Santorini is a beautifull island with beaches of different sand colors (yellow, black, red and white). The most beatiful place to visit there is Oia (also called Ia) where people traditionally go for famous sunset.
This is a very popular location for visitors from all over the world. Consequently, it is extremely crowded. On weekends, the wait to get into the parking lot may be an hour or so. If you must visit on a weekend, I think the best time to visit is around 6:00 PM, right in the middle of the golden hour. By that time the crowd has thinned out a bit so you can do some peaceful shooting without getting scorns from other people for hogging the most photogenic spot.
Ushuaia is the southernmost continental place in the world. It is the usual departure point to Antarctica. In Ushuaia you may see many different types of flora and fauna and is the only place on Earth (besides Antarctica) where you can experience Southern Lights (Aurora australis). You can take there a trip to the local National Park in the end of the world and a boat trip from which you can see wales, seals and penguins.
El Chalten is famous for it’s renowned mountains, Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. From photographers angle, I always recommend taking with you all the water-proof gear, e.g. raincoats and protection for your camera. Up in the mountains, in the base of Fitz Roy it is super-windy there and you can hardly stand, so I don’t think you can hold your tripod, which would be there an additional weight.
Jemaa El-Fnaa is the most magical place I have seen so far. Best moment to get there is just before the sunset and to stay long after it. To compensate bad lighting, take your tripod and fast lenses along. In Jemaa El-Fnaa you will see snake charmers, fire swallowers, all sorts of magicians and so on. Due to substantial crowd, I’d stick to one lens and camera always in my hand. It is a fantastic place for street photographers, so 23 – 35mm angles do the job there well.
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful European capitals with particularly hospitable inhabitants. I recommend taking a Portugese tram to get to the Old Town and have a romantic walk among fado singers, flamenco dancers. You might also want to sit in a barge-bar to listen to local jazzmen, have delicious seafood and Portuguese wine.
Jerusalem Old Town has a very special and unique climate which probably comes from the history of Jesus Christ. In terms of photography, there are many dark interiors, in most of which tripods are forbidden. Therefore I recommend taking high ISO capable camera, fast and stabilized lenses.
We spend ages checking light and setting up or we hang around for hours waiting for “the light”, but this particular morning I set up my camera and tripod looked up and saw the image attached. I took two shots but the first one was the one. My camera is a Nikon D800, 24-120 zoom at 40mm, ISO 400, spot metering, aperture priority. The only down side was that my camera was still set from the night before on JPEG!
This palace is closed at night except for twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. Needless to say, it gets incredibly crowded. Good time to go is around 8:30 PM, 30 minutes before closing. By then many of the people have already come and gone.
This temple houses the famed Tripitaka Koreana, which is a collection of Buddhist scripture carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks in the 13th century. It is the world’s oldest and most comprehensive surviving version of the Buddhist canon carved in Traditional Chinese. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.