Up in the Air! by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Cappadocia, Turkey, 2015

The otherworldly beauty of the Cappadocian landscape is stunning from any angle, but floating above it at dawn left me speechless. The fantastical rock formations are more than meets the eye. Not only are they a geological wonder, but also home to a network of dwellings, churches and subterranean refuges, carved from the stone over centuries. 

What's on Your Bucket List? by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Here is my 3rd vlog for My Destination's Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition!

Winners week in London is drawing closer, and it's got me thinking about my dream trip and where I would go if I win the 6 month trip around the world and $50,000.

So... what's on your bucket list?

If you haven't yet done so, please go to my page to view my original entry video (a 3 min tour of Montreal!) and help me out by clicking "support and follow this finalist" - the green tab to the right:

Thanks for your support and I'd love to hear your favourite must-sees around the world!

MONTREAL MUST DOS - the original vid by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Hey all you lovely blog readers/followers... welcome to my 3 minute whirlwind tour of my favourite city: Montréal!

This is my entry to My Destination's Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, where I can win a trip around the world AND 50 grand! This is the craziest prize I've ever heard of, so I had to give it a shot.

I need your votes, shares & likes, so take a gander and vote away :) You can vote using one or all of the following: Facebook, Twitter, Stumble-Upon, Pinterest & Google+.

10 finalists are chosen in the first round, 5 which are picked by judges, and 5 picked by popular vote, then they head to the UK on an all expense paid trip and a new set of challenges! If I get that far then I'll pee my pants! But I can't do it without your help, so please take a second to vote here:

Voting closes March 31st (Sunday) so get your share on!


PS.    It was impossible to cram everything into this short video, even though I was running around like a madwoman, but I think I've captured at least a little slice of this city. What do you think I missed? I'd love to hear about your favourite spots!

The World is Flat by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin


This is an optical illusion.

Years ago, I was given a book called Masters of Deception, a fascinating anthology of optical illusions which I highly recommend to anyone who wants to gain perspective… or lose perspective. Whatever your poison, just like everyone needs a good cry once in a while, so should they pour over that book.

In any case, I can’t look at this photo without being reminded of a mind-bending drawing by Jos de Mey, a Belgian artist, called Uit- en Inzichtraam voor Ars et Mathesisvrienden… whether it’s more befuddling to say or to see is up to you.

Some friends of mine were building their new house in Westmount in the adjacent lot to their current home, and asked me to photograph the foundation in an abstract way. I had a good window to do so during the construction holiday, so I scouted the location and came upon an angle that played tricks on the eyes. The rebar posts, sticking vertically out of the concrete, aligned themselves in such a way that it seemed to create a step in the plane.

The safest passage to the lot was through my friends’ backyard, so they had given me keys to their house while they were on holiday. I resolved to shoot later that week, just before dawn, when the light would be best.

I returned at two in the morning on the last day. The street was dark and quiet – the silence amplified since I had just come from Osheaga, which was anything but sleepy.

I’d arrived with plenty of time to set up and wait for morning. I thought about this as I jostled the spare keys and fiddled with the lock. It took me a while to open the door, but I finally got in and… the alarm starts beeping. Before I could say, “that’s funny, they didn’t mention an alarm”, I hear someone’s voice saying HEY, WHO’S THERE?! And fumbling on the stairs. In my head I said “oh shit” and out loud I said, “it’s Nasuna! It’s me! It’s just me!”

The cops were nearly called, and I had some (very) sheepish explaining to do… they had come back a day early and assumed I’d already shot the property.

… anyway if any of you dear readers would like me to photograph your house and/or break into it while you’re sleeping, you know where to find me.

An Award (!) in Applied Arts Photo Annual 2013 - Landscape Series by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

MaunaLoaCabinPano_web Keep your eyes peeled for the May/June issue of Applied Arts Magazine, which will include my series of panoramas from Mauna Loa for this year’s photography and illustration awards!

You can see the announcement here:

This unassuming summit cabin, perched at a dizzying 14,000 feet, was the last stop on our hike up the volcano. Though altitude sickness was dragging us to our bunks, I managed to squeak out a few shots at dusk. Alas, I will forever kick myself for neglecting to capture the stars. The Hawaiian skies are so clear that neighbouring Mauna Kea is home to the twin-mirrored, big daddy Keck, the biggest optical telescope in the world.

