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Top 5 Photo Locations

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 0 0

1. Venice

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, Venice has long been renowned for it's beautiful architecture and unique waterways.

It is actually a group of 118 islands connected by bridges and canals, and is set in between two large rivers and a lagoon. The merging of waterway and every day life - the Venetians regularly use "water taxis" to get around - creates some truly unique photo opportunities.

Venice regularly makes the top 10 places to visit in Europe due to the beautiful architecture which has remained virtually untouched for hundreds of years. Take a visit yourself - you won't regret it.

Sights to capture in Venice:

St Mark's Square - get there before sunrise for perfect light conditions
The Arsenal - an ancient fort 10 minutes walk from the square, the bridge opposite the main entrance is a great spot for taking scenic photos.

Gondolas - in the middle of the day the packed waterways make a great action shot
Bridges - all along the Grand Canal you will find beautiful bridges, look out for the Rialto and Scalzi bridges which look spectacular when lit up at night.

Alleys & backstreets - often you will find unique pieces such as Venetian masks and gargoyles dotted around away from the tourist hotspots. Exploring Venice is a photographer's dream.



2. The Serengeti

The Serengeti national park is home to the largest population of large mammals on the planet, with approximately 1.5 million hoofed animals migrating through this part of Tanzania every year.

Neighbouring Kenya's Masai Mara park, the Serengeti is famed for it's many successful lion prides and it less frequently visited than it's neighbour. While this means much of the area remains unspoilt, it also means you have to approach wildlife with care - they are not used to 4x4's crowded with tourists.

It is possible to see animals migrating across the Serengeti at any time of year with average temperatures around 28 degrees C. all year round. However you should avoid visiting during the rainy season in April and May.

Sights to capture on safari:

Beautiful vistas - sunrise and sunset offer a great opportunity to capture this pristine scenery at it's best. Get up early for stunning shots.

Hippos - the Hippo Pool in the Serengeti National Park is a great place to see hippos and often you will see baby's learning to swim alongside their watchful parents.

Aerial photos - take a balloon safari ride and capture migrations en masse. Get up early for a unique view of the African sunrise.

Naabi Hill - if hot-air ballooning is out of your budget take a visit to this popular tourist location for stunning panoramas.
Lions - famed for having over 2,500 active lions you are sure to come face to face with these magnificent beasts.


3. Iceland

The most volcanically active country on Earth, Iceland is a great place to take photos all year round. Most famous for it's hot springs, or "geysers", Iceland throws up many unexpected an beautiful sights for you to capture on your travels.

Visiting Iceland can be expensive with hotel rooms, and food and drinks priced at a premium. However the natural wonders that will surround you on your trip make it well worth a visit for any aspiring photographer.

Travelling around Iceland can be difficult - with little or no sunlight during the winter months it is important that you stay to the tourist trails. Signposts along the main routes tell you if your vehicle is suitable - often a 4x4 is required to reach the most remote locations. Even if you stick to the well-travelled tourist spots you will get some great shots from your visit.

Top sights to see in Iceland:

Geysir Hot Springs - home to the iconic "Geysir" which gave it's name to geysers around the world, see huge plumes of water and steam from over a dozen separate blow holes

Gullfoss falls - a huge, dramatic twin waterfall is spectacular for tourists and photographers alike whether during winter or summer. Perfect for long exposure photography

Latrabjarg bird cliffs - home to a vast puffin colony these colourful and curious birds make for a great photo opportunity
Pengvellir National Park - see the Earth's core at the surface as the tectonic plates that created Iceland meet on land and made Lake Pingvallavatn

Aurora Borealis - commonly known as the Northern Lights, they are notoriously unreliable but beautiful to capture. Best time to visit - between September and March




4. Egypt

Home to the river Nile, the Giza Pyramids, and the Great Sphinx, no self-respecting top 5 list would be without Egypt. The wealth of historical landmarks and beautiful scenery make it dream location for any budding photographer.

You may be advised to stay on the tourist trail with some parts of the country experiencing civil unrest. This offers you the perfect opportunity to visit the Egyptian Museum - home to thousands of artefacts from the Tomb of Tutankhamen and many more to point your camera at.

Of course you can always relax in the most popular holiday resort in Egypt - Sharm el-Sheikh - with it's luxury hotels, or take the short trip to Dahab where you can enjoy a wide variety of water-sports in an idyllic Red Sea location.

Things to photograph in Egypt:

Abu Simbel - the huge ancient carved figures of Pharaoh Ramesses and his wife Nefertari look spectacular in twilight

Red Sea Reef - get yourself an underwater camera or case, and immerse yourself in beautiful, exotic seascapes with colourful coral and many vibrant species of fish

Karnak - home to the largest ancient religious site ever built. There are 134 stunning columns covered in hieroglyphs - get there early to avoid the crowds

River Nile - one of the great ways to explore Egypt, sunrise and sunset on the river are particularly beautiful, and the tradtional Felucca boats provide the perfect backdrop

Pyramids of Giza - the undisputed favourite location of tourists, the Pyramids and neighbouring Great Sphinx are a once in a lifetime photo opportunity




5. New York

The City of New York is the most populous city in the United States and serves as the gateway for the majority of travellers and immigrants to the country. Part of the State of New York, the city's cultural diversity makes it truly unique - with over 800 languages spoken with a population of just over 8 million people.

The photo opportunities are virtually endless, with everything from stunning cityscapes to iconic landmarks and natural wonders. Travel and tourism in and around New York City couldn't be easier - with an estimated 50 million visitors every year - the real work is finding something special away from the crowds.

Immerse yourself in the huge variety of cuisine and arts that abound as you travel the city. A must-see location for the artist in you is the Contemporary Art Center on the East River, hosting a world famous architectural garden and a weekly dance party in the summer.

Places to see in New York:

Times Square - the iconic image of New York, bustling with yellow cabs and big brands wherever you look there is a great photo opportunity

Central Park - covering 843 acres in the heart of Manhattan - this carefully sculpted park features a lake, zoo, and ice-skating rink. Get up at sunrise for some serene shots

Statue of Liberty - America's first lady, take the ferry ride to Liberty Island for the best views
Ground Zero - a haunting piece of history, featuring two waterfalls falling into reflecting pools on the footprint of the 9/11 buildings.

Empire State Building - the viewing platform allows amazing views of the New York skyline, especially in the morning light, or alternatively catch the building at night when lights bring it to life

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