Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

For wildlife lovers, a vacation in the Galapagos is often an old dream and a real “bucket list” experience. This remote island off the coast of Ecuador is home to some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, and offers the opportunity for some very close encounters. For those who want to take advantage of most opportunities to take animal photos, some specific tips from experts can help.
Tips for Photography at Holiday Galapagos Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

There are many generic tips for photographing wildlife (including the most basic, ie patient), but there are also some specific ones to capture great images of these remote island animals.

Be prepared

This suggestion has a double meaning: You need to be prepared in terms of equipment, but also at a situational level. Taking the right camera and accessories is essential, and SLRs with interchangeable lenses will produce far superior results to the iPhone, however up-to-date the model. The wildlife in the archipelago is unbelievably fearless, so there is no need for long focal length and long fixed lenses, but if you are serious, short and medium lens combinations are recommended. As a guide, consider (at least) the 18mm-70mm lens and the 100mm-400mm. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Another aspect of preparation is getting ready to get “money fired” without too much notice. Wild wildlife, however, and animals will not wait for you to focus, change openings and frame the scene perfectly – even though the Giant Tortoise Galapagos may be an exception. Read it every time and frankly, keeping your eyes peeled so you can take advantage of the situation as it appears.

Lighting

Due to the geographical position of the archipelago at the equator, the sun rises and sets rapidly, spends much of its time just above the head. This results in harsh and top-lit conditions that are often less conducive to capturing wildlife images. What you should aim for is low-side lighting, which creates greater interest in texture and shaded contours. Without the benefits of an artificial studio lighting, the only real solution is to get up early before the sun reaches overhead, or later at night when it goes down. An added bonus of this is that you can get some spectacular and dramatic pictures by using sunrise or sunset to give the backlight on your subject. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Expose

Even if you set your SLR for automatic exposure, lighting and conditions in the archipelago are often beyond the reach of the most advanced camera metering system. For example, bright white plumage in Nazca Booby perched on black volcanic rocks will cause the camera to glow for darker areas, and then highlight it more deeply. A good tip is to use the +/- function on your camera, which will override the meter and fix one or two stops to expose the bird and not the rocks.

Think laterally

In addition to the technical aspects, the most important advice of the knowing experts is to think out of the box and actually take advantage of the incredible opportunities that you will encounter on Galapagos holidays. Do not just follow the crowd and photograph the animals from a static point of view – go down to the sand with Sally Lightfoot Crabs, ride high on rocks with the Marine Iguana, and cross into shallow rivers with weird Sea Lions (obviously keeping your camera protected). Being creative with angles is one of the surest ways to open up to this once-in-a-lifetime image.

Turned Good to Great

Meanwhile, for some people, the Galapagos holiday is quite a gift in itself, for others, catching amazing photographs is a very important aspect. Wildlife photography can, in essence, be a very challenging quest. And while being in the right place at the right time can reap amazing rewards, following a few tips to take advantage of those “timely, right place” moments can make the difference between good and good photos. Nature on Display: Tips for Shooting the Galapagos Wildlife

Courmayeur: the Ski Resort for Gourmands

Courmayeur: the Ski Resort for Gourmands

The Italian ski resort of Courmayeur has a rich tradition of fine-dining and gastronomy. It is a culture which the town is proud to celebrate in events throughout the year, including a range of food festivals highlighting everything from traditional local fare to international haute cuisine.
A Destination for Some of the World’s Top Chefs

 

It is this history of excellent food which has attracted many of the world’s leading chefs to the resort over the years. Leading names such as Heston Blumenthal, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Marcus Wareing and Jason Atherton have all made the journey from Geneva to Courmayeur to create gourmet experiences in the resort.

Blumenthal is so enamoured with the resort and its culinary pedigree that for the last four years he has hosted his own Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience in which he and other leading chefs create a gastronomic mountain treat for a select clientele.

Bookings are now available for the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience 2018 (20-23 March).

Excellent Restaurants

Alongside the famous names with their Michelin stars are a fantastic range of local restaurants, many of them family-run, which serve excellent local cuisine of an exceptionally high standard.

There are so many that it can be hard to choose which to visit during a short stay, so here are my suggestions for the best places to eat in Courmayeur.

• Hotel Christiania Set in Plan Checrouit, the restaurant at the Hotel Christiania is run by its enthusiastic owners Carlo and Marisa. This is the place to come if you want to enjoy a leisurely lunch of pizza and pasta, done the authentic Italian way. Sit on the sunny terrace and soak up the atmosphere in this excellent eatery.

