. And just to let you know… Mom was tickled pink :-)

Congratulations Ken, it’s a cracking image.


Congrats man! You certainly deserve it. I could only dream about making it to the cover :-D Though I LOVE taking photos during my adventures as well.

Dig it. Awesome. :)

I still harbor a love affair with the magazine and still have boxes upon boxes of back issues in storage. I’ll never look at the vast majority of them again but can’t part with them either.

I used to be subbed to national geographic, has it improved?

WOW! Congrats, that is an amazing achievement and you’ve done it multiple times! I’ve always loved Nat Geo and dreamed of shooting for the mag – would love to know how you submitted your photos for print? Any tips on maybe cities or subject matter they particularly like?


Beautiful photograph of beautiful florence!

Congratulations.. really, amazing photos you take! I am also glad that Florence/Tuscany is the destination of choice for the cover!

This is great news, thanks for putting this out there for all of us! :)

Congratulations! It truly doesn’t get much better than this for a travel photographer,

Simply wahoo. Very nice blog

wow! Amazing :) Bravo!

It must feel amazing. Congratulations!

Congratulations! What an honor!

Congratulations to the great shot and the nice cover!

Join me on my Spring 2014 Italy Photo Tour

Italy, here I come! So you want to go to Italy? Sweet! Join me for the trip of a lifetime on my Spring 2014 Italy Photo Tour. It’s going to be awesome and I hope that you can make it! I’m thrilled to announce my next Italy Photo Tour that I’m co-leading with my good […]

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What a stunning collection of breathtaking pictures. This sounds like an epic journey and an awesome picture taking opportunity. Would love to be a part of it or help out in any way.

Hi Ken.. some of the pictures here, especially the one taken by Kathy Vick in the Val D’Orcia region. Absolutely stunning.

I wanted to make this comment just to let you know that I decided to recreate the itinerary for your photo tour on our Wishbeen map. In case some of the people on our site or your blog article here wanted to see everything laid out. :)

Can’t wait to see some of the photos coming out of this year’s trip!!

Thank you Leland C for the nice comment about my picture! That is so nice of you to say! You are right, it was a stunning sunset that we were able to see that evening, after waiting out an epic thunderstorm. Credit to Ken and Elia for having us wait for that moment and teaching us that patience pays off. And thanks to Ken for picking that image to share, it is one of my favorites too.

If you are thinking of going on the spring trip – JUST DO IT. It’s the most amazing experience, and you won’t regret one minute of it. I still can’t believe the incredible images I came home with.

Thanks so much Ken for organizing that “Dream Tour”, it was the most wonderful trip. I can’t wait to see the pictures from the next trip!

Wheretorome… Thanks for the kind offer. We already work with our good friends at Walks of Italy for our in Italy historic, food, and art tours. Really appreciate your nice comment about the images. I’m so proud of everyone who joined us in Italy last time. They all walked away with some incredible images :)
Leland, I agree Kathy’s photo is killer! We sure had a very talented group.

Stunning photos. *sigh* I love Italy!

Awesome city, awesome set of pictures! Thank you for sharing.

Italy is a country where every last one of your senses gets the pampering of a lifetime … your photos make me want to come with you guys so bad!

OMG! I have goosebumps looking at these photos! Beautiful.
Not just this year! :))

I wish I could travel to Italy in the future.. Love the photos!

Kelly Rogers

Wow! All your photos are beautiful. But my favourite is still the first pic. It’s so stunning. I hope I can visit Rome someday and see some of your pics come to life. Have a good trip. :)

These are really amazing picture , beautiful place .Each place we visit has its own particular look, character, and ambiance. If we want photographs of our travels to be good and lasting, they should capture all of these qualities, and say as much about a place as give the literal look of it.

thanks for sharing, nice pictures; italy among my best country,

All these photos are so dramatically captured and I’m pretty certain this will make a lot of people want to go to Italy at once. The best thing about the country is that it guarantees travelers with grandiose surprises which are beyond every photo of it taken. Thanks for the post! It’s nice!

Hi, All pic captured by the best way as I have accepted that It should be remarkable by great act by your entire team. My favorite will be the Italy photo tour group which is looking awesome in a group. Appreciate for great act!!

Wow! All your photos are amazing! Beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful photos.

Italy is very beautifull place, the cities like Venice, Rome, Catania, Bologna, Florence, Milan are the best tourist destinations.

Michael Marietti

What incredible photos! I always enjoy visiting and viewing your exquisite work!!

Stunning pictures! I just love the photo of Castel Sant’Angelo.

