The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

How now, coffee bean…?

How now, coffee bean…?

The labor of 6 months is done. My “coffee table book” is done. Back in the summer, you followed me through my travels of Ethiopia, Oman, Turkey and other such places around the near eastern world. Well, now there’s a book: you can order it here. The book explores the relationship of coffee to the

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Digital film…

Digital film…

I couldn’t imagine going through 15,000 photos if they were in film… …too bad, right? Its the equivalent of 417 rolls or so. Yeah, developing might be a little bit of an undertaking… let alone sitting at the lightbox for a few months… Still, its weird seeing all these photos go by again on the

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New lenses and lessons learned…

What happens when you put down the SLR’s for a day and carry around nothing but the cameraphone on the Motorola Droid? I did not even take the Nikon or the Canon out of the room today. Sometimes, when I feel a little dry on the creativity, it really helps to change formats. I wish

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With a side of cute…

With a side of cute…

Okay, yes, I’m going to do it… …a cat-photo of the day. Sometimes eating in counties like this you gather little friends as you eat in certain restaurants. This little one was at Nid Cicogne, overlooking the kasbah mosque in Marrakesh. Did I feed him a few scraps? Heck yes, I did, and I don’t

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With good people…

With good people…

Some things that happen defy classification or explanation… and a single photo could not do it justice. Mohamed, our new friend and guide in Fes, Morocco, invited us to his home to dinner with his family. No photos or videos or words in the world could describe such an event. More generosity than I have

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If your photos aren’t good enough…

///NOTE: please visit my real blog at http://www.haonavy.com/fledglingphotographer to see this post in all its intended way./// If your photos aren’t good enough…you’re not in Morocco. Okay, just kidding… that sounds a little pretentious, but seriously… “If your photos aren’t good enough, you are not close enough,” said Robert Capa around 75 years ago. I’ve

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Tangier’s canyons…

There are just too few words to describe a medina or a souq or the canyons of color in a city like Tangier. I sometimes think an image is the only way to attempt to do it justice. If I tried to describe the children playing on a rope slung over a broken down building,

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To the other side…

It is quite simple to get to Africa, actually, once you’re in the southern tip of Spain. Its getting TO the southern tip of Spain that is the difficulty. As for me, I’m happy to be back in Africa… this time in Tangier, Morocco. Its a good introduction for my sister into an Arab country.

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Down and out…

As the previous day’s post might have left you with a cliffhanger, I shall resolve the tension with this photo… Yes, my friends… very few escape Africa without some sort of stomach issues. And of course, it would be while staying in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Hotel that it would happen. But at

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Quick drive back…

Quick drive back…

NOTE: For Facebook users, please: http://www.haonavy.com/fledglingphotographer The May 20 drive back to Addis Ababa for our flight out of the country was fairly uneventful… and to prevent a post from being: “…and then we went here” (insert photo) “…and then we went there…” (another photo) “…and then we got on another plane…” (photo)… I’m just

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Children of the land…

Children of the land…

NOTE: Facebook people: please go to http://www.haonavy.com/fledglingphotographer for the real thing. Facebook is just promotional. It has become a fairly common practice during this sojourn for one of the members of my group to refer to the Sodoma Valley children in some way. It was an extraordinary experience. The south central regions of Ethiopia is

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Along the way…

Along the way…

Gonna mix things up a little bit today… But first, I must preface this post with a few disclaimers: #1: Everything you are about to see was taken through the window of a moving vehicle: between Lalibella and the airport 25km away, and between the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and Awasa, five hours

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