TO Last Flight Out Photography!

My name is Scotty, and I am a photographer based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This website will house my blog, my latest Instagram photos, some of my portfolio, information about me, and a conduit for us to get to know each other.


Please enjoy browsing through my site !!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you need a photographer!!

The Three Dudes

You gotta wonder who these guys were back in the day. Somehow they have survived the poachers. Most of the characters on the walls of Angkor Wat have lost their heads. Must have been quite an honor back when the Khmere chose to have your face carved in stone to last centuries.

By the way, do you see the small spider and his web? Once you spot it, it’s hard to take your eyes off of it. I thought of “photoshopping” it out…but, in the end, it kinda adds to the photo…

A Nice Kenyan Sunset

At the end of each day while on Safari, the guides stop for what they call a “Sundowner”. They park the truck at the perfect location, set up a table and a couple of chairs, and pull out snacks and a bottle of wine. I told them I wanted a nice sunset shot, so they parked  way down a slowly sloping hill. When I looked up the hill, there was a nice tree at the top of a ridge, and some animals wandering around. I pulled out my 200mm lens, and zoomed into the tree, and waited for the animals to move in the perfect position. The Wildebeest near the tree was just standing there not moving…so he was in position. Meanwhile there were several antelope running around…I wanted to catch one of them running into the right side of the frame. At first, they wouldn’t cooperate…but finally, just as the sun was at the horizon, three of them ran over the ridge out of view, and the fourth one ran to the right. BANG….GOT IT !!


Streamlining My Website

You may have noticed I took a couple of pages down from my website. My thinking is that my website had too much clutter. The main goal of my website has always been to share my work, and to tell stories about my photos. A website with LARGE images seems to me to be better than Instagram or Facebook…it is more intimate as well. It’s all about “exposure”, and getting your work “out there”. So that is the main purpose of this website, so I decided to take all of the “other stuff” out, and focus on showing my photos.

This means focusing on making more frequent blog posts, and updating my portfolio often. I am kicking myself in the ass to get a move on that. I take way too long between posts, and want to change that.

A Double Rainbow

On our family trip to the Southwest this past summer, we drove through a small Utah town (can’t remember the name of it). The light was just amazing. On the west side of town the sun was setting in clear skies…on the East side, there was an ominous storm brewing. Of course, this sets up the perfect scenario for a rainbow, and boy did we get a rainbow! I pulled over to the side of the road, and jumped out of the car with my camera. Others followed suit, and before you knew it, many of the locals were out with their iphones taking photos with me. I was looking for something to put in the foreground of my photos so that I didn’t end up with just a photo of a rainbow. Across the street, I spotted it…and old abandoned car. Another dude who got out of his car too, standing near me with a nice DSLR camera, came over to talk to me. He was asking what kind of camera I had, and what my camera settings were. We talked a bit, and I then pointed across the street to the car, and we looked at each other, and agreed we had to go for it. So the two of us walked to the car in the deep grass, and took some shots. I hadn’t shot an HDR in a long time, but thought this was the perfect opportunity to bracket my shots…it is what HDR was made for. I took several shots, but this one was my favorite.

Grand Canyon Sunset

I was surprised, actually, how few good photos I got at the Grand Canyon. Our first afternoon there was the best as there were clouds in the sky. The next couple of days, it was SUPER HOT and not a cloud in the sky. Those kind of days make boring photographs. The Canyon is so big, it is really difficult to capture the sheer beauty before you, but it was spectacular.

I gotta say, though, the crowds at the South Rim were unbelievable. I remembering going there as a kid, and I remember having the place pretty much to ourselves. Ok, we did go in July, the most crowded month to go, but just sayin’….it was crowded.

