Panorama of the Week: Coffee Berry Hill at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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We have a weakness for coffee. But, like so many people, we didn't truly understand where it came from or who the people were behind the process. Then we took a rather adventurous drive along Guatemala's Lake Atitlan from San Pedro to Santiago and met these friendly guys shoveling coffee berries into 50 kilo bags for transport to the nearest coffee cooperative. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Medieval Old Town Tallinn at Night

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Before we backpacked around Europe in 2000, I got my hands on a used copy of Rick Steves' "Europe Through the Back Door." (If you are inclined to do so, don't hold it against me. I was young and impressionable; it was the only English language travel book available.)Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, was described as having "a frosted cake feel." Sure, the old town … [Read more...]

Travel Photography: The Fuzzy Area Between Iconic and Cliché

So their eyes are growing hazy 'cos they wanna turn it on, so their minds are soft and lazy.  Well, hey, give 'em what they want. -- Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) in "Candy Everybody Wants"Have you ever come across a photo in a magazine or on another website and thought: "Hey, that's my photo!"?We were poking around BBC Travel the other day and came … [Read more...]

Faces of the Andes: A Slideshow

When we browse photos from a faraway place to which we've never been, we find that the entire visual panorama -- the faces, the clothing, the landscape -- looks so similar that it blurs any lines of distinction.When you get up close, though, all the subtle differences have a way of evincing themselves more clearly. … [Read more...]

Capturing Humanity: 10 Tips for Great Street and Market Photos

Do you pay for your photographs? Do you ask permission? Have you had any problems taking photographs of people on the street?We field these sorts of questions often. Several readers also recently requested that we write a post about how we get our photos, especially of people in street and market settings.In response, we share ten tips for taking engaging … [Read more...]