Photographer's Note

10 years ago, I became a TrekEarth member, but I knew this website a bit longer than that. I have used it occasionally to check what is worth to see in new travel destinations. I started initially with some comments and then I uploaded my first photos. At first, I just wanted to share here some destinations which I visited, later I focused more on the photo quality and I learned so much about it, then again, I switched back to something what I call a “postcard photography”.

TrekEarth is quite a unique place if one wants to learn about the world through photography. Photos are organized not only by countries but also by regions and towns/villages. Then there are maps. Map of photographed countries was the first of this type, but additionally, each country has its own map with regions which you can “collect”, “tick off” while uploading photos from them. This has prompted me for example to take a challenge to visit each county of Ireland where I lived before.

For each photo there is of course much more info available about the equipment, camera settings, map coordinates, and space for a personal note. No other website has developed it to this extent. Having said that, as we know, the site is sadly no longer being developed but merely fixed if something really goes wrong.

Then there is the other aspect: friendships which have developed over time between TE members. I had the pleasure to meet 17 of you in person, but I feel like I know so many more of you. It is quite an international community, and the diversity is our strength because each of us not only shows the far-away travel photos but also photos taken on local trips around where we live, which are often beautiful off the beaten track locations. I have the satisfaction that I lived so far in 5 different countries in several regions, so even sharing my current neighbourhood photos covers a lot, although in my case much of that was in the pre-digital times when I could not afford a decent camera.

I sincerely hope that this website survives. There is no place like it in the whole www.

Regarding the photo: No surprise here. I have already three photos of Eiffel Tower in my TE collection HERE. You cannot get more postcard-y than that.

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