Archive for October, 2013

I have been hanging out in Battambang since the late 1990s when I first went up there on the train. It has always been a very old school Khmer province, with lots of rice fields and a cool main town.
In the past few years it has been overrun with the typical channeled backpackers, in town for one or two nights, clutching their Lonely Planets and going where they are told to go. I know that 99.999% of them are going thisaway, so I just go thataway. You can still see the ‘real Cambodia’ only a few miles from town.
I just spent a bit of time there, wandering around the countryside. Here are a few images I took. You can see a lot more here.

Fisherman – going out to catch food for his family. (Battambang)

Man & his cow, or cow & his man. (Battambang)

Cool old monk.

Replanting rice. (Battambang)

Duck herding.

Off to the fields.

Transplanting rice.

Battambang – “The Rice Bowl of Cambodia”

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Hasselblad Xpan

I sold off all my film camera a few years ago: a bunch of Canon 35mm stuff, a Pentax 645N and my Super Speed Graphic 4×5. The one I kept was my Hasselblad Xpan panoramic camera. This is an amazing 35mm film camera that takes these amazing frames. Here is a sample I took on slide film a few years ago. I would love to do a trip to India with this thing and get back to shooting 20 frames a day rather than 500 or more. 

orrville, ontario
Hasselblad Xpan

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Oxbow, Saskatchewan

Oxbow, Saskatchewan

I don’t get a lot of great Canadian images,  but I like this one of Oxbow I took on a road trip around North America a few years ago. 
Saskatchewan is a beautiful, underrated province. 

grain elevator, saskatchewan
Oxbow, SK

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Feathercraft Wisper XP

Feathercraft Wisper XP
One of the best big ticket purchases of my adult life is my Feathercraft Wisper XP kayak. My friend just bought a used 5 series BMW here in Hong Kong for what this thing cost me, but it is worth every hard earned dollar. The thing fits in a bag that goes on buses, trains, planes, boats, whatever. I have taken three fairly large trips with it. 
The biggest of these was a 560 km trip last winter, where my buddy Tim Morch and I paddled the entire west coast of Thailand, from the Burmese border to the Malaysian border. We averaged 30 kms a day, which might not sound like a lot, but it felt significant. The first week is a sort of hell on the body, but after that it gets much easier. I reckoned it was around 250,000 paddle strokes, of which about 150,000 hurt. 
I didn’t shoot any video on that trip, but I documented it with an Instagram photo essay, which you can check out here.
I have shot a few videos out of my Wisper. The first was a trip on the Thai coast in 2010. 

The second was a nice little day paddle around Koh Phayam, an island off the Thai coast where I spend a lot of time.

And the third is a trip we did along the coast of Palawan, in the Philippines. 

These are admittedly pretty amateur, but they give you a taste of what it’s like to paddle and camp these spectacular locations.  

Feathercraft Wisper XP

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