Nagarkot is famous for it sunrise view. There are lots of quality hotels where you can stay overnight and photograph the sunrise next morning. It will be best if it rains the previous night. If you are lucky enough, you will see a sea of fog settled in the valley downside in the morning.
All the pictures have been taken in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy while staying at Porini Lion Camp. It has become our favourite camp in Maasai Mara. The staff are friendly and accommodating to our every quirk. The guiding is incredible. And as for the wildlife experience, its a perpetual adrenal high. We would ideally recommend no less than 5 nights but at least 4. We definitely recommend beanbags, tripods are great for landscapes and astrophotography.
Selenkay conservancy is part of the Amboseli eco system though not part of the national park. We stay at the conservancy and choose to do day trips to the park. Since its a continuous ecosystem, animals move freely between the conservancy and park. Apart from the beautiful wildlife, the conservancy offers visits to the local village. Our trip left us feeling awed by the colour and beauty and humbled by the sheer happiness emanating from the Maasai who welcomed us into their homes while sharing a bit of their lifestyles and daily routine…
While Shaba game reserve is famous for wildlife (it abuts buffalo Springs and Samburu National Park), I have chosen to share with you a landscape. This is a reserve that encloses vast fields of what were once rivers of lava. The volcanic terrain has a stark rugged beauty. The game drives are not for the weak backed – but if you can take the rugged, there is a sense of peace and beauty that comes after every storm – in this case the long ago volcano. We stayed at Joy’s camp. This is of Joy Adamson of the Born Free / Living Free / Forever Free fame – Elsa the lioness fame. It was under the very trees where the camp now is that Ms. Adamson herself camped and was ultimately murdered. There have been storms of many kinds in this land…
Enitre nightlife is organized in the vicinity of the city beach. It truly reminds Miami Beach and due this resemblance Tel Aviv is called “Miami of Mediterrenean Sea”. City beach in Tel Aviv spreads from Old Jaffa, which is historical center of culture and must-see place in Israel, to old shipyard – the where was the first inhabitants of Tel Aviv established the city in the beginning-to-mid 20th century. Walking down to city beach you’ll experience local jazzmen bands, marvelous sunset, bauhaus architecture and fantastic Israeli food.
This is probably the closest you’ll get to wildlife that is not bear or deer in the DMV area. I took all of these photos with a 70-200 mm f/4L lens and even with the lens wide open, I still found myself having to shoot above ISO 800. If you have a fast lens with lens stabilization, you’ll have a much easier time getting tack sharp focus with less noise. Or you could be just a better photographer than I am.
The Bed & Breakfast we stayed at was literally 25′ from the Ocean, in Rincon, PR. Since the B&B was facing mostly west, the opportunity for sunset pictures was endless. Each evening of the four nights we stayed there had spectacular sunsets, some after storms, some with just perfect conditions and some cloud cover to enhance the composition. Because we stayed on the beach most of the time, and having a camera or two ready, permitted many opportunities. The beach and ocean conditions change dramatically, although on this portion of the western side of PR, the waves are generally fairly calm. It was not uncommon for a larger wave to come in crashing and splashing water 5 to 6′ in the air. A short distance away, north and slightly east, provides beaches that are popular for surfing and the waves are huge. If you are looking for calmer waters, head down the western coast a bit and you will find endless miles of perfect sand, beach, and sun. Sunsets in April and May have been very dependable with brilliant colors and awesome clouds.
While travelling in Tuscany one must rent a car and go between Siena, Florence and Genoa off-highway. This way you will be exposed to beautiful vallyes, e.g. Val d’Orcia, meadows, cypress hills etc. Tuscany is a dreamland for landscape photographers and therefore I recommend them to take a tripod, wide angle lens and graduated-density filters.
These pictures were all taken on the way to La Mina Trail which takes you to a wonderful waterfall (La Mina Falls). This is the most popular trail and is heavily traveled. The trail is in excellent shape, but be prepared with good shoes (should have water shoes once you get to the falls). Get there early, as once the tourist buses come in, El Yunque fills up quickly. We got there at 9:00 am and hiked in and out and even grabbed lunch before the rush. If you take a tripod (I didn’t) take a compact one as the trails are narrow and with a lot of traffic you may be an obstacle to other hikers. You really aren’t supposed to leave the trail, but a small deviation in without damaging the forest growth is possible for a great shot.
Dead Sea is a an owe-inspiring, breathtaking place that looks totally out of this world. It is rather hot in Israel but for the Dead Sea phototrip you must take decent hiking shoes due to presence of many sharp-edged formations at the cost.