So I didn’t brave the cold that night, but in the morning I made it up to myself and - finally! - donned the lavish gown I had lugged up the volcano, having lacked the self discipline not to indulge in a thrift sale before the hike. It was only two dollars I could tell it needed a vacation.

Near-Death! Phone-Sex! (in that order) by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Rest at Red Hill Alex takes a rest at 10,035 feet outside Red Hill Cabin, the first stop on our hike up Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world. The attentive viewer will notice the etchings in the cabin door, which read "Mars Hotel" and "When the going gets tough, the going get warm".

Once you're above the cloud-line, the sun can do a number on you, but come nightfall, temperatures can get dangerously low (it snows regularly in the winter). The night before our final decent, we stayed at Red Hill once more. All was quiet. The moon pierced my eyes so I couldn't sleep. It must have been two in the morning when we heard heavy footsteps and the creak of the door... who on mars could it be? It was desolate out there; we hadn't seen another soul for two days and 23 miles.

Alex later said he'd feared it was an axe murderer, but it turned out to be a hypothermic German hiker who had gotten lost near the summit and had walked 11 miles over 14 hours overnight. He'd lost his jacket and his light - using only the moonlight to guide him... and it was his first hike! Just to be clear, the terrain is a never-ending expanse of black, jagged rock, and the trail is marked by other black rocks. His friends had gone ahead of him to the summit cabin (only 2 miles away) and as it got dark he got disoriented and headed down the slope instead, fearing that if he didn't keep moving, he would die.

The next morning we tried frantically to contact his friends, though no-one had reception but me at the top of the hill (pictured) and I couldn't connect to the Swiss phone number. Then I remembered: I have a calling-card! But it wasn't on me.

Completely flustered, I remember it in a flash and with my battery light blinking I dial 1-800...

It rings, a sultry voice says: Hey baby, my sexy girlfriends and I are anxiously waiting to talk LIVE to you...

Ahh!! Did I just call a sex chat-line?! I did! On top of a volcano, with a dying phone and at this crucial moment!

I dial again.

Hey baby, my sexy girlfriends and--

Ahh!! Ok, Nasuna, you can do this. Eventually I remembered the right number and in the end we escorted him down. He was reunited with his friends (scoundrels) and the search party was called off.

... but not before I got a text message which read: Hey Stud - Our busty babes are waiting for your call.


You can view a wider shot from outside the cabin in a previous post  here:

The Overland Track, Tasmania by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Overland Track, Tasmania  

I stepped back in time on the Overland Track, a strange and stunning bush walk on the often overlooked island of Tasmania. The trek is roughly 40 miles long and packs a lot of scenic punch, with terrain ranging from sheer mountains, temperate rainforests, wild rivers and alpine plains. Magnificent, prehistoric dolerite cliffs soar into view from the start. Tasmania's relative isolation has been kind to the landscape, with only 60 hikers allowed in per day during peak season. If you've ever imagined a world where dinosaurs roamed, look no further.

Red (ant) Hill by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Red (ant) Hill

This is another stitched panorama from my hike up Mauna Loa, overlooking Red Hill cabin. It's the first stop after a steady climb to 10,035 feet. It had been a long day, but Pele (the ancient Hawaiian volcano goddess) rewarded us with stunning views of Mauna Kea and a cozy cabin nestled in iron-saturated rock. To the right you can see what looks like the ocean, but what is actually the cloud-line. When the wind dropped, I'd never heard silence so loud.

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The Very Very First by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Welcome to the very first post on the Nasuna Photography blog! Nice to see you here... Let's get right to it: Here's a pano from January, when I hiked Mauna Loa on Hawaii's Big Island, the largest active volcano in the world. It's actually a stitch of nine vertical shots in an attempt to capture the vastness of its sweeping crater after a squall. At 13,000 ft, cold and lightheaded from the altitude, I thought "this is one way to start 2012"... not exactly the classic picture of a Hawaiian vacation - but I wouldn't have had it any other way.Image