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Aruba Timelapse Video

Please watch this in HD, it will be a much nicer experience.

I shot this around the island of Aruba, always marvelling at the many fast moving clouds.

Song is by moby licensed through ww.mobygratis.com

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Day 1 of Salar de Uyuni

This was my most anticipated place during our whole South American trip. the photo’s I’ve seen of this place are surreal. And a surreal place it is. I didn’t know that surrounding the massive salt desert there were so many lagoons, volcanoes, wildlife. I wish I was more of a landscape photography guy so I could have taken more interesting photo’s but those 3 days were unforgettable.

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The blue part is the former sea which is now the largest salt desert in the world.

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1200 year old Cactus. Now dead.

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One of my camera’s; the sprocketrocket

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Building stones made from salt. One village we passed through had all the houses made from salt.

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Our tour jeep. Didn’t look that great, but was very comfortable.

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The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

The Uros are a pre-Incan people who live on forty-two self-fashioned floating islands in Lake Titicaca Puno, Peru and Bolivia. The islets are made of totora reeds, which grow in the lake. The dense roots that the plants develop and interweave form a natural layer called Khili (about one to two meters thick) that support the islands. They are anchored with ropes attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake.

Here are some titbits I remember from the Tour I got on the floating islands:

Sixty percent of Titicaca lake is Peru and forty percent is Bolivia

They understand now incest is wrong and people don’t marry within the same island anymore. There are  forty-nine separate islands.

Every island gets garbage duty. Once a week they go around and collect garbage from all islands and bring it to the main land.

Each island has a “president” He is also the judge. If one family doesn’t contribute enough they saw of their part of the island with their house and let them float away and they can join another island if they choose to.

All the islands are anchored otherwise they could float down to Bolivia. None of the islanders have a passport.

At age 50 they often develop rheumatism due to the humidity of living so close to water their whole lives.

Toilets are holes in the island with a long floating bag containing chemicals.

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Taquile Island

The people don’t wear wedding rings but belts. Male belts contain a piece of hair of their wife.

Only island to follow the traditional Inca rules of life.. No lying, no stealing and don’t be lazy.

Because of no stealing there are no dogs on the island. Since there is no need to use them guard dogs

Females believe direct eye contact can take life energy from a person and tend to cover their faces.

People don’t shake hands when meeting for the first time but rather exchange coca leaves. Coca leaves symbolizing the energy you give to each other.

Couples live together for 3 years to see if things work out. They do this because there is no divorce.

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Neeeewwww Yoooorkk

I noticed this Japanse guy with a large format camera in Times Square. He was composing and lining up his shot for quite a while, I didn’t really see what he wanted to take a picture of but I understand him taking the time to do so as every shot costs a couple of dollars on a large format camera.

Along with Coney Island, DUMBO is a great place for photography, there is the iconic shot of manhattan bridge between the buildings, but also a great place for a manhattan skyline and brooklyn bridge photo.

5 Pointz, NYC

Five Pointz is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca.” When I heard about this place I knew I had to visit it. Only on Saturday is it possible to go inside and have a look at the pieces inside and on the roof. Sadly we didn’t have that opportunity, but there is enough to see on the outside to make it worth your visit.