Nikko is a UNESCO world heritage site, for good reason. It houses a large complex of historic temples with a very ornate architectural style that is not widely seen in the rest of Japan. Unlike the Western perception of minimalist “Zen” architecture, these temples are encrusted with brightly painted carvings. The most famous of these is the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” panel, but I found some of the lesser-known panels to be more photogenic.
We did this campsite towards the end of summer and it was pretty cool winter night. So nice warm jacket and gloves are recommended if you’re shooting at night time. The temperature dropped to high 40’s at night since we did our put our tent near tree lines and woke up with zero condensation when compared to people out of tree line.
Girnar hills isn’t literally a trek (no camping grounds), but a climb of over 9999 steps carved into the mountain, which ends up at the summit that hosts a Hindu temple. On reaching the summit, you can see many mountains further but they are usually not scaled. The entire trekking path is well lit and one can see travelers/piligrims climbing the mountain even at night. The path also has shops at regular intervals that cater to the needs of tired travelers.You can see the entire Junagadh city from 2000 steps and shoot some great pictures. The first temple is situated at 5000 steps after which the difficulty level increases tremendously. En route, one can find many small temples and Jain temples with beautiful architecture.
I’ve so enjoyed playing around with night photography lately. However, I’ve learned that finding a photogenic scene without construction, ugly wires, ugly buildings or other aesthetics impediments have been more difficult than I thought.
The Brooklyn Bridge is accessible for motor cars from the Brooklyn entrances of Tillary/Adams Streets, Sands/Pearl Streets, and Exit 28B of the eastbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. In Manhattan, motor cars can enter from either direction of the FDR Drive, Park Row, Chambers/Centre Streets, and Pearl/Frankfort Streets. Pedestrian and bicycle access to the bridge from the Brooklyn side is from either Tillary/Adams Streets (in between the vehicular entrance/exit), or a staircase on Prospect Street between Cadman Plaza East and West. Also can take Subways transit to reach from both Midtown and Downtown New York.
Death Valley has some of the most unusual colors you’ll ever see in a landscape, and the Zabriskie area is no exception. It’s an alien landscape of maze-like canary yellow ridges tiger striped with chocolate browns. It has ravines of pistachio green rock topped with pink gravel—bizarre and wonderful. You don’t need clouds to make a beautiful photo as the surrounding mountains can make a dusky red, brown or even blue background depending on the light.
If you plan on hiking to the summit before opening hours or after closing hours, you should park your car outside the gates of the main entrance. Otherwise your car might get locked in. You can obtain a map of the mountain and all trails at the entrance free of charge.
It was becoming late in the season when I reached Floe Lake, it was early October and I was lucky not to be trudging through snow due to the dry spell at the time. I arrived late in the evening and so did not get much of a chance to photograph at sunset. Although, Floe Lake is the perfect place for sunrise photography as the towering 900m tall rockwall faces almost directly East. I woke early in the morning to sub-zero temperatures (Celsius), set up my bulky and sturdy Manfrotto Video Tripod, and tried to stay warm. The air very clear as winter was just around the corner and at an altitude of over 2000m, the conditions were ideal for ultra-sharp photographs. Dawn provided the best scene for me, giving the striking rockwall a mystical but subtle shimmer.
The DMV area is not exactly known for being a very photogenic region in general but this place is great for viewing sunrise. You can also see the golden sunlight hit the Bay Bridge, making it almost look attractive. For sunrise photos, I would get here at around 5 A.M. and set up. Once the sun comes up you can see anglers coming out for some morning fishing. Plenty of wildlife in the area as well.
This is an iconic single pier cable stayed bridge spanning 500 mtrs over the Karnali River, the longest river of Nepal. You may wish to photograph the bridge either at dusk or dawn. A wide angle lens is recommended.