Ethiopia is a fantastic country to visit and take pictures of people and landscapes. There are many street photography opportunities in Addis Ababa, with people, cars and buildings creating great opportunities for unique photographs. People are very friendly here and the food is amazing. The below images were taken during my trip to Addis Ababa:
I love coming down to the war memorials late at night because you can really feel the gravitas. Tripod is a must, especially if you’re doing any sort of night photography. Please be respectful when setting up to take a shot. I’ve seen too many photographers exhibit an unbelievable level of rudeness (e.g. stepping on the flowers laid in front of the monuments just to get better composition).
These pictures were taken between 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm in July. New Mexico is given to sudden storms, high winds, and the hot sun. A heavy duty tripod is a must if you are taking landscapes. Unseasonably large volumes of rain this year have made the desert fairly green, something that is very uncommon for this time of the year. The impact of the rain has made the New Mexico landscape less harsh, although that also provides great opportunity for high contrast and excellent compositions.
The newly completed highway offers an interesting and enticing drive with beautiful and picturesque bends. You have to be careful on your drive as the road with sharp bends is narrow and at few points it hardly accommodates two crossing vehicles. You can start from the either end of the highway (i.e. either from Dhulikhel or from Bardibas) and start early in the morning so that you reach the points before the sun is too harsh. Altogether the drive would be of around 4 hours (considering no stoppage time). You can enjoy good local food with fresh water fish curries on the road side joints at numerous locations across the highway.
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.
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.
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.