• Maison Vieille The food in the mountain restaurants of the resort is so good that the authorities have extended the hours of the cable car to midnight so that visitors can enjoy supper under the stars at restaurants like Maison Vieille. Here you will enjoy local meats, pastas and a range of delectable deserts. The wine list here is wonderful, full of local wines that the owners will encourage you to try.

• Chiecco For fine dining on the slopes, check out the traditional wooden chalet just above Plan Checrouit which houses Chiecco. The menu is made up of local produce and includes such mouth-watering treats as wild boar and polenta, ricotta ravioli and excellent ragùs.

• Chateau Branlant Dinner at the Chateau Branlant starts off with an exciting snow mobile ride from the top of the Dolonne or Courmayeur gondolas to the restaurant, with another one back at the end of your night. If this wasn’t reason enough to visit, then the delicious, authentic Italian cuisine should be. My advice is to try the daily specials, which are usually the best thing on what is always an exquisite menu.

Getting There

Foodies will have no trouble getting to the resort thanks to the wide range of flights into Geneva from the UK. The transfer journey from Geneva to Courmayeur takes around an hour and a half.

For an executive transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, book online with Shuttle Direct before you leave home and one of our drivers will be waiting to meet you when you land.

This restaurant invites you in by displaying its kitchen!

This restaurant invites you in by displaying its kitchen!

Concrete brings us a brand new Japanese watering hole and dining experience at Izakaya in Hotel Roomers, Munich.
Hotel Roomers in Munich stands out for its Japanese restaurant, Izakaya in an incredibly unique way. The restaurant announces its presence via its show kitchen visible through the glass facade of the porte-cochere. This kitchen block continues inside the lobby as a jewellery case covered in gold mirror – also the restaurant’s main entrance!

 

Black and gold dominate the colour palette here with a contrasting feature of light wooden lamellas along the ceiling and wall. Gold cladding uplifts the space especially through the backlit bar top, with a warm yellow marble finish that makes every drink sparkle. While the bar is a highlight element, one cannot miss the show-stopper i.e. the oversized wooden Koi-carp lamp. Typically Japanese, this lamp would’ve probably overpowered the design had it not been so dynamic!

Seating zones are created by introducing silk-printed rotating panels that are also black mirrors and level changers. The rotating panels serve many purposes: they can either connect or separate the space depending on the angle of rotation. While on one side, a Japanese-inspired artwork on silkscreen by artist Gijs Scholten anoints it; the other side is clad with a black mirror with different settings. In the early evening, the whole space can appear as one; while during the after-hours, the bar can be cordoned off to establish a darker and cosy mood that lasts deep into the night. This element helps the space adapt to its clients allowing for a truly transformable experience.

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

What’s New in Les Gets-Morzine: 2017-2018

Like all ski resorts, Les Gets and Morzine have been getting into gear in anticipation of the upcoming season. From upgraded ski facilities to new luxury properties, we have plenty of exciting news that will get you looking up flights to Geneva and unpacking your skis.
Luxury Properties Open Their Doors

 

The luxury chalet companies operating in Morzine haven’t been idle this year. AliKats Mountain Holidays have prepared three eye-catching properties for the season, including ‘The View’. Guests here can enjoy the ‘Indulgence Package’ – after a day on the slopes a six-course menu with wines to match will be served, along with pre-dinner cocktails and aperitifs. The bottle of Bollinger on arrival is a lovely touch as well.

Hotel La Bergerie has also been making some changes. As well as providing room service for the first time, newcomers and loyal guests alike can luxuriate in a new outdoor sauna and Turkish bath. Should you prefer a more energetic warm-down, the new fitness room, equipped with 5 cardio machines, is ready and waiting.

Finally More Mountain are unveiling a brand-new catered chalet ahead of the upcoming season. Right in the heart of Morzine, the property offers a homely feel without compromising on style: Florence Knoll sofas adorn the spacious living room, which has lovely open views.

Get a Lift and Improve your French

Skiers at Les Gets can expect a smooth transfer to their piste of choice from now on thanks to the welcome addition of a high speed Ranfoilly ski lift. Able to transport 6 people at a time and reached through a magic carpet, it is anticipated it will be capable of transferring approximately 3,300 skiers an hour.

