Hello everybody! My name is Sergey Lakhardov (nickname is Sergey PAT – abbreviation from the word “Photo-And-Travels”). I am 41 years old. I live in Russia in the city of Yekaterinburg, located on the spurs of the Ural mountains on the border of Europe and Asia. For communication with me you can use e-mail: photoandtravels(big at)gmail.com.


Map. Where lives the newbie photographer and traveler, the author of this blog.

You are now reading the English version of the site, which I established relatively recently: November 29th, 2017. But my main blog about travel and photography I have written since April 3rd, 2013. Who is interested can browse through the Russian-language site in using the Google Translate service, which hosts more photography tutorials, reviews and travel stories: …

I was born in the Soviet Union. When I was 8 years old, my parents and I went to visit relatives in a neighboring city, and my uncle gave me an old film camera, “Smena 6”. You know, that day there was no happier pioneer in the USSR!

Photo 1

Of course, the first photos, like all beginner photographers, came out as a lump. But this was only the beginning of acquaintance with the art of photography!

F 2

In the years of the USSR, ordinary citizens could not travel abroad. This was difficult, and because of the opposition of the authorities, and for economic reasons. Now it is easier to live in Russia, and we have the opportunity to travel around the world. Over the past 7 years, my spouse and I backpacked in Thailand, the Philippines, China, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Turkey. In some of these places we rented a car and traveled as drivers, in others – on trains and buses. I will try to tell in my reports about the nuances of organizing an self-organized trip.


In February 2015, I moved from the cropped camera Nikon D5100 to the full-frame Nikon D610. Most of the articles and tutorials published in the blog after this date are illustrated by photos taken with this camera with Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto lens or a Nikon 70-200mm f / 2.8 (I bought it for it Nikon TC-14E ​​II teleconverter) and Samyang 14mm f / 2.8 wide. When shooting in low light conditions, I use a Sirui T-2204X tripod with Sirui G20KX head. When shooting in the sun, I sometimes use a Hoya polarizing filter. All this wealth lies in the Lowepro photo lens.