Friday, September 17, 2010

Free Desktop Calendar - Bahamas Beach Scene & Horses - Wow!

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Half Moon Cay, Bahamas with horses on the beach and a Holland America cruise ship waiting to take you to more exotic locations in the Caribbean. This image is a perfect wallpaper for your desktop - plenty of room for icons and simply idyllic!  Enjoy.

With the compliments of Interface Images - World Travel, Ethnic Life & Arts and Public Speaking.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Photo Adventures in a Nubian Village near Aswan, Egypt

A proud Nubian man
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Our first overnight stay of our Nile felucca adventure was on an isolated Nile River bank near Aswan, Egypt. Earlier, in the heat of day, we jumped into the surprisingly cold and refreshing Nile and lazed under the protecting woven canopy as our Nubian captain and crew tacked against strong north winds. The slow movement down river allowed glimpses of life along the Nile river as we crisscrossed this famous and historic river. With dusk emerging, the strong winds quickly abated so we tied up to a fallen tree on the riverbank, ate a pleasant Egyptian dinner of rice, beans and bbq’d chicken while watching occasional donkeys and camels being led by locals stroll by and bird wildlife cross our view.

Ehab Ghareb, our wonderful OntheGo tour guide, casually announced he could lead us to a Nubian village – lets go! No time to change out of our swimsuits, we donned our tops and sandals and hiked up the muddy riverbank to a dirt road atop the river dyke. We are glad we grabbed our cameras!

The Nubians with very dark skin are an ethnic group originally from northern Sudan and southern Egypt. Ancient Nubians were famous for their vast wealth arising from trade between cenral Africa and the lower Nile civilizations, their great military, their advanced civilization, and their century-long rule over the Pharoahs of the united upper and lower Egyptian kingdoms. The creation of the Aswan dams in the early 20th century and 1960’s forced Numbians to evacuate to villages and cities across Eypypt. We are going to visit one of those tiny villages.

Camel riding on the Nile
After a 10 minute walk, with local villagers meeting and greeting us with shy warm smiles, we entered a collection of small houses surrounding a muddy courtyard. This was in fact the home of “Fuzzy” one of the felucca crewmen and we were invited into their homes to take photos and see how they lived. Three generations of the same family lived in the 2 or 3 homes around the courtyard and they willingly posed for us while teaching a few Arabic phrases and offering tea. The light from the setting sun was magical and the local Nubians so warm and friendly that we had no time for tea or shisha water pipes, this was a lifetime photo opportunity and we took it.

A first camera experience
An old proud woman wearing an indigo shawl and robe brought her daughter and grandchildren into the courtyard and we exchanged greetings in both Arabic and English while snapping away. One little girl was offered to hold a huge SLR camera and within a few seconds guidance of how to take a picture she was snapping away and admiring her achievements on the camera’s LCD with a twinkle in her eye.

David, reminiscing Steve McCurry’s famous National Geographic Afghan girl, the dimming light caught the old woman’s eye to create a friendly glint and charming smile while he caught several shots. Everyone sat on porches facing the courtyard to bask in the last sunrays and men and women willingly posed and smiled while the warming yellow light faded to blue as evening quickly turned to darkness in this primitive and enchanting village.

On the return to our felucca, our excellent travel and photo adventure continued as Anna was offered a donkey ride by a young boy, all captured in a video clip that will guarantee to make you smile. Not wanting this day to end, we sat on the riverbank with more villagers and were granted more stories of everyday life along with genuine friendship and questions of how we were enjoying Egypt. We answered an overwhelming yes! As we waved goodbye, we marveled at our fortune to be so warmly welcomed in local ethnic communities all over the world. Egyptians and in particular, Nubians are some of the warmest people you can meet.

Visit our Interface Images photo gallery of our adventures in a Nubian village here
Nubian boy, Anna and Ehab

Note: This story is part of a series of “David and Anna’s Excellent Travel and Photo Adventures” (tm) across the globe and is available by license to publishers and the media in various lengths and accompanied by high resolution photographs and video clips. Syndication of this series is available. David and Anna are published world travel photographers, writers and keynote speakers based in Vancouver, BC. More information us available on their web sites and Contact 604-818-7662 or

Saturday, September 4, 2010

FALL 2010 Digital Photography Class/Workhops Announced

David Smith's popular series of digital photography and camera workshops for Vancouver, BC area photographers will be continued this Fall at West Vancouver's Ferry Building Gallery, Surrey Art Centre and North Vancouver's Park & Tilford Gardens. This Fall's offerings include full day Digital Camera Workshops for Beginners or Enthusiasts, Mastering Your Digital SLR or Point and Shoot Camera, and Editing and Sharing Your Digital Images. David's schedule of keynote speeches and  camera club presentations is also announced.