Iceland is HOT…

Iceland is hot?? Well, compared to Canada right now at least As I sit at my desk here in my office in Montreal on a very cold winter afternoon, I dream of warm exotic destinations. Destinations like… Iceland? Yup, it’s about 20°c warmer right now in Reykjavik and I’m quite jealous. Then again, I’ll be […]

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that looks pretty epic – hopefully someday I will get there, and maybe on one of your tours! nicely done! looking forward to seeing all your new images from there!

I love your work!

Wow – this looks like so much fun!

Wow, stunning. I love the iceberg photo on the beach. I have been there but sadly we drove in winter and ran out of daylight so we saw some glaciers but it was dark when we actually reached the icebergs on the beach!

This country is a photog’s dream … you’ll come back with plenty of amazing shots!

Beautiful images. Wonderful Blog. I like it.

Motivational Manifestos for 2014

  So long 2013, it’s be quite a year! As 2014 quickly approaches I am psyching myself up for one hell of a ride. I’ve never been more excited about a new year and I’ve worked hard to get to this point so it’s nice to see that hard work truly does pay off. “The […]

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A very inspirational post and just the kick up the butt I need to start thinking about my goals for 2014.
Thank you for sharing.

Great post Ken! You sure got me going! Now all I need to do is keep it up for 365 days a year! ;)


Nice post Ken, Great quotes, I loved the Holstee Manifesto, Happy New Year!

I LOVE that photo of Cinque Terre. It truly is a work of art and your manifestos are always an inspiration!


L:oVE! A wonderful year of 2014 with a lot of wonderful things unfold for you :D

Thanks for the kind words Ken, we’re extremely flattered! I know I’m guilty of not always managing my time efficiently and will print out the 8 habits of productive people graphic too…

Look forward to seeing the new blog design and in the meantime cheers to 2014 being an awesome adventure ;)

Carmen, My pleasure. Good luck with all your goals and pland for the new year.
Rachel, I’m sure that even 364 days would be fine… But who’d counting :)
Kely, I love the Holstee Manifesto too. That was the first one to inspired me.
Michelle, thank you for the nice comment. The whole area of Cinque Terre is a work of art. I can’t wait to be back.
Abby, Wishing you wonderful success in 2014!
Jonny, Printing it out is one thing… Acting on it is another. I’m guilty of that and doing my best to make changes. Valuing productivity over time spent at work is key. More time for adventures that way :)

Love these manifestos! Good luck on your 2014.

Very inspirational. Hopefully you will kick the waste and be more productive. The 8 habits is a good motto to live by.

Funny how I feel I’ve been there before when reading your post, although I’m probably only at the beginning of a road you’ve long been on before me, and far from being as successful as you are! Moreover, I realize I’m reading your blog and replying, sitting in front of my computer a Friday night, 10:20pm! Crazy life!
Anyway, my best wishes to you for the new year. Hope I’ll meet you one day.

I really enjoyed stumbling onto the website of a fellow Montrealer, while just getting my own up and running. The images are breathtaking and there is lots of fun stuff to keep the reader busy.

Loved all the manifestos. Thanks for sharing them :) I think I am gonna get them printed!

Your blog is really cool! Like to read your posts.

Carolina Escobedo

Ken, from this end…..Santiago, Chile, Where the land ends down in south america, my congratulations and best wishes. Great blog! Managed to get here by accident while looking for some motivational material for my english classes. I’m sure my students will love it! Carolina

New York City Photo Walk

NYC PHOTOWALK October 26 from 3:30 – 5:30pm Join Elia Locardi and me on Saturday October 26th for a New York City Photo Walk! We hope to see you there! We’ll be giving away some incredible prizes to a few lucky photographers who join us, including a Fujifilm X-E1 camera kit and a G-Technology G-Dock […]

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Oh this sounds like so much fun! I can’t go so I guess I’ll have to look at my pictures from NYC in April

Wish I could be there! Face east and wave at my folks on Long Island! :) ENJOY!

Shawn Santamaria

Hi Ken – Is it ok if amateurs join?



This must be one of the most exciting cities to photograph! Amazing colors!

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Fredrik Knoblock

Beatifull, it´s amazing

Love your photos! Just Great!
Best from Croatia

Wow this is really amazing!

NYC looks really amazing as usual, thanks for this post!:)

Wow. awesome shot!! Really have to say, my husband and I admire your photos!

This photo tour sounds awesome – I’ve been to NYC so many times but never did a photo trip like this! Too bad I’m short on vacation days:/

NYC= a place I’ve always wanted to go and a place I think people should go once in their lives :)

Pretty spectacular pictures, awesome attractions! :)