Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Make Your Images Rock!

Make Your Images Rock!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where's David and Anna?

Good grief …no Blog posts for over a month! Well we have been on the high seas and elsewhere with an intensive itinerary. No time for Blogging as we were having too much fun! Watch for future Blog updates with new travel photo tips, brand new images and amazing stories.
Where’s David and Anna? Hint: The location will be a surprise to most of our followers as it is not in an exotic locale. Think Art Deco.....

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

People Magic on the Nile River - why we love travel photography

Ethnic Nubian villagers in their village homes in a rural village near Aswan, Egypt and dressed in tradional clothing. Scenes, people and historic sites photographed during an On the Go felucca tour of the Nile River. (David Smith of Interface Images, Images)

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Our first overnight stay of our Nile felucca adventure last year 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 criss crossed 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.  

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 put his own camera on continuous mode and captured this happy child experincing a digital camera for the first time. 

"It is moments like this that make travel and photography together such a satisfying way to view and experience the world" notes David, with a Cheshire cat smile. 


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 tour guide Ehab

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Ethnic Nubian villagers in their village homes in a rural village near Aswan, Egypt and dressed in tradional clothing. Scenes, people and historic sites photographed during an On the Go felucca tour of the Nile River. (David Smith of Interface Images, Images)
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.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Blog: "Images - Connecting the World" by David and Anna Smith

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Thank you for subscribing to and your interest in our Images Newsletter "for photographers, travelers & dreamers" published by David Smith since 2006. It will be morphing into a brand new Blog: "Images - Connecting the World" with travel tales and photo tips from David and Anna Smith.

We hope you enjoy our feature rich world travel adventures and travel and photo tips, now with modern graphics, comment and interactive social networking features. More content and cool features and minor bug fixes are coming soon. This Blog is also easier to post and update while we travel the world.

In case you have forgotten you had subscribed to our Images newsletter in one of David's digital photo classes, public, camera club or cruise ship presentations, Anna's exotic fabrics lectures or workshops, we met and hung out with you somewhere in the world, exchanged emails, took your photograph or you took ours, have done business with us, or are friends and family. We promise not to flood you with irrelevant posts or share your email with anyone!

Today's new Blog home page features:

Venice - 42 years later.
Travel photo tips from Mexico.
Short video of Anna's textile arts workshops on Oceania's new cruise ship Marina.
Upcoming Camera workshops by David this summer near Vancouver, BC.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Venice 42 Years Later

When we first visited Venice as an engaged but unmarried couple in 1969 we were shooed away from a hotel near the Rialto Bridge because our last names on our passports weren't the same. We visited 42 years later a few weeks ago. Well times (and prices!!) have changed but Venice hasn't. 

Gondoliers, musty canals, faded muted colored walls and a unique worldly charm still clothe this magical fairytale city.

Etched permanently in our mind and in our hearts is a magical gondola ride at dusk with an opera singer's haunting voice and soft mandolin strings echoing off the canal walls.

We were able to tour Saint Marks Square (the crowds!) and the Doges Palace (the grandeur!) just before the Pope's visit the next day closed the city's central core and the Grand Canal like a trapdoor. Minor flooding also closed some buildings for a few hours.

Did the sins of our earlier visit disqualify us from VIP access to the Square? the Pope?

Not to worry, we simply strolled along the narrow medieval lanes and over cute bridges almost aimlessly to sip cafe Americano, lick gelato and people watch. Anna loves to shop and David doesn't but this time David was on a mission to gather and photograph Venetian Carnival masks and to capture gondolas and gondoliers with his Canon 7D.

A year ago wandering the narrow lanes in Barcelona, we found a shop laden with Venetian masks and David's photograph of a window display of masks rekindled a Venetian love affair (or our love affair in Venice?).

Could Venice's Carnival festival in February be our next Venetian photo op or will close-ups of their masks do?

Venice is back on our bucket list and we will return to the Venice of our past and our present (already booked!!) and before it sinks into oblivion. Will the engineers build the protective flood gates in time?  We hope so.    

These images are from the our new online gallery: The Best of Italy - Fine Art Images 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mediterranean Fine Art Photos Just Released

These fine art photographs of Mediterranean ports of call are especially selected from the Interface Images world travel photo library and uniquely processed to give a rich color depth and artistic mood. The fine art photos in this collection can be printed on canvas, as gallery wraps or as quality enlargements - all archival - with shipping worldwide.

Images from Italy include the scenic Cinqeterra, historic Rome, medieval Taromina in Sicily, a rainy Siena street scene in Tuscany and majestic Amalfi. Several from St. Tropez in the French Riviera and and a unique view of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona Spain are complemented with close-ups of colorful Carnivale masks from Venice and a smiling ceramic Bacchus.
Popular architectural favorites from Turkey are the Roman Library of Celsus in Ephesus and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. This artist image collection is completed by stunning scenic views from the Greek islands of Crete, Santorini, Delos, Mykonos and Milos.

