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Around the World by Private Jet-January, 2016

Inle Lake fisherman using traditional fishing device E-M1 40-150mm Pro

Inle Lake fisherman using traditional fishing net                                               E-M1 40-150mm Pro

I’d received a call from Ford at National Geographic Expeditions early in 2015, asking if I could do two, back-to-back “Around the World by Private Jet” trips. Amazing, incredible, outrageously cool, on and on, but two back-to-back? Then, he mentioned that Myanmar was included on the first trip, so it was an automatic “yes” from me. The old Burma, Myanmar has been on my list of places to see for a long time.

And, Myanmar did not disappoint. From the 3000+ temples around Bagan to the net fishermen and pagodas of Inle Lake, it was a visual sensory overload.

 

Elephant feeding in the Serengeti E-M1 40-150mm w/1.4 converter

Elephant feeding in the Serengeti               E-M1 40-150mm w/1.4 converter

Llama at Incan site of Saksaywaman, near Cusco, Peru E-M1 12-40mm

Llama at Incan site of Saksaywaman, near Cusco, Peru                                    E-M1 12-40mm

The Around the World (ATW) trip visits 10 iconic locations-and does an amazing job of getting one to that great place with a really thorough experience. Plus, the hotels are incredible…most regularly on the Conde Nast “Gold” list of great hotels. Add the incredible food and you have a wonderful and deep experience.

Every reason I signed on with Olympus over 10-years ago is constantly confirmed as almost all my work these days involves location/travel, and as I’ve harped on for so many years, the Olympus OM-D system couldn’t be any more perfect for the travel/location photographer. Lightweight, portable, incredible high-quality, and with a series of real-world lenses that address every need of the pro/high end photographer needing equipment that will fit the requirements of stunning quality…guess it sounds like I’m hooked…

Near Cusco, Peru EM-1 40-150mm Pro

Near Cusco, Peru                                                                                                       EM-1  40-150mm Pro

Young woman at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island with Moai behind her E-M1 12-40mm

Young woman at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island with Moai behind her                           E-M1 12-40mm

Aha Tongariki on Easter Island, Moai site E-M1 12-40mm lens

Aha Tongariki on Easter Island, Moai site                                                  E-M1     12-40mm lens

Young couple posing for photos at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island

Young couple posing “selfies” at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island                      E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Samoan warriors tattoos being photographed E-M1 12-40mm

Samoan warriors tattoos being photographed                                                                    E-M1 12-40mm

 

Sea turtle, Great Barrier Reef, Australia Olympus TG-4

Sea turtle, Great Barrier Reef, Australia                                                            Olympus TG-4

 

Balloons fly over some of the thousands of the old Buddhist temples

Balloons fly over some of the thousands of the old Buddhist temples        E-M1 40-150mm w/1.4 converter

Bagan region of Myanmar and some of the 1000's of ancient Buddhist temples E-M1 40-150mm

Bagan region of Myanmar and some of the 1000’s of ancient Buddhist temples             E-M1 40-150mm

Bagan region of Myanmar and Buddhist temples E-M1 40-150mm

Bagan region of Myanmar and Buddhist temples                                            E-M1 40-150mm

Inle Lake in Myanmar and traditional fishing E-M1 40-150mm

Inle Lake in Myanmar and traditional fishing                                                            E-M1 40-150mm

Traditional balloon launch near Inle Lake, Myanmar

Traditional balloon launch near Inle Lake, Myanmar                                          E-M1  12-40mm Pro lens

Myanmar woman on Inle Lake, Myanmar E-M1 12-40mm

Myanmar woman on Inle Lake, Myanmar                                                                 E-M1 40-150mm

Pagoda in Bagan region, Myanmar E-M1 7-14mm Pro

Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan region, Myanmar                                                                                  E-M1 7-14mm Pro

Young monks gaze at interior of XXXX Temple in Bagan region of Myanmar E-M1 7-14mm Pro lens

Young monks gaze at interior of Ananda Temple in Bagan region of Myanmar          E-M1 7-14mm Pro lens

Taj Mahal appears out of morning fog, Agra, India E-M1 7-14mm Pro

Taj Mahal appears out of morning fog, Agra, India                                                     E-M1 7-14mm Pro

Taj Mahal E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Fog lifts on Side Mosque by Taj Mahal                                                                           E-M1 12-40mm Pro

foggy morning at the Taj Mahal, Agra India E-M1 7-14mm Pro

foggy morning at the Taj Mahal, Agra India                                                     E-M1 7-14mm Pro

Visitors at Taj Mahal E-M1 7-14mm Pro lens

Visitors at Taj Mahal                                                                                        E-M1 7-14mm Pro lens

Two sisters discuss being photographed at Agra Fort in India E-M1 12-40mm

Two sisters discuss being photographed at Agra Fort in India                                           E-M1 12-40mm

Traditional Indian dancers, Agra, India E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Traditional Indian dancers, Agra, India                                                                   E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Impala reacting to noise in Serengeti, Tanzania E-M1 40-150mm Pro lens

Impala reacting to noise in Serengeti, Tanzania                                              E-M1 40-150mm Pro lens

Wildlife in the Serengeti E-M1 40-150mm Pro lens

Impala in the Serengeti                                                                                  E-M1 40-150mm Pro lens

 

Marabou storks in Serengeti E-M1 40-150mm w/ 14. converter

Marabou storks in Serengeti                                                       E-M1 40-150mm w/ 1.4 converter

Serengeti lion pride cubs E-M1 75-300mm

Serengeti lion pride cubs                                                                                                                                                  E-M1 75-300mm

Bedouin near Monastery at Petra, Jordan E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Bedouin at High Place, overlooking Wadi Araba, near Monastery at Petra, Jordan                                                E-M1 12-40mm Pro

With his dogs, overlooking Wadi Araba E-M1 12-40mm Pro

With his dogs, overlooking Wadi Araba                                                             E-M1        12-40mm Pro

Desert in Wadi Rum, Jordan-"Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Martian" were filmed here. E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Desert in Wadi Rum, Jordan-“Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Martian” were filmed here. E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Bedouin in desert tent in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Bedouin in desert tent in Wadi Rum, Jordan                                            E-M1 7-14mm Pro

Marrakech woman, in Morocco E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Marrakech woman, in Morocco                                                                         E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Man who keeps fire going in "Farnatchi (furnace) that heats water in public baths. E-M1 12-40mm Pro

Man who keeps fire going in “Farnatchi (furnace) that heats water in public baths.                                E-M1 12-40mm Pro

 



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