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


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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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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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


Westminster Underground

Canary Wharf Long Exposure

Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf

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Sardinia to London

Posted in Landscape, Transportation, Travel at 4:00 pm by Warren Williams

We flew out again with Ryanair, who tried to charge me excess baggage for being just 0.6kg overweight. With no weight restrictions on carry on, ended up stuffing more gear into my backpack to get by. Leaving Alghero in the morning, bound for London Stanstead, was another great flight, with blue skies and great views over Nice and the Alps.

La Mariposa
La Mariposa campsite along the beach front with trees

Isola Piana from the Air
Isola Piana, Sardinia

Nice from 37,000 feet
Nice, France

lac de serre-ponçon
Lac de Serre-Ponçon – Southeastern France – One of the largest artificial lakes in Europe

Ryanair Wingtip 737-800
The race is on

France and English Channel
Northern France and the English Channel

BBQ London
Arriving back to London for a BBQ

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Final Night in Sardinia

Posted in Landscape, Travel at 9:06 pm by Warren Williams

As you can see, didn’t shoot too much over the past few days, after all, you can only take so many photos of amazing clear waters, with them all looking the same. Our final night back in Alghero, there was a strange colour pattern in the sky, worthy of a photo. With our tent pitched only 20 metres from the beach, ran back to grab the camera for these…

Alghero Sunset

Blue Streak Sunset
The strange phenomena, with the blue streak stretching through the hills (the far left point is Capo Caccia)

Alghero Goodbye

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Capo Caccia Clifftop Sunset

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 9:56 pm by Warren Williams

After spending the night on La Maddalena, took a slow drive across the northern part of Sardinia, back towards Alghero, whilst stopping at some more great beaches for a swim and relaxation. With a final night with the car, decided to drive to the Capo Caccia cliffs, where we had previously seen Neptune’s Grotto 600 feet below. Watching a sunset, whilst precariously perched several hundred feet above the water is always great fun!

Capo Caccia Clifftop Sunset
Can you spot my tripod and camera bag?! Angled slippery surface, with large fractures in the cliff. Great idea. Not.

Capo Caccia
A view from where the tripod was in previous photo

The view behind

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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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Awakening to Sardinian Beauty

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 7:00 am by Warren Williams

After a long previous day driving 400km cross country, we ended up sleeping under the stars on a beach at Capo D’Orso. As we arrived after 10pm at night, it was already dark, with only the moon illuminating the water of the lake and sea to give us a vague idea of our location. The droning hum from thousands of mosquitos from the lake area, awoke us just before sunrise, revealing the true beauty of the area.

Capo D'Orso Sunrise - Sardinia 2009

Lake in Capo D'Orso

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Road Trippin’ Sardinia

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, Travel at 8:56 pm by Warren Williams

After a couple of days exploring the local flavours of Alghero, Ayla and I decided it was time to venture off around the mediterannean island. With our newly met English friends, Adele and Hazel, who happened to be on the same flight and bus, we convinced them to come along for some fun, music and more secluded sights of Sardinia. With a quick check of the maps, decided to head south to the town of Bosa, before venturing cross country to Cala Gonone on the east coast of the island. A few wrong turns later, (sign posting is almost nonexistent!) and we had found some great beaches to relax at. The Italian cuisine continued to roll through, pastas, pizza, wine, before finding a suitable place to camp up for the night – another beach!

Alghero Coastline
View along the coastal drive from Alghero to Bosa – Beautiful, smooth winding roads, with impressive views

Bosa River
Arriving into Bosa – Temo River

Bosa Bridge
Parking across the Temo River, with a daunting walk across the narrow bridge

Bosa Clock
More impressive architecture, with an old clock

Bosa across River
Temo River, from Bosa

Bosa Blue

Amazing Cala Gonone Beach
Beaches near Cala Gonone

Pristine Cala Fuili
Pristine Cala Fuili

Waters of Cala Fuili
Clear waters of Cala Fuili

Cala Fuili Rocks
From the northern end of Cala Fuili

Sunset Costa Esmeralda
Sunset from the road, near Costa Esmeralda

Ayla with Kittens
Ayla with wild Kitten

Warren & Ayla, Sardinia
Warren & Ayla after watching the sunset from the road

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Alghero, Sardinia

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, Travel at 9:21 pm by Warren Williams

Our first full day in Alghero, involved getting to know the local town, streets filled with various architecture, and enjoying the heat as it roasted towards 35°C.