For anyone keen to tax their mind after taxing their body on the slopes, the Alpine French School in Morzine will be offering intensive courses this season, with the aim of making learners confident in approaching real-life situations – adults and children are all welcome. Conveniently the classes will be in the evening so won’t get in the way of daytime plans.

New Games Bar in Les Gets

The popular Loc’Hotel Alpen’sports hotel will be opening a games bar this winter, providing a great family-friendly addition to the après ski scene in Les Gets. Pool, table football, darts and board games are all on offer, while children can have fun playing with the toy library. Snacks will be available too.

How to Get There

Getting to Morzine is a breeze with Shuttle Direct. Make your life easier by pre-booking a Geneva to Morzine transfer. Once you’ve arrived at Geneva airport, one of our friendly drivers will be waiting for you. As you and the family travel from Geneva to Morzine, transfer your mind to thoughts of long days of skiing and languid evenings of good living.

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Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva to Morzine transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

A Ryder Cup on the Continent is a rare thing. The last time the United States and Europe tussled on European soil was in 1997 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. That edition was a nail-biter, with the home team narrowly coming through by a margin of 14½ to 13½. Next year, however, the event will return to Europe once again: the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will serve as the venue from 28 to 30 September.
To make the most of the upcoming Ryder Cup, 2018 will see European Waterways offering golf fans and Francophiles alike a wonderful opportunity: a chartered golf cruise through France and the chance to be at Le Golf National to watch the world’s best competing for the game’s most coveted trophy. Here’s hoping that the 42nd Ryder Cup will be just as exciting and dramatic the one in 1997!

 

Enhance your Game on the Renaissance

Whether you choose to embark before the tournament begins to get you in the mood or decide to join a charter after the final putt is made, the hotel barge Renaissance will make sure you have many opportunities to hone your own game. As Renaissance wends its way along the Loire, it will stop at a number of quintessentially Gallic courses, such as at Château Cely and Fontainebleau.

The Ryder Cup is always a special event, but we think that next year’s is going to be a particularly exceptional one. 2018 is going to be the year when our dedicated European golf cruise truly comes into its own.

Home Soil – A Home Win?

To get your appetite whetted in advance, here’s a preview of the Ryder Cup 2018. Having comfortably beaten the European contingent with 17 points to 11 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016, the Americans, led by Jim Furyk, will be hoping to retain the Cup for the first time since 1993. Under the captaincy of Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn, Europe will hope that playing on home soil and the backing of the crowd will spur them on to wrest back the Cup.

As for the venue, the 18-hole L’Albatros is certainly a course befitting of such an illustrious competition. British golfer Lee Westwood encapsulated the thoughts of many of his fellow players when stating that it is his “favourite course in Europe” and that it “would make a great Ryder Cup venue”. Finished in 1990, it has acquired something of a reputation for its final 4 holes. The various water challenges to be found here are sure to test the mettle of players from both sides throughout the Ryder Cup – 2018 could see a real classic. There’ll be no such challenges for spectators, though, as L’Albatros is widely considered to provide one of the best viewing experiences in the world.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays, which can be booked to coincide with unmissable sporting events such as the Ryder Cup 2018 or the tennis French Open. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Why choose Singapore Airlines

Why choose Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is the leading airline in Singapore, offering regional and international air services to travelers. The services offered are equally outstanding and because of the same, he is on the top list of the Air Industry.
However, if you plan to fly with Singapore Airlines, you can book your flight tickets via online or can call the Singapore Airlines booking number. The airline team will provide complete assistance. So, you can contact them anytime. Why choose Singapore Airlines

On the off chance, if you want to collect general information, then you can contact Singapore Airlines Customer Service. The team will provide comprehensive data on any query. The information provided by them is very useful and useful for travelers.

If you want to fly with Singapore Airlines, you should know about this Air Baggage Policy, and for the same, you can contact your Singapore Airlines reservation number. Through this number, you will get a full idea of ​​the baggage and can also collect data relating to online booking procedures and online check-in procedures.

However, if you think, what are all the benefits you will get from Singapore Airlines, then follow the steps given below.

Features of Singapore Airlines

· Airline offers spacious living and living area.

· Provide entertainment facilities and Wi-Fi services so that tourists can enjoy the show they love during the trip.

· The baggage policy is easy to use and framed as per the convenience of the rider.

· The frequency of the flight is too good and therefore, allows most travelers to reach their destination.

