These mountains in Svaneti, northern Georgia, are right up there with the most stunning peaks I have ever seen.
I always tell people that the Himalayas are my favourite mountain range - there’s no other area in the world that makes you feel so awe struck and insignificant. Their sheer size is wondrous...... But some of the landscapes in the High Caucasus - spanning Georgia, Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia - are simply gorgeous. It’s an area of the world that is slowly opening open to tourism after the Soviet years and is well worth a visit (as I hope this picture shows!)
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Something near and dear to my heart
as you all know is the environment.
Recently there’s been a lot of talk about geotagging and influencers ruining locations and it breaks my heart to know there’s validity to that concept.
Geotagging, or tagging a location,
can be incredibly harmful by bringing in thousands of uninformed people wanting to enjoy the same spots we do.
Guys we have influence whether we believe it or not, over what people are doing and where they’re going.
Why not use that for good?
In an article posted last year by The New York Times, some of the harmful effects of geotagging included damaging fragile ecosystems, interrupting people’s daily lives and cultural rituals, and giving locations of endangered species to poachers. The latest phenomenon was Lake Elsinore in California.
It got geotagged thousands of times during the super bloom and brought in thousands of people that didn’t realize how harmful laying or walking on the delicate flora can be.
While encouraging people to get out and explore make sure you’re doing it while informing them about how to explore sustainably. Plus, why not keep some of these beautiful places a secret?
You worked hard to find them,
the payoff is so much more rewarding when you have to work to find that waterfall, why not allow others that same opportunity.
I remember that hot and humid sunset.
I wasn't really confident about my photography at that point. So I used to ask a friends opinion on my latest shots. Some were good, some were not. That's where the selfcritique started to divelop. I started to understand, what I do good, what not. What works and what doesn't. So one evening I came back from a typical seascape sunset shot with that photo. I looked it really long and couldn't make up my mind on do I, or don't I like it. It was flirting with me. I did some basic corrections in LR and sent it to my friend, whos opinion matters the most to me.
She said, what the hell have I done to the photo? It is like a cheap photoshop.
I was shocked. I was feeling really embarrassed, that I overdid it in Lightroom.
Today, I've come so far with my photography, and learned, that the "real killer shot" is when people think, it's shopped!
Give me your opinion in comments if you've made so far 👇 😬