TTIM 111 – Ollie Dale and the Lost Clipper

Ollie DaleOur guest for this week’s episode is Ollie Dale.

Ollie started his photographic career aboard a cruise ship in 2001. When he returned to New Zealand in 2003 he set himself up as a freelance photographer, and in 2005 started his company, PhotoNZ Ltd.

In 2008 he joined the NZ Institute of Professional Photography, was the Chairman of the Auckland region from 2009-10, and a part of the Honours Council from 2010-15.

In that time he achieved the level of Fellow of the NZIPP, and has judged at the Professional Photography Awards in NZ (Iris) and Australia (APPA).

His Clients over the years have included many household names, the largest of which are Mazda, Microsoft, Vodafone, Flight Centre and the Auckland Airport.

Ollie now works 2 days a week at the Auckland Airport, creating photo and video content for their social channels and for all sorts of corporate communications.

The original “Virtually Famous” was a title for a small documentary he created in 2012, all about how social media was changing the landscape for photographers, and everyone. He interviewed a number of people who influenced him and asked them about how they used Social Media to grow their brands, interact with followers and become virtually famous.

Recently Ollie has been hired to be the official photographer and videographer of the Lost Clipper expedition to the island of Chuuk, where they will try to find evidence about what could have been the first hijacking in the history of aviation, so we wanted to know all about this fascinating search for a plane that vanished in 1938.

We also asked Ollie for insights into pursuing aerial photography with a drone and what it means to be the official photographer aboard a cruise ship. This is an episode that is packed full with information on a variety of topics that will certainly keep you entertained and engaged.

Duration 44m 12s.


TTIM 110 – Scott Bourne and Bird Photography

Scott BourneScott Bourne is President of US Operations at Skylum Software (Formerly Macphun,) an Olympus Visionary and a professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He was one of the founders of This Week In Photo, Founded and is co-founder of the Photo Podcast Network.

Scott is a regular contributor to several photography related blogs and podcasts and his photography has appeared in more than 200 books and magazines. He is a trainer at both ThinkTapLearn and, and is the author of 11 photography books.

Duration 44m 12s.


TTIM 109 – Karl Grobl in Cambodia

Karl GroblTraveling to the far corners of the world to tell compelling picture stories, award-winning humanitarian photojournalist Karl Grobl reveals the human side of issues faced by people across the globe. His images highlight those basic human elements that comprise the fabric binding all cultures together in our rapidly homogenizing, yet sometimes divided, global community.

Peering well beyond the surface of unfolding stories, Karl’s photographs reveal the heart, and sometimes, heart-wrenching truth. His images offer viewers intimate glimpses into the lives of ordinary people worldwide, and provide us with the opportunity to reflect and understand their personal struggles and triumphs.

With a keen awareness and reverence for human dignity, Karl creates photographs that not only educate and motivate but also stir the viewers’ deep emotion.

Grobl specializes in humanitarian photojournalism, documenting relief efforts and development work of NGOs worldwide. His clients include World Vision, World Relief, World Emergency Relief, Freedom from Hunger, Catholic Relief Services, Family Health International, Pan American Development Foundation and many more.

Karl has worked for more than 85 different NGOs in over 50 countries, including Sudan, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Peru, Bolivia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Senegal, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Sudan. Covering issues including conflict, post-conflict resolution and reconstruction, HIV/AIDS, prostitution, human trafficking, malaria, cholera, environmental degradation as well as micro-finance and education; Karl’s images have helped countless NGO’s illustrate their programs on Annual Reports, websites and in all sorts of communications.

“My goal is always to create high-impact, evocative images which not only inform, but also spark the desire to become involved… images that cause reflection upon and empathy with another human being’s struggle, all the while, respecting the dignity of those who appear in the photos. When successful, my imagery reveals a common humanity, allowing viewers to see a bit of themselves in other human beings, half a world away. Beyond just providing information… the images should motivate viewers to take action”.

