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Old 04-01-2019   #81
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Crossing over the Caspian Sea.








Caspian.
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Thank you so much, Margus, for continuing to update this thread.
Your travelogue and, especially, your photographs are simply amazing.
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Our wake as the night falls... We went to sleep on deck since it was an old rusting barely floating ship with toilets not working and no AC inside, meaning it's unbearable
to be inside cabins in the Caspian humid heat. We took out our sleeping bags and went to sleep on the deck under the Asian starry sky.









The davits squeaked all night and we were bitten by mosquitoes a lot. But as a payoff the sunrise light play was nice, another day on the Caspian Sea.
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Thank you so much, Margus, for continuing to update this thread.
Your travelogue and, especially, your photographs are simply amazing.
Cheers! Will update as I go with the time is provided.
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In Kazakhstan soon we enjoyed our first Steppe - pure joy! (with lots of big spiders around keeping us well guarded)










Once the Sun set, the magic started - we got to experience our Billion Star Hotel that no existing hotel in the world can compete with. Extra security with big spiders roaming into tent.
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Kazakhstan's landscapes can be empty, but at times they are very decent.










So are the roads (to keep the tourist hords away). You need to cover lots of distance though... Kazakhstan is vast!
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Great photos from a great experience. My wife was very impressed by the light, the stars and the space. But when I translated for her about the spiders ...ohhh...she was shocked!
Thanks Margus for letting us travel with you through your photos!
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My copy of From Estonia With Love arrived...a nice addition to my book shelf...enjoying the photos of your new adventure
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A warm beer is better than no beer - welcome to Uzbekistan!












Hissar mountains South Uzbekistan. Check the cattle track patterns, an art in itself!
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Hissar sunset from our tent. It was bloody hot since the heated ground of the semi-desert worked like
a radiator all night beneath you, but a great wild camp none the less!










Hearding is the most common income in the South Uzbekistan. Your lungs are filled constantly with a cow dung dust,
but ironically it smells like earth itself - for locals, life is harsh here!
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Great photos from a great experience. My wife was very impressed by the light, the stars and the space. But when I translated for her about the spiders ...ohhh...she was shocked!
Thanks Margus for letting us travel with you through your photos!
Thank you Robert! It's never too late to take the wife out on an adventure, spiders or not



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Bill, so glad you like the book! Makes all that hard work worth doing.
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The architacture gets grand once you hit those big ticket sports of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan.








The shapes and angles amazed us, 1000 years old and still looks like new.
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Timur and other Silk Road era leaders liked things big and grandiose!











Ark in Buchara. Umbrellas can be divine too.
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Margus, I enjoyed very much From Estonia with Love - great photos an very well written as well (I think by your wife?). And those photos now are even more captivating. Thanks for sharing.
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Very late to comment in this thread although I have been following and lurking.
Again, really admirable expedition in which you excel in showing your travels, both in writing and photography. That and your philosophy on the road.
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Margus, I enjoyed very much From Estonia with Love - great photos an very well written as well (I think by your wife?). And those photos now are even more captivating. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Valdas, it's an overwhelmingly good to hear so many of you like the book!

The text is mostly done by my wife Kariina, some (mostly more technical) text and all photos by me. It's a teamwork book.

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Very late to comment in this thread although I have been following and lurking.
Again, really admirable expedition in which you excel in showing your travels, both in writing and photography. That and your philosophy on the road.
Cheers, Jordi!
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Everyday streetlife under unfinished minaret that was planned to be the tallest in the empire.
Proves still the same applies today, you got to be careful what you wish for!










They get bigger as you go further south.
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Clear Persian influences in architecture, it's no wonder since the brutal Timur and other rulers brought many of their artists and builders in from Persia.











Fine art ceiling. Lots of detail and attention to it (click to enlarge and click again to see 100% view if you don't believe it).
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Old city walls in Buchara.











Madrasa.
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Stunning. These landscapes and monuments must be known, for sure, but I've never seen them pictured like that.
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In the night they are lit up with a completely different look.









