Ecuador A Beautiful Country

© DiMaggio Cuenca, Ecuador

To All the Ships at Sea,

We all have bucket lists.  I fulfilled one recently, on my 3 week trip to Ecuador. I now have visited all the countries in South America. I rarely have regrets but in this case my only regret is, I should’ve done this 20 years ago.

Ecuador is a hidden gem.  It is a country that goes rom sea level to 14,000 feet in 3 hours. There are more people in Brooklyn than in all of Ecuador put together.  It is beautiful and extremely cost effective.  My trip was dual purpose, to shoot a corporate video and go for a health vacation.  Both did not disappoint and on the contrary,  entailed much more than I would’ve dreamed of.  I’m going to select 2 dozen people for an online focus group.  I had no intention of a photo safari in Ecuador when I arrived, however, nowI think it’s a no brainer.  It would be like mixing Cuba and Spain together. These two are kind of what Ecuador is like.  Guess what? Another great advantage…Ecuador is a hopping off place for the Galapagos. On my next trip we’ll spend 2 or 3 weeks in Ecuador and 1 week to 10 days in the Galapagos. Extremely cost effective and absolutely outrageous.

Last but not least I have found a world class driver/guide that has the ability to make everything happen for the biggest amount of bang for everyones’ buck.

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Israel Travel with DiMaggio-Kalishworkshops December 5-12 2015

Israel with DiMaggio-kalishworkshops December 5-12 2015 @DiMaggio

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Joe DiMaggio & William Shatner in Israel on Canon Photo Safari (2 min 41 sec) –  https://vimeo.com/91934213

(click to view & download) Itinerary for Israel 

(click to view & download) Terms & Conditions 

Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist you must visit Israel. It is the Center of all Religions and all Civilizations. It is living history that one can see, palpably feel and we are offering you the opportunity to photographically capture.

In any given year millions of people visit Israel  – over a million from the U.S. alone. There are many travel agencies that specifically deal with the Middle East and the number of guides are astronomical.  Given that set of circumstances, one should ask why go with us? Internationally known photographer/filmmakerJoe DiMaggio and World Class Guide Amir Or-ly have worked together for almost three decades and have become brothers. Amir and Joe met while shooting a TV show for ESPN. The show was called The Photo Safari which Joe hosted along with co-host celebrity, amateur photographer, world traveler –William Shatner and is still being rerun on OLN network. DiMaggio felt that is was Amir – his knowledge, his humor and his ability to change course in a manner of seconds, who was the glue  that helped make the show so successful.

Joe and Amir want to extend that synergy. They want to take you on a semi-private tour of Israel and share their passion and knowledge of land along with their unique photographic experience and vision.

Some facts about Amir – his credentials are impressive. He’s escorted Heads of State, Presidents, Kings, Hollywood Celebrities, Writers, Politicians and insured that every one of them, to a man or woman have had a highly memorable and successful visit.

Joe and Amir, along with Superb Tourist Services Ltd. (a highly respected Israel based Tour Operator), have put together a program that we hope will be your holiday of a lifetime. You will return home with both a thorough understanding of the history of Israel, the land and it’s varied people, as well as come away with truly amazing Photography and Video Imagery.

http://dimaggio-kalishworkshops.com/israel/

A Great Voyage

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One of the greatest advantages of being a working photographer is the travel.  I’ve been blessed and lucky to literally travel around the world more than once.  When you travel, you meet people, and 90% of the time, the people you meet are unbelievably fabulous.  In 1984, I had he privilege of being one of the pool photographers for the Olympics in Los Angeles.  It allowed me to meet up with many of my old friends from SI and work with George Long, John Iacono, John Zimmerman, and the list goes on.

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Hi Joe,

I miss Gary, too.

I’d buy the book, but I have to sell about 20 photos to pay for it!!

Take care and stay well,

Alan

I met an extremely bright and creative (at that time he was assisting) photographer by the name of Alan Levenson.  Suffices to say, Alan when onto an unbelievable career in photography, and he’s now one of my favorite portrait photographers.  His environmental/corporate portraits are great.  Alan was kind enough the other day to purchase one of our new books, “Halloween.”  I will attach his email to the bottom of this blog.  Alan lived through the last part of the Golden Age of photography.  His words are to the point and unfortunately, quite true.  But who knows.  In moving ahead in the digital world at light speed, we, as a group of photographers, may transcend time and in going forward, we may go backwards.  Now, if that sounds like I’ve been drinking in the afternoon… I haven’t.  As a matter of fact, to all the ships at sea, I’ve decided to put the alcohol down for six months to a year.  Well… like Lloyd Bridges said in Airplane, “Looks like I picked a bad week to quit amphetamines.”

Alan Levenson Webpage

 

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Ira Gottlieb

Thank God!  No photos of me… that’s good.  Ira, I had a great time too.

Thanks, Joe D.

Joe,

I want to thank you for hosting a great day in Chinatown. Scoring a press pass and shooting inside the barricades was an incredible experience, and I had a blast.