Alghero Waterfront
Alghero Waterfront, streets are empty in the morning and lunch periods

Alghero House
A house in Alghero, overlooking the sea

Warren Statue
Not sure what the purpose of these stones were, but created my own statue 😉

Aloe Vera Growing in Alghero
Aloe Vera growing by the fortified town

Alghero Courtyard
Courtyard in Alghero, where I enjoyed my first Sardinian Pizza

Lazaretto, Sardinia
In the late afternoon, we caught a ferry to Neptune’s Grotto
Here we are, passing Lazzaretto and the textured cliff faces

Cliffs at Isola Foradada
Massive cliffs at Isola Foradada

Isola Foradada
Blue waters at Isola Foradada

Cliffs at Capo Caccia
Cliffs at Capo Caccia – Can you see the path cut into the cliff?

Capo Caccia
The bottom of the 656 steps leading from the top of Capo Caccia

Our arrival to Neptune’s Grotto, was rather precarious as we battled large sea swells, and had to literally walk the moving plank into the cave.

Neptune's Grotto 
First cavern inside Neptune’s Grotto, located underneath the massive Capo Caccia cliffs

Neptune's Grotto Cave
People are dwarfed to the scale of the Grotto

Neptune's Grotto Panoramic
Panoramic spanning almost 180 degrees with around 10 photos stitched together

Neptune's Grotto Exit
Light at the end of the tunnel

Entering the waters near Tramariglio

Amazing Cliff Detail Alghero
More cliff detail near Lazzaretto, in the evening light

Entering Alghero Marina
Entering Alghero Marina

Yachts in Alghero

Alghero Sunset
Low sun lighting up the seaside buildings

Alghero Sunset Red
Alghero Sunset

Alghero Red Buildings
Rich red hues from sunset

Sunset Alghero
Sunset on the beach in Alghero, whilst trying out an Americano Pizza (French fries on pizza!)

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Louvre in Paris

Posted in Architecture, History, Landscape, People, Travel at 9:00 pm by Warren Williams

After our exercise in front of the Eiffel Tower, Peter and I took a walk along the Seine River, to the Louvre Museum to see Mona Lisa and other various art works and historic artifacts from around the world. Time flew in the expansive museum, and soon it was time to disappear to Montmartre in search of food and a visit into the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur with great views over Paris.

Mona Lisa, Louvre, Paris
Mona Lisa

Artifacts in Louvre

Skull in Louvre

Easter Island Statue

Venus de Milo
Trying to get a photo of Venus de Milo amongst hundreds of people.. fun

Stair Entrance at Louvre
Entrance stairs to Louvre

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur – Montmartre

It was actually my mums’ recommendation to visit here, from her trips she used to do to Paris whilst living in England during the 60’s and 70’s. Well worth the trip up here for a different artistic feel of Paris.

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur Inside
Inside the Basilica

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur Inside

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

Youri in front of Basilique du Sacré-Cœur
Grand finale, of musician Youri performing some top hits

We met up with our Canadian friend, Ayla who has recently been travelling through the Middle East, Europe and into Paris. We all wandered back down to the Louvre Museum for the approaching sunset, with our cameras in hand.

Leg massage Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Pete, the qualified physiotherapist gives Ayla some much needed calf treatment after arriving back at the Louvre

Long drawn shadows at Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Long shadows at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel with Louvre in background

Louvre Pyramid Sunset
Opposite direction from the Louvre Glass Pyramid

Canon 85L Wide Open
The out of focus silhouette of Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Ayla & Peter
Ayla & Pete checking their shots out

Louvre Pyramid Sunset with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Another clear evening sunset over the Louvre Pyramid

Symmetry Louvre Pyramid Sunset
Symmetry with the Louvre Pyramid

Louvre Pyramid Twilight
Twilight with Louvre

Still waters Louvre Pyramid

Eiffel Tower at 2am with no lights
Eiffel Tower after 2am, with no lights on

Eiffel Tower Straight Up
Eiffel Tower Straight Up

Eiffel Tower at 6am
From Pont de Bir-Hakeim the following morning at 6am

Ayla Eiffel Tower
Feeling less creative than 24 hours, with no sleep

After a fresh shower in the hotel, the three of us went off to the Bois de Boulogne park for a picnic and relaxation before our returning Eurostar trip to London.

