by Harry Martin
My alarm goes off at 6am, and I reluctantly pull myself from underneath the warm covers - the air is cold inside the refuge, it feels like one of those cool, crisp, clear mornings. The other photographers in our group rouse themselves as they hear me clattering around gathering camera, tripod and warm layers. Waiting outside, seeing a nice blue sky I enjoy the promise of a good morning of photography to come.
Worldwide Explorer’s guides Marcus and Harry have just returned from leading six photographers on our first photo holiday to the Italian Dolomites. The aim of this trip was to explore the astounding scenery, and mountains, that the Dolomites offer. The sheer cliff faces, pinnacles and valleys of the Dolomites rival the very best in the world in terms of their beauty and photographic potential so we had no shortage of possible subjects.
Our recent photo holiday to China has just been completed. The aim of this trip was to offer customers the opportunity to experience the real China as opposed to the one most foreigners see when visiting. Although we visited some popular tourist places in Beijing such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Lama Temple, we soon veered off the commercial rails and headed for a remote section of the Great Wall which is not open to the public. Not only is this section free from tourists, but it is also unrestored, which makes it a better and more authentic photographic subject.