I take pictures. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

Simple Beauty

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Just a simple church shot -- in pastel colors -- in South Iceland at a church called Reyniskirkja.  

Sometimes a simple shot can be a soothing, relaxing moment. Nothing fancy, just peaceful.

 

Beautiful Iceland

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Iceland Trip I just returned from. Here ia a 15th Century turf house (grass on roof) attached to 19th Century homes in Skogasafn in Southern Iceland. Just love the many, many stops circling the entire country on the Ring Road.

I got low and shot thru flowers to add flair to the houses. Beautiful Iceland....

From Iceland with Love

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From Iceland With Love: My entire Bachmann Tour Overdrive group to Iceland will NEVER forget last night! We saw spectacular Northern Lights for over an hour right outside of our hotel in the dark. 

 

I have seen the Northern Lights about 10 times, but it still excites me so much to watch them dance across the sky! I think this was my best ever because I got to share the excitement with my special BTO Family! Most of the group had NEVER sent them, so this was definitely a "Bucket List" night for us. We fly home tomorrow (Sunday) so look for some of the new images soon. Can't describe in words how wonderful it was! 

 

A fabulous end to a fabulous trip seeing all of Iceland and it's diverse beauty. I can't wait to see them all at breakfast, as they will be sky high excited. Could not ask for a better night.... I so love directing these trips twice a year to fabulous places on Earth. In 2016, Cuba and Northern Italy. In early 2017, Antarctica! Doesn't get any better than this!

The Wonders of Iceland

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We are in the 10th Day of a 13-Day adventure to Iceland. I love showing my BTO (Bachmann Tour Overdrive) people the beauty of this enchanting country. I will not post any of my new images until I get home to our studio computer.

But here is one from a trip I did before of wild horses running in the wide open ranges. I have been looking for this same place again as we have been traveling. Hope we can shoot here tomorrow.

My BTO trips are so exciting. We are all about taking the best photos, exploring every interesting place, eating good food and having the very best cool people traveling together for an adventure. In 2016 I have only a few openings left for Cuba and then Northern Italy, then it is the wait list time. Here is my BTO link to check out trips.

http://www.billbachmann.com/index.php/bach-tour

Wanderlust Travel Magazine

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I am in Iceland, where I am directing my 21st BTO Trip. We are circling Iceland and all it's beauty. I will not show any Icelandic pictures until I get home.

But today we stopped in Eastern Iceland at a gas station & market. Terre Arrigoni (if you traveled with BTO you know her -- this is her 10th trip with me) saw a magazine on Cuba and was buying it at the register. I saw it and said to her -- "That is my cover shot. " Sure enough, my credit line was in front from one of my stock agents. It is always fun to see my images on planes, TV, brochures & international magazines while I travel.

Those of you that have gone to Cuba with me, know this location. I even rented this '59 Chevy for one whole group to each photograph this colorful scene when I also shot this image. I used one of me in this auto for my Christmas Card that year.

So enjoy an English magazine cover of mine from a store in Iceland of a photo of Cuba! I have 3 spots left for Cuba in March/April 2016 so come with us if you want to experience wonderful & colorful Cuba!

 

 

“SHOOT AFRICA WITH CAMERAS – NOT GUNS”

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These photos of a wonderful giant elephant and a gentle lion resting are my “trophies”. I do not need to pretend I am a “macho” man hunter and kill these incredible animals and then have my photo taken with my gun standing proudly over their dead bodies. How can that take any real skill or make me more of a man? Some exclusive hunting clubs even give awards if you can take pictures to prove that you have 600 African animal kills! Can you imagine the selfishness & disregard for nature to have 600 hunting kills in Africa??

I have wrestled with this sick hunting practice in Africa by either rich men seeking to make themselves feel good, or natives there poaching to get tusks to sell. This must stop. Perhaps we as people who love photography can make a difference now. I have decided to act in a way that can perhaps help eliminate this killing. And I need each of you to help a little!

I want this message to go VIRAL …. So I NEED you to share this post with all your FB friends. The killing of Cecil in Africa has finally opened the eyes of many people in the world to the horrible practice of killing animals -- not for food, but for the simple ego stroking or sick joy in proving that you can shoot these precious animals. We owe this to our children, our grandchildren and their grandchildren to preserve these beautiful animals so they are still around for them to observe. 

I am busy in my career of assignments around the Earth and also leading photographers on trips around our planet to take pictures. Despite being so busy, I still must try to make a positive difference in helping this cause. So, starting today, I plan on using any influence I have in the photography industry to create a campaign using the phrase above to take photos in Africa and no bullets! 

I am communicating with our professional photo organization ASMP about creating a vehicle where I can work with them and, hopefully, receive the help of so many of my friends in the photo industry --- both professional and amateurs --- to make positive changes. I also plan on communicating with all my stock agencies around the world to help.

We have the right time in society right now, thanks to the new awareness after Cecil’s killing. I plan on having ASMP help me to also contact the camera companies --- ARE YOU LISTENING NIKONCANON‬‪‎SONY‬?? – to perhaps run ads in hunting magazines and to bring more awareness to stop this practice.

