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Kel Morales - Sydney  Travel. Lifestyle. Creative. 🇦🇺🇵🇭 Shoot what feels right. 📸 ✈: Japan (Nov) 📷: Oly EM1MkII 📧: kemikulz@gmail.com

https://www.thestancollective.com/single-post/2017/08/20/Kyrgyzstan

Walk this way. 🇰🇬 [Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan]
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First blog from our trip is finally up! 🎉
For our first few days in Kyrgyzstan, we stayed in the country's capital - Bishkek - where we had the initial taste of what the country has in store for us. Definitely a great place to start the trip! Read on to find out what we did in Bishkek and also get a few tips if you are interested to take a trip to Kyrgyzstan. Link in bio! 👍 #thestancollective2017 #olympusvisionproject
#OMDrevolution #olympusinspired  @olympus_au
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Same place, different memories. 🌄
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People always ask me why I go back to the same places over and over again and sometimes takes similar shots on those places. And my answer is simple - I like making new memories with new people in that same place. Sure I've been there multiple times, but every visit is a different experience. It might not be obvious to anyone but every photo I take (though similar looking) has a different story and a different memory behind them - and that's what makes them special. 😃 Wouldn't it be nice to remember a lot of memories with different people when you think of one place? 😉
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It was great to catch sunrise on this epic place again! Driving four hours from Sydney on a Friday night, sleeping for less than 3hrs in a car under freezing temperature and battling the strong winds near the cliffs.. all worth it. 😍 Such a great and freezing morning with the crew on the tags! 🌄
*uploaded the wrong one earlier! 😂*
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Morning climb. 👤🗻
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Unable to further climb up to the Ratsek Hut in Ala Archa National Park, I settled on just hanging out near the Ak Sai River and watching people heading up to hut and to the glacier. I didn't mind though... the views were still incredible and seeing the rocky mountainside with the patches of snow is just amazing. It was pretty cloudy when we settled on our camp. Thankfully, the next morning was pretty clear and I was able to see the place in all it's glory. ☺ And it was enough... I was content. 😃 #TheStanCollective2017 #OlympusVisionProject #OMDrevolution #olympusinspired  @olympus_au
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A Kyrgyz lady in Osh Bazaar. 🇰🇬
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[Story Time]
One of the things I was looking forward to on our Central Asia trip was experiencing the culture of the countries we visit and taking photos of the people. When we got to Bishkek, my heart was set to go to Osh Bazaar - the central bazaar in Bishkek - with the intent of capturing the hustle and bustle of the marketplace. Finally on our last day in Bishkek, @etchd and I were finally able to visit the bazaar. We split up to be able to explore more of the place.
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And then I froze.
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Standing somewhere in the bazaar - everything has gotten way over my head. It was an explosion to the senses. It was exciting. And I know I want to take it all in and capture what's going on. But they were all so new to me - being in a new country, experiencing a bazaar of this kind on my own and trying to capture the surroundings. Add the fact that I've never really done street photography before - it was sucj a struggle.
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I ended up just walking and walking around the bazaar - unable to take photos because I get conscious and shy when people see me taking photos of other people... until I stopped walking.
I stopped to just stand and look around, then this one guy who was selling watermelon asked me if I was from National Geographic (😂 because of my camera, I assume). I laughed and told him 'no' but was travelling to take photos. With that established connection, I mustered up the courage to ask him if I could take his photo and he said yes. And I think that small moment gave me the push that I needed to be more confident in taking photos of people during the trip (I still get flusteres at times though).
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If not for that, I don't think I would've gotten this shot or any other future street or portrait shots on our trip. Like they say, it just takes a spark to gey a fire going. 🔥
#TheStanCollective2017 #OlympusVisionProject #OMDrevolution #olympusinspired  @olympus_au
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Bishkek sunset. 🌇🇰🇬
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On our last day in Bishkek, we decided to go up to the Boz-Boltok Mountain to catch the sunset. This mountain is home to the tallest flagpole in Kyrgyzstan and the perfect place to get an amazing view of the whole of Bishkek. The haze due to the smoke from a number of smoke stacks gives a surreal look to the city as the sun sets over the horizon. Definitely a site not to be missed when visiting Bishkek! 😍
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Urban Jungle. 🌁🌁 #GNSEditBattle #ToTheMakers
📸: @demasrusli .
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I don't normally do urban shots but I decided to challenge myself and edit this awesome aerial by @demasrusli. 😎 Although I was way out of my comfort zone, I really enjoyed editing this one and pretty happy how it turned out. ✌ Thanks again @globalnightsquad and @samsungau for the awesome edit battle!
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What do you think? Should I try to do more urban shots or nah? 😅#GalaxyBook
#globalnightsquad
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Hello Sydney, I missed you. 😛🌆 🌆#ToTheMakers 📸: @pat_kay .
