Karma Coffee – Kathmandu Nepal

If you love your coffee, and are passionate about supporting local communities, then Karma Coffee is a place you must visit the next time you travel to Nepal…..

Mt Cook New Zealand

A trip earlier this year with my partner to New Zealand was our first opportunity to have a holiday together. Even though I am away so much for work, often overseas and interstate, it is rare we are able to spend so much time together relaxing and travelling. It was fantastic to say the least.

Local farms near Mt Cook, shrowded in mist as the sun rises

Local farms near Mt Cook, shrowded in mist as the sun rises

With our first 6 days on the North Island, I must admit I was looking forward to the South and heading into the real mountains, New Zealand’s famous Southern Alps.

Lower ridges of Mt Cook under heavy rain.

Lower ridges of Mt Cook under heavy rain.

Of course spending 3 days around Mt Cook was one of many highlights with varied weather from perfect with no clouds to wind rain and all good things the Southern Island of NZ can offer. As is usually the case, bad weather often allows for good images. I have seen many times people pack up there bags and call it a day when things are less than perfect. This part of the trip though was a healthy reminder of persisting just that little bit more and waiting to see what would eventuate. A lesson I had learnt well in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales a few years earlier while covering a climbing festival.

Mt Cook under heavy cloud and high winds.

Mt Cook under heavy cloud and high winds.

While many of us flock to the commonly well known ‘tourist’ areas, myself included, it is always worth having a camera being handy as weather can play a significant role in obtaining images that no-one else has.

Rare clear skies and star trails over Mt Cook in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Rare clear skies and star trails over Mt Cook in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

So the healthy lesson/reminder for this trip was when the weather is less than perfect, keep shooting, as long as you come home with a camera that is still operational!!

Heavy weather over the Southern Alps

Heavy weather over the Southern Alps

Sun streams through a light rain shower over the Southern Alps New Zealand

Sun streams through a light rain shower over the Southern Alps New Zealand

 

Travel Photography Workshop Kathmandu, Nepal

A short promo for my travel photography workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal next year…. would love to see you there…:) Chers

Damian

Travel with me in 2014

New details for trips I am running in 2014 including a travel workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal as well as a massive photo tour to Antarctica including the Falkland Islands & South Georgia. Places are already sold on both tours so be sure to get in quick…:)  Feel free to contact me should you have any questions or would like to express interest. Take care, Damian

Himalayan Success in Nepal

This year I was fortunate enough to travel back to Nepal for a month, including taking a group to Everest Base Camp. The weather as usual for this time of year, was perfect, albeit with a little more snow than usual thanks to a 3 metre dump about 4 weeks earlier. Luckily though it did not stop us from all achieving our goals and 4 major high points, all over 5300mtrs. While the crossing of Cho-La was challenging, due to the snow, to say the least, we made it over in clear but difficult conditions, the major benefit seeing and experiencing the pass under snow, something not too many people are lucky enough to do.

Traditionally the peak season for trekking in Nepal as always been around late September and October. This was the fourth time I had trekked a little later in the season, with the main benefits being more stable weather conditions and fewer people, although temps are generally lower. This year was no different with clear skies and quieter lodges for our accommodation. Trekking in Nepal is a fantastic holiday experience. Anyone who has been there will attest to an experience unlike any other. Most who visit become hooked and almost always return to a different area of the Himalaya.

Next year I will be running a travel photography workshop for 5 days in Kathmandu, a perfect extra add on if you are thinking of visiting this amazing country. Go HERE if you would like more info on this trip.

Below are a few images, mostly from the mountains. Of there are many more to come…:) Hope you enjoy…. Damian_MG_1012 _MG_1105 _MG_1117 _MG_1120 _MG_1229_1 _MG_8179 _MG_8410 _MG_9231 _MG_9252 IMG_1201 IMG_1278 IMG_1392 IMG_1414 IMG_1736 IMG_1870 IMG_9635

Ocean’s 11

Well if summer is coming, it has arrived early…somewhat. Temps have been at a record high for many parts of the East Coast and everyone has certainly been enjoying the ocean. Here are a few images I have shot over the last couple of years from various parts of the coast…. Hope you enjoy…:)

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AIPP Awards 2013

Choosing images for an exhibition is always a tough call, for many reasons. Choosing images for competitions is just as hard, especially when there is a limit on the number of images you can enter. Hence why when an image is recognised by your peers and the industry in which you work, it s always a good day. The national awards for Australia are in their final stages of completion with the last of the images being judged today. Happy to say that one of the images from my recent exhibition Nepal, The Himalayan Kingdom and its People was again recognised and awarded for the second time. First in the state awards and now in the national. Even more exciting at the thought that I head back to Nepal for a month of travel and walking in the mountains in just 6 weeks and of course, there will be many more images to come…:) For now I hope you enjoy and if you have some time, head over to my main website, now freshly built with e-commerce. www.damiancaniglia.com.au

Kathmandu Street Scene

Silver Award Qld AIPP Awards 2013 & National AIPP APPA Awards 2013

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