You said at the start of the day to try to take 3 photos that we would not typically shoot. Here are 3 that I shot today that I have never come close to achieving before now. Thanks for the inspiration and the access.

Regards, Ira

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James O. Wilson Jr.

To all the ships at sea,

My friend James O. Wilson Jr. recently sent me some beautiful photographs that he would like to share.

Hello Joe and JoAnne,
Hope you’re in good health and high sprits wherever you are. I love that your never static. True vagabonds, without the negative connotation of course. As you already know, I’m not a social media guy. I’m great at starting emails, but they almost never go past the draft stage. Which reminds me I better keep this short (smile). I was in Spain in September and October. And since December, here in UAE. I miss you guys and would love to return to Cuba in April, especially with the easing immigration policy, but my schedule won’t allow it this go around. I’m sure the trip will be one to remember. That’s all for now.
Looking forward to attending a workshop when I return.
Ever in my thought and prayers,
Be well,
Jim
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The Greatest Things in Life are Free

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It never ceases to amaze me the greatest things in life are free.  A little tiny pat on the back, a smile, an acknowledgment that you’re doing well.  But the advent in the digital world, many free things are forgotten.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received a visit from Peter Poremba, the CEO of Dyn-alite, his beautiful wife, and his equally beautiful, charming daughter Olivia.  I’ve know Olivia since she was born.  She’s amazingly beautiful and bright.  She made this get well card for me, which is out being framed as we speak.  Olivia, thank you so much.  Peter and Conni, you done good!  A few snaps of Olivia taken approximately seven years ago, and her puppy Harley.

 

 

 

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To Our Brothers and Sisters in France…

To all the ships at sea, and especially our brothers and sisters in France,

You are in our prayers.  Viva La France.

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Israel Photography Adventure

Israel Photo Safari with Joe DiMaggio and William Shatner

Joe DiMaggio and Bill Shatner in Israel on Photo Safari

Whether you’re a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist you must visit Israel. It is the Center of all Religions and all Civilizations. It is living history that one can see, palpably feel and we are offering you the opportunity to photographically capture.

In any given year millions of people visit Israel  – over a million from the U.S. alone. There are many travel agencies that specifically deal with the Middle East and the number of guides are astronomical.  Given that set of circumstances, one should ask why go with us? Internationally known photographer/filmmakerJoe DiMaggio and World Class Guide Amir Or-ly have worked together for almost three decades and have become brothers. Amir and Joe met while shooting a TV show for ESPN. The show was called The Photo Safari which Joe hosted along with co-host celebrity, amateur photographer, world traveler –William Shatner and is still being rerun on OLN network. DiMaggio felt that is was Amir – his knowledge, his humor and his ability to change course in a manner of seconds, who was the glue  that helped make the show so successful.

http://vimeo.com/91934213

Cuba felicitación It’s About Time

Cuba ©2014 DiMaggio/Kalish

Cuba ©2014 DiMaggio/Kalish

To All the ships At Sea

Please see paragraph from Merri Ansara Director at Common Ground Travel Agency.

Dear Joe and JoAnne,
First of all, Congratulations to us all for President Obama’s announcement today to begin normalizing relations with Cuba.  It has  been visits like yours that have helped change the view of ordinary U.S. Americans towards Cuba and our relations with Cuba.

Now I’d like to offer all my personal thank you to all of our friends who went to Cuba with us under our People to People license.  You had first-hand experience in making this happen.

Our next trip to Cuba will be April 13 -20 2015. We hope you decide to join us.

It Never Snows in Amalfi

Hi to all the Ships at Sea,

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Both JoAnne and I are putting together the cover art for our new, exciting, travel adventure, photographic DVD. Yes, I am the King of the run-on sentence, sorry. The above photo JoAnne took of me with one of my students in Amalfi, which is helping the photographer re-think the options that he may have. Let’s remember one thing, when I’m teaching a workshop, when I’m giving a lecture on a TV show/internet TV show, what you’re getting is my opinion, it is not necessarily a fact and it is not cast in bronze, brass or gold, it’s just my opinion. Because I am one the luckiest people in the world, my opinion has been formed with the knowledge of some of the greatest photographers in the world, W. Gene Smith, Carl Mydans, Alfred Eisenstaedt, John Dominis, Irving Penn and the list goes on and on. I believe artists, regardless of the medium, whether it be oil ,watercolor, pen and ink, poetry, a novel the blues or the jazz, no one goes out with the idea of copying someone else. But “OUR” ability to learn from each other is critical, it’s simple communication. It’s really not about F-stops and apertures. It’s really how we see, what we see, what we look for-and then go to the next level. You can think of photography, videography and filmmaking as probably the most important thing in the world of communication. And oh my God, let’s not forget the Ernest Hemingway’s, the Budd Schulberg’s, the Elia Kazan’s, the Al Maysles. For most of us it will just be plain fun and in this complicated, sometimes bizarre world, fun and a light moment may just keep us alive a bit longer. This blog started out very light and airy and I have no idea how it got so serious.

Health and Happiness to Everyone, Great Shooting.
Joe D

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