24 Free Desktop Wallpaper and a Podcast

So even as I write this, things are winding down with the 5 Day Deal. This was the deal that offered $2,500 worth of Lightroom presets, Photoshop actions, ebooks and video tutorials and more, all for $97. This offer is good until Oct 19th at 12 pm Pacific time U.S. All this marketing and screaming about this deal (and it really is a good deal) started me thinking it’s time to give back. So here is what I want to do.

I am going to give you an option of two gifts if you will. One is really for the serious photographer who wants to have a website the other is for the follower of my work that just really enjoys the photos.

dan_carr_bonusOption A

A few months back I did a Depth of Field with an action/adventure photographer whose name is Dan Carr. Dan lives and works in Whistler, Canada. I met Dan years back when we wrote a blog together. Dan has become an expert on marketing techniques for photographers such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for websites. This is a fancy way to describe how to get your website ranked high on Google. Our interview ran long, really long. Dan had a lot of great information. So I made a 20 min bonus podcast with the remaining interview. This has been locked away in the archives and now I have made it available to you is made available to you.

If you are a photographer who wants to up your game with your website this 20 mins is very helpful for clearing up a lot of misconceptions about web traffic, .com verses .net hot to get better rankings in Google and more.

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Option B

I have traveled the world accompanied always with my camera. Photography is what I do. As a result, I have a lot of incredibly stunning images from all over Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa and Europe. I have taken the time to carefully select some of my best images and have created 24 high-quality desktop images. These don’t have a calendar on them. They are not dated in any way. You can use them for a lifetime. I made these high resolution so you can use them on Retina (HD) screens and see all the details. I also made sure that these images were not visually busy and in fact, they give you a great relaxing workspace.

So what’s the catch? They say nothing is free, right? But this is as close to free as I can make it without.. well, actually being  free. In order to receive either Option A or B, all you have to do is to sign up for my newsletter. I only give away premium material like these to my newsletter subscribers. It’s a perk for them.

So sign up. Download. Enjoy!

 

 

A Post Card From Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia, Chinese New Year, Fireworks

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Gong Xi Fa Chai from the Kek Lok Si Temple

 

As you know I have been living back in my home country, the U.S., for the past few months. To say it’s been hard is an understatement. If I hear another comment about this or that candidate or about how are Muslims are out to get, us I might just scream! As an attempt at sanity and to pick up my Malaysia My Second Home visa, Alou and I are here in Malaysia just in time for the Chinese New Year.

This is the kind of visa you physically have to pick up in-country. We’ve submitted the forms and now we hope to get approved before we leave to return to the U.S. on March 1st. In the meantime, Alou will travel to the Philippines to visit her family and I will travel to India to meet Piet Van den Eynde and a small group of friends for a photo workshop. We’ll be traveling from Delhi to Agra and then on to Varanasi. Everyone in the group are repeat workshop participants, as such, it is guaranteed to be a fun time.

I will be posting updates from both my time here in Penang, as well as my days traveling and shooting with the group in India, so watch this space.

Today I leave you with this fun shot from last night. The official start of Chinese New Year celebration began with the fireworks and the lighting of Penang’s Kek Lok Si Temple. You might recall a post I did way back in 2013 called Luck Happens: Kek Lok Si Temple. That year I was completely unprepared for the fireworks but luckily, happened to be in the right place at the right time. So this time I was ready. I might have been ready, but the fireworks were flash, bang…aaand it’s over. Truthfully, there were so little fireworks and they blew them off at such a slow rate it was underwhelming. To get this shot I had to composite two exposures into one frame. I am happy with the results and I offer it to you as my Chinese New Year’s wish for a prosperous 2016, the Year of the Monkey!

Gong Xi Fa Chai – Happy Chinese New Year!

f/1.4, 1/950 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/1.4, 1/950 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

Download the above photo as your Chinese New Year Wallpaper. 

It’s that time a year again when the red and yellow paper lanterns are hung with care all around South East Asia. It’s Chinese New Year.

I have friends of the On Field Media Project visiting us and, as is customary, Alou and I have been showing them around the area. One of our favorite places to take visitors has been the Goddess of Mercy Temple. But it has been renovated and has lost all of it’s patina and much of it’s charm and feel. Now it is just another new, shiney temple. Continue reading

Wallpaper for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Wallpaper

Chinese New Year Wallpaper  Click the button to download the wallpaper.

 

I am heading out tonight for a month of travel. I join Jon McCormack, Gavin Gough and Leslie Fisher for two weeks in Kenya photographing the Kilgoris Project. Then I am off to India for my Rajasthan workshop for another two week. These trips are always a mixed blessing. I am thrilled for the work and I love the time shooting in such wonderful places and with such good company. But, I don’t enjoy being away from the family for such long periods of time. Fortunately, Alou will be joining me in India as my logistics coordinator for Rajasthan.

Since I will be gone and have no clue how often I will be able to post, I want to leave you with this wallpaper to help you celebrate the Chinese New Year.  Download it HERE or click the image above to download the wallpaper.

By the way, I have several images for sale on Society6. They are having a promotion till February 10th that gives you free shipping. Check it out HERE.

October’s Wallpaper: Storm Warnings

Storm Warnings

 

 

Yesterday on the radio I heard the National Weather Service here in Malaysia say that this September has been the worst month for storms in 30 years. It seems everyday we get torrential downpours. And by “downpours” I mean crazy, pullover, stop the car, stop the wipers because they are useless and wait it out type of downpour. Unlike the storms I grew up with, these will pound a village with high winds and heavy rain, but just a kilometer away nothing–dry as a bone. Roof tops will be blown off in one village but in the next no rain at all. It can make for some dramatic images. In this image you see a large storm dump heavy rain on the horizon while the sea stays calm around this fisherman who continues his work.  I am calling this October’s wallpaper “Storm Warnings”.  Enjoy and feel free to share the link with your friends. By the way, that is not the US flag flying on the left. That is the sun, star and stripes of  Malaysia’s flag the Jalur Gemilang (Stripes of Glory).

 

Wallpaper: Kenya at Night

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I know I said I was done posting on the Kenya trip. I guess I lied. But I hope you can forgive me as I want to give you a wallpaper for your desktop. This was taken on the last night I was in Kenya. You have already seen a version of this earlier. I think this version works better as a wallpaper than the prior image. We were at Mida Creek which is a mangrove reserve and as such is the home to many different species of birds. The staff and volunteers of A Rocha Kenya were doing a night time bird ringing. Many of the volunteers where from a local Kenyan group called the Mida Creek Bird Club. It was exciting to see these young men take such a interest in the conservation an of these birds and in their community. I hope you can use this wallpaper as a way to remember the wonderful work being done by A Rocha Kenya.

Simply click HERE or click the image above to download the wallpaper.

Wallpaper: Raj

Wallpaper: Raj

 

I am off for a few days to Indonesia to teach some NGO (non-profit) workers visual storytelling. I am not sure if I will have any time to post till I return home on the 5th. So, till then let me leave you with a very rare desktop wallpaper. Rare, in that I haven’t shared a wallpaper with you in… let’s just say a long time and leave it at that. This is a fun image that comes from my recent trip to Rajasthan. Rajasthan literally means “Place of the Kings” The wallpaper shows a pillar from my favorite blue building in Pushkar and in the background some Hindi script that reads “Raj” or in English, King. To download this image just click the button. I hope you enjoy it.