Ethiopia Blew My Mind – Again

Timkat festival, Lalibela, Ethiopia www.discoverthetopfloor.com
Timkat festival, Lalibela, Ethiopia www.discoverthetopfloor.com

Ethiopia was an absolute thrill to photograph this year. It’s a poor country and yet everyone there seems so full of joy, the smiles are contagious. The annual Timkat festival in Lalibela turned out to be one of the most energetic events I’ve ever attended. And I managed to get right into the middle.

» Chris Marquardt’s photography at the Lalibela Timkat festival

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» Chris Marquardt’s photography at the Lalibela Timkat festival

tfttf701 – Flightmare

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This episode of Tips from the Top Floor is coming to you from the Autobahn, or rather from the New York thruway while Chris is on his way up to Rochester, New York. Chris talks about Adobe’s latest Lightroom update and how that didn’t quite work out as expected and made quite a few people pretty angry. Come to various locations of Chris’ latest Coast2Coast tour through the United States, including San Diego and New York. Also find out about what his plans are for Rochester and for Rhinebeck in upstate New York. Chris’ flightmare adventure includes a crew that came in late, a sick passenger, a drunk passenger and an airshow.

IMPORTANT: The registration deadline for Ethiopia 2016 is approaching quickly. If you want to join, you’ll have to sign up by October 31 2015!!!

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» Sep 2016: Donegal
» Feb 2017: Lake Baikal, Siberia
» May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
» Nov 2017: Bhutan
» all photo tours

tfttf696 – I Steal Shower Caps

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Chris and Monika call in from beautiful Donegal in Ireland where Chris together with Trevor and Ashley did a photo tour with people from all over the world in one of the most amazing landscapes that can be found in Europe. Wild coasts, beautiful beaches, high cliffs, sea arches and the most mesmerizing light. Join in as they discuss some of the details.

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» Sep 2016: Donegal
» Feb 2017: Lake Baikal, Siberia
» May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
» Nov 2017: Bhutan
» all photo tours

Galapagos anyone?

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Photo: Vasilis Tsikkinis

Okay, so this is a completely unexpected development for me, but one that I’m very happy about. Some opportunities seem to come from nowhere. Or maybe I helped a bit by doing some networking.

I’ve been networking a lot over the years, which in the end enabled me to take photographers to all three Mt. Everest Base Camps (thanks Jon!), to Hokaido, Japan (thanks Martin!) and to Iceland twice (thanks Tim!). Next up is the Darjeeling First Flush tour in May (still a couple of seats available here) and I can’t wait for September to explore Donegal, the stunningly beautiful north-western tip of Ireland.

And there are more in the planning. I still haven’t seen Iceland in summer, so there is now a possibility that I’ll be able to offer a summer 2016 Iceland tour through the highlands, including flights over the streams to take stunning aerial photography.

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Photo: manel luque

But then, just a few days ago I was offered something that floored me: the Galapagos islands. On board of an exclusive beautiful yacht. Approx. 10 days. Which is about the extent of information that I have for now. Four spots are already booked, which warrants one photo instructor. Six or more filled spots would allow for a second instructor and that second instructor would be me. And I’m very excited about this prospect.

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Photo: Sura Ark

I don’t know a lot of details so far, other than that the tour starts in Quito (which in itself is said to be stunning) and that the sea wildlife must be spectacular. We’re also probably talking about a small group of less than 10 people. I’ve heard stories of clear water, big swarms of clown fish (hi Nemo!) and snorkelling with penguins and whales.

I don’t even know the price yet. I guess I’ll brace myself for impact.. Still, if you’re interested, I have started a list and if you shoot me a quick mail ([email protected]) I’ll put you on that list and let you know as soon as I have more information about the tour.

Update: this tour will not be part of the official list at discoverthetopfloor.com, I’m happy to send you all information, including price and a detailed itinerary as soon as I have received that information.