My Best Kept Secret

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My Best Kept Secret

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My best kept secret is the ability to capture the place I am in through photography and writing.  I have been a member of the site since the year 2000 when I was in school dreaming of taking a gapyear before university.  Since then I have travelled to 20 different countries and written about them on Gapyear.com.

I started taking photos and writing when I backpacked through Europe in 2006. Gapyear.com hosted the blog which is still on the site! Even back in 2006 I was snapping away and putting them up on the site. Here is an example of the postings: {page_8}boards/viewthread/4149/
As an accomplished photographer I love teaching and helping others.  I have also written a beginners guide to help my fellow Gapyear.com members:
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When travelling is when I feel my photography is best.  Gapyear.com agreed and hosted a few of my photos in their Facebook album
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Here are a few examples of photos I have taken around Europe in the last 12 months:


Soren Thompson, USA Fencer, London

Uppsalla, Sweden

Galloway, Scotland

Olympic Opening Ceremony

Marmande, France

Jeanmeau, France

Banbury, England

Amsterdam, Netherlands

My writing and photography has meant I can go to music festivals each summer.  It started off with blagging a ticket to a small festival in London a few years ago.  Off the back of the quality of photos I blagged a few more tickets.  Then I started selling those photos freelance to local papers who eventually asked me to cover festivals for them.  THe reason the photos are well liked is because I often captured the moment.  Something I feel I can do in the COok Islands:

Charlotte Church


Elvis Costello


Photography does cost money and well frankly it doesn't pay that well.  So I hold down a day job to pay the bills.  I am envious of those who have thousands of pounds of equipment, lights, tripods, a rack of lenses, etc.  So I focus on becoming great with as little equipment as possible.  That's why travel photography is so good.  You need an eye for detail and knowledge of composition, neither of which costs any money.  Add in a little bit of creativity and luck and you are home free.  Some of the best photos I have ever taken have been with just a camera and a tripod.  Here are a few examples:

Steelwool timelapse in a deserted tunnel


A friend posing by a pond using a low sun to illuminate him.


Rear curtain flash based in the camera and a long shutter speed, creating a swoosh effect on the guitar

Luck.........


My efforts to help engage members and entertain them meant I was honoured with a position on the wall of fame.
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I am confident that if you send me to the Cook Islands I will give the Gapyear.com members an unbelievable album of photos and pages worth of fantastic writing.

Luke

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