Work the Scene

Our guest blogger Ralph Velasco is back with a new installment and photography tips from his travels to India.  Here’s his guest post about working the scene!


Guest blog post by Ralph Velasco, travel photographer

Whenever possible, be sure to thoroughly work the scene you’re trying to capture.  By this, I mean avoid taking just one grab shot and moving on.  Even the simplest of environments can offer a variety of photo opportunities.

In this scene, which I recently captured outside the Jama Masjid Mosque in Old Delhi, India, I noticed a man smoking a cigarette.  He was taking a break from his job as the person who ensures that all those entering the mosque check their shoes at the door and are properly dressed.

In the first shot I simply captured him as he had just taken a drag of the cigarette, and chose to shoot this image in a landscape, or horizontal orientation.  When your subject is moving you want to be sure to take a number of pictures because it’s often difficult to capture them at just the right moment.  Using the rule of thirds, which we spoke of in a previous post, I chose to put the man on the right side of the frame with what’s called negative space on the left, thus giving him room in the frame to look into.

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Contiki’s “Get On the Bus” campaign gets kudos!

Whether you’re a Facebook fan of Contiki, or someone who voted for a friend’s bus, Contiki’s “Get On the Bus” campaign was recognized by tech website The Next Web as one of “10 Facebook Campaigns to inspire your business.”  That’s pretty awesome!

The article states that “these campaigns show that personalization, competition and prizes can be combined to create viral, interactive Facebook campaigns.”

We are big fans of bringing people together and letting their personalities shine through.  Whether it’s through your fan photos (keep them coming! We love them!), getting you in touch with your tour group through our community pages and Facebook, or just from leaving a comment here, we want you to leave your mark with Contiki!

What else do you want to see Contiki do for future campaigns? Leave your ideas below!

Fan Photos of the Week: Versailles in Paris

Check out this beautiful photo series from Contiki fan Jenny Lebron, from Orlando, FL, who visited Paris and used her DSLR to capture these amazing shots!  C’est tres jolie, n’est-ce pas?






“Photos I took last year during my trip to Paris.  They were taken in Versailles at the Grand Trianon and in Marie Antoinette’s Gardens.  I actually got lost inside, and ended up at the gate to the Grand Trianon (the funky, spiky, gold and green gate pictured).  It was near closing time, and they locked the tourist exit (near the gate). The place was pretty deserted, as I went on an off season in the middle of the week, and it was a bit exciting to think that I could get stuck in such a magnificent place!   Unfortunately, I eventually got out, but not before snapping some of these pictures.”


Great photos Jenny!  Contiki fans, if you have a photo you’d like to share, feel free to send it to with a brief description, and let us know your name and where you’re from, and we’ll feature you on our blog too!

7 Extraordinary Experiences in the Land Down Under

If you’re looking for some extraordinary experiences to add to your bucket list, definitely check out Australia – where you can enjoy a second summer during the winter and get the best of sand, surf, sun, and some of the greatest scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on.  You won’t regret it – and come back with the envy-worthy travel photos we all want to see on Facebook!  Check out these 7 extraordinary experiences:

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, is a must-see for anyone who loves travel and loves the ocean.  It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

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