Carlina Teteris Photography » Travel and Lifestyle Photographer

Suba’s Family Prayers II

I had the pleasure of shooting Suba’s family prayers for a second year in a row. This year was just as fun as the first round… with nicer light, and a bit more space to move around, but a whole lot more smoke to inhale – great fun!

My immune system is in a loosing battle to some nasty food poisoning that just doesn’t want to let up, so I’m in no mood to write, but on a completely unrelated note, I’m off to Sulawesi this weekend to look for something interesting to shoot…. and mud.

Rog - Bravo! Love every shot!

deji.fisher - Loving your work Carli! Well done!

Joey Makalintal - Fascinating images as always! Well done, Carli!

Souvik - Awesome pictures!!! love the white sari that you friend have on!! great shoot.

Basu Irish - Thank you Carli. Once again great frames, cant wait to see the set!! :)

Vote for me!

So I need all of your votes. This photo was shortlisted for a Yahoo Singapore photo contest, but the final winner will be chosen by public voting. -Yes, it’s the worst possible way to run a photo contest… but it is what it is. –

I’m still in second place by about 50 votes, so in order to bribe you take the 3 seconds it takes to go to this link scroll through the five finalist photos, select my name in the voting box on the bottom and press the big “Vote” button, I’ll randomly select two people who voted to win a 10×12 print of your choice. I recommend dead fish. Reposting the contest link and asking your friends to vote on your flickr/facebook/twitter/whatever social network you fancy, will get you three entries.

Once you vote make sure to let me know. Anyway of contacting me works just fine: email, commenting on this post, facebook, flickr so I can add your name to the list.

Voting ends 15 September, so I’ll announce the winners and whether I won the contest shortly after that.

Columbia Brewery Tour

So every now and then I end up posting something that’s not some random muddy village in the middle of nowhere, or dead sea creatures. This is one of those times.

I’ve always wanted to go to visit the Kokanee brewery, because I had been deceived by the commercials to believe it was up in the glaciers in the middle of sasquatch land. Like I said… I’d been deceived. Creston, BC is clearly not a glacier, it’s a valley with fields and farms and stuff.

On the bright side, when we happened to be in Creston for an afternoon, and stopped at the Columbia Brewery to check it out, it happened to be the first day they were open for “the season.” I’m not sure what season it was – apparently the beer tour season – but we didn’t ask too many questions and just signed up. It only cost $2 which goes to charity and we got free usage of some excellent Ranger glasses and all ended with some beer sampling and reminiscing through all the classic sasquatch commercials.

…wait…why doesn’t my spell check understand the word sasquatch?!

johannes - I simply LOVE your reportage-style!!! so great! no matter what subject it is :-)

paul lcf - Excellent photos. In these times of artificially enchanced products be it food, experience or in this case photos, more can be appreciatted from what is 100% natural. Was at antigravity in nov11 & the photos brought back memories. Thank you for sharing your passion. Would like to know what type of camera & setup do you use.
Hope to see more of your wonderful work.

Laos Part II | Luang Prabang

I ended up spending more time in Luang Prabang than I had expected, which was just fine with me. Normally I have an aversion to overly touristy places, but even though Luang Prabang is the most touristy place in Laos, I still love it. It’s just too easy to lose time wandering around all the old temples and shop houses, chasing kittens in the monasteries, and tasting all the yummy things at the french bakeries.

Normally I stay in pretty cheap places, and only partially because it extends the travel budget and is a one of the main reasons I can justify traveling as much as I do. The other reason is because when I hate the room I’m staying in it ensures I’ll actually get out of it the minute I wake up. This time I decided to splurge on a few nights in one of the lovely little boutique hotels in town. I got a great deal at the Ramayana Boutique Hotel & Spa on agoda.com before I left on the trip, and my “splurging” still only cost about $50/night. Of course it meant that I spent a lot more time in the super pretty room being lazy, but it rained a lot of the time and I was sort of sick while I was there, so between lazying around in the hotel and several Laos massages, it worked out to be a perfect relaxing end to the otherwise seriously dirty trip.

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Bill - Beautiful series, Carli! Nursing mom cat looking at shiny dead fish: instant fave.

Magalie - Too. Many. Good. Photos. Damn you! And I mean that with love! :)

Aga - Wow! Awesome photos! What lenses did you have there?

kopnoi - Beautiful pictures. really amazing. wondering what equipment did you use? camera & lenses?

BLOGMULO - Jesus! I can´t wait to go to Luang Prabang! Your pictures are soooo inviting
Take care

Carlina - Oh please do go! I can’t wait to see how you’d treat that city with your lens!