Karl’s images have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, CNN, Geo, Town and Country magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, but the largest majority of his photos appear in the annual reports, newsletters and communications materials of his humanitarian organization clients. Karl’s non-NGO work is represented by Zuma Press, the premier international editorial picture agency and wire service. His 2005 Haiti photo-story “City of God” was nominated for a World Press Photo Award.

Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Karl spent more than a month embedded with five different non-governmental organizations documenting tsunami relief efforts in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. One year later he returned to document the reconstruction. He has covered post conflict peacebuilding efforts in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and East Timor, HIV/Aids issues in Africa and Asia as well as Human trafficking in Cambodia and the Philippines.

In addition to his rigorous international travel schedule, Karl teaches photography workshops and leads international photography tours. He is a regular lecturer on photography and photojournalism and a long time member of the National Press Photographers Association. Karl is a member of the Advisory Counsel of Focus For Humanity, a non profit organization, who’s mission is to provide financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers wishing to work with NGOs. He also works as a technical consultant for several photographic and photography-related technology companies and was featured in a world wide advertising campaign for SanDisk memory cards.

Duration 46m 27s.


TTIM 108 – Winners of the October-November 2017 Photo Contest

October-November 2017 Photo Contest Winners

As you might know, we are doing a bi-monthly photo contest on our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner. We invite the group members to submit one of their best photographs and, at the end of the period, we pick two winners and invite them to come on the show and tell us about their winning images and their photography.

The winners for the months of October-November 2017, Gea Gaetani d’Aragona and Mark Farrington, submitted photos taken in Kinderdijk, Netherlands and Paris, France, respectively. We thought those two stood above the rest, but it was a tough choice, since we got so many amazing submissions.

Would you like to be one of the next guests on the podcast? Head over to our Facebook group, ask to join (if you’re not already a member) and look for the post pinned to the top for instructions.The contest for the month of January 2018 is already open and we intend to do a new contest every two months. Let’s see your best travel images!

Duration 38m 43s.


TTIM 107 – Luka Esenko and SNAPP Guides

Luka Esenko

Luka Esenko has travelled to 50+ countries around the globe and has plenty more on his ‘go to’ list. Initially an enjoyable hobby, photography soon became a way of life for Luka and he has since established himself as one of the leading landscape photographers in Slovenia.

Luka started life as a tour guide and worked his way up in tourism. He attributes his finely honed navigational skills, survival instinct and ability to remain calm in the face of any crisis to his time spent guiding student and budget tours in Morocco, Greece and Turkey followed by a challenging stint in events management! Having established his own photography tour company in 2008 he now enjoys leading small groups of photographers across the Adriatic region, sharing his passion for nature, outdoor life and his love of the mountains – where he is at his happiest.

His latest venture is SNAPP Guides, a photography location finding app which offers a collection of quality destination guides to help photographers discover incredible photography spots and get the best from each shoot.

Luka’s work has led him to collaborate with internationally renowned photographers such as Jonathan Chritchley (UK), Sean Bagshaw (US), Jeremy Woodhouse (UK), Deborah Sandidge (US), Marc Muench (US) and Tom Bol (US) to name just a few. His work has featured in National Geographic, in various photography magazines, travel guides and online media and is regularly sought after by the Slovenian Tourist Board.

Luka lives in Ljubljana with his partner, Neja, and their young son Brin, both of whom have embraced the spirit of a photographer’s life on the go and often accompany Luka on his travels.

Duration 45m 02s.


TTIM 106 – Juan Pons and Photographing Wildlife

Juan PonsOur guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Juan Pons.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Juan is a nature and wildlife photographer, whose passion is photographing our world’s magnificent wildlife and natural features. Juan is a strong supporter of wildlife and natural habitat conservation and is a member of several conservation organizations. Though private individuals purchase photos directly from him, Juan donates his images to non-profit organizations with nature and wildlife preservation missions. Juan never ceases to be amazed by the natural subjects he photographs and hopes that sharing his photographs will inspire others to appreciate and respect natural life.

With more than 30 years experience in photography, Juan has also become a recognized expert in Wildlife Photography, Lightroom and on maximizing the capabilities of DSLRs when shooting video.