Bois de Boulogne
Bois de Boulogne – The largest park, west of the city, where we enjoyed a great picnic

Under the Trees - Bois de Boulogne

Paris is an amazing city, and surprised I hadn’t visited before, despite only living just across the Channel for the past couple of years. It was also time to say goodbye to Pete in London, who was unfortunate enough to have me as company for the past four weeks. See you soon back in Aotearoa!

Aimee (another Kiwi friend), Peter & Warren say goodbye in Leicester Square, London

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Morning Exercise in Paris

Posted in Landscape, People, Sport, Travel at 8:00 am by Warren Williams

After just a few hours sleep from the great views around the Arc de Triomphe, we walked along to Trocadero to catch a glimpse of the sunrise over the Eiffel Tower. With some excess energy to burn, and missing out on some exercise recently, we had to improvise with our new surroundings…

Sunrise over Eiffel Tower from Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Dawn over Eiffel Tower from Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Water from Pont de Bir-Hakeim
A passing boat on the Seine stirs up some ripples

Jumping Trocadero


Tai Chi Paris Eiffel Tower
Tai Chi

Jumping the Eiffel Tower

Imminent collision

Frogger in Paris
Frogger in Paris

Pressup in Paris, Eiffel Tower
Pressups in Paris – Click for Larger

Dual Pressups

Eiffel Tower Morning Light
Eiffel Tower in early light

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Paris, City of Light

Posted in Architecture, History, Landscape, People, Sport, Travel at 10:30 pm by Warren Williams

Paris has often been referred to as the City of Light, since the early 19th Century, when gas lamps first lit up Champs-Élysées. The weather continued to be great for us, as we strolled along the River Seine, visited Notre Dame, before seeing the final stage of the Tour de France. Following this, we watched the enormous street clean up act of Champs-Élysées, saw a few people brave a Haka, and finally watched a stunning sunset atop the Arc de Triomphe. Another splendid day.

Outside Notre Dame, Paris
Outside Notre Dame

Cross in Notre Dame Paris
Photography friendly rules inside Notre Dame – Thank you!

Notre Dame Stained Glass Window

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Stained Glass Window

Notre Dame

Notre Dame Display

Notre Dame Cross

Beach along River Seine
Sunbathers along River Seine on the hot summer’s day

Jumping at Louvre
Warren, Jason & Peter outside the Louvre

2009 Tour de France Paris
First view of Tour de France riders on final stage

Tour de France Pelaton, Paris

Lance Armstrong - Tour de France 2009 Paris
Lance Armstrong (black helmet) peddling his way to 3rd overall

Tour de France 2009

Empty Champs-Élysées after Tour de France
Empty Champs-Élysées after Tour de France – Sunset behind Arc de Triomphe

Haka at Arc de Triomphe
Haka (Maori traditional dance) next to Arc de Triomphe

Stairwell inside Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe staircase

Sunset over La Defense, Paris from Arc de Triomphe
La Defense from Arc de Triomphe

La Defense Sunset
Wide angle scene of La Defense, and impressive roundabout surrounding Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower from Arc de Triomphe

View down Champs-Élysées from Arc de Triomphe

Poor Kitty Paris

Eiffel Tower from Arc wide angle

Eiffel Tower from Arc de Triomphe twilight

Lights on Eiffel Tower
The 10pm lights come on again for a dazzling 5min display

Eiffel Tower Sparkles
More Eiffel Tower Sparkles

La Defense Light Trails from Arc de Triomphe
La Defense Light Trails from Arc de Triomphe

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Destination Paris!

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, Transportation, Travel at 10:30 am by Warren Williams

After a days rest back in London, Peter and I were off again, continuing our travel and photography addictions with a four day trip to Paris. Despite living on the doorstep to France, it was my first trip there in the two years I’ve been living in London. Catching the 10am Eurostar service to Paris, we arrived shortly after 1pm local time, immediately meeting up with another long term school friend, Jason.

