Aaron Martina is an Florida based programmer and an international man of mystery. Well, he's not all that mysterious but he does travel the world now and then taking photos, eating interesting foods and diving the depths.

Himalayan Photography Trip - The beginning

Over the last year I have been getting more and more interested in photography. I purchased a decent DSLR (Canon T2i) and I have read a couple of books on photography. I have also started to listen to  the "Tips from the Top Floor" podcast by Chris Marquardt, @chrismarquardt, where the topics cover all aspects of photography. Chris, being a professional photographer, also teaches workshops and typically these workshops are in different regions of the world. For the past few years he has been working with Jon Miller, @restofjonmiller, to put on workshops in Nepal and Tibet. This really interested me as I have really wanted to travel more and with my growing interest in photography I took the plunge. So in late spring this year I will be traveling to Nepal and then for about three weeks I'll be traveling around Nepal and Tibet including about five days of trekking around Mt. Kailash. Mt. Kailash is a very important feature in the Himalayan Mountains for both Hindu and Buddhist religions but it is also very picturesque. I'm really excited about my journey to the orient.

Over the past couple of months I've been researching and compiling information about the region and what I'll need over there. So over this series of posts I'll be going through basically three stages to my trip. The preparations which includes what I'm doing to get ready, what gear I'm purchasing, what gear I already have, what gear I consider but don't end up purchasing, etc. The second phase will be the daily logs which I'll be releasing after I return. My goal is to write up, edit, and post all of the daily entries within the month afterward. This may be a lofty goal but I'm really going to attempt to write everything up while I'm on my voyage. The last portion will be some sort of summarization of the trip with any incites, highlights, etc. that I may or may not have written in the daily posts. I'm also considering writing up posts on the individuals that I'll be spending time with in the foreign lands. Whether it's the organizers (Chris, Jon, and Monika; @nahlinse), the Sherpas and guides, the other workshop attendees, or just interesting people that we meet along the way.

Car service department pisses me off!

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