Juan travels extensively capturing nature’s beauty, and teaching on a multitude of photography workshops with Muench Workshops.

Juan’s work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Magazine, American Photo, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and many others.

Juan is the co-host of reCOMPOSE podcast a leading audio podcast that covers many photographic topics.

Duration 45m 02s.


TTIM 105 – Vieri Bottazzini and Landscape Photography with a Leica

Vieri BottazziniAfter some weeks of absence due to his travels to places with poor Internet connectivity and wildly different time zones, Ralph joins Ugo back on the show to interview Vieri Bottazzini, a travel landscape photographer, Leica Ambassador, Leica Akademie Italy instructor and Formatt-Hitech Ambassador.

Vieri considers himself a portrait photographer. He portrays the beauty of the planet, working in the most spectacular studio of the world: the world itself.

Since 2010 he combined his passion for photography with his love for nature and the wilderness by dedicating himself exclusively to Fine Art Landscape photography. With 25 years of teaching on his back, he firmly believes that workshops are the best way to share his enthusiasm for photography and for the Earth’s beauty with like-minded people. His favourite destinations are the American Southwest, Scotland, United Kingdom, Turkey and, of course, Italy where he settled in 2014 after spending 15 years abroad.

Associate of the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP) and European Photographer (EP), his work has been published and exhibited internationally and is part of various private collections. When he is not around the world photographing, teaching, lecturing or adjudicating competitions, he works on his photographs, prepares his Fine Art prints and writes reviews and articles about photography.

Duration 49m 07s.


TTIM 104 – Jordana Wright and The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography

The guest for this week’s episode of the podcast is Jordana Wright.

For over a decade, Jordana Wright has had the opportunity to shoot professionally, travel, and share her love of photography with clients, workshops, and aspiring photographers around the world. She has presented two TEDx Talks, led dozens of photowalks across the United States, been published in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, and has developed and executed a variety of exciting personal photographic projects. Her debut photography book “The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography” will arrive in stores in June 2018 from Rocky Nook Inc. When Jordana isn’t “going places and seeing stuff,” she lives in Chicago with her husband and her 12-year-old pitbull, Dutch. For more information about her pursuits, find her on Instagram and Facebook.

We discussed with Jordana about ways to make the most of uncontrollable conditions–including ill-mannered herds of tourists, bad weather, boring light, and lack of time–when traveling for photography.

Duration 38m 55s.


TTIM 103 – Bob Edelstein in India

TTIM 103 – Bob Edelstein

During his latest tour of India, Ralph Velasco took some time to sit down with his friend Bob Edelstein and ask him about his photography and his travels. Here is what Bob says about himself:

“I began taking pictures when my older brother came out of the Army. He had purchased a Pentax Spotmatic in the mid 1960’s. I immediately purchased my own camera and was in love with photography from the beginning. I took many courses while in college and started travelling to the Southwest United States where I fell in love with the landscape. Over the years I found portraiture to be very interesting and I really enjoyed the interaction of photographer and subject, which I still enjoy immensely. Currently, I have a real interest in street photography and conveying a lot of elements in my photographs.  I really enjoy trying to show the viewer they need to take 30 seconds to look at the image to see all the elements I thought were of interest. I believe now, at age 62, the images I revere most are the ones where I had a personal “moment” with the subject, even if the image is not all that great technically. Those are the moment I seek out now, to be able to connect with someone from a different land, and to have the photographer and subject just share a “moment”.”

Duration 34m 08s.


TTIM 102 – Benjamin van der Spek and Not Quitting Your Day Job

Benjamin van der Spek

Benjamin van der Spek is an award winning photographer who is active around the globe with a keen eye for extraordinary compositions and dramatic lighting.

A Dutch photographer and educator, graduated in fine arts, art history and art education, Benjamin uses the past to open our eyes to the present and the future.

Benjamin is also one of the most active contributors to our Facebook group, The Traveling Image Makers’ Corner.

In this episode, we discussed with Benjamin the unique challenges and opportunities that being a teacher present to a travel photographer and when it makes sense to quit your day job to pursue a full-time career in photography, if ever.

Duration 36m 47s.