St Pancras Station, London
St Pancras Station, London

St Pancras Station - Man Statue

St Pancras Station, London

St Pancras Station, London
Inside the modern St Pancras Station

Eurostar St Pancras
All aboard!

After meeting Jason at our hotel in the 15th Arrondissement, right next to the Eiffel Tower – we decided to venture over there for a picnic in Champs de Mars, underneath the mighty tower.

Eiffel Tower from the Lower Level
Eiffel Tower from the Lower Level

Binoculars available on Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower Telescope overlooking Trocadero

Stunning view from Eiffel Tower over Trocadero and La Defense
Stunning views over Trocadero and La Defense

South along river from Eiffel Tower
Looking south along the River Seine.

Champs de Mars from Eiffel Tower
Parc du Champs de Mars – a beautiful spot for a picnic

View from almost 300m up Eiffel Tower
Peter & Jason – Great school friends from Avondale College, NZ

Looking straight down Eiffel Tower
A very long arm..

Long casting shadows from Eiffel Tower
Watching the long casting shadows over the Paris architecture is truly remarkable

Eiffel Tower Shadow over Champs de Mars

After spending the next hour on a cruise of the River Seine, (which didn’t produce any good photos), we ventured up to Trocadero for a brilliant view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset and twilight.

Eiffel Tower Sunset
Water Fountains over Eiffel Tower

Stunning Eiffel Tower Sunset
Magical moments seeing the fountains and Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

Red Skies Eiffel Tower Sunset
Twilight ovr Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Abstract

Dazzling Lights Eiffel Tower
The hourly display of dazzling lights come on after dark – This case being 10pm

Following the great display and afternoon spent around Eiffel Tower, we walked along to the grande Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe Detail

Arc de Triomphe - Trees
A great way to finish off the evening, after pizza at a nearby restaurant, and 30 minute walk back to the 15th Arrondissement

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The History of Kraków, Poland

Posted in Architecture, History, Landscape, People, Travel at 9:30 pm by Warren Williams

The city of Kraków was given World Heritage Site status in 1978 by UNESCO, the same year Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated the papacy as Pope John Paul II . Kraków is also famous for it’s overruling in WWII by the Nazi empire, making Kraków the Capital city of the General Government.  The large Jewish population were moved into the Kraków Ghetto, where they were sent to local concentration camps, such as Auschwitz. A German businessman by the name of Oskar Schindler, used his enamelware plant as a way to save many of the local Jews. His story was portrayed in the excellent move, Schindler’s List.

Archbishop of Krakow, Pope John Paul II
Where Pope John Paul II was based

Inside St Mary's Church, Krakow
Climbing the tower in St Mary’s Church, Main Market Square

View from St Mary's Church, overlooking Main Market Square
View from St Mary’s Church tower, overlooking Main Market Square

Snake Handler, in Main Market Square
Snake Handler in Main Market Square

Snake display in Krakow, Main Market Square
Snake Handler

Female Snake Handler, in Main Market Square
Female snake handler in Main Market Square

Jewish Plaque in Cemetery
Jewish plaque in cemetery

Weathered building in alley, Krakow
Weathered building in alley

Singer sewing machine, Krakow
Singer sewing machine, on an outdoors table at a cafe

The infamous stair scene, Schindler's List
The stair scene from Schindler’s List, just past the arch on right

Disused railway near Schindler's Factory
Disused railway near Schindler’s Factory

Krakow Ghetto Building
Worn building in the Krakow Ghetto

Old man walks across the Holocaust Memorial
Walking across the Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial Krakow, Chairs
Holocaust Memorial – 70 empty iron chairs, representing absence

Michael Jackson and Elvis puppets, Krakow
Lifting the mood, street performer in Main Market Square with puppets of the recently passed Michael Jackson, and Elvis – both kings of music.

Statue at Wowel Cathedral
Statue at Wowel Cathedral

Street Artist Krakow
Street artist at the Castle

View from Krakow Castle over the river
View from the Castle over the Vistula River

The evening was spent back in a lovely restaurant just off Main Market Square, featuring an enclosed courtyard out the back with cheap, large meals. Perfect way to finish off a day.

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