12.23.09

Anjuna Flea Market

Posted in People, Transportation, Travel at 2:44 pm by Warren Williams

After hearing about the weekly flea market in Anjuna, we decided to head along on another hot Wednesday. Riding our favourite mode of transport, Rickshaw, we skimmed past the traffic and arrived in the massive field filled with hundreds of market stalls. Knowing there would be large crowds, I left the camera bag back at the apartment, only taking the Canon 1DIII and 85L lens for dreamy shots.

Cow in Calangute

Rickshaw Driver
Rickshaw Driver

Rickshaw Horn
Rickshaw Horn – great importance 😉


Escaping the market jam, ventured onto the beach for a restaurant

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12.19.09

Fort Aguada & Arambol Beach Sunset

Posted in Animals, Landscape, People, Travel at 8:30 pm by Warren Williams

The impressively large Fort Aguada was built by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century, with views stretching across the Arabian Sea. It was rather unbearable walking around here, in mid thirties temperature, and humidity soaring into the 90’s! Definitely the hottest day of the trip.

Fort Aguada, Goa

Later in the day as the heat slowly faded, we all ventured up to the northern reaches of Goa, to the popular tourist beach of Arambol. Another surprising experience, with thousands of people around, along with the odd cow walking along the sands – something I hadn’t seen in photos whilst researching Goa.

Arambol Cows

Cosy Cow Lounger
Sunbathing

Close up cows arambol

Cow silhouette

Arambol Boat, Goa


Stray dogs


Angus, using one of my spare cameras, capturing the orange hue sunset

Arambol Sunset, Goa


Angus and the reflecting sunset

Angus Gomes

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12.18.09

Panjim Fish Market

Posted in Animals, People, Travel at 1:52 pm by Warren Williams

After spending a couple of days around the beautiful Sant Estevam village, Angus and I decided it was time to spend some time in the apartment in Calangute, cooling off from the extreme heat with the neighbouring sea. We stopped in Goa’s largest city – Panjim (also known as Punaji), for a quick wander, coming across the pungeant fish market.

Fish Market, Panjim, Goa

Following the walk, we ventured off to the busy party town of Baga, near Calangute to have some refreshing drinks and a late lunch.


Matthew, and his milky drink


Adorable 🙂

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12.17.09

Giant Golden Orb Spiders

Posted in Animals, Nature, People, Travel at 9:03 pm by Warren Williams

We took an hours drive to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, only to find it was shut on Thursdays! Just nearby we had noticed the Pascoal Spice Farm – offering a view of the spice plantations and a restaurant set amongst some tropical forest. After a massive meal of chicken, fish curry rice and various drinks, we decided to wander amongst their walkways to burn off the food. Early on the path, we came face to face with this monster of a spider.. the size of a hand, it looked rather intimidating but was in fact quite harmless – something I only found out after shaking nervously a few inches away.

Golden Orb Spider India


Shooting underneath, I was sure it was about to launch an attack

Golden Orb Spider India

Golden Orb Spider India


Angus and his nephew, Matthew

Jua Bridge, Santo Estevam
Jua Bridge, to Santo Estevam – the alternative longer route

Sant Estevam


Friendly villager of Santo Estevam, selling fried potato and samosa

Fried samosa Goa

Goan 85L
Another villager awaiting her order

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12.15.09

Onwards to Evershine Nagar, Malad West

Posted in General, People, Transportation, Travel at 8:29 pm by Warren Williams

After finally receiving some more adequate sleep, Angus and I ventured off via taxi to the north of Mumbai, to his family home in Evershine Nagar, Malad West. What a way to experience true Indian traffic firsthand! – The fairly short journey took a whopping two and a half hours, so I managed to admire the surroundings in the scorching street heat and snap a few shots.

Feet of Rickshaw driver
Rickshaw driver

CNG Mumbai
Our taxi being filled with CNG – commonplace in Mumbai

Capacity: 3 idiots
Pun of the recent movie “3 idiots” on the back of a rickshaw


Clearly on a road with no traffic

Once we had reached the neighbourhood of Evershine Nagar, Angus and I decided to have a quick wander around the small local streets.

Bananas Mumbai
Ripening bananas

Oranges in Mumbai

Loaded bicycle in Mumbai
Heavily loaded bicycle

Pineapple Mumbai
Fresh pineapple

Man through a drain pipe
Street stall through a large drainage pipe

Apartments in Evershine Nagar


Friendly dog outside the apartment

Sunset Evershine Nagar
Sunset from the 4th floor of the apartment

Right at this moment, we made a hasty getaway to the highway for our bus trip to Goa. Simply put; the WORST trip I have ever done. 7pm until 9am the following morning, as we traversed what seemed like the windiest roads possible on the journey south. Sleeping wasn’t possible amongst the winding roads, and bopping to the ring-a-ting-ting Bollywood movies on offer, with treble echoing around the bus. I strongly recommend anyone to fly down – or even catch a train.


Coca-Cola 3-wheeler truck whilst waiting for our bus

Rickshaw motion blur
Zooming Rickshaw

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12.14.09

Encounters of Mumbai, India

Posted in Landscape, People, Travel at 11:30 pm by Warren Williams

After arriving into Mumbai around 3am, I finally managed to have a couple hours sleep, before setting off for some sights around the incredibly busy city with Angus.

