Photographing Children From Around The World

Thanks again to Marty Rubin, Mr. Nothing Profound, for providing another inspirational aphorism…

“I Have No Heroes Except For Flowers and Children“.

Today’s theme is dedicated to those smiley-faced heroes I discover eveywhere on my travels across the globe.

Their natural tendencies toward genuine curiosity, openness, and good-hearted fun allows me easy access to taking their picture. Whether it’s my unique appearance of long hair, beard, and pervasive, amiable (down right goofy) smile, traveling unaccompanied or both that helps me establish that quick trusting bond between us, is anybody’s guess. Could be just one big kid establishing a connection with one little kid. Enjoy!

Nepalese School Children – Nepal


Zulu Children – South Africa


 Guatemalan Kids – Tikal, Guatemala

Guatemalan Kids at Mayan Temple, Tikal - Guatemala

Vietnamese Children – Vietnam


Peruvian Boy – Cuzco, Peru

Peru Boy - Cuzco, Peru

Tahitian Boys – Tahiti

Tahitian Boys - Tahiti

Belizean Children – Belize

Belizean children - Belize

Balinese Girls – Bali

Balinese Girls at festival - Bali

Navajo Children – Gallup, New Mexico

Navajo Children - Gallup, New Mexico

Sherpa Boys on the Everest Trail – Nepal

Sherpa Boys on the Everest Trail - Nepal

Thai Girl – Thailand

Thai girl - Chang Mai Flower festival

Vietnamese Children on Mekong Delta – Vietnam

Vietnamese Children on Mekong Delta - Vietnam

Siona Tribe Children – Ecuadorian Amazon – Ecuador

Siona Tribe Chilldren - Ecuadorian Amazon, Ecuador

Ecuadorian Children in Andes


Nepalese Children – Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepalese Children - Kathmandu, Nepal

Sherpa Boy on Everest Trail – Nepal 

Sherpa Boy on Everest Trail - Nepal


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Photographic Meditations Part II

I was so thrilled by the favorable response to the first set of photographic meditations that I thought it was high time I presented another round of photographic meditations, a collaborative endeavor which combines my photography with Marty Rubin’s inspiring, thought-provoking aphorisms. Enjoy!

Cast yourself upon the water. Trust in your ability to swim.


The sea will wash away our footprints but not the fact we made them.


You don’t know how to live. You live.


The deep roots never doubt spring will come.


Water flows because it is willing.


Where would you be if you left all your troubles behind.


Appreciation, not possession, makes a thing ours.


I found all my prayers answered in the silence of the stone.


I never reach those far-off places. New trails tempt me at every turn.


Getting lost is part of getting there.


If you’re in a hurry….don’t go.


Looking in the mirror is seeing what other people see.


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There are some difficulties with my link’s configuration to Marty’s site so a link is also available under Nothing Profound in my blogroll


(No images were altered in anyway by photoshopping)

One can still create a little magic with old-fashion techniques


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Photographic Meditations

A wonderful aspect of art forms is their ability to cohabit  and compliment each other. Whether your fusing visual arts with the written form, music, theater, or any other mix media art forms, I find the process and the results a delight.

It’s my pleasure to provide you with some amazing words of wisdom aphorisms, crafted by Marty Rubin, Mr. Nothingprofound. Here are some of his meditations on life.

Marty’s aphorisms are accompanied by my photography. Enjoy !!!

Experience for which there are no words get along fine without them.

Annapurna Sunrise

When in doubt, leap. One needs a little courage to live.

Spider Rock in Canyon De Chelly, Arizona

No river could flow if it had to know its destination first.

British Columbia River

You know you’re on the wrong track if you’re thinking too much.

Alaska Railroad Track

White sand, white foam, blue water. It’s not a fantasy, it’s real


There is music you never hear unless you play it yourself.

British Columbia sunset with Guitar

I have a bad memory. Every day seems new to me.


Nothing succeeds like indifference to success.

Vietnamese Siesta

The leaves on the water, the fog under the bridge. That’s what I believe in.


One must plant a seed and let “it” speak.



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A few tips of the photographer trade I’d like to share with you.

  1. Light is the most important component in photography and second is composition.
  2. Patience is a virtue, in Nature photography as well as life.
  3. You should spend whatever time it takes to get fully engrossed in the subject to the point where you’ve looked at every possible way of taking a particular image.
  4. When it comes to having an eye for composition, some things can be learned and some things just come naturally. One must develop an intuitive sense of composition.
  5. Focus on the elements of color, pattern, composition and light to design powerful personal images.
  6. The best landscape images actually change the way we perceive the world around us and our place in it. It is this that changes landscape photography from a pastime to a lifelong passion, as we make the transition from looking to seeing.
  7. During those special moments, you feel you’re in touch with the Creator.
  8. A photograph can be technically perfect, yet still lack the components necessary to bring to life.
  9. Questions to ask yourself: what makes a photography memorable and how can I express what I see more creatively.
  10. At the heart of any good photograph lies a passion for the subject. Try to develop the natural eye first and then bring a camera up to it.

Outdoor Photography Tips of The Trade:

  1. Use slower speed film in good light for sharper picture.
  2. Use faster speed film for low light conditions.
  3. Use a camera hood to block out ambient light for a sharper picture.
  4. Tie your shoes before you run through the desert for that perfect sunset picture.
  5. Watch the sky (cloud movement) to determine when the sun’s rays will appear.
  6. Try not to rush your shot (unless you’re being chased by a bull).
  7. Carry spare camera battery.
  8. Review all angles, all possibilities befoer taking that special picture.
  9. To increase depth of field: Use higher f-stop setting (f11, f16, etc.)
  10. Did I mention not to rush your shot? Patience, patience, patience.



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Welcome Everybody !

Namaste everyone and welcome to Michael McGuerty’s photography blog, The Heart and Soul of Photography.

We’ll have fun together exploring the world of photography. I’ll be providing insights, information and stories connected to my imagery as well as the photographic techniques I employ to capture a particular image.

Half the fun to photography, if not more, is getting to that special place, and the experience surrounding it, before you actually touch the shutter button.

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