About Me

As you may have guessed, my name is Alan Bot. Photography is a hobby of mine, and the point of this website is to document my travels. This is by no means a professional site -- and I'll emphasize that I do this as a hobby, not a profession. Not all the photos are what 'professionals' would deem as 'good'.

This site is intended for those interested in the either the various locations, the various topics or family and friends who want to view my photos. I've put up with lots of criticism before over the quality of some of the photos, despite the fact that I have said repeatedly that this is not a 'professional site'. This being said, if you aren't here merely to criticize, welcome to the site and I hope you enjoy it.

Some aspects of this site overlap with my other hobbies -- mainly military history. If you are here out of historical interest only, go to 'Photos' and select 'Categories'. Once on the page, click the 'Historical' text. This will show only the historical photos. At some point in the future, with the help of my webmaster, I will be introducing a seperate set of pages featuring extensive write-ups on historical travel. These 'travel guides' will allow those interested in the topics to read more in-depth about them, serve as 'virtual tours' and assist future visitors. Some topics will include:
-the Titan II missile silos around Tucson, Arizona
-the WWII artillery installations at Camp Hero, New York (and later, Montauk Air Force Base)
-WWII Helsinki Air Defences
-WWII-era sites on the Obersalzberg
-Extensive coverage of WWII sites across Western Europe, including the Ardennes and Maginot Line

I can be contacted at: alan (at) alanbotphotography.com

About the New Site

This new version features larger photos, a more 'user friendly' interface, and no longer requires Adobe Flash. Photos may take a while to load, but that is a tradeoff. Small photos load fast, but aren't that detailed and aren't as nice to view. With increasing screen resolutions, I figured it was time to enlarge my photos. This website is optimized for Firefox 3+ and Internet Explorer 7+. It should also work fine with Google Chrome and Opera. I have personally tried using the site from Blackberries, iPhones, Blackberry Playbooks and iPads, and it seemed to work fine. Due to the new format, the website will unfortunately not work with older browsers like Internet Explorer 6.

Thanks to my webmaster, David Gaul, for designing and maintaining this website.

Upcoming Albums

-Turks and Caicos 2010-2013
-Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Airshow (AKA 'Hamilton Airshow') 2011, 2012 & 2013
-Southern Ontario Fall 2010-Summer2013
-Italy Spring 2011
-British Columbia Summer 2011
-Western Europe Summer 2012 (With a World War Two Focus, from Brussels to Vienna)

My Equipment

I currently use a Nikon D3s with Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3, Tokina 16-28 f/2.8, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 and Nikon 50 f/1.4 lenses. When I am traveling, I primarily use the Tamron 28-300 because of its range. The quality is not as good as some of my other lenses, but its by far the most versatile lens for traveling. Most of the time, this is the only lens I take with me due to space restrictions. I also currently use a D700, switching between the two of them at venues like airshows where changing lenses is difficult given time or weather constraints. Other cameras I have owned include the Sony a350, Fujifilm S9000 and Minolta 7000i. Most of the pre-2010 photos on this website were taken with the a350, while most post-2010 photos were taken using the D3s.

User Statistics

After being online for 2 years, the original site racked up over 4000 hits from 92 countries. Statistics are currently unavailable for the new site.