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Plugging Into Magic Hour Travelscapes

September 11, 2010
Moody Moeraki, South Island, New Zealand

Moody Moeraki, South Island, New Zealand

Magic Hour Travelscapes presents the landscape and travel photography of Melbourne-based Kah Kit Yoong and Winnie Ho. Their recently redesigned blog is Magic Hour Travelscapes Unplugged, and I’ve become a regular follower of it over the past few weeks. Since the new blog design was just launched, I thought I’d take the opportunity for a little shout out.

I first met Winnie and Kah Kit in the Canadian Rockies in September of 2007. Actually, I’m pretty sure I met them before I met them. No, I wasn’t having an out-of-body experience… let me explain. My friend and UK photographer David Clapp had come over for a visit to do some fall photography in the Rockies. One day, part way into our trip, we were up at the iconic Peyto Lake jockeying for position amongst the crowd, trying to find a halfway decent vantage point. In our concentration we took little note of most of the other folks there, but there were a couple of people I noted out of the corner of my eye who seemed as intent as we were.

A few days later, David returned to the UK and I carried on to join a photo tour by Darwin Wiggett. Meeting the rest of the tour members, I was formally introduced to Winnie and Kah Kit — and we figured out that we’d been at Peyto Lake at the same time a few days earlier. Ironically, Kah Kit and David knew each other online but had never met in person. It wasn’t until after some emails were swapped that they realized they’d passed in close proximity, thousands of miles away from both of their home turfs. The Rockies are like that… you never know who you’re going to come across.

Kah Kit Yoong, Shooting the Rapids, Mistaya Canyon

Kah Kit Yoong, Shooting the Rapids, Mistaya Canyon

Anyway, during the tour I ended up carpooling to most locations with Kah Kit and Winnie, and I enjoyed our conversations a great deal. (In fact opportunities like this are one of the great fringe benefits of photo tours like Darwin’s — a chance to meet and photograph with other like-minded photographers.) Winnie and I, not to mention others in the group, often were able to joke about Kah Kit’s intensity… it was rare that he wasn’t the last person back to the vehicles at a given location. I liked that, because it gave me a good excuse to take a few extra frames myself! 🙂

Both Winnie and Kah Kit are talented and increasingly recognized photographers and seasoned travelers. As they’ve grown into their work with Magic Hour Travelscapes, I’ve followed the development of their landscape and travel photography with interest. Their exploring mindset and quest for light combine to show engaging glimpses of both wild and manmade places. Their travels now can be followed as well through the writing at Magic Hour Travelscapes Unplugged. If you’re not familiar with their work, stop by and get plugged into the magic hour…

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