Patience and Perseverance

Paid off in Big Time Dividends…

Just got to my photos from Kenya. The main goal of my trip was to get some photos of “Tim”, the largest elephant in Africa. BUT, finding ONE elephant in Amboseli National Park was no easy task. It’s not like you can call him. On the first two days, we had no luck, but after talking with the Maasai, we heard he was spotted in a conservancy outside of the park. So, on my last day, we went to the conservancy, and with shear luck, we found him!! Getting a photo of him was another job altogether. What I wanted to do was to place a camera on the ground, and get a shot of him from the ground up. Not an easy task. The problem was that he was in the bushes and trees eating, and he was surrounded by four other HUGE bulls that apparently know he has large tusks, and are like his security guards. He was not walking somewhere, so it was impossible to predict where he would walk out of the trees for me to get a camera set. You can’t walk right up to them either…if you did, it would be game over. So, I had to be at least 100 yards or so away to get out of the truck, place the camera, and then run back to the truck, and then pray he/they would walk over my camera. My first four attempts failed miserably….they would walk about 50 feet right or left of my camera. After my fourth attempt, they went deep into the bush and swamp, and we couldn’t follow them. Our guide said they would be in there for a few hours before coming out again. So, we went on a game drive in the conservancy, and then came back to the area near sunset, and saw them eating in the trees near a path. When they looked liked they were going to come out of the trees, another safari truck came and were watching them. That gave only one path out…between our two trucks, so we put the camera on the ground between our two trucks…and guess what?? They walked right over my camera, and I fired off my camera with my remote!! I was so excited!! So, not only did I find TIM, but I got shots of him from the ground up!! Woo Hoo !!

This first two shots are of the most famous, and unarguably the largest Elephant in Africa, “TIM”.  I was in awe of this majestic animal. He is now 50 years old, and there is no telling how many more years this animal has left on Earth. It will certainly be a sad day when he goes. Being in his presence, therefore, and to capture him with my camera from the ground up perspective is something I will treasure forever. I consider these images to be perhaps the best I have ever taken…they were certainly the most difficult to get, and that makes them priceless to me.

The other shots are of what I like to call, “Tim’s Security Squad”. Tim, I was told by my guide, is a friendly elephant. This does not mean you can just walk right up to Tim and shake his trunk, but it means he is used to seeing people gawking at him, and he is not aggressive about chasing you off. The same can NOT be said of his “security squad”. They are aggressive Bull Elephants, and they will not let you get close to Tim. They are huge beasts as well, and they can flatten you to a human pancake if you get too close.

People have asked me, “were you afraid they would step on your camera?”. The answer is, YES. However, I thought it worth the risk. Would I rather risk my camera, or never get the shot I came to Africa to get? That was an easy answer…of course I would risk my camera. When they started to walk towards my camera, I was in for a new surprise. From my experience, it is obvious that elephants really do watch where they step. My camera was in total silent mode, so they didn’t hear my camera, and compared to their size, my camera was a tiny object on the ground. Starting with Tim, however, he definitely saw my camera…he paused a second when he approached it, and then carefully took one step to the right of the camera. Each elephant in succession did exactly the same thing. One of them even kind of freaked out a bit before stepping to the side (last photo).

Simple AMAZING animals!! My favorite in Africa!!


Headed To The States This Summer

It’s been awhile since I have gone home. Two years. So, the plan is to head back to the States for about a month. We will visit my Mom, Dad and Sister in Virginia, and then head West to see some of the National Parks. We will be there at peak tourist time, but that’s ok. I am looking into visiting some places off the beaten track. Tika and the girls have never seen the Grand Canyon, so we will stop there first, and then just road trip around. It will be fun to take photos in the National Parks even if these places have been photographed to death. It will be tough to get a unique shot, but I’ll try!! Ha!

If you are in the Grand Canyon area in July, let me know…

Ladakh Photos

I have been updating my portfolio. The last gallery I posted is from Ladakh. I spent the last few hours editing some of those photos. Check them out on my portfolio page, I think you will like them…

The East Gate To Angkor Wat

My patience was tested BIG TIME for this photo, but it paid off in the end. I don’t even want to say how long it took to get this photo without any people or vehicles going in and out. As soon as it was clear, a bus would come through. You can’t even imagine the frustration. One time, I was ready to take a photo, and I started my exposure, and then a group of people from behind me just walked right into my scene and started taking selfies. I couldn’t believe it. I think it was at least an hour before I finally had about 2 minutes to myself. Even then, I had to “photoshop” a couple of security guards out of the photo…and that was after I asked them politely if they could hide behind the bridge while I took the photo. Ha!!