Bamboo construction supports
Temporary building supports?

Corner shop Mumbai
Chemist in Vile Parle

Cows Vile Parle Mumbai
From outside the hotel, near airport in Vile Parle

For lunch, we headed into Bandra by Auto Rickshaw – to meet a fellow photographer friend, Darryl Baptista who kindly offered to drive us around the city to see the main sights across the afternoon and evening. The 8km journey was a great first insight into Indian transportation and traffic – recording a video along the whole route – which only came to 70 rupees (NZ$2). I’ll try and share some videos once the photos are all online!


Church in Bandra

Angus Mumbai
Angus waiting for Darryl in the shade

Sleeping man Mumbai
During our drive into the city, many workers were sleeping off the extreme heat

Rajiv Ghandi Sea Link Bridge
Driving across the newly completed Rajiv Ghandi Sea Link from Bandra to Worli, cutting commuting from an hour to just seven minutes

Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai - clothe washing
The famous Dhobi Ghat – Mahalakshmi, Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat Blue
A sea of Blue

Dhobi Ghat Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat Mumbai

Dhobi Ghat Red

Gateway of India – following our quick view of Dhobi Ghat, we visited the large Gateway of India – located on the waterfront of the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai. This overlooks the Taj Mahal hotel, which was bombed in November 2008, and is still under refurbishment.

Gateway of India, Mumbai
These happy strangers were eager to have their photo taken

Elephanta Caves Boats
Many boats returning from the Elephanta Caves – (City of Caves), which I’ve been told is a great excursion to do if you have the time

Gateway of India, Mumbai
Gateway of India Arch


Darryl, Warren & Angus – before being told by a heavily armed policeman, “No Tripod!”

Horse in Mumbai, India

Later in the evening, Darryl Baptista took us along to his current photographic exhibition running in the Soul Fry Casa restaurant. His exhibition, “Bombay Duck to Peking Duck”, was a great display of seascapes from around Goa, Mumbai and afar to Hong Kong. It was great to see his selection of shots, and hear about his committments to travelling and showcasing these special areas.

Darryl Baptista
Darryl Baptista – showcasing his photo exhibition – Bombay Duck to Peking Duck

Bombay Duck to Peking Duck photo exhibition

Thank you Darryl for your tremendous insight and advice to my travels around Goa!

Jandals in Mumbai
Jandals in the streets of Mumbai in an evening street stall

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12.12.09

Santa’s London Farewell

Posted in General, Landscape, People, Travel at 6:02 pm by Warren Williams

With a permanent move back downunder, decided to meet with a few friends in Leicester Square for one final pub meal and drinks. With a quick wander through to Trafalgar Square, realised 500 Santas had come out to play…

Santa Trafalgar Square


Farewell to good kiwi friends Leanne and Aimee – after a great season watching the All Blacks

500 Santas on Nelson's Column
Hundreds of Santas – Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square

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10.25.09

Deer of Richmond Park

Posted in Animals, Nature, People at 9:00 pm by Warren Williams

Richmond Park, is London’s largest Royal Park. Originally a deer hunting park, it has since become a great recreation and sightseeing ground to Londoners. Meeting up with several photography friends, camouflage outfits, and long lens – it was our task to capture the essence of the majestic Richmond Park.


Neal and Richard following the trails


Mushroom extreme close up with macro lens


First sighting of a deer


Stags

Stag Richmond Park


Ian – iesphotography.co.uk


Rutting stags

Running deer
Running from hoards of photographers


Why did the deer cross the road?

Deer in Richmond Park
In the dense forest

Sunday stroll in Richmond Park
Stroll through Richmond Park

Tilt shift TS-E 24mm 3.5L
Tilt shift effects with the TS-E 24mm

Brett 500mm
Brett – brettbutler.co.uk

Tilt Shift Effects TS-E 24mm
More Tilt Shift Effects

Tilt Shift Cyclist

Old Stag Richmond Park
Old stag

Large antlers Richmond Park
Large antlers

Bokeh Canon 500mm f4 L

Deer 500mm
Stag through the clearing at Richmond

Squirrel 500mm

Richmond Park is well recommended for a free walk around the 1000 acre woods and grasslands.

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10.17.09

Bodies in Urban Spaces

Posted in People, Sport at 2:20 pm by Warren Williams

Bodies in Urban Spaces, is choreographed by Austrian Willie Dorner, featuring 24 performers who use their bodies in peculiar places…

Bodies in Urban Spaces

Bodies in Urban Spaces


Imposter 😉

Bodies in Urban Spaces

Bodies in Urban Spaces

Bodies in Urban Spaces


Street Performer, alongside the Thames

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09.20.09

Dorchester Wedding – William & Natalie

Posted in People, Wedding at 6:00 pm by Warren Williams

William & Natalie were married today at the world renowned Dorchester Hotel in London. Shooting alongside Richard Swaffields (swaffs.co.uk), we captured their special day from every angle possible. Shooting in the private wing for the ceremony, the penthouse suite balcony, and venturing across into Hyde Park for some fun shots. Congratulations on your beautiful day. 🙂

Dorchester Wedding London

Dorchester Wedding

Dorchester Wedding - Piano
William, a talented pianist

London Wedding

London Wedding Photographer

Flower Girl London Wedding Photographer

Flower Girl

Dorchester Wedding Photographer

London Wedding Photographer

London Wedding Photographer Flower Girls

London Wedding Photographer

London Wedding Photographer

London Wedding Photographer

Dorchester London Photographer

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09.13.09

Thames Festival

Posted in General, People at 9:55 pm by Warren Williams

The Mayor’s Thames Festival, is a yearly free event with plenty of food, music, arts and fireworks to finish off the weekend.

