In 2008, my girlfriend (now wife) Alicia and I took six months off to travel around Europe - and I do mean Europe: we saw 25 countries in 26 weeks! It was an amazing and exhausting trip; we hardly stayed anywhere longer than a few days, which meant that we saw lots, from music festivals to traditional markets, art to architecture, the hustle and bustle of life in cities to the natural beauty and tranquillity of the countryside.
I wasn't yet very serious about photography; before Europe I only had a little bit of an interest, and for this trip I balked at the idea of lugging around a DSLR so only had a relatively crappy point-and-click style camera.
During our travels I really started to develop a more serious interest in photography. This was where I started to appreciate the limitations of low-end cameras and realised that to get what I wanted out of my photographs I needed more control over the camera.
However, it's not all doom and gloom! I still managed to get lots of great shots over there, and some of my favourite shots to this day are from this trip. I want to share them here to show you that it doesn't take thousands of dollars and a tonne of bulky equipment to get great shots. All you need is an interesting subject, a steady hand and a good eye!