Bayon in Black n White

If you go to Cambodia these days, be prepared for HUGE crowds of tourists! The Chinese have really invaded. They come by the busloads. The good news is that you can predict where they will be, so the trick is to go where they are NOT. For example, most all of the tourists will be at Angkor Wat to see the sunrise. They start arriving at 4:30 in the morning (or maybe earlier). By the time the sun starts coming up, there will be literally thousands of people there…sometimes 50 people thick along the pond in front of Angkor Wat. So the trick? Great time to go to Bayon or Ta Prohm as there will be very little people there. But, as soon as the sun is up, people will start to invade Ta Prohm as that is the next temple on the list after the sun rise.

The first photo is the East Gate of Ta Prohm. There was only one or two people here when I got this photo, but an hour later, it would have been impossible to get a photo without someone else in the photo. The tourists are mostly Chinese, but also in the mix are tons of Koreans and some other people from Asian countries, and then a splattering of Europeans. I don’t want to pick on the Chinese alone, as they were not the only tourists in the Angkor Wat complex that were totally oblivious of others wanting to get a nice photo of the temples with no people. Some were very nice, and would see a couple of photographers waiting to get a shot, and would move out of the way giving others a turn at taking a photo. But, OTHERS?? Holy Cow!! I sometimes had to wait up to a half hour for some couples to take their selfies from 100 different angles and if there was more than one or two in the group, there would be a photo for every possible grouping of people. In the meantime, there would be four or five photographers with their cameras on tripods waiting for their turn to take a photo with the “selfie people” totally oblivious they were in the way. Us photographers would look at each other, shrug our shoulders, and give the WTF expression to each other…funny. At times, a photographer would just give up (sometimes me), and walk over to the group, and point out all of the people waiting to take a photo, and ask them politely to move out of the way. Whenever I did that, the people would usually be surprised, and apologize, and then move out of the way. But oh my God, it can be really frustrating!

The nice thing is that us photographers are really nice to each other. We respect each other’s space, and are careful to not set up our tripod in the middle of someone else’s photo. If there is a great spot to set up the tripod, and another photographer has already claimed the spot, they are usually really good at getting the shot, and then giving up the spot for another photographer. But, non-photographers don’t have a clue about these “norms”, and jump right in front of a famous temple and at times climb on the temples (despite the signs saying to NOT climb), and remain there in front of all the “real” photographers destroying any good photo. Who wants a photo of the East Entrance of Ta Prohm with two ladies wearing flowered hats and umbrellas hanging out of a window or climbing the roots of a tree growing on the ruins?? Not me….haha.

The photo below is of Bayon. I think my favorite temple in the Angkor Wat Complex. When I arrived at Bayon, I was at the front entrance, and five tour buses of tourists had just arrived. I saw them all getting off the bus, and knew I had only a few minutes before it would be impossible to get a photo without someone in it. So, I booked it to the back of the temple literally running on around the temple to the back. There was nobody there, so quickly set up my tripod, and took some shots. Within ten minutes, there were others there. There is also something about seeing a photographer with his/her tripod set up that attracts other people. They think, “I gotta go over there where that guy is…must be something good over there!!” I think that is what happened, cause I saw a small group of Chinese that spotted me taking photos, and they then walked over. But instead of walking over to where I was, they walked into my scene I had set up. There’s just no way to avoid this, I guess. This is the way the world is today!!

I did some serious photoshop work on this photo. There was scaffolding all over the place, and a really ugly green and blue tarp draped over the foreground on the right. I spent about an hour clone stamping the scaffolding and tarps out of the photo. If you look carefully, you will see my sloppy work, but if I hadn’t told you this beforehand, you probably would not even notice…haha!

Baseball Photoshoot

Big News First

I just found out yesterday that I will be one of five photographers from Indonesia going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer. I am super stoked, and nervous at the same time. This has been a dream of mine since being a kid, I can hardly believe I will be an official Olympic Photographer. I am still in shock.

Baseball Photoshoot

I took these four photos yesterday, and polished off the post processing today. Here is a kind of “behind the scenes” production…I am posting my shots out of camera on the left, and after post-processing on the right…





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Scotty Graham is an internationally acclaimed professional photographer specializing in fine art photography and print making.