Click on any of the images in our online Mediterranean Fine Art Photo Gallery to order and have our professional photo labs prepare and ship your fine art selction for your home or office today. Commercial and personal usage licenses are also available for instant image downloads. Contact Interface Images image master David Smith for any special requests


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Travel Photography Tips from Our Ports of Call - Mexican Dancers in Chiapas

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Dancers in Chiapas, Mexico
When our Oceania Cruises Marina ship docked in Puerto Chiapas on the Pacific Coast of southern Mexico, I knew from previous visits to that port of call that there would be a photo op extraordinaire. Young men and woman would be dancing on the pier in their tradional costumes to welcome visitors and more dancers would demonstrate ethnic dances and music inside the nearby visitors centre all day.  Well I was not disappointed.

My travel photography hints to cover a cultural event: 

  • Get up early and be the first on the scene.  I was the first to hit the gangway and get on the pier so all of my photos were taken without any audience in view.
  • Meet and greet the dancers before they hit the "stage". This enables me to develop a relationship with each person and capture candid close-up portraits of each dancer. I asked each of them permission to photograph them and showed them their images on my camera's LCD screen. Because I took the time to chat with them in my "tourist Spanish" they fully cooperated with me throughout the entire day - during their dance demonstration, breaks and later in the day. 
  • I set my Canon 7D SLR camera to fast continuous shooting mode (i.e. several RAW photos per second) in P mode and used a standard 17-85mm and a 70-200mm telephoto.  The bright day meant all shots were at least 1/500 second at 400 ISO to freeze motion. I also shot in Shutter Priority Mode at 1/10 to 1/30 second @100 ISO to record motion blur from time to time. I also recorded about 6 one-two minute HD video clips for later use in multimedia slide shows. During the 20 minute fast moving dance demonstration  I  continually positioned myself to avoid conflicting backgrounds and line up several dancers and face close-ups when possible. The cruise ship's white hull made for an excellent backdrop but I had to watch for and avoid port hole windows in the background.  In some shots I later cloned out the port hole in Photoshop.
  • In the 20 minutes I shot just over 300 images and later selected just 10% (i.e. 30 images)  for my online gallery of Ethnic Dancers in Chiapas Mexico. By the time the dancing was over a few cruise ship passengers came over to see what was happening but most missed this incredible and memorable photo opportunity.

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Later in the day, all of the dancers saw me returning to the port from touring the Chiapas region and insisted excitedly that  I join them to chat and for more photos. In fact they wanted to take photos of me with the entire group.  When they found out I had a Facebook page and I would post their photos there they all smiled and wanted to be my Facebook friend.   Within 2 hours of posting on Facebook a few days ago I had 10 new and wonderful Facebook friends from Chiapas Mexico.   Gracias amigos!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fun in Marina's Artist Loft with Anna Smith

Join Anna Smith- Artist in Residence and guests on Oceania Cruises new ship Marina in the Artist Loft as she conducts classes in fibre arts, textiles and fun projects for cruisers.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

World Scenics from our Interface Images online gallery

World Scenics from Interface Images - Images by David Smith

This photo gallery contains some of our favourite images from around the world. Enjoy!

To receive 25% off any print or image usage license orders use the promo code 25OFF at checkout
Please visit Interface Images to view world travel, ethnic life and arts and lifestyle stock images from 6 continents.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Announcing - NEW DVD Video on Travel Photography Today

Announcing - A NEW DVD Video on Travel Photography Today - a 2 hour live presentation by David Smith for beginner and enthusiast photographers and all travellers from adventurers, cruise ship passengers , trekkers or arm chair travellers.

  • Basic Travel Photography
  • Travelling with Your Camera
  • Camera Setting Tips
  • Creative Travel Photography
  • More Tips & Sharing Techniques

$US 25 plus $10 shipping. To order your copy online visit Image by Interface Products 

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The 5 Cent Tripod for Photographers

Pro travel photographer and digital photography workshop leader David Smith demonstrates a 5 cent (really!!!) tripod trick for all photographers. You have to watch this!... from the 2 hour DVD "Travel Photography Today" available at the Image by Interface Store

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Traveling with Your Digital Camera by David Smith

Pro travel photographer David Smith of Interface Images gives tips for traveling with your digital camera in this live presentation part of a 2 hour talk (now on DVD) on Travel Photography Today. Order the DVD online at

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Upcoming Digital Photography and Camera Classes in metro Vancouver, BC

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David will conduct a limited number of digital photography classes in early 2011. Topics will be SLR or Point & Shoot Cameras, Introductory or Intermediate Level Digital Photography & Editing/Sharing Images.
Photo class locations in the metro Vancouver, BC area will be the Surrey Art Gallery and the Ferry Building gallry in West Vancouver, BC.

For details, locations and how to register visit Image by Interface/Training.

Your instructor: David Smith is a professional photographer with Image by Interface - stock, wedding, portrait, travel and commercial photographers - worldwide. He is a guest speaker at photo conferences, local art galleries, international tours and on cruise ships. His multimedia presentations will inspire, inform and entertain you. Private tutoring for beginners, enthusiasts & pros available. Contact David Smith: Cell 604-818-7662  Select our online Store to order photography training products

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! This image of the Vancouver BC skyline at sunrise was taken from David and Anna Smith's home in West Vancouver at 7:30am on New Year's Day and is the dawning of a new year. Our best wishes for a great 2011 to all.....

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