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The time is right. Many of the airlines just announced that they will no longer allow flights of these trophy animals back to the USA for these ego-driven hunters to hang in their homes. That will help! I have been to Africa many times and have gone on more than 50 safaris. They are exciting and it is wonderful to photograph them from safari vehicles. Let’s have a campaign to do it only with cameras, so future generations can also enjoy seeing them!

I am not a hunter, but I have no problem with anyone hunting deer or quail, etc. for food and enjoyment. But how can anyone drive close to a tall gentle giraffe grazing on tree branches, and shoot it for a trophy for their ego? How does that take any skill??

As I said, please share this post and let’s allow this new phrase “Shoot Africa With Cameras – Not Guns” go viral. I will contact ASMP, stock agents, and soon the camera companies.

I am hoping that Bob KristJack Reznicki, Jay Maisel, Bryan Peterson, Joe McNally, Peter Langone, Eric Meola,  Lewis Kemper, Art Wolfe,  Frank RoccoAdam Jones, Douglas Kirkland and other of my professional photographer peers in our photo world will contact me so we can all help make this all happen.

Also, any of you that are amateurs, love photography, and are concerned, please let me know via email. I am hoping that this can really make a difference --- and that is what each of us should seek to do in our lives. Let's make an impact!

Introspective World Gallery Show


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"Introspective World". I had a show in the beautiful Orlando City Hall Gallery a few years ago. The images were from all over the world and also the release of my new book then, "Introspective World".

I loved the pace of this show as I had the entire gallery for a month including the wine & cheese opening. I've had other shows with gallery openings, but this was my favorite indeed.  

Just thinking today of having another show & opening sometime in the near future. I will make it another B&W Party dress for the guests. Looking for the right venue, subject and dates.

 
 

Remote City in South America

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This is a twilight image of one of my favorite villages in the world -- Cusco, Peru. I love shooting at the "blue hour" and this fountain in the middle of the square in this remote town is the perfect subject.

Cusco is at an elevation of over 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains and a starting point for the elevated train or walking trail to wonderful Machu Picchu. While I do love spending several days in Machu Picchu, I do love Cusco even more. The people are terrific photographic subjects, llamas are everywhere, buildings & landscape are very photogenic, while the food & music are just fabulous.

To my photographer guys & girls, always start shooting AFTER the sun sets --- these golden minutes when the sky is not yet black and the subject often glows! Long, slow shutters caught this fountain and the church lights... it just happens in front of your eyes. Experiment and you will be pleased with the results.

Once in your life, visit Cusco & M.P. You will not be sorry. But, don't forget to drink the tea at this elevation! Otherwise, headaches will find their way to you...

Sand Dunes By Camel In The Sahara Desert

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This is the third photo I have posted this week from my BTO Trip in November to exciting Morocco. This was our fabulous camel ride into the sunset of the Sahara Desert. I am taking this photo (while riding my camel) of many of my travelers also riding with their Morocco camel guide holding the reins while walking.

It was such a good ride. We rode along the many ridges & sand dunes for quite some time and then stopped on one ridge to enjoy the views .... and even rode down some dunes on cloth like kids snow sleighing. Everyone in my group enjoyed this evening ride immensely

 

Some of you may not know what BTO stands for, by the way. It is "Bachmann Tour Overdrive", a travel group I started where I direct a travel group twice a year to somewhere exotic on our planet. To go with us you need three characteristics... you need to love travel, adventure and taking travel pictures. I am proud of the places we have gone, and the friendships we have formed, over the years. We are going to Iceland still this year (totally full) and in 2016 we will go back to Cuba in Spring, later Northern Italy and, I hope, Antarctica at the end of 2016 (or start of 2017). Hope you can join us for an adventure!

 

Enjoy!

 

A Morocco Sunrise to Remember

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Staying with the Morocco theme of yesterday, this image is from last November in Morocco at the Sahara Desert. We were staying right on the edge of the desert as we rode into the Sahara on camels along the sand dunes at sunset. I may show that camel ride tomorrow.

The next morning the colorful sky at sunrise was fabulous behind this old wall by the water. It was the type of sunrise that we all HAD to take our cameras out to record this scene. I was directing my BTO Group and I think all of us saw and shot this wonderful and colorful Moroccan surprise sunrise. Always be ready for the unexpected visual delights that come our way.

So You Want to Buy a Leather Purse?

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If you have been to Fez Morocco before, then you know the smell of this image! This is taken at the famous 1000 year old Chouara Tannery from above as these men wade -- often belt deep -- in these dyes that tan the colored leather for expensive products all over the world. 

The smell, believe it or not, comes from pigeon poop and other great things added to the colored dyes. It is so bad that many tourists get small amounts of mint and place it under their nose. The pictures you take from above are wonderful however, but I would sure not want to work there. The guide told us that the men that work in those vats live an average of only 40 years since they wade in these really polluted vats.

I love how they hop from vat to vat as they dye these big leather hides. So think of this image when you buy your next expensive leather purse or jacket!