Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

Feelin’ Like Elvis in Shiraz, Iran

Feelin’ Like Elvis in Shiraz, Iran
My fellow photographers and I were walking from our hotel in Shiraz, Iran to a dinner restaurant when something unusual happened: we were cheered by a carload of girls. Even in my glory days of youth and vigor, I never elicited excitement like this from any women, so to be sixty years old and have a carload of chador- and…

Burning Chicken Fat

Burning Chicken Fat
I was walking through my hometown airport, waiting for my flight number to be called, when suddenly I had this intense desire to vomit.  It was almost lunchtime and one of the food vendors was cooking chicken on the other side of a barrier and the smell of burning chicken fat began to waft over into the hallway.  I don't get nauseated…

Dog Meat

Dog Meat
Warning:  If you are offended by a discussion of dogs being used as food or with animal cruelty, then please do not read this blog. I am serious when I say that if my dogs and me were trapped in a burning building and my wife could only save me or them that she had better rescue them first. I love…

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…

Searching for The Eagle and The Hawk

Searching for The Eagle and The Hawk
Tucked away in a corner of a park in Aspen, CO, is The John Denver Sanctuary.  It is a meandering trail open to the public that is lined with huge boulders on either side as you walk it.  On these rocks has been engraved lyrics from John Denver's songs, and I went there in search of one particular song that…

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…

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…