It's been a while since I've posted a Sydney photo. 😃 So here's one I edited from the edit battle using the Samsung Galaxy Book! I knew that I wanted to edit this when I saw it. Sunset/sunrise + Sydney skyline = just my type of photo👍👍👍. Make sure to check out the photos from the other photographers who joined the edit battle via #GNSEditBattle ! @samsungau @globalnightsquad
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Above the pines. 🌲🌲🌲 #GNSEditBattle
#ToTheMakers [Pat_Kay × Kemikulz]
📸: @pat_kay
I can't recall a time when I did a full edit of another photographer's photo (unless it was a photo of me 😛) and editing while people were watching me, so it was quite a different and awesome experience participating in the Samsung Edit Battle last Monday. I will admit that I was quite stressed during that one hour of editing especially when my screen was being mirrored in a larger screen for everyone to see. 😂. Still it was an amazing experience and I'm glad that I was able to take on the challenge. ✌ Massive thanks to @globalnightsquad and @samsungau for organizing the event!
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For someone who hasn't really travelled before (yes, apart from Philippines and Australia, I have never been in any other country before - Kyrgyzstan is my 3rd 😅), it can be quite daunting to go into an unfamiliar country espexcially one where you can't speak the language. I was anxious at first but all of those anxiety were washed away when I met the Kyrgyz people.
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At the end of the Kyrgyzstan leg of our trip, my most memorable moments were definitely the times spent with the Kyrgyz people. Sure - Kyrgyzstan is a stunning place, but the people are the ones that elevated my experience on this country to another level. The Kyrgyz are known for their hospitality and friendliness and true enough, during our trip here - I never felt like I was an outsider. Everywhere we went, everyone were extremely friendly and were very welcoming. They will really take care of you and will be really glad to share their culture with you.
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Spending the day in Kyrgyz Ata, I can say, would be the peak of my Kyrgyz cultural experience. From the village elders inviting us to dance with them and giving me a watermelon after I gave them a print of their photo, to watching an 'Epic of Manas' recital and listening to traditional Kyrgyz music while having a scrumptuous Kyrgyz lunch. And from watching the intense Kyrgyz horse games to just hanging out with the pastoral nomads in the mountain pastures. This day was definitely that defining moment of my stay in Kyrgyzstan. It was just what I have wanted to experience on this trip. 😃 If I could, I would've spent more time there and I would go back there in a heartbeat. ❤ #TheStanCollective2017 #OlympusVisionProject #OMDrevolution #olympusinspired  @olympus_au
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There are no words to describe how I felt when I saw mountains like this up close. 😍
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Kyrgyzstan is fondly called by many as The Land of the Celestial Mountains' and it's easy to see why people would call it such. There are countless mountain ranges in the country and everywhere you go, impressive towering mountains will surely be looming in the distance. We've seen some red and rocky dry mountains in Issyk-Kul region, lush green ones in Naryn region, textured and snow capped ones in Chuy province and Osh region... and they are all extremely beautiful and breathtaking. .
And breathtaking indeed especially when you try to climb them since a lot of these mountains are around 3000m and higher in elevation and some reaching 7000m (Lenin Peak in TransAlay mountains). 😅
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This particular one is in the Kyrgyz Ata National Park in the Alay mountain ranges. We didn't hike to get here as it's accessible by a 4wd and it can also be reached by horse trekking. I have a lot of fond memories from this place - story on the next post. 😉 #TheStanCollective2017 #OlympusVisionProject #OMDrevolution #olympusinspired  @olympus_au
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The Fairy Tale Canyon. 🏰
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Skazka Canyon is one of those places that you thought only exists in your imagination. Transformed by natural elements over many years, this rocky area is full of amazing natural sculptures and formations. Some formations looks like snakes, sleeping giants and castles - thus earning it the nickname 'Fairy Tale Canyon'. .
This particular ridge is named "The Chinese Wall" due to its similarity to the Great Wall of China. Can you see the resemblance? 😃 And can you also see the castle at the end?
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It was such a treat catching sunrise and exploring this place even though it was really slippery and muddy because of a huge storm the night before. I actually slipped and fell down twice while exploring this place! But it's totally worth it. 😂. Since the start of the trip, this was the place I was really looking forward to seeing and it didn't disappoint. Such an unbelievably stunning place. 😍 I could've spent the whole day exploring this beauty.😍 #TheStanCollective2017 #OlympusVisionProject #OMDrevolution #olympusinspired .
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Lake Song-Kul is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan next to Lake Issyk-Kul. Considered by many as the serene lake, there's not a lot of trees or crowds of people here. Due to it's location at 3016m, access to Lake Song Kul is a bit difficult and the area is only accessible during summer. You can only see a few yurts of the nomads and a handful of travelers in this area making it the perfect place to relax and take in the beauty of nature away from the civilisation. 😀
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We arrived in Song-Kul on our 8th day in Kyrgyzstan, and we were definitely blown away with how stunning the place was. The 5hour drive wasn't bad either as the views from the mountain passes are just breathtaking even though the roads can be pretty tricky. But as they say, the destinations that are more challenging to get to are often the most rewarding ones to visit. And it's definitely true with Song-Kul. 😊 #TheStanCollective2017 #OlympusVisionProject #OMDrevolution #olympusinspired .
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