In case you haven't heard David's presentations are known to inform, entertain and inspire! He teaches photography worldwide and will be taking a Fall break from 5 years of intensive traveling so he is able expand his class and workshop offerings this Fall until he and his wife Anna hit the adventure trails again in 2011. Camera club presentations and keynote speeches and lectures for travel industry, corporate & customer appreciation events are also available.

For details of all the above offerings and more visit his Image by Interface web site Photography Training Page or view the online posters for each location

How to Register

To register online for the Digital Camera Workshops at the Park & Tilford Gardens visit our P&T Workshop Registration Page .To register for any of the sessions at the Ferry Building Gallery call 604-925-7270 or at the Surrey Art Centre call 604-501-5100
 For more information

Contact David Smith cell 604-818-7662 or visit our photography training site

Private tutoring available

David also tutors beginner, enthusiast and professional photographers digital and travel photography, use of cameras, flash systems, portrait photography, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Proshow Gold, Proshow Producer and location and studio lighting techniques, image workflow, marketing and stock photography subjects

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why I Love Travel Photograhy

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My wife Anna and I have a mission: “Capture the world – one smiling face at a time”

There are many problems in today’s world but if individuals (and their leaders) would smile more perhaps some of those problems will disappear. This submission is a representation of my collection of close up colorful portraits of ethnic peoples from 6 continents in their local costume and environment and smiling at me - and now they are smiling at you. Perhaps this gallery this will counterbalance the typically dark depressed imagery common to editorial photography that covers what’s bad in the world and might, perhaps, represent what’s good in the world.

Face the World with a Smile (tm) - Images by David Smith

I worked and traveled for 35 years only in North America and Europe on non-photography related business until becoming a photographer in 2003 to follow my lifelong passion. After a successful career in business and crisis management I quickly morphed into a full time career of travel and people photography. My passion for people photography and teaching it has lead me across the world several times in the last several years and I will continue to travel and photograph people until either I stop smiling or people stop smiling at me.

Covering ethnic life, cultural activities and local festivals, I find that there is a common thread among all peoples, cultures and religions – people will actually smile at you – sooner or later. My passion for people and photography gave me the opportunity to visit and live among ethnic cultural groups, different world religions and befriended Asians, Africans, Pacific Islanders, South Americans, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Berbers, Hindus and more. By getting to know individuals and their friends and family in their own habitat, my wife Anna and I quickly learned that nearly all people regardless of race, wealth, language, cultural status or religion will always communicate, immediately or eventually, with a smile, an embrace, incredible hospitality or became Facebook friends because you smiled at them, took and interest in them and ask their permission to photograph them. When I show them their image on the back of your camera – magic happens and people always smile.

“The best cultural ice breaker in the world is a smiling photographer who takes the time to know and share images with his subjects” commented World travel photographer David Smith with an enthusiastic smile and a glint in his eye.

After returning home from each travel adventure, I saw how biased the modern western world is to other cultures and religions because people don’t have the time or inclination to travel and to really know others around the world. My wife Anna and I fortunately do and our motivation for our major works are to communicate the peace and friendship that we find in others as we travel and pass that on through our Faces of the World collections, key note speeches and lectures. Anna lectures on exotic fabrics of the world and our travels to local arts, craft and fabric creators and merchants gives us always colorful photo opportunities and smiles.

Recent ongoing personal projects include “Faces of the World” – capturing and editing candid portraits of ethnic people worldwide for a photo book, a world travel images and stories Blog at, commercial projects of Vancouver and Buenos Aires travel imagery for John Wiley & Sons, editorial photography for ASTM International, Opulence Magazine and key note speaking and lecturing for cruise ship lines, camera clubs and various corporations. I am represented by Alamy,, Photographers Direct and others with my Interface Images collection of 8,000 high resolution images online at

We are still organizing and editing images and video clips from our collection of over 25,000 new digital files. We hope to compete this by the end of 2010. We will self publish a book entitled for consumers and photo enthusiasts and incorporate selected images and video clips in our keynote speeches and lectures for travel and business audiences. We are also writing stories of our amazing travel and photo adventures and will incorporate our new people images there. As always our images are available for book, magazine and web site publishers.

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