Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

Off the Beaten Path at the Taj Mahal

Off the Beaten Path at the Taj Mahal
A good guide takes you to the places you expect to go and ensures you get the experience you paid for. A great guide digs deeper into your mind and finds out what you REALLY want and gives it to you. My guide Shashi at the Taj Majal was a great guide.   After a few minutes of working with…

Proper Attire for Indian Color Festivals

Proper Attire for Indian Color Festivals
Holi Festival in India is a lot of fun because it is very light-hearted and intense and most of all filled with COLOR!  The challenge for a photographer who wants to get inside the action is dressing himself/herself and camera.   Without the correct clothes on yourself and covering for the camera at the end of the day both will…

Astrophotography Up High

Astrophotography Up High
Since about the time I was a zygote, I've been impressed by stars.  I can't get enough of looking at them and with a digital SLR I can take their photo.  The problem is I live at live near sea level and immersed in light pollution.  I am lucky to see any nebulae (gas clouds in the sky) or the Milky…

Interesting Use of Flash

Interesting Use of Flash
I deeply admire the foreign travel photographer Nevada Wier.  Her photography is beautiful, elegant and innovative.  I've traveled with her five times and have taken two photography seminars from her. The most recent seminar, among other techniques, she taught me how to use flash in a very clever way.  She stresses that a camera flash shouldn't be used simply when there…

Tampa Bay – Comic Con 2016

Tampa Bay – Comic Con 2016
I'm always looking for new and unusual subjects to photograph, so when I saw billboards advertising the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016 I knew I found what I was seeking.  I had read of other comic cons (comic book  conventions) and knew that this place would be a goldmine for a photographer.  Imagine a place loaded with people dressed up to look like…

Cartagena Nights

Cartagena Nights
Probably one of my best experiences doing travel photography was when I was in the historical district of Cartagena, Colombia.  Our tour leader, a woman with world-class skills both as a photographer and as a teacher, brought us to a quaint street to watch and photograph horse drawn carriages as they strolled by.  There were some tables and chairs set out and via a…

My Walk on the Wild Side

My Walk on the Wild Side
I think it is safe to say that many people travel so they may see and experience something new; at least that is my motivation. The fact is, though, we travelers don't need to go thousands of miles to do this. Instead we can visit something completely beyond our usual experience and not travel but a few miles. So a few months ago, I…

Bangladesh Trip Part 2

Bangladesh Trip Part 2
I wrote in Part 1 that I go to places like Bangladesh for the photography.  This is only partially true.  I like seeing how other people live, hearing what their concerns are and observing their customs.  Think of me as an amateur cultural anthropologist with a camera. The night before leaving on a hike to Boga Lake, we met up with the…