So, if you want to know more about Singapore Airline, then call Singapore Airlines Free Number. This number is worth 24 * 7, so you can make calls anytime to get their full support. Why choose Singapore Airlines

Gold is Precious

Gold has been used to create ornamental things and jewelry for thousands of years. Gold nuggets found ina river are very simple to work and were probably one of the first metals used by humankind. At Present, most of the gold that is recently excavated or reused is commonly used in the production of jewellery. Special components of gold make it perfect for producing fine jewelry. Important objects are anticipated to be made from gold. Real gold is simply too gentle to hold up against the stresses applied to several jewellery items. Due To The Fact gold is extremely valued and in very limited supply it has long been utilized asa carrier of exchange or money. Due to its rarity and high cost producers are always finding ways to reduce the quantity of gold required to make an object or swap a lower priced metal instead. Long Island gold buyers offers the best prices paid for your gold.

8 Lessons Learned: Rentals

Why You Should Stay in Holiday Cottages It is very crucial to pick out the right place for you to finally be able to spend your vacation or holiday because the place you will be staying in will be a huge factor of how you will be able to enjoy your free time. Although it is quite true that one of the most common and one of the first places that people would think about staying in would be hotels, but there are better options that just a hotel room that you will be way better of with. For example, one of the many popular tourist spots these days highlight their holiday cottages as they are much better than hotel rooms. These holiday houses are becoming a really quick favorite of a lot of tourists these days because of the relaxing and hassle-free type of accommodation that they get. So you might be wondering what’s so special about these holiday cottages these days that a lot of people start to prefer them over the standard hotel accommodation. With a lot of families traveling and vacationing in large groups, it’s no surprise anymore that these clients would need a bigger space than the standard hotel room and when they go for holiday houses they would be able to enjoy their vacation comfortably in a spacious and beautiful home for the rest of the trip. Most cottages are able to accommodate large groups of families and they already come with all of the furnishings needed for living there for a couple of weeks to even moths sometimes. And the location that you are going would most likely have close cottages that you can rent for the whole trip, and what’s great about this is the fact that it really is just very near to the main attraction for your whole trip. And if you have a budget that you need to follow, then you wouldn’t have to worry because there are a lot of cottages that will be just within your price range. Another thing that a lot of people really love about holiday houses is the fact that one could freely use the amenities in the place without people waiting in line for their turn and this is absolutely just like living in your own home, only you are in vacation. While most hotels are usually located in the hustle and bustle of the city, these holiday cottages are usually relaxed and confined for a more controlled environment that you can enjoy all to yourselves. It really does feel like home more than anything else.
Finding Parallels Between Vacations and Life
If you have the great chance of finally going away for vacation, you should at least make it the best experience in your life as those moments don’t always come easy to anyone who has a fulltime job to go by.The Best Advice on Vacations I’ve found

Step Rescue Family of Tsunami Hazard

Natural disasters such as the Tsunami difficult to predict. It’s good with a warning from the BMKG, we still have to be vigilant. Check out a few steps to save himself and family from the dangers of Tsunami, as quoted from emergencyzone.org.

1. Contact local security management office or Red Cross. Find out information on whether the zone where you live is a tsunami-prone area. Know also high street where you live, the higher land surface in the area, to estimate the distance between the sea / your position. Evacuation will be more mature if you already have done a rough calculation of the things mentioned earlier.

2. If the child was in school, find out the plan the evacuation of the school. Are you required to pick up the child or the school independently evacuate the whole school to another location. The route from school to home and vice versa could be hampered or stalled due to road closures.

3. Plan evacuation routes from home, school, workplace or other places away from the arrival of tsunami currents. Go into the plain as possible. Height of 30 meters above sea level and a distance of more than three kilometers from the coast is expected to be a safe distance. Make sure you can reach the plateau on foot within 15 minutes. Continue reading “Step Rescue Family of Tsunami Hazard”

To Have a Positive Attitude Helps Your Children Become Successful

Some people notice the importance of being positive. Actually, if a person is positive, it is more likely that he or she has success in what he or she does. There are many couples who decide to have children. It is very important that they encourage their kids to be positive in life. How can parents do this? Well, there are many couples who do not make their children feel bad when they make mistakes. Instead, they tell their kids the positive aspects of those actions. Many doctors claim that parents who are positive prevent their kids from becoming aggressive persons. Find more information about children at www.eumom.ie.