Despite not being much of a city person, I made a trip to Chicago with my boyfriend last year, to celebrate our one year anniversary. And I’ll be honest: I was fully prepared to take a plethora of sappy couple photos. Just typing that sentence, I can already sense the judgment coming. Cut me some slack, it was our anniversary trip. Of course I wanted some photos; maybe I could print and frame them later.
Well, emphasis on maybe. I’m not the most productive person I know. It’s not much of a surprise to me that I still haven’t printed and framed them.
Disclaimer: if you don’t like clambering up sandstone “steps” (they’re more like uneven slabs of slippery rock) with a 1400 foot drop on either side of you, and only a metal chain to hold on to, Angel’s Landing is probably not for you.
Yes, it was amazing to see the entire valley of Zion National Park laid out beneath you. Yes, the pictures you get just from being up there are absolutely gorgeous. Would I climb up to the top of that mountain again? Probably. It offers an adrenaline rush that before I did it, I had yet to experience.
The ‘Red Bridge’, that’s what I call it.
Growing up, I’ve always wanted to visit America. As a cinaphile, consuming Hollywood films day and night has been part of my life for a long time. Fast forward a decade, I have just graduated from film school in the UK and I thought, “I will visit America and pay my respect to the most prominent bridge in Hollywood films, The Golden Gate Bridge”.
After saving up a few hundred pounds, I bought my return flight tickets to San Francisco as soon as the cheap flight promotion came about. From Cardiff, I traveled to the London Heathrow Airport via bus and flew off a couple hours after that. I boarded the plane and flew off to the Land of Dreams, America.
I know, for certain, that I am a Jedi.
While waiting for my graduation day, I had an ample of two months’ gap from my last day of studying at the university. So, I decided, while living on the other side of the world where I’m originally from, the beautiful country of Malaysia, it was a dream come true to not only visit a new continent, but also pay a visit to the sacred land of Star Wars film location, Tunisia. Hence, I explored ways to see this country through the Internet and with the Devil’s luck, I stumbled upon an internship application for a travel log filming in the country.
There are so many different environments throughout California. That is the principle reason for why I came to the West Coast. Throughout my youth, many of the movies that I watched took place in California. After many years of continued movie fandom, I started to catch on that this California is actually a real place. For some reason, up until I was about 12 years old, I thought California might actually be some sort of fictional land. What with the beautiful beaches with the beautiful women of the southern west coast, the overpopulated cities of Southern California, the hot dry deserts of Central California, the cloudy atmosphere of the bay area, the mountainous regions of the Sierra Nevada, and the dense forests of Northern California. All of which brought me to Berkeley, CA, a tech-friendly city smack in the bay area.
Berkeley has all of the magic that I had hoped for. The mindset of the people around me were just what I was looking for, and I found an apartment on the corner of the building that allowed me to overlook both the bay area as well as much of downtown Berkeley. The view in and of itself was enough to make me feel okay with having dirty neighbors and a cozy relationship with the local insect exterminator company. But the fabulous pictures that I was able to capture from my apartment in Berkeley wasn’t the only thing that brought me to the bay area. Let’s talk about what other photogenic spots are around Berkeley. Continue reading
One of the best parts of being retired from an intense photography career working for great companies, is having the ability to travel the world on my own time. Traveling around the world, to countries and continents I only learned about in school has been life changing.
The whole planet has an abundance of beautiful animals, people, buildings, nature, and events to capture. Travelling has given me the second lens to see the extraordinary I could only imagine. It was tough to decide on the first few places to travel to, but I made up my mind. Thailand, Puerto Rico, and Kauai were the first places I decided to adventure in.
Hello, I’m Oliver Eckel. I created this blog to create a like minded online community for any aspiring, current, or veteran photo geeks to share tips, advice, and tricks of the craft. A couple different photo stories wouldn’t hurt anyone either.
I’ve been a photographer in the greater Los Angeles for over 20 years. Throughout my privileged photography career I’ve worked for several different heavy-hitting media companies like: TMZ, Disney Communications, MTV, and ESPN.