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09.07.09

Sightseeing London

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, People at 6:40 pm by Warren Williams

My friend and fellow photographer Michael from Los Angeles, dropped into London for a few days, after spending some time touring south-east Asia, and visiting some of my favourite spots around Cambodia. We met up for a couple of afternoon/evening shoots around the city, showing him a few sights worth seeing.

River Thames Twilight

Canon 1D Mk II Sunset
Michael’s Canon 1D II and my filter / tripod setup


Millennium Bridge & St Paul’s


Michael next to Westminster

Outside St Thomas' Hospital
Along the Thames outside St Thomas’ Hospital

Leaf 85L
Laying on the ground for this shot

1D II Westminster
Michael shooting long exposures first with my filters and tripod

Westminster Long Exposure

Light Trails Westminster Big Ben

85L

Westminster Underground

Canary Wharf Long Exposure

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf

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08.31.09

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Posted in General, People at 5:00 pm by Warren Williams

After experiencing my first Notting Hill Carnival last year, I made sure I could attend again, to witness the culture of the Caribbean through their music, costumes and delicacies. Decided to use the Notting Hill Carnival as the 12th event for the London Photography Meetups group, where everyone had a blast, whilst trying not to get lost amongst the crowd of near 1 million people. Here’s a few of my favourites:

Notting Hill Carnival 2009
Happily gave this busker some change

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009
The talented Ray Wise

Notting Hill Carnival 2009 Portrait

Notting Hill Carnival 2009 Portrait

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival Eye Contact

Banana and Chocolate Crepe - Notting Hill Carnival 2009
Banana and Chocolate Crepe – Great way to follow up after Jerk Chicken and Rice

Notting Hill Carnival 2009
Jarvis getting in the swing of it

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08.11.09

Tranquility of Isola Caprera & La Maddalena

Posted in Landscape, Nature, People, Travel at 6:30 pm by Warren Williams

After a night under the stars at Capo D’Orso, we made the 10minute drive into Palau to catch the ferry to the beauty islands of Maddalena and Caprera. With very little planning done for this trip, with having no idea till the last minute we were going to hire a car, we asked around and checked some tourist guides, which unanimously advised us to head to this north-eastern corner of Sardinia. The ferries themselves run frequently, however seemed costly for the relative short distance from the mainland. The reward however was the some of the most amazing clear waters I have ever seen.

Isola Caprera
First stop for the day, Isola Caprera, in the early morning before the crowds got in

Isola Caprera Clear Water
Hazel, Adele, Ayla & Warren

85L Clear Water

Canon 85L Beach Sardinia

Isola Caprera Clear Water

Snorkelling Sardinia

Fishing Sardinia
Fishing in pristine waters of Caprera

Caprera Hues of Blue
Hues of Blue

Neck Deep in Clear Water
Neck deep in ultra clear water

View from Caprera looking back to Maddalena
View from Caprera back to Maddalena

Ruins on Isola Caprera
Ancient Ruins on Isola Caprera

Walkway to Cala Coticcio
Walkway to Cala Coticcio (So gobsmacked, I didn’t see my own shadow)

Cala Coticcio
Cala Coticcio – One of the best beaches in Sardinia, and possibly the world
Only accessible by boat, or an undulating 40min walk

Cala Coticcio, Isola Caprera, Sardinia
Clear Waters of Cala Coticcio

Cala Coticcio, Isola Caprera, Sardinia

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08.07.09

Destination Sardinia!

Posted in Aviation, People, Travel at 9:00 pm by Warren Williams

After a whirlwind tour of Europe, what better way to chill than to head to the tropical waters surrounding beautiful Sardinia, Italy. Located in the Mediterannean, I was asked along by Ayla who was finishing off her Middle East/European tour with a week camping around northern Sardinia. The flight was only £15 at last minute, flying directly to the coastal town of Alghero.

RyanAir EI-DCH (737-800) into Alghero, Sardinia
RyanAir – EI-DCH (737-800)
The lack of rainfall very obvious over Sardinia

Alghero Marina
Alghero Marina, after catching the 70cent bus from airport to town (why can’t other cities be this cheap?)

After pitching the tent in La Mariposa, we treaded the few steps to the beach for the ensuing sunset

Ayla Alghero Beach
Ayla on the busy golden sands of Alghero beach

Alghero Beach Sunset
View from the beach access from La Mariposa towards Alghero – around 2km away

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