Hey mr. Policeman, I only want to make a picture of that shiny nice building behind you...
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And a closer look of endless hours work investment into those fine details.











The locals are proud and take lots of selfies in front. Islam strictly does not allow depictions of any live being in Koran or any holy site like mosque.
Hence the two tigers and horses on that mosque wall has been a huge controversy and fight between the islamic scholars here.
Interestingly they are still depicted and not removed after centuries - maybe there's hope?
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Stunning. These landscapes and monuments must be known, for sure, but I've never seen them pictured like that.
Thanks Bernard!

They are very known for historians and for those travellers who seek alternative or more challanging routes, but much less known for "normal" ("NYC" or "Paris" type of a-) tourist.
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They are GREAT.
Thanks man!
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Minaret.












Shapes of millenia
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The garden.














A lone tree before a dome.
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The unique Chor Minor mosque, the towers are not minarets, three of them used for storage and one has a staircase leading to top floor.
Each tower has a ceramic tiles covering it with different deco motifs.











Those now futuristic-looking shapes are created out of pure efficient defense practice against the conquerors and built 1000 years ago.
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A millenia old wall, the local people roam on to their daily work through many generarions.
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Great! Keep on posting...I hope you have some more in store.
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A millenia old wall, the local people roam on to their daily work through many generarions.
Brillant picture. Thank you for sharing these wonderful shots from a little known part of the world.

And kudos to your dedication to film photography. Traveling the world with two Pentax 6x7 bodies, a Fuji GA645 and a Horizont panoramic camera is an extraordinary feat!

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Termezian man visiting holy sites in his Uzbek backyard. A great intelligent fellow to talk to. He invited us to Afghan border to show us around the holy spots of islam,
unfortunately our route didn't go there. Maybe someday...















Tunnel, it's in the darkness where the human imagination lights up.
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Brillant picture. Thank you for sharing these wonderful shots from a little known part of the world.

And kudos to your dedication to film photography. Traveling the world with two Pentax 6x7 bodies, a Fuji GA645 and a Horizont panoramic camera is an extraordinary feat!

Thanks, Abbazz!

I do have some in store, it seems to me the film photography isn't much liked though since it doesn't "connect" with the new age young photogrpahers who haven't used film and only know digital. If I was travelling with some super-duper expensive Leica digital rangefinder or Canon 5D mark zillion, or Nikon Dzillion or something this thread would be much more popular I guess...
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I come regularly to this thread, mainly for three reasons, which are somehow related each other.

Number one is the spirit of adventure which is evident, number two is the possibility to see with the eye of a real traveler places which I' ll never see otherwise and number three is the quality of the pictures, both from a technical point of view and also form the aesthetic point of view.

Your dedication to photography in form of film photography is what makes the photos excellent. Keep posting please !

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I come regularly to this thread, mainly for three reasons, which are somehow related each other.

Number one is the spirit of adventure which is evident, number two is the possibility to see with the eye of a real traveler places which I' ll never see otherwise and number three is the quality of the pictures, both from a technical point of view and also form the aesthetic point of view.

Your dedication to photography in form of film photography is what makes the photos excellent. Keep posting please !

Thank you so much for the feedback, Robert!

The following of the film travel photography is indeed a very tiny but looks like it's passionate just like the film photographers themselves. There's an old saying that just a few passionate people can outweigh a countless gray mass of bores.

I'll keep on posting as the time provides.

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Streetlife.













One of the madrasas in Bukhara.
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Those walls and angles looks rather surreal.

















Persian style cooling towers to bring the wind down into the buildings.
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You don't own the path, the path owns you.














As we left the great city in the desert.
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Dried up Aral sea. So awkward to see and walk in the place that used to be many meters underwater. It's one of the biggest man-made ecological disasters in history.












The picture doesn't do justice how big those ships are, in a very alienated environment - a bone dry desert with water nowhere in sight.
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