Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

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…

Iguazu Falls Trip

Iguazu Falls Trip
For our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife and I visited Buenos Aires and Mendoza, which were lovely and fun.  However, the big surprise was visiting Iguazu Falls.  I guess I'd hadn't done my homework about the falls because it was more majestic and impressive than I'd envisioned.  What's more, the Argentine and Brazilian governments had done an excellent job of…

A clever way to use flash

A clever way to use 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…

My Camera, Horse Drawn Carriages, and Cartagena

My Camera, Horse Drawn Carriages, and Cartagena
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,…

Interior Design by Edgar Allan Poe?

Interior Design by Edgar Allan Poe?
How do you wrap your head around a holy shrine so beautiful and yet so ghastly and repulsive? This question is what went through my mind when I visited a huge cathedral in a tiny village in southern Peru. I was on a "photographers-only" tour. The dozen or so of us had been or would visit the usual sites in…

The Beginnings of My Wanderlust

The Beginnings of My Wanderlust
My trip to Iran in November 1977 is what got me hooked on foreign travel.  The friendly people, their intensely interesting culture, customs and  country instilled in me the desire to visit more places outside the USA. How I got to Iran was by sitting sideways in a USAF C-141 cargo plane for hours and hours with a couple dozen other American GIs…

Bangladesh Trip Part 3

Bangladesh Trip Part 3
Exhilaration and dread.  Those two emotions have always been what I felt when traveling by road in Asia, but this time it was more intense. My two guides and I were blasting down a mountain road in a beat up old Toyota Land Cruiser on our way back to Ruma.  The road was barely wide enough for the Cruiser and in Third World style…