Laos Part I | Houay Xai | Muang Sing | Luang Nam Tha | Nong Khiew

So this trip was almost two months already… I’ve been caught up with all sorts of stuff since then, good and bad and everything in between. Other than Nong Khiew I only spent about half a day in any of these other towns.

Each of these towns is completely different: Houay Xai is insanely overpriced, to take advantage of all the tourists just arriving in the country from Thailand. Muang Sing is a charming little town, but has a curious lack of transportation, unless you do the smart thing and rent a motorcycle in Luang Namtha and drive there yourself. Luang Namtha has about as much charm as a Chinese industrial town, although I had a lovely massage and herbal sauna in a bamboo hut in the middle of a freezing cold rain storm. …And Nong Khiew is a dream. Definitely what I had in mind when I decided to roam around northern Laos. Stunning little town on two banks of the slow-moving Nam Ou River, connected with a great big bridge, and surrounded by mountains and jungle. Most of the guest houses are huts overlooking the river with amazing views. Mine was sort of full of bugs, but smelled really good for some reason. Then I jumped in the river and got an ear infection and couldn’t take the boat ride to Luang Prabang because there wasn’t enough people for the boat so I got stuck on another bus. The End. Here’s the pictures.

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guanhui - hey! love your photos!! are you using 50mm f1.4 for your food pictures and 105mm f2.8 for the people/candid shots?

thanks!

Carlina - @guanhui.. thanks :) a lot of the portraits in this set were with the 105mm 2.8 VR. The rest were mostly a mix of that, 24-70mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.4. Unfortunately somewhere between Laos, BKK, Singapore and Vancouver I managed to lose my 105mm macro :( so sad

guanhui - hey thanks for the reply!

shit! thats a huge lost! hope you get a replacement soon :)

Carlina - I know right… lost that AND over 50gb in CF cards. Sometimes I hate myself :( Not sure I’ll replace the lens, considering picking up a 60mm macro again and 135mm f/2 DC when I can justify spending the $

Igor - Beautiful series, you really have a great eye(s) and technique. Should get this published in a travel magazine.

Igor - Wonderful series. You have a great eye and technique.

Should get this published.

Magalie - Darn you, now I want to go back! Seriously, people (eg., me) would love to travel with you and get loads of photo tips!

PS. You were right about the squirrel / rat question: point proven! :)

Carlina - I didn’t want to have to post the dead squirrels, but I will do what it takes to win an argument… you left me with no choice ;)

blogmulo - Carlina,
What a magnificent set of travel images!
I am planning to visit Luang Prabang in january myself, so I would have a closer look at your flickr stream ;)
Best,
Romulo

Carlina - Thanks Romulo~ I’ll be posting up the full set from Luang Prabang soon… almost done processing them :) I Can’t wait to see your laos set! Your photos are incredible… the one of the dunes and dead trees you posted on flickr today is mind-blowing! My colleague and I were drooling all over your flickr stream today

Heather - Wow. I love this set of images. I have been a fan of your travel photography for a while following your stuff on flickr. I was just wondering, when you travel, what gear do you usually take? Lenses, bags etc. I’d love to plan a photography trip to Asia soon and I have a habit of packing too much… just in case!
Cheers

Carlina - Hey Heather~ Thanks for saying hi! I don’t travel light, that’s for sure! I pretty much take everything I think I might want. My theory is that I don’t buy thousands of dollars of gear to use it at home shooting monkeys in the park. The bag thing is a completely different issue. I HATE camera bags, I hate everything about them. they’re ugly, uncomfortable and always too big and not big enough all at the same time. Right now I’ve got a lowepro slingshot bag and a crumpler 7 million$ home. I don’t like either, but I use the 7mil more. There are some companies that make travel backpacks with built in and removable camera bags, which I’m contemplating investing in, but they’re kinda expensive. This is one of them that looks pretty good

Stefan - Hi Carlina
Have been following your Flickr stream for some time. Not only do I love and admire your style of travel pfotography with the sense to spot so beautiful details of your environment. I also love your funny, ironical and partially sarcastic comments and stories.

And I would really have at least a part of your post processing capabilities.

Last but not least I would like to know the background of your obesession to dead fish :-) Any bad previous experience with live fish?

Hope you travel soon again to see more of your fantastic images.

Carlina - ahahaha… one of these days I’ll do a post dedicated to the dead fish habits :) My collection’s just not yet complete.

I hope I travel again soon too! Probably not until October though

Souvik - Hey Carli, amazing pictures as always. I had one quick question for you, do you use any filter, or more specifically, did you use any circular polarizer for your shots above?

Thanks
Souvik

BLOGMULO - Hi again!
Your Laos set on flickr is wonderful, but I do love this album on your blog.
Your pictures are fantastic! I am a huge fan! ;)
Take care