Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 – V by MarselvanOosten

Little over a week ago I won the overall title Travel Photographer Of The Year 2015 ( with two black and white portfolios – a landscape portfolio and a wildlife portfolio. I’ve already posted all the winning landscape images, so here’s the first one from the wildlife portfolio.

All four images in this portfolio were shot on our Namibia Untamed tour earlier this year. We were the first company in the world to offer photo tours to Namibia, and every year we make small changes to the itinerary to stay ahead of all our copycats. Two years ago we decided to add a surprise boat cruise off the coast of Walvis Bay. This is a great opportunity to photograph thousands of seals, dolphins and pelicans. My personal highlight of this boat cruise are the pelicans – amazing creatures and very photogenic. This year we had a couple that landed on our boat and I was able to get very close with my wide angle lens. I’ve got plenty of pelicans in flight shots, so I was interested in creating something different. I decided to turn my pelican shoot into a study of shape and light, creating very graphic images.

After a while, the pelicans got so used to my presence, that I was able to move in closer and closer. So close actually, that depth of field was turning into a problem – I had to stop down quite a bit to keep everything in focus, especially with some of the other shots in this series that I will show later.

The processing was pretty straightforward, apart from the conversion to black and white. Black and white is so much more difficult than colour photography, because you don’t have those pretty colours that people like so much, and colours are helpful to separate shapes. Without colour, certain shapes that were separated from each other in the colour version, will suddenly merge in a black and white version. Good black and white images are therefore often created on location – that’s when you can already see what is needed for a good bw image.

If you would like to join us to Namibia, then you’re out of luck for 2016 as we’re fully booked. Even our 2017 tour is already fully booked, but we opened a second tour for 2017 that is going to be led by amazing landscape photographer Ryan Dyar. It will take place from 17 June to 1 July 2017.

If you want to visit Namibia, look no further. There is no better organised Namibia tour out there. Also, we are still the only one that offers microlight flights over the famous Namibian sand dunes.

If you’re interested in joining Ryan to Namibia, please check out our website for more information, images, video clips, and a very detailed tour PDF:


©2015 Marsel van Oosten, All Rights Reserved. This image is not available for use on websites, blogs or other media without the explicit written permission of the photographer.

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~ Mein Schiff 4 ~ by DavidGomes1

The new season of cruises on! This means that we will have many cruises to visit our enchanted islands of Cape Verde.
Knowing that photographers like these magnificent floating hotels I will share with you here this odd beauty.
In this picture we have the famous “Mein Schiff 4”(My Ship 4) owned by TUI Cruises.
Built by Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland, she was floated out on 10 October 2014, delivered to TUI Cruises on 8 May 2015 and christened by former Olympic swimmer Franziska van Almsick in Kiel, Germany, on 5 June 2015.
Port visited: Porto da Praia

General characteristics:
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 99,526 GT
Length: 293.2 m (962 ft)
Beam: 35.8 m (117 ft)
Draft: 8.05 m (26 ft)
Installed power: 2 × Wärtsilä 8L46F
2 × Wärtsilä 12V46
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two shafts; fixed pitch propellers
Three bow thrusters
Two stern thrusters
Capacity: 2,790 passengers
Crew: 1,030
Have a nice weekend and enjoy!

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Kingdom Of Ice by MarselvanOosten

Antarctica is the ultimate wilderness on this planet. To sail and walk around there is simply mind boggling. To get this shot I climbed up a snow covered mountain, without snow shoes – it took a while 🙂 I like to include small elements in big landscapes to add scale and a sense of adventure. When I saw one of our zodiacs coming in the distance, I knew it would make for a much better picture than a shot without it. Only now can you really appreciate the amount of ice, and the size of it. We are nothing.

The great thing about Antarctica is that it’s a dynamic landscape, mainly because of the ice. I’ve been to Antarctica three seasons in a row, often multiple trips per year, and every time the landscape looked different. One day a bay is completely filled with icebergs, the next day it’s all on the open sea. For a photographer it doesn’t get much better than that.

If you would like to experience being on that zodiac yourself, then you’re in luck – we had a cancellation.

The trip date is: 29 November – 9 December 2015.

This trip filled up very quickly when we first opened it, so if Antarctica is on your bucket list, here’s your chance. We will be traveling on a brand new ship with state of the art stabilising technology, so crossing the infamous Drake Passage should be a breeze compared to all the other vessels.

If you’re interested in joining us in a few months time on a landscape and wildlife photography trip of a lifetime, don’t hesitate and send us an email now. If you’d like to have some more information first, please check out my website for more pictures, a tour impression video clip, and a detailed PDF:

Squiver Photo Tours & Workshops

Hope to see you there!



©2015 Marsel van Oosten, All Rights Reserved. This image is not available for use on websites, blogs or other media without the explicit written permission of the photographer.

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Pipeworks by vinson610

You will find this colossal collection of conduits at the Air Products & Chemicals Plant on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. This shot was taken from our cabin’s balcony when we did our Carnival cruise this past May.

Please do not use this photo on websites, blogs, or any other media without our explicit permission.
© J & G Vinson – All Rights Reserved

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