Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

Doing Night Photography in Nepal

Doing Night Photography in Nepal
Going to someplace like Nepal is very enjoyable.  There are lots of things to see and do, and the things to see and do don't stop at sundown.  For me, just looking up at the night sky and photographing it is at least as rewarding as, say, visiting a Buddhist monastery or witnessing a festival dance. In the industrialized world, light…

Mt Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro
My cheapo Casio watch said it was about 4am. The battery was so cold and weak the liquid crystal display was barely visible. We were already four hours into our summit assault on Mt. Kilimanjaro and we still had at least four hours to go. In the group of about a dozen I was climbing with there were Kenyans, Tanzanians…

Listening for Birdsong at The Killing Fields

Listening for Birdsong at The Killing Fields
One by one, the other tourists and I stepped off of the bus and walked the hundred or so yards to the memorial stupa at Choeung Ek.  Though a modern building, its design was traditional Khmer architecture in appearance with a spire rising high above it like a lightning rod. It had twin entrance doors, two stories high and very…

The Mustang Kingdom Trip, Part 2

The Mustang Kingdom Trip, Part 2
I could hear my horse’s hooves below making a pleasing clip-clop-clip-clop and his neckbell staying in time with a musical ding-ding-ding-ding. The dry high altitude air of Nepal was on my face causing the scarf covering my nose and mouth to flap. The horse’s movements I felt through the saddle. With my eyes closed, these were the only sensations I…

Ha’noi

Ha’noi
Ngoc had a pretty good idea that this American would like what he had in mind. Standing there with the American’s cameras draped over his shoulder, he was thinking that this guy would go for something different. Ngoc had met the American only a few days ago. He had flown in from Hue’ and was on a week’s tour of…

The Mustang Kingdom Trip, Part 1

The Mustang Kingdom Trip, Part 1
About 40 million years ago a huge drifting island chunk of Earth’s crust humans would eventually name India came ashore on the southern part of Eurasia. The collision slowed India down by half as it continued to bulldoze its way northward. The density of rock on both sides of the two plates was similar so rather than one plate subducting…

Mekong River Journey

Mekong River Journey
I guess the problem was that nothing was what I thought it would be. Laos, I mean. The Mekong River. Traveling in the Third World is sometimes like that: you never know what you will experience, but it will always be memorable. The other tourists and I had a few hours before crossed into Laos from Thailand’s Golden Triangle, just…

Mogolian Horse Trek Part Three: Photographing the Naadam Horse Race

Mogolian Horse Trek Part Three:  Photographing the Naadam Horse Race
I’ve traveled with two pro photographers: Thomas Kelly (Mongolia) and Nevada Wier (Sri Lanka, Peru, China) and have learned from both.  I like to watch how they work and what they are looking for in a photo.  In this blog I’m going to describe how both teacher-photographers influenced a photo I made in Mongolia with Thomas and why it is…