TTIM 59 – Roberto Salas and the Cuban Revolution

Roberto Salas and Fidel CastroTo say that our guest for this episode of the podcast has a few stories to tell would be a huge understatement. With a career spanning 60 years and having been a direct witness of some momentous episodes of the 20th century, including the Vietnam War and, from very close, the Cuban Revolution, Roberto Salas is an old school gentleman who has a surprisingly modern attitude towards photography.

Roberto Salas has documented the revolution from the Sierra Maestra to the Bay of Pigs, as well as the only known meeting between Castro and Ernest Hemingway. He served as a U.N. correspondent and war correspondent in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Vietnam, spending a year behind the Vietcong lines.

If you have ever seen some of those black-and-white photos of Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara from the heyday of the Cuban Revolution, chances are you have seen some of Mr. Salas’ photographs. We have put some of his best below the fold, to freshen up your memory.

Ralph regularly visits Mr. Salas in his home in Cuba, when leading tours there, and the last time he thought he’d record a short interview for the benefit of our podcast’s audience. What resulted was a fascinating account of the life and times of a great witness of the events of the past century. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share this with you.

Duration 42m 23s.


TTIM 58 – Anthony Pond Between Film And Digital

Anthony PondAnthony Pond has a story of traveling and photographing that goes back several years, having been to Timbuktu twice and to the rest of Africa a few more times in a very adventurous way, across the Darien Gap, the jungles of Borneo, and more. All of that he did with film cameras (before the advent of digital) before moving to a digital system. He’s now shooting a mixture of digital and film with Leica rangefinders because of the slowing down and the deliberation that the system affords him.

A retired criminal defense attorney, Anthony Pond explores the human condition with his photography.  He shoots with a Leica M system, both digital and analog, favoring its simple manual workings. Tony enjoys the whole process of photography which has led him to develop his own film negatives at home. He works primarily in black and white, finding it to be timeless while cutting right to the essence of an image. He travels mainly in South and Southeast Asia, returning time and again to better understand the culture he is photographing.

Duration 38m 55s.


TTIM 57 – Jen Pollack Bianco and Mobile Travel Photography

Jen Pollack BiancoDear listeners, this is the first episode of 2017 and what could be more fitting for this one than a conversation about one of the hottest trends in photography and that will become even more relevant in this and the coming years? Like it or not, mobile photography (or iphoneography if you like) is here to stay and few people are as qualified to speak about it than our guest for this week, Jen Pollack Bianco.

Jen is an award-winning Seattle-based travel photographer and blogger. She runs the luxury travel blog My Life’s a Trip. Her mobile photography images have appeared everywhere from magazine covers (including TIME and Mobiography), popular websites (Buzzfeed, Mashable) to the Apple Shot on iPhone 6 campaign. She is a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her photographs have won awards from NATJA (the North American Travel Journalists Association), the MPA (Mobile Photo Awards), and IPPA (iPhone Photo Awards). She has worked on social media campaigns for luxury brands including Krug Champagne, St. Regis Hotels, and Andaz Hotels.

I am sure you will appreciate the fact that we are busy recording and producing interviews even during the holidays, for your pleasure and entertainment. Next week we will back to explore a completely different end of the spectrum, as we will be discussing film photography with Anthony Pond.

Happy New Year!

Duration 38m 13s.


TTIM 56 – The Business Of Photography with Ken Kaminesky

Ken KamineskyWe’ve always admired the work of Ken Kaminesky, his personality and his cheerful attitude, so we tried many times to have him as a guest on the show. Unfortunately he is also a very busy guy and recently was even busier launching his new company, Discovery Photo Tours.

When we finally got a chance to make him sit in front of Skype for an interview, we didn’t want to let the chance slip, even if  this happened when Ralph was traveling from Tokyo to Chicago, so there is only Ugo on the show this time.

Ken Kaminesky is a veteran commercial travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, Zeiss lens Ambassador, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the photography industry. His work has been featured worldwide in numerous commercial and editorial publications, including the New York Times and on the cover of National Geographic. His passion for travel and the incredible landscapes and people he encounters along the way are the inspiration for his popular blog, and the other publications he writes for.

Throughout his travels, Ken seeks to capture images and stories that will inspire and motivate people to step out their front door and embrace adventure. As one of the founders and tour leaders at Discovery Photo Tours, he gets the chance to share his love for travel and photography with avid photo enthusiasts from all over the world. Savouring art, food, history, and culture with tour groups in places like Jordan, Italy, and Iceland is one of the most rewarding aspects of his work.

His favourite place in the world is always his next destination. He believes that each place has a unique story that will inspire others, which he aims to capture in his images.

Leveraging Ken’s recent involvement in launching a new photography enterprise, we tried to pick his brain about all things business related and about the intersection of work and passion. I am sure you will appreciate his insights on the matter.

Duration 36m 02s.

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TTIM 55 – Passage To India

TTIM 55 – Passage To India

India, often referred to as the sub-continent, is a location one can’t hope to capture adequately in less than a lifetime. TTIM co-host Ralph Velasco just spent a month there, scouting the place for one of his upcoming tours, and he tried to get at least a glimpse of its beauty, amidst the chaos of its cities.

We caught up with Ralph while he was in Tokyo, on his way back to the U.S. after a two-month long trip (he’d also led a tour to Vietnam), and we discussed for half an hour his impressions of this great country and of its people. Listen to our conversation if you’d like to know more about India.

Duration 31m 38s.

We want to hear from you! What are you struggling with in your photography? What parts of the world would you like to know more about? Do you have any guests to suggest? Please leave us some feedback in the comments. Thank you!

Stay tuned for our next episode, to be published a week from now and featuring an interview with Ken Kaminesky.


TTIM 54 – Traveling Scared To Death with John R. Milton

John R. MiltonWith some past guests of the podcast we discussed ways to avoid clichés and the challenges travel photographers have to face in order to come home with images that are novel and interesting. The guest of this week, John R. Milton, has taken the idea of straying off the beaten path to the limit and adopted a style and an attitude that he indicates with the acronym SCRU, as in simple, candid, raw, and unapologetic.

A former investment banker, he has recently taken up traveling to far flung places like Taliban-infested Afghanistan, Somalia, and the jungles of Nagaland, amidst armed insurgents and the last surviving tribe of head hunters. It was great fun to listen to John tell his adventurous stories and, I have to admit, a bit unsettling as well, for when he says unapologetic, he really means it. We hope you will get something out of our conversation with John, no matter what your preferences with regard to travel and photography are.

Duration 33m 43s.

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TTIM 53 – Black And White Landscapes with Andrew S. Gibson


Andrew Gibson

Black and white landscape photography has a long and honorable tradition and, in a sense, it is the purest form of depiction of natural landscapes, where everything is reduced to its basic shape, where the interplay of light and shadow and textures dictate the rules of composition and the viewer’s eye cannot be distracted by attractive colors.

The lineage of black and white landscape photography runs from Ansel Adams, who was maybe the first to elevate it to a true art form, to nowadays’ digital photographers, who exploit the digital darkroom to carefully convert images that are naturally born in color, to monochrome.

Andrew S. Gibson is a writer, publisher, traveller and photographer. He started writing articles about photography while travelling in Bolivia, and has been published in several prestigious photography magazines including EOS magazine, where he worked as a Writer and Technical Editor for two years.

He recently published an ebook, titled The Black and White Landscape, that is all about rediscovering this hallowed art form and about getting the best monochrome images from today’s DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. We interviewed Andrew to ask him about his book and his photography.

For a limited time, Andrew is offering a 20% discount on all the products in his store to TTIM listeners. Head over to and use the offer code TTIM20 at checkout. The offer is valid until midnight GMT, December 13, 2016.

Duration 37m 28s.

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TTIM 52 – Going Beyond the Snapshot with Brenda Tharp

Brenda TharpTravel photography is not a very well defined genre and if meant to encompass every photograph taken while traveling, then millions of travel photos are created every day. How can a serious travel photographer stand out from the crowd and produce work that goes beyond vacation snapshots?

What about choice of subject, composition, light, and gesture? How can we exploit those factors to create truly compelling photos and not just snapshots?

These are some of the questions we asked of our guest for this episode, Brenda Tharp.

Brenda is an award-winning photographer, and educator. Her photographs have been featured in major magazines, and accepted into the journals of NANPA Expressions. She has written several books, and is working on a fourth, and still finds time to present frequent lectures on photography, and lead international photography tours and workshops. Her passion for outdoor and travel photography is infectious, and she openly shares her insights and tips to help others improve their photography skills and vision.

Brenda’s images have been used in a variety of commercial and editorial publications, ads, along with greeting cards and calendars. Her photographs are in the private collections of many across the USA.

Duration 37m 36s.

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TTIM 51 – Fixing Problems with Brian Cruickshank

Brian CruickshankThis episode of the podcast sees the debut of my good friend Ralph Velasco, who I introduced last week, as a co-host. For our first show together, we interviewed Brian Cruickshank.

Brian is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose work is represented by Getty Images to clients worldwide. Brian also leads annual photography tours in Cambodia through an affiliation with PhotoEnrichment Adventures.

WIth Brian we discussed stock photography, the importance of having local support or a “fixer” when traveling to far out places, going beyond clichés when doing travel photography and other assorted topics.

We hope you will enjoy the conversation.

Duration 34m 51s.

Next week’s guest will be Brenda Tharp.

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TTIM 50 – Introducing Ralph Velasco

ugo-and-ralphAlright, my dear listeners, we are at episode 50 of the show, which means I’ve been publishing new episodes every week for almost one full year, never skipping a week.

Let me tell you, this is a lot of work, especially since I do it all on my own, from finding and inviting guests, interviewing them, editing the audio, publishing the episode, sharing on social media, the whole shebang! It takes hours of my time every week, but I’m happy to do it, because you seem to love it and because it is working great to put my name out.

In addition, it has enabled me to network with some great people.

Some of those people I have met personally, some have become long-distance friends and today I want to introduce you to one of them. The reason for this is because, starting today, he is going to co-host the show with me. That not only means being able to share some of the load I mentioned above, but also being able to create new and interesting content and taking the show to new heights.

If you have listened to episode 13, you already know this guy, or maybe you already know him by other means, but in any case, please welcome great travel photographer and all-around nice guy, Mr. Ralph Velasco!

Travel photography instructor, author and international guide, Ralph has organized and led a variety of cultural tours around the world, including to Egypt, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Iceland, Central Europe, Morocco, Vietnam, the Adriatic, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Death Valley, Chicago and San Francisco and others. Additionally, as of this writing he’s organized and led more than a dozen fully-licensed People-to-People programs to Cuba.

Duration 22m 11s.

We want to hear from you! What are you struggling with in your photography? What parts of the world would you like to know more about? Do you have any guests to suggest? Please leave